New York Islanders Analysis

Isles Shooting Accuracy: A Quarterly Report

The Islanders rank near the bottom in percentage of attempted shots getting on net. Is that a problem?

Isles D Rising: Passing stats after 19 GP of 14-15

The New York Islanders D is active: Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey and Johnny Boychuk are comparable to second liners at generating shots...second-line forwards!!

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[Updated] Kid Line Corsi: Thriving

Ryan Strome has been good with everybody.

Isles Neutral Zone Analysis: Progress, 15 games in

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New York Islanders Neutral Zone Analysis through the first 15 games of 2014-15 shows an improving team

Fantasy Football, Brian Strait & the Islanders

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Brian Strait is arguably the Islanders most expendable defenseman, yet he keeps getting playing time. A recent MSG video segment may explain why. And the answer might be fantasy football.

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Perceived Value: WOWYing the Fanbase's targets

A look at WOWY (with or without you) stats for Islanders players fans love to pile on.

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10-Game Chunks: NHL stats at the 1/8 pole

A series breaking down NHL team results and stats in 10-game segments: The Isles' strengths and weaknesses are clear.

Frans and Grabo share a brain and you should be scared.

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"Frans plays my style of hockey. He likes to control the puck a lot and can skate everywhere and help change positions. It feels pretty good to play like ‘European hockey’. That’s why it may be pretty easy for me to play with him."

Mikhail Grabovski tries to explain theology.
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Tracking Passing Data: The first 9 games of 14-15

Tracking passing data through nine games, Kyle Okposo and Mikhail Grabovski have been the best passing forwards on the team, while Lubomir Visnovsky leads the defense.

Oct. 29 LHH Power Rankings: Who are these Isles?

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Opinion polls have the Isles rated a lot higher than our own power rankings. Up is down. Dogs and cats, living together. Mass hysteria!

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Analysis: Isles Neutral Zone Play through 8 games

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A look at how well the New York Islanders have played in the neutral zone over the first 8 games of 2014-15.

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Capuano and 4th-line usage

Debating the use of the New York Islanders fourth line, and where to carve out more minutes for the youngest forwards.

Capuano 'well aware' of back-to-back goalie downside

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Capuano says he hasn't thought about who starts in goal on Saturday. Chad Johnson smiled and said nothing when asked if he'd been told about the home opener. But Capuano is well aware of the downside of starting a goalie on consecutive nights. Numerous writers, from Eric T. at Broad Street Hockey to a few others who have leaped from analytics writing to NHL team employee, have calculated the far lower save percentages from goaltenders on the second half of back-to-backs. So the bet here is Johnson plays Saturday against Carolina. That would set a smart trend of using the very clear data to set off on a good course with two new goaltenders.

>>Arthur Staple reporting in Newsday

LHH Preseason Roundtable: Hopes, Fears for 2014-15

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A roundtable with your Lighthouse Hockey staff, talking about expectations and fears for the coming Islanders season.

The Fancystats on Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk

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How good are Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk? We take a look with some hockey fancystats to see if the New York Islanders acquisitions really are the 2nd pairing that the Isles were hoping for.

Okposo's (and Tavares') Fine-Tuned Approach

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Okposo connected with skills coach Darryl Belfry, who has created individual analytics for stars such as Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane. Last season Okposo had career highs in points (69) and goals (27). This summer he and captain John Tavares each teamed up with Belfry, who helps them address their deficiencies by divvying the ice into sections, quantifying where the player is most effective, then developing drills to help players recognize and exploit those spots.

Cool quick story from Craig Custance of ESPN on using data to improve players' approach and usage, including Okposo's summer training. Chart also discusses him increasing touches.

Let's talk about Jaroslav Halak, part 2

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A look back at Halak's odd and brief tenure in D.C., and the moment he established himself as an NHL goalie to be sought.

NHL Preview: 3 Key Questions for the Isles

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Despite all the big offseason moves, these are three key areas that could go wrong for the New York Islanders 2014-15 season.

Let's talk about Jaroslav Halak, Part 1

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Discussing new Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak with someone who has watched him in St. Louis the last four years.

By Corsi: Isles 2013-14 Rookies Among the Best

Perhaps this is part of the reason that the Isles have been slow to bring their rookies into the NHL. Many team's rookies struggle with possession numbers, while the 2013-14 NYI class was arguably...

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How the Islanders stacked up in 2013-14

Commenter Torgo runs down where the Islanders finished in several important team statistics last season. The ranks may shock or amuse you.

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Video: Class with Cappy from USA Hockey Symposium

Last month, Islanders coach Jack Capuano was one of the featured guests at the 2014 Hockey Coaches Symposium, sponsored by USA Hockey. A Lighthouse Hockey commenter has video of Capuano's...

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Charts: 4-Year Corsi of NYI Forwards

The four-year Corsi of New York Islanders top-9 forward options heading into the 2014-15 season.

An 'Abstract' 2014-15 Isles Preview

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A peek at what Hockey Abstract predicts for the New York Islanders, and a meditation on the mortality of Frans Nielsen.

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Top 30 D by combined Corsi/Corsi Rel

Looking at who filled out the top of the NHL among defensemen by Corsi and relative Corsi ranks.

Don't Trade Skill, PLAY Skill: Why Trade 12 or 40?

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It's been taken for granted that the Isles have to trade one of Bailey or Grabner simply because they have too many forwards and too few spots. But of our 15 forwards, both guys are safely in the...

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