Above are the results of my neutral zone tracking for the first game of this Islander season. For quick clarification, “controlled entries” are entries via carry-in or via pass – whereas uncontrolled are by dump or tip-in. Dump-and-Changes are not counted. The above is only 5 on 5 play.
The above #s are slightly skewed by score effects: the big lead made the team more willing to play and defend and dump the puck in – entries were 19-17 Isles, 7-5 by controlled entry while the score was still close, before the 2-0 lead.
Again, this is a small sample size so take it for what it’s worth. Josh Bailey made the most entries, although he started the game with 3 straight dumps. The new forwards managed 8 carry-ins themselves out of 14 total entries, which is a good rate. Tavares is usually dominant in entries, but wasn’t last night – course he didn’t need to be.
Overall, a good game, just lacking relevant sample sizes. We’ll talk more about this as we get more interesting data with larger samples.