Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Islanders Have Gone 15 Games without Giving up a PP Goal

The New York Islanders have had their problems generating goals of late (though that did change on Tuesday in Toronto). But their penalty kill has been a godsend for more than a month now. The Islanders have not allowed a PP goal since the night before thanksgiving. On that night they allowed a first-period power play goal against the Flyers and promptly killed off four straight to start this current streak. 15 games later, the streak still stands.

The Isles killed four penalties during their 6-3 victory over the Leafs on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre, breaking the franchise record for consecutive games without allowing a power play goal.

According to Islander statistician Eric Hornick, it's the longest penalty kill streak that the Islanders have been on since at least 1987-88.

“It’s our second year here together with [Assistant Coach Greg Cronin] and we’re kind of figuring out what he wants us to do and our routes,” Islanders' center Frans Nielsen, one of their key guys on the PK, said. “We’re working hard, sacrificing and hopefully we can keep it going.”

Thanks to their effort, the Islanders now lead the NHL in penalty killing: