(7) New York Islanders
The Isles posted 80 points in their 68 regular-season games. They don’t score much, finishing 24th in the NHL in goals for, but they keep it out of the net, ranking fifth in the league in goals allowed.
New York is not a threat on the power play, converting just 17.3% of their chances. Their penalty kill is average, ranked 15th in the league. They are a brutal puck possession team, finishing 29th in both Corsi For % and Fenwick For %, languishing with the likes of Detroit and New Jersey.
New York’s forwards are pretty unspectacular. Mathew Barzal led the team with 60 points, while Brok Nelson, Anders Lee, Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle chipped in at least 40 points.
Their defense keeps the shots down but provides very little offensive help. Their third pairing may be the best with Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech. Pulock led all defensemen on the team with 35 regular-season points.
The Islanders had two solid goaltenders this season. Semyon Varlamov took 39 starts and posted a 2.62 GAA and .914 SV%. Thomas Greiss was a very capable backup goaltender, with a .913 SV% and 2.74 GAA.
The Islanders are not an exciting team to watch, but they are stable in most areas. Head Coach Barry Trotz will get the most out of his players.