The New York Islanders defensive transformation under new head coach Barry Trotz was nothing short of revolutionary. In the 2017-18 season, the Isles conceded 293 goals against, which was league worst. This season, it’s down to 196, best in the league.
No doubt this is in large part to Robin Lehner and Thomass Greiss having stellar seasons under goaltending coach Mitch Korn, but systematically Trotz has implemented a structure under which the Isles have flourished.
So where has that defensive structure gone against Carolina, and why was it so effective against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round?