Above are the neutral zone numbers for the ninth game of the season vs the Jets. The Isles actually played one of their best neutral zone periods of the year in the first period, and overall played really well in the neutral zone.
Still, again we see a team that tries to dominate the neutral zone through sheer # of entries, as opposed to by carrying the puck in. Only Mikhail Grabovski really carried the puck in efficiently in this game for the Isles, and even he had one inexplicable dump in a situation where he had space to skate. This worked this game – the Isles lost due to the Kulemin major and one mistake in the third, really – but I’m curious if it can keep working in the future.