New York surrendered three power play goals to the Hurricanes in the Islanders only preseason game in Uniondale. The Isles also went 0-for-5 on the power play in the exhibition contest.
"Obviously we didn't play very well," Islander Captain John Tavares said after the game. "We were slow out of the gate. Special teams wasn't great for us tonight."
The Islanders had not gone over the team's power play system during the their practices over the last week. Tavares did say that the Islanders had gone over the penalty kill on Tuesday.
"Some of it's new and some of it's repetition, and working on things," Tavares said. "A lot of it is just being better and being a little bit sharper than we were. They were quick on pucks and made some plays and were just a little step behind."
Head Coach Jack Capuano used a variation of players for the penalty kills. The Islander bench boss used a combination of Jack Skille, Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Lubomir Visnovsky, Thomas Hickey, Ville Pokka and Griffin Reinhart on the PK. Capuano attributed some of the hiccups on the penalty kill to inexperience of some of the younger players.
"We had [ville Pokka] and [Griffin Reinhart] on the one. It's just two young kids out there against a pretty good unit," Capuano said. "Pass goes through both guys to the back door... It's something we'll continue to work with our guys on."
On the other end, Capuano felt his team could have shot the puck more on the man-advantage.
"[The Hurricanes] shot the puck on their power play," he explained. "You have to shoot pucks. The biggest thing with our play is we didn't shoot pucks... That's something we didn't do enough of tonight is getting pucks to the net."