Zach Parise Islanders
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Parise was the Islanders’ best player in Week 19 and recorded another career achievement.

The New York Islanders’ journey to the playoffs is still a long one, but Week 19 was a step in the right direction.

Their greatest regret this week was a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, in which they also lost star center Mathew Barzal as well as veteran defenseman Zdeno Chára.

Chára made history this week by becoming the first defenseman ever to reach the 1,652 game mark. The hope is that his injury won’t keep him out too long so he can continue to add to that total.

The Islanders did lose to the San Jose Sharks, as well, and that was a game they probably should’ve won, but they did at least get a point out of it.

The Islanders won two games and earned points in three this week, which is incredibly important as they look to get to the playoffs.

Many Islanders actually looked quite good but, once again, Zach Parise was the best of them all.

You can check out the Islanders’ Week 17 player of the week and honorable mentions here.

Player of the Week: LW Zach Parise

@ SEA: 2 G, 1 A
@ SJS: 1 G, 1 A
45.29 CF%
Average Game Score: 1.79
Average defensive impact: -0.05

Parise has been the Islanders’ best player over the past month or so and we saw why this week.

He was especially excellent in the team’s first two games of the week, when he was the Islanders’ best player. His 5.06 Game Score against the Seattle Kraken was his highest of the season.

As if his stellar play wasn’t enough, Parise also gave himself much to celebrate by scoring the 400th goal of his impressive career this week.

The emergence of Parise as the team’s best player during this most recent stretch as well as one of its most important players has been interesting, but it’s a relief to see him step up with several of his teammates underperforming.

Parise has become a crucial cog in the machine and must continue to produce at this rate if the Islanders hope to beat the odds and get to the playoffs.

Honorable Mention #1: LHD Sebastian Aho

@ SEA: 1 A
@ SJS: 1 A
@ LAK: 1 A
@ ANA: 1 A
48.08 CF%
Average Game Score: 1.67
Average defensive impact: 0.35

Honorable Mention #2: RHD Noah Dobson

@ SEA: 1 A
@ LAK: 2 A
@ ANA: 1 G
53.38 CF%
Average Game Score: 1.45
Average defensive impact: 0.10

Honorable Mention #3: RW Kyle Palmieri

@ SEA: 1 G
@ ANA: 1 A
45.34 CF%
Average Game Score: 1.43
Average defensive impact: 0.25

Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.