Since being reunited with Adam Pelech as the Islanders’ top defensive pair, this 27-year-old defenseman’s once dormant shots on goal stats have been revived.
Before the change, he was held to 1 shot or less in 6 straight games. When Head Coach Barry Trotz tweaked the lineup March 7th, Pullock’s trend reversed in a positive way. He’s now covered this 1.5 SOG line in 8 of 12 (75%) games since playing with Adam Pelech.
At the time of the change, Pulock told reporters: “It’s good to be reconnected with him. I think we got a lot of confidence together and we know each other’s games well. It’s nice out there with him.”
Tonight, Pulock gets a prime matchup vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets who allow 34.4 shots per game at home (3rd most) since the All-Star Break. Importantly, roughly 31% of those shots are coming off the sticks of defensemen (Pulock’s position), +3.0% vs. League Average and the 2nd highest percentage in the NHL.
Noah Dobson is also a good option for shots on goal today, but I prefer Pulock for our parlay. In two earlier season matchups, Pulock had 3 and 5 shots on goal vs. CBJ, easily covering this 1.5 line.