A closer look at a number of penalty-kill units and a top-10 list of NYI-TB observations …
The Lightning-Islanders single bullet was underwhelming, at best.
Nikita Kucherov scored a weak goal on the short side to tie it up, and Game 5 was upon us quickly into overtime.
Better luck next year, Islanders fans.
Here are a few things I liked and noticed about Game 4:
1) How many Islanders have black eyes and/or are sleep deprived?
2) Please call more penalties like the second minor to Ryan Callahan, if for nothing else than for being annoying and stirring an empty pot.
3) Calling the second Ryan Callahan minor limited the silliness after the whistle slightly.
4) If Ryan Strome had a wooden stick, do you think that far-side chance would have gone in? His stick/blade looked awful flimsy, and players with his hands/skills used to always "bang those home."
5) Brian Boyle is an extremely effective player. A lot of buzz surrounds the fourth line from NYI, but Boyle is basically the PP-PK-SD pivot. SD = shut down.
6) Ben Bishop is better than Thomas Greiss.
7) Jonathan Drouin never lays up, and he visualizes scoring opportunities when the puck is on his stick. Most players hear their coaches in their heads. Drouin doesn't, and he has the upside you want to grab in all fantasy leagues — like three weeks ago.
8) Anyone have a DeLorean?
8) Ryan Pulock has great wheels, and he could have a similar rookie impact as Colton Parayko had this past season. The size, the shot and the wheels are all there. Maybe even the offensive instincts.
9) New York can't win this series because of Jack Capuano's inability to coach this team.
10) The Islanders, despite inferior goaltender, could beat Tampa Bay with a better coach.
Four years ago, I created my Power Play Point Potential Rankings, and since they've undergone a number of tweaks and variations.
Currently the rankings are