Barzal finished the season by scoring only once in the last 15 games for the Islanders. While that is the pessimistic outlook, Barzal also had five assists in his last three games. Barzal is likely miscast as a top-line center but is also not a third-line player, which is where former coach Barry Trotz had played him for about the last month of the season. There is some speculation that part of the reason Trotz was let go was because of his handling of Barzal and how his play has stagnated under his watch. One of the biggest priorities for the next head coach for the Islanders will be to get the most out of Barzal and several other underperforming forwards.
Barzal picked up three assists in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Capitals. Barzal assisted on a pair of power-play goals in the first period before adding his third on a Josh Bailey goal in the third. The 24-year-old forward now has nine assists in his last nine games while only scoring one goal in that span. Barzal has yet to match the 85 points he posted as a rookie in 2017. He has 58 points in 71 games this season with 15 goals and 43 assists.
Barzal has 15 goals and 40 assists along with a rating of minus-15 in 71 games this season. The goal total will likely represent a career low unless Barzal can light the lamp twice in the last two games. The rating may even be a bigger concern, as Barzal was plus-15 last season and plus-5 the season before. Coach Barry Trotz will not be happy with those numbers, as he emphasizes defensive zone play by all of his players.
Barzal recorded an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Friday's 3-0 win over the Canadiens. Barzal set up Zach Parise on the opening tally 4:25 into the third period. This was Barzal's third straight game with an assist since he snapped a four-game point drought. The 24-year-old center hasn't been able to replicate his 85-point form he showed in his rookie year -- he's at 14 goals, 37 helpers, 146 shots on net and a minus-12 rating in 65 outings this season.
Barzal scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-0 win over the Rangers. That's now three straight multi-point performances for Barzal, who took a while to regain his form after returning from a lower-body injury in early March. On the season, the 24-year-old is up to 14 goals and 48 points through 58 games.
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