Chicago is the best team in the NHL. They’re a dominant neutral zone team who tore the Isles to shreds last year.
And the Isles beat them handily in the neutral zone.
You can see some of the Hawks’ neutral zone skill in their carry-in % – 48% is the highest the Isles’ have allowed since the schedule loss game vs Tampa. And the Isles still out-entered and out-carried the hawks. Oh and they also outperformed the Hawks in the Offensive and Defensive zones too.
This was yet another excellent game for Mikhail Grabovski, with 5 more carry-ins on 7 total entries. And on a less significant but nice note, Griffin Reinhart had his first NHL carry-in in this game. Overall, a GREAT game, especially given Boychuk and Hamonic are still out.