Leddy finished the regular season by going scoreless in his last six games. How you view this season for Leddy likely depends on if you're an optimist or a pessimist. The optimist will point out that after finishing last season with a rating of minus-42, he improved that to even this year. The pessimist will point out that he finished this season with four goals and 26 points. Leddy will need to be on top of his defensive game in order for the Islanders to oust the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
Leddy posted a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday. It came in a losing effort, but this was Leddy's first multi-point performance since Jan. 17, and he's also now on a modest three-game point streak. He has two goals and five points in the last six contests. However, Leddy is far behind his normal offensive pace. His shots and shooting percentage have both decreased, and he has just three goals and 24 points in 68 games this season.
Leddy earned an assist and three blocked shots over 23:17 of ice time and 4:22 of power-play ice time Tuesday against the Senators. Leddy's assist came in the form of a slap shot from the point that was redirected by Devon Toews in front of the net. Tuesday's point was the 21st of the season (two goals, 19 assist) for the Minnesota native, and his second in the last four games. In this campaign, Leddy is averaging 21:52 of ice time along with 3:05 of power-play ice time.
Leddy hasn't registered a point in his last 11 games. What may be of bigger concern to the Islanders is that the defensive play of Leddy seems to be slipping as well. Leddy has a rating of minus-5 in his last six games and is minus-2 overall in 57 games this season. Leddy was putrid last season with a rating of minus-42, but coach Barry Trotz seemed to have gotten through to Leddy this season that he must play stronger in his own end. This may be just a blip on the radar, but the play of Leddy will be worth watching as the Isles battle for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Leddy dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-1 win over New Jersey. Leddy's stuck on just one goal this season, but he's picked things up dramatically as a distributor with 11 assists in his past 16 games. Seven of those helpers have come with the extra man, as many of Leddy's shots from the point lead to rebound or deflection goals on the power play, even if they don't go in on their own.
Last 7 Games
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