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Some keys for Charlottetown Islanders' success this season

Brett Budgell skates down the wing during Tuesday's practice at the Eastlink Centre.
Brett Budgell skates down the wing during Tuesday's practice at the Eastlink Centre. - Jason Malloy
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A look at some keys for the Charlottetown Islanders this season.

Home ice

The team hasn’t had a losing record on home ice since 2013-14. It included going 17-13-2-0 at the Eastlink Centre last year. During the previous five seasons, the team has earned between six and 18 more wins than losses while playing in Charlottetown.

Penalties

The Islanders lead the league in a category they would rather not – penalty minutes. Charlottetown has accumulated 72 in five games, 20 more than second-place Cape Breton, which has played one more game. “We have to be a lot better,” Islanders’ head coach Jim Hulton said. “It was an issue last year and it’s crept its ugly head into our game here in the first five, so it will be addressed.” Those who spend time in the sin bin may also find themselves in the proverbial doghouse as well. Hulton said if the issue continues the coaching staff may be required to limit some players’ ice time. “It's just foolish penalties that are going to hurt us and if we do it against this Saint John team it’s going to be difficult to win.”

Power play

Charlottetown is in a rare spot to start the season. Its power play has been clicking at a 28.6 per cent pace, ranking them third behind Chicoutimi and Rouyn-Noranda. The Isles have been in the bottom half of the league in the category since 2016-17 when they finished second behind Saint John. Isles’ overage forward Thomas Casey is tied with Alex Beaucage for the league lead with three power-play goals in 2020-21.

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