Barzal has 19 goals, 41 assists and is a plus-5 in 68 games this season. While the Islanders would like to see Barzal shoot more and pass less, he was on pace to surpass his career high in goals (22) from 2017-18, and he was also likely going to surpass his career high in shots, which was 179 last season. There is a truckload of pressure on Barzal, as he is the only true playmaker on the team and thus faces more than his fair share of criticism when the team is in one of its many goal-scoring slumps. It's also fair to point out that the Islanders have been awarded the least amount of power plays in the league by a wide margin, and that has also kept his offensive numbers down. Barzal can be a restricted free agent after the season and should be in for a significant pay raise no matter if or when the season starts up again.
Barzal posted an assist, a team-high seven shots on goal and two PIM in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks. The British Columbia native registered an assist on Jordan Eberle's first-period tally. Barzal now has 60 points through 68 games this season -- he's two shy of matching last year's output. The 22-year-old center has added 171 shots, 44 PIM and a plus-5 rating.
Barzal scored a goal and picked up a pair of assists, one coming with the man advantage, in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Ottawa. A loss isn't what Barzal or his team had hoped would happen in this one, but the top-line center was exceptional in defeat. His three points came after a pair of pointless outings, but he racked up six points in three games before that. With 23:42 of ice time in Thursday's loss, Barzal led all Islanders forwards in ice time and now has 59 points in 2019-20.
Barzal assisted on a pair of goals in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis. Both of Barzal's helpers came in the opening period as the Islanders built a 2-0 lead. He set up Jean-Gabriel Pageau's power-play tally to open the scoring, then drew the secondary assist on a Jordan Eberle goal late in the period. The performance extended Barzal's point streak to five games, with all eight of his points in that span coming via assist. He's picked up two helpers in each of the last three games, but hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 4.
Barzal notched two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers. With the Isles down 3-1 late in the third period, Barzal got to work, setting up Jordan Eberle for a power-play goal with under six minutes to go and then starting the play that led to Brock Nelson's equalizer with 18 seconds left on the clock. Barzal now has six points, all assists, over a four-game point streak, and on the season he's recorded 18 goals and 54 points through 62 contests.
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