Ramblings: Pulock and the Islanders; Gibson’s start; Best Ball Leagues – November 18

Michael Clifford

2021-11-18

The New York Islanders have been a fascinating team to start the season. They came into the campaign as Cup contenders, but are 5-6-2 following their monster road trip to begin the season. Remember that this team still has not played a game at home yet, with their first coming Saturday against Calgary. They only have four games before heading out on the road, too. In fact, the upcoming schedule is not very forgiving: home games against the Flames, Leafs, Rangers, and Penguins before heading on the road again for two more games. This team could get to Game 20 of the season and still be below .500. That is a problem in a division where every team but the Penguins, who are just getting healthy now, have more points than games played.

This has been a headache for fantasy owners. No player on the team has double-digit points and the quartet of Bailey, Palmieri, Parise, and Pageau have three goals combined. The problems continue as Ryan Pulock has run into some injury problems:

What is going on this season? Let's dig in.

What stuck out to me looking through HockeyViz was the Islanders' defence at 5-on-5 this year. They are giving up a ton of shots from the top of the circle on the left side: