How has each Islander historically performed in playoffs?: Part Two
Following up on a post from earlier today, this will look at how each Islander defenseman and goalie has historically played in the playoffs. Not included is Thomas Hickey.
Boychuk is a Stanley Cup champion and brings playoff experience to the Islanders. Boychuk’s 0.30 PPG average is standard through both the regular season and playoffs, while his positive playoff plus/minus per game average was 0.12, compared to 0.20 in the regular season. He’s averaged 2.32 SPG in the playoffs, up slightly from his 2.20 regular season SPG average. His playoff CF% is 48.7, down slightly from his regular season CF% of 49.5. Overall, Boychuk’s stats suggest that he should perform similarly to how he’s performed in the regular season.
Greiss has only played 12 career NHL playoff games but he’s been very good. Between two periods in San Jose in 2009-10 and 11 games with the Islanders in 2015-16, Greiss has a .923 save percentage, much higher than his career regular season total of .915. His goals against average is also lower at 2.48 compared to 2.61, so despite Greiss probably not getting into a whole lot of games if all goes to plan, it’s nice to know Greiss could be reliable if called upon in the playoffs.
Nick Leddy has played more playoff games than most Islanders but his numbers haven’t been excellent. His 0.04 playoff GPG and 0.26 PPG are down from the regular season, where he’s had 0.09 GPG and 0.43 PPG. His plus/minus per game in the regular season averages to -0.04, while he has a -0.14 playoff plus/minus per game and his SPG are also down to 1.33 in the playoffs, versus 1.46 in the regular season. That being said, his CF% is actually up to 55.7 in the playoffs from 53.7. Nevertheless, Leddy will be counted on to play big minutes throughout the series and will need to perform hopefully better than his basic playoff stats show.
The Islanders are in an interesting position, where their projected starting goalie for the playoffs has very little playoff experience. Lehner has played just 49 playoffs minutes total across parts of two different games with Ottawa in 2012-13, where he registered a .920 save percentage. So as for Lehner, there’s not a lot to go off of.
Mayfield has only played two NHL playoff games and only three AHL playoff games and other than that, it’s been very hard to find any other playoff stats on him. As a result, he can’t really be judged based on playoff performance because even the five games he did play weren’t even in the same league.
Unfortunately Adam Pelech is in a similar situation as Mayfield. Pelech only had two OHL playoff stints, the most recent one in 2013-14. His stats aren’t going to be relevant to now, especially from a junior league but it’s clear that Pelech lacks playoff experience.
Like many, Pulock doesn’t have a whole lot to go off of postseason-wise. In 2015-16, he played six playoff games for the Islanders, registering a goal and three points. In a small sample size, these were both pretty consistent to his regular season stats. He was a minus-four in six games which isn’t awesome and his SPG were down from 0.83 from 2.28 in career regular season games. His CF% was up in the playoffs though, at 52.7 compared to 49.2. Realistically, Pulock has a pretty clean slate coming into this series against the Penguins.
Toews has very little listed playoff experience, with the most recent playoffs being listed as in the BCHL in 2012-13.
For the blog from earlier looking at Islander forwards, check it out here: https://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Ben-Shelley/How-has-each-Islander-historically-performed-in-playoffs-Part-One/270/98836
*Post edited on April 10*
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