Pelech scored a goal on two shots, doled out three hits and went minus-2 in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1.
Pelech tied the game at 2-2 with a long-range shot in the second period. It was the defenseman's first point in seven playoff contests. The 26-year-old has added 13 shots on net, 22 hits and eight blocked shots in the postseason as a top-pairing option for the Islanders.
Pelech is scoreless with a rating of minus-2 as the Islanders and Penguins have split the first four games of their playoff series.
The lack of points is not a surprise as Pelech only had 14 points in 56 games during the regular season, but his minus-2 is a concern as he was a team-leading plus-15 this season. The Islanders, who struggled to score during the last few weeks of the regular season, have scored four goals in three of the four games versus the Penguins but have also given up 11 goals in that four-game span. Pelech and company will need to tighten up defensively if they want to advance to the next round.
Pelech put four shots on Tristan Jarry in the Islanders 5-4 loss to the Penguins in Game 3 of their playoff series Thursday.
Pelech didn't have a point in the game, but he had almost as many SOG as the rest of the defenders for the Isles combined. This is something of an oddity as Pelech isn't known for his offensive abilities. Pelech will next get a chance to register a point when the Islanders try and even their series versus the Penguins on Saturday.
Pelech registered a goal and an assist with two shots and one hit in a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Monday.
Pelech accounted for his second multi-point game of the year, netting his fourth goal of the season midway through the opening period and setting up Oliver Wahlstrom's second-period tally. The 26-year-old Pelech has 13 points and a plus-10 rating in 52 games on the year.
Pelech, like most Islanders, is in a scoring slump with only one point in his last 16 games.
It's probably not fair to point this out, as Pelech isn't and shouldn't be relied upon to score goals for the team. He is a defensive defenseman whose job is to keep the puck out of his own net. That being said, he does lead Islander defenders in goals with three. That may say more about the state of the defense than it does about Pelech. Pelech will be a RFA after the season but is expected to remain on Long Island.
Pelech will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights after this season, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Pelech will have just completed a four-year, $6.4 million contract and will likely be looking for at least $5 million per season. Pelech is the best defensive defenseman for the Islanders, and they will want to keep him. Still, a flat salary cap could make things difficult as Anthony Beauvillier and Ilya Sorokin will also be looking for hefty raises. While Pelech and Sorokin are almost certain to stay with the Islanders, Beauvillier may be the odd-man-out due to the cap crunch.
Pelech has recorded a rating of minus-1 in three straight games.
Pelech still leads Islanders defensemen with a rating of plus-10 on the season, so this is probably just a blip and nothing to worry about. The return of Noah Dobson (COVID-19) should help, and he is expected to play Thursday against Washington.
Pelech has a rating of minus-1 in three straight games for the Islanders.
Pelech has been one of the most consistent defenders for the Islanders all season but seems to be suddenly struggling. Pelech has only had a negative rating in eight games this season, and only once has hit happened in consecutive games before this current streak. This is probably just a blip on the radar for Pelech as the season grinds along. Still, the Islanders will need him to find his defensive game sooner rather than later, especially with Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals as the next team on the Islanders' schedule.
Pelech scored his first goal in eight games and second of the season in the Islanders' 5-3 victory over the Devils on Thursday.
Pelech is not on the Islanders for his offensive ability, as he has never scored more than five goals in a season or accrued more than 21 points. He is a solid stay-at-home defender who excels in protecting in front of his own net, as his plus-9 rating will attest.
Pelech will be a restricted free agent after the season, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Pelech is finishing up a contract that paid him $1.6 million annually and will be due a significant increase. The Islanders want to keep Pelech with the team but are unlikely to have much room under the cap to get a long-term deal done. Once again, Pelech, like Ryan Pulock, may have to sign a bridge contract that will last a season or two and wait for the cap to increase before signing for a longer term.
Pelech has two points, both assists, in nine games this season.
Pelech has only eclipsed more than 20 points in a season once, when he reached 21 in 2018-19. He's more known for his defense and is a better real-life asset than fantasy contributor.
General manager Lou Lamoriello stated Thursday that Pelech has completely recovered from the wrist injury that ended his 2019-20 campaign, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Pelech was injured during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Lightning and was unable to play as the Isles were eliminated in the next game. With the Islanders having traded Devon Toews this offseason and Johnny Boychuk retiring, the team will rely on Pelech even more to be a steadying influence in 2020-21.
General manager Lou Lamoriello expects Pelech (wrist) is expected to be ready for next season't training camp, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Pelech missed the last game of the Islanders' playoff run after suffering a wrist injury in Game 5 versus the Lightning, and he underwent wrist surgery shortly thereafter, but he should be back to 100 percent ahead of next campaign's training camp, whenever that may be. The 26-year-old blueliner notched nine points in 38 regular-season contests before adding five points in 21 postseason appearances this year.
Head coach Barry Trotz said Pelech (wrist) will need surgery after suffering an injury in Tuesday's Game 5 versus the Lightning, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Pelech was a surprise scratch ahead of Thursday's Game 6. He delivered seven hits and a blocked shot in 31:59 during Game 5, but Trotz said he finished that contest due to adrenaline. Pelech is an integral part of the Islanders' defensive structure. Per Arthur Staple of The Athletic, Pelech's injury is a broken wrist. No timeline has been provided for Pelech's availability ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
Pelech (undisclosed) isn't on the ice for warmups and won't play in Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
It's unclear as to the specifics of the absence, but he was classified as unfit to play by the team. In Pelech's absence, Johnny Boychuk will shift back to defense, as the team will roll with just six defensemen for the contest.
Pelech scored a goal, dished six hits, blocked three shots and posted a plus-4 rating in Friday's 5-3 win over the Lightning in Game 3.
Pelech was solid at both ends of the ice Friday, and he scored his first career playoff goal at 11:50 of the second period. The blueliner now has five points, 54 hits, 41 blocks and a plus-17 rating in 19 outings. Pelech is more of a defensive player -- fantasy managers aren't likely to have much interest.
Pelech recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Capitals in Game 2.
Pelech's assist on Anders Lee's empty-net goal was the former's first point of the playoffs in six games. The 25-year-old Pelech has added eight shots, 10 blocked shots and 17 hits in that span. He's much more of a defense-first blueliner, which makes Pelech a no-go in most fantasy formats.
Pelech (Achilles) is expected to be ready when the league begins Phase 2 small group training sessions, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
When Pelech was ruled out for the season, it was back in January after he suffered his Achilles injury Jan 2 versus the Devils. However, with the league going on hiatus and the postseason being pushed back, it appears the blueliner could be ready to play. In 38 appearances prior to getting hurt, the 25-year-old notched nine points, 81 hits and 83 blocks. Given his limited offensive upside, Pelech won't offer much in terms of value for DFS contests and playoff pools.
Pelech (Achillies) should be ready to go for training camp in September, the Islanders' web site reports.
That is, of course, assuming there is a training camp in September and that the 2020-21 season does not have any interruptions. The value Pelech provides to the Islanders is not on the scoresheet, as he only had one goal and eight assists in 38 games this season, but rather by his steady defensive presence, which allows the other five defenders to fit into their roles. Once Pelech was injured, it forced square pegs into round holes and the team suffered as a result. There was some hope Pelech could return should the Islanders make a deep playoff run this season, but general manager Lou Lamoriello seemed to put a damper on that possibility with the statement Saturday that he will be ready for next season.
The Islanders have gone 10-10-5 since Pelech went down for the season with an Achilles injury, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Pelech only had one goal and eight assists in 38 games this season, so it isn't his offense that the team is missing, it's his play on defense. What has also hurt the Islanders is the fact that Pelech is left handed while his replacement, rookie Noah Dobson, shoots from the right side. Pelech won't return this season, but he'll be welcomed back with open arms when training camp opens in September.
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|06/09||vs BOS||W 6-2||0||0||0||+2||22:45|
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|05/29||@ BOS||L 2-5||1||0||1||-2||21:10|
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