Islanders Bits: Better Living through Chemistry?

Peek-a-boo.

"All the guys are going, all the lines, and we're playing way better defensively. We score goals, the (power play) works well, the (penalty kill) works well. It's a combination of things."

>>Mark Streit, quoted at nhl.com after the 4-0-1 run (and before the second Hawks game)

Discuss.

Since the four-game road swing began, after which the Islanders are 4-0-2 (including 1-0-1 at home), the Islanders powerplay is 5 for 24. (21%). The penalty kill is 17 for 19 (89%). These are incredibly small samples -- and I always wished there was a nice way to account for blown 5-on-3s -- but it certainly is true that good PK work and a few timely powerplay goals has helped this run of games. Especially considering at even strength their scoring (16 goals for, 15 goals against) reflects the closeness of all but one of these six games.

Sorry for the quiet today. News tidbits and links after the jump.

Reading for Making Friday Night Get Here Already

Capuano Post-Game

MSG coverage from last night's OT loss, if you missed it:


Someone asked "was it frustrating to see Rolston missing the net on that 5-on-3?" Heh. Capuano also thought the team looked fatigued at times last night, which could explain the "light" practice today with the Penguins up Saturday night.

And here's Steve Staios and Travis Hamonic:


Staios was asked about the hit on his delay of game penalty, and he did think he was checked from behind on the play. Sounds like everyone is disappointed, but pleased that they got a point out of it after coming out flat in the first period.

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