Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov
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Wanting on the stat sheet to begin the season and it seems to be enterprise as normal for the New York Islanders.
Whereas they’ve gotten by way of the primary 10 video games of a mammoth 13-game street journey, their protection seems as if it’s remained as resolute as ever, rating second in the Japanese Convention with 25 goals allowed.
Numerous that credit score, nevertheless, belongs to the play of Ilya Sorokin, who has already pitched three shutouts in dazzling trend this season whereas rating among the many NHL’s greatest with a .939 save proportion and 1.98 goals-against common.
However when Sorokin — or most lately Semyon Varlamov, who made his 2021-22 season debut on Sunday after coping with an undisclosed harm — is breached, the goals appear to movement in bunches.
Within the seven video games in which they’ve been scored upon, the Islanders have yielded three goals or extra 5 instances and 5 goals or extra 3 times.
The newest instance got here in Sunday night time’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild when the Islanders’ protection gave up two goals in 2:01 in the third interval, blowing a 2-1 lead in the method.
“[In our two previous games before the Wild] we were fine. Thought we got a little loose in Minnesota,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz stated on Tuesday. “When we do give them up, we give them up in bulk form. It’s not one and done, it’s two or three and we have to cut that out a little bit.”
It’s an early disturbing pattern for an Islanders group that has but to see its three defensive pairings settle in. After early struggles, Trotz was pressured to separate his high pairing of Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock to supply assist to the struggling second unit of Scott Mayfield and Zdeno Chara.
“It doesn’t necessarily go to the group, it’s more of individual decision-making… that we have to correct a little bit,” Trotz stated. “That’s part of it. I think we’re going to get in a rhythm here. The more rhythm, the better it will be.”