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Isles power play has chance to be special

With all the skill players on the roster, the Isles' power play -- which finished a respectable 17th last season at a 17.2 percent conversion rate -- has a real opportunity to be one of the elite units in the league.

The two PP units were on the ice this morning before the full team practice, working with new assistant coach Doug Weight.

The first group is Mark Streit and Brian Rolston at the points with Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Frans Nielsen down low. Having Streit back is obviously a huge plus, though the other guys are important too -- the Isles were 27th (16.0 percent) and 23rd (16.9) in Streit's first two seasons as an Islander.

The second unit that was working this morning has a bit of a wrinkle: Michael Grabner at one point, with Travis Hamonic at the other, and Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey and PA Parenteau at the forward spots. Okposo has worked the point of the PP in prior years.

"We have five capable guys who are able to shoot and make plays at any given time," Moulson said.

Against some half-stocked preseason lineups, the power play with all five first-unit players went 3-for-6 against the Devils and had a 5-on-3 goal against the Bruins.

 

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