Isles Retool Power Play
The seven-goal explosion Monday night against Tampa
Bay was a much-needed breakout for the Islanders. But
what can't be overlooked is that the power play still
struggled in six opportunities, managing just one
The addition of 6-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara into the
middle of the power play has been the most noticeable
change, but the switch from a dump-and-chase
philosophy to a direct approach of carrying the puck
into the zone has been the most welcomed adjustment.
"We were spending 20 seconds just chasing the puck
just to get control," said Mariusz Czerkawski, who has
yet to score on the power play this season after
netting a team-high 16 last season. "Carrying it in,
that should be our first option." Four of Brad
Isbister's team-high 10 goals have come on the power
play, but he agreed that dumping the dump-and-chase is
a good move. "It makes it a lot easier," he said. "You
don't have to chase it around." Now, Isbister said,
the Islanders have to overcome themselves.
Heading into last night's game, the Islanders were
second-to-last in the NHL with 10 goals in 103
power-play opportunities and the worst in the league
at home (3-for-46).
DiPietro Debut? Butch Goring tried to fend off
questions regarding the prospect of 19-year-old goalie
Rick DiPietro making his NHL debut this weekend. With
John Vanbiesbrouck's aching back keeping him out of
last night's lineup and possibly tonight at New
Jersey, Goring said he'd likely go with Wade Flaherty.