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Barry Trotz says Kyle Palmieri's goal drought is not a concern

Islanders right wing Kyle Palmieri skates during training

Islanders right wing Kyle Palmieri skates during training camp at the Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow on Sept. 25. Credit: Brad Penner

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Islanders fans inclined to worry about Kyle Palmieri failing to score a goal in the first nine games of 2021-22 need look no further than last season.

After the Islanders traded for him from the Devils in April, the Smithtown native scored only two goals in 17 regular-season games. Then he scored seven goals in 19 postseason games.

Then he re-signed in the offseason for $20 million over four seasons.

Palmieri did have five assists through nine games, including a nifty feed to Brock Nelson for the second goal in Saturday night’s 2-0 victory over the Jets.

Before Sunday night’s game against the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, coach Barry Trotz said Palmieri’s goal drought is not a concern.

"I thought last night Kyle was really good," Trotz said. "He made a really good play on the Nelson goal. He was engaged. He’s got a little bit of a bite to his game, which is exactly what you need, I think, on Nellie’s line on the right side - a little bite there."

Palmieri has been playing with Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier. Entering Sunday night Nelson had a team-high seven goals and Beauvillier three.

"I don’t think he’s consumed by, hey, I haven’t got a goal," Trotz said of Palmieri. "At least he hasn’t said anything. But the way he plays the game, it’s been the right way. It’s been productive and their line has been productive.

"I think he understands, being a good pro, that he doesn’t necessarily look at the scoresheet every night. He goes: Did I play well, and did we win? That’s probably the first two things that he thinks about.

"A good pro, I think, knows when he’s played well . . . He’s played quite well. (Saturday) night he was really good, actually."

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