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Crazy Stats From Islanders January Crisis

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After a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers, a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets to close out December, the New York Islanders’ month of January could only be described using one word–horrendous.

In 13 games this month, the Islanders own a 2-8-3 record and now find themselves five points out of the second wild-card spot.

Let’s get to the crazy stats from this month.

The Islanders have been outscored 43-24, averaging two goals per game while allowing 3.31. Brock Nelson, the Islanders’ leading scorer, has been on the ice for a team-leading 19 goals against.

They have scored two goals or fewer in 11 of the 13 games, scoring just one goal in six.

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The best third-period team in hockey has scored just three the entire month. All three goals came in the third period of a 6-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, the second game of the month. They have gone 11 games without one.

They have 121 turnovers, 9.3 turnovers per game.

The Islanders power play is currently on a three-for-59 slide and has gone two-for-31 (6.45 percent in January. Over the last 11 games, the power play has just one goal on 27 chances (3.7 percent), and the Islanders have not scored a power-play goal in eight straight.

It hasn’t been all bad for the Islanders in these 13 games, as they scored the first goal in six. However, they have blown the early lead in five of those games, with four leads being blown in the third period.

Let’s keep them coming.

The Islanders leading goal scorer in Nelson, with 17 goals on the season, has scored just three this month, all three coming over the last four games.

Mathew Barzal, who scored in the first three games of the month, hasn’t scored in 10 straight.

Anthony Beauvillier leads the Islanders this month with 36 shots on goal but has just one goal to his name, which is the fewest of any forward to play in every game this month.

There are three players on the roster averaging more than a turnover per game, with Barzal and Alexander Romanov sitting with 15.

These stats are concerning and show that the Islanders’ issues lie in more than one area as they try to find a way to stay relevant in the Eastern Conference.

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