NHL Metropolitan Division Power Rankings: Capitals Are Elite

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NHL Metropolitan Division Power Rankings: #3 – New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are off to a strong start to their season in their new home in Brooklyn. They currently hold a 5-2-1 record after making a return to the playoffs last season. They would be the number three seed in the Metropolitan Division if the playoffs began right now.

The Islanders are led by a high-octane offense. That offense revolves around captain and center John Tavares. He’s determined to be more than just a Hart Trophy finalist this season with 11 points in his first eight games. Forward Kyle Okposo has seven points in his first eight games (including three goals). They’ve had a relatively balanced attack with seven other forwards having at least five points.

The Islanders have struggled defensively. They have allowed 22 goals in their first eight games. None of their defensemen have been that active on offense. Johnny Boychuk leads the Islanders blueliners with four points. They have only 13 points from their defensemen through the first eight games. That’s a little concerning.

The Islanders were one of the strongest teams at even strength last season.The Islanders are allowing more shots against than they are generating at even strength. Their even strength score-adjusted CF% of 47.2% is the fifth-lowest in the NHL. It’s still early and this is probably just a small sample size.

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The Islanders have flaws. They are still an extremely good team and I expect them to work out their puck possession woes. They’re too talented to continue to struggle in terms of shot attempts.

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