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Islanders need to get their special teams up and running when season resumes

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz watches players during

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz watches players during an NHL summer training camp session at Northwell Health Ice Center on Friday, July 17, 2020. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

It’s time to work on special teams.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz said that will be the next element added to training camp, through drills and a scrimmage on Saturday.

“It’s real important for us to get that in line,” Trotz said.

The first four days of on-ice sessions during Training Camp 2.0 were focused on re-establishing the fundamentals and systems work the Islanders were seeking during the regular season, which was paused on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Islanders’ power play was 24th in the NHL at 29-for-168 (17.3%) and their penalty kill was ranked 15th at 142-for-176 (80.7%).

“Our penalty kill got off to a little bit of a slow start,” Trotz said. “If you take away the first 20 games, we were pretty decent the rest of the way. Our power play, I thought for long stretches, was quite ineffective. I thought we passed up a lot of opportunities to shoot the puck.”

  

Sorokin still in Russia

Goalie Ilya Sorokin is still waiting to get his work and immigration paperwork completed before he can depart Russia, his U.S.-based agent, Dan Milstein, said via email. The highly touted prospect signed an entry-level deal Monday and hopes to participate in practices, though he is ineligible to play this season.

  

Roll call

Defenseman Nick Leddy did not skate Friday after the team was off Thursday. He returned to practice Wednesday after missing the first two days of training camp . . . Defenseman Scott Mayfield remained absent after participating in the first day of practice Monday . . .   Defenseman Sebastian Aho and Leo Komarov have yet to participate during training camp . . . Trotz said Aho, Komarov, Mayfield and Leddy continue to participate in the off-ice meetings and video sessions. “They haven’t fallen behind,” Trotz said. “They’re in the meetings, they’re up to speed. But yes, they could use a few more reps. We’ll get them in.”

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