New York Islanders Analysis

Goaltending Options: What should the Isles do?

Everyone knows the New York Islanders desperately need to address their goaltending, but the likely available options this summer all carry caveats or red flags.

The AMac Pump-and-Dump is Complete

Andrew MacDonald has attributes of an NHL defenseman, but not one worth what the Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to give him.

Chart-Gazing: Is Isles rebound real, or mirage?

After bottoming out around the Olympics, the New York Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10. Is it real, or mirage? Yes.

How the Flyers will use Andrew MacDonald

Andrew MacDonald debuts with his new team tonight, partnered with another scapegoat at even strength and pairing with Mark Streit on the second power play.

Why is the Isles PK so awful?

The New York islanders have one of the worst penalty kills in the league, but the source of the problem might not be what you think.

Benchmark: 2013-14 Isles stats through 60 games

Benchmarking the New York Islanders' individual stats after 60 games, because the next 22 will look quite a bit different.

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The Goalie Problem and What to do About It

It would be great to acquire a proven franchise goalie. The problem is teams have a propensity for hanging on to quality goaltenders and the ones left are often rather expensive, demand longer term contracts and are at or past their primes.

NHL trade market conditions for Vanek, AMac

The March 5 NHL trade deadline is just over a week away, so we'll be both victim and party to day after day of trade rumors and speculation from here on out. What's the context for the Islanders' trade chips?

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Where Does Josh Bailey Belong?

Josh Bailey's defensive play may have improved, yet flashes of confident offensive play are usually followed by weeks of indecisive, turnover-prone frustrations.

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Vanek Plan B: What to do the morning after

The widely expected next decision for the New York Islanders is to pull the trigger on a Thomas Vanek trade and recoup some assets. But then what? Who gets a crack at his spot on the first line?

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WOWY: Brock Nelson makes every Islander better

Brock Nelson's many different linemates in 2013-14 makes him ripe for a "WOWY" analysis, and the data shows he is, well, really really good.

3 Trades That Make Us Hopeful about an A-Mac Deal

If you want to gauge Andrew MacDonald's value at the trade deadline, you need only look to three 2013 deadline deals for the Islanders possible return.

Islanders Season Started and Ended vs Metropolitan

If you want an explanation as to why the Islanders will miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, you can start by looking at their performance inside the Metropolitan division.

Isles Usage Chart: Calvin de Haan's nice bubble

A look at the New York Islanders player usage charts shows who is used for offense, who is used for defense, and who's handling it well.

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Fancy Stats for Isles Forwards' D Play

What does the data say about using the New York Islanders' fourth line in close defensive situations?

Begun, the A-Mac Scuttlebutt Has

It's time to officially start the "Andrew MacDonald: Extend or Trade?" machine.

Video: Isles Comeback Keyed by Cal de Lubo

In praise of Calvin de Haan, and the Isles' 40-minute effort to "tilt the ice" back against the Dallas Stars.

Diagram: Subtle Brilliance of JT's Hat Trick Goal

John Tavares hat trick: Sometimes a goal comes not from how hard a player shoots nor how pretty the setup, but rather the location and the timing of when he chooses to do it.

Nabokov to IR: Isles to test biggest weakness

Goaltending has been the New York Islanders biggest weakness, and they'll put it to the test once again with a new injury to Evgeni Nabokov.

A Look Into a Night of Islanders Shift Management

Some fans have a problem with how Jack Capuano and the Islanders deploy their forward lines. This is a look into how Capuano actually used the forwards for one night.

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Isles D Analysis: Which pairs work, which don't?

A fair amount of criticism from New York Islanders fans this year has come from two parts of the team especially - the goaltending (which has been well covered by many many articles) and the defense. Here's a look at the D pairs.

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Teaser: Isles D pair Corsi (Min. 30 TOI)

Here is the Corsi of each Islander defensive pair used for at least 30 minutes this year. Fuller post to come later.

How Quick Does Your Team Give Up Answering Goals?

In the NHL it is important to keep the other team off the scoreboard after you score a goal of your own. Some teams do it well, others do not.

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Game by Game: The Case for Kevin Poulin

Can Kevin Poulin's numbers be excused by the types of shots the Islanders defense has let him face?

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MacDonald vs Various levels of Competition

A look at Andrew MacDonald's performance versus various levels of opponent quality: Is there any situation that looks good?

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