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Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 4, Arizona 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 33
Isles 4, Arizona 0
Scott Mayfield and Austin Czarnik scored in a 2:58 span late in the first period to break a scoreless tie and Ilya Sorokin made 17 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Islanders blanked the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 before another sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Brock Nelson scored twice in the third period, with Josh Bailey earning assists on both goal as the Isles improved to 6-1-0 in their last seven and 9-3-1 in their last 13 games.  They have also earned at least a point 13 times in the last 16 games (9-3-4).  With the victory the Isles are over NHL-.500 for the first time since a loss in New Jersey on November 11th dropped them to 5-4-2.

The Isles moved ahead of both Philadelphia and New Jersey in the standings with tonight's win. They also now have a better winning percentage than Detroit or Columbus as they moved into 9th place (by points percentage) in the conference.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Scott Mayfield (2) Adam Pelech (8), Mathew Barzal (17) 13:51 ARI 0,NYI 1
Austin Czarnik (2) Anders Lee (3), Scott Mayfield (7) 16:49 ARI 0,NYI 2

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (12) Josh Bailey (14), Adam Pelech (9) 01:22 ARI 0,NYI 3
Brock Nelson (13) Anthony Beauvillier (7), Josh Bailey (15) 09:59 ARI 0,NYI 4

The Skinny         
The Isles blanked the Coyotes in both meetings this season, outscoring Arizona 7-0… The Isles have allowed only eleven goals in their last seven games…Josh Bailey has eight points in the last seven games (2-6-8)… Phil Kessel played in his 939th consecutive game (3rd all-time); he is 25 games behind Doug Jarvis' NHL record, but Keith Yandle is in line to break that record on Tuesday at UBS…The first three Islander goals included a point from a defenseman, extending a streak to seven straight goals with a d-men point; Nelson's second goal ended the streak…The Isles had only three multi-point games from defenseman all season (two from Noah Dobson and one from Scott Mayfield) before Mayfield and Adam Pelech both did so tonight; Pelech and Nick Leddy (2-25-2021 vs. Boston) were the last pair of Islander d-men with multiple points in a game… Pelech has a point in three straight games since being named to the NHL All-Star Game; it is the first time in his career he has done so; Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier also extended their point streaks to three game...Ilya Sorokin set a career high with his fourth shutout; seven of his 24 career wins have been by shutout.  He joins Chico Resch as the only goalies in Isles history to earn seven shutouts in his first 45 career games…Brock Nelson has a club-leading 13 goals in only 24 games this season; he is on pace for 39 goals if he were to play the remaining 48 games. His career high of 26 was set in 2015-16 and matched in the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season….Austin Czarnik scored a goal and went +3 in his return to the lineup; Czarnik now leads all Islander forwards with a +6 rating...The Isles had a season-high 21 shots in the third period...Matt Martin fought Liam O'Brien for the second time this season; O'Brien now leads the NHL with nine fights.

First Times in a Really Long Time
Ilya Sorokin is the first Islander goaltender to shut out the same opponent in each of his first two games against them since Tommy Salo, who blanked the Capitals in his first three games against them in 1996-97.
The Isles outshot Arizona 21-4 in the third period; their +17 shot differential was the largest in any period since outshooting Ottawa 26-8 in the second period of their game on March 5, 2019.

Here Come the Islanders
Since Christmas, only Colorado and Florida have a higher winning percentage than Isles:
1. Colorado 10-0-1 .955
2. Florida 10-1-1 .875
3. ISLES 6-1-0 .857
4. Boston 9-2-0 .818
5. Carolina 6-1-1 .813

Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star  Break.   The Isles are 4-1-0 in that stretch, and have outscored opponents 15-8 (including SO winner):
1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
1/15 vs. Washington L 0-2
1/17 vs. Philadelphia W 4-1
1/18 @ Philadelphia W 4-3 (SO)
1/21 vs. Arizona W 4-0
1/22 vs. Toronto
1/25 vs. Philadelphia
1/27 vs. Los Angeles
1/29 vs. Seattle
1/30 vs. Minnesota 
2/1 vs. Ottawa

Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 8-3-1 in that stretch, with six games remaining.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,638th NHL game, leaving him just one behind Dave Andreychuk (1,639) for 9th place on the all-time NHL list. Chara is just 14 games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen: 
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Dave Andreychuk 1,639
Zdeno Chara 1,638
 
Home and Road
The Isles are 14-13-6 overall; they are 7-6-3 at home and 7-7-3 on the road.
Arizona is 10-25-4 overall; they are 5-13-1 at home and 5-12-3 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played sixteen home games and sold out all of them. They are the sixteen largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.  The Isles welcomed their 250,000th fan to UBS on Monday.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 891-648-60-164 in 1,763 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    891

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,769
3. Barry Trotz        1,763

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,470
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,340
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,231 wins between them. They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together). Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together. 

First Things First
The Isles are 12-4-4 when scoring first and are 2-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles   8-6-21=35
Arizona    4-9-4=17
The Isles are 4-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-9-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-45-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 17 saves; he is 11-7-5 on the season and 2-0-0 vs. Arizona. 

Scott Wedgewood made 31 saves; he is 5-9-3 on the season and 1-2-1 vs. the Isles.   

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Arizona did not have a power play.

The Isles are 6-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-10-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-7-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 12-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 100-11-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 3-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-2-1 in the front end and 2-3-1 in the back end. This back-to-back concludes on Saturday vs. Toronto. The next back-to-back is scheduled for January 29th vs. Seattle and January 30th vs. Minnesota.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-7-5 (.729) in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 29th against Seattle. The Isles are scheduled to play fourteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (20:52); Arizona: Janis Moser (21:26)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:52 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (4-2-2), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (6-2-2).

Face-offs
Isles 21, Arizona 25 (46%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 9 of 12 for the Isles; Riley Nash won 10 of 15 for Arizona. 

The Isles are 7-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-7-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Cal Clutterbuck -6)
Arizona 11 (Three with 2)
Fights 
Matt Martin fought Liam O'Brien in the first period. Season total: 14 (Chara 4, Martin 4, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Robin Salo -3)
Arizona 14 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 56, Arizona 36
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 48, Arizona 36

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Brock Nelson +12
Arizona: Nick Schmaltz +2

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Arizona 4
5-on-5: Isles 9, Arizona 4

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Kyle Palmieri-IR), Kieffer Bellows, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston  
Games Lost: 92 (48 to injuries and 44 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 122nd consecutive game.  Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR, offside 1/18 @PHI)

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs:  2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs VGK; Isles lost in SO)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 947…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 639  *** 12. Derek King 638 *** 13. Brock Nelson 628 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 617 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 561 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Anders Lee 549

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 194 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 181 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 364…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 193…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Brock Nelson 164

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 529 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 345 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson and Anders Lee 333…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 276

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 239
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 129

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 14-17-3-4 on the season following a 3-1 win in Providence on Friday night.  Jakub Skarek made 35 saves for the B-Isles, who improved to 4-1-1-2 in 2022. 

The Baby Islanders are home Saturday night, again vs. Providence, and at 3pm Sunday vs. Springfield. 

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  

The Isles have won nine straight  home games against the Coyotes, dating back to a 4-3 shootout loss on December 18, 2010.  The Isles' last regulation home loss to the Coyotes came on October 29, 2002 (10-0-1); that's one of only two wins on Long Island that the Coyotes have had on Long Island since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg.  

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22nd–TORONTO AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm 
[MSG+2 (pre-game at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles will look to extend their winning streak to four games as they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs back to UBS Arena on Saturday.  It will be the second meeting of the teams this season as the Leafs become the first opponent to visit UBS for a second time.

The Leafs have shut out the Islanders in their last two meetings (Michael Hutchinson on January 4, 2020, and Joseph Woll on November 22, 2021); their game in November, which was the second in UBS history, was played with six Islanders on the COVID list.  The Leafs won that game 3-0.

4-0 for 40
My son Adam noted that the 4-0 victory was fitting, given that the game marked my 40th anniversary on Islander telecasts.  Thanks to our entire MSG Networks team for making the night so special to me and to my family for all their support (and for sneaking pictures to our crew for the pre-game feature)!

And Finally…
We received word during the game of the passing of Islander legend, Hockey Hall of Famer, and humanitarian Clark Gillies. Always a gentleman, always an Islander.  May he rest in peace.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Friday, January 21, 2022

It was 40 years ago tonight...


It was January 21, 1982.  It feels like yesterday.



That Thursday night the Isles swamped Pittsburgh 6-1 at the Coliseum, to begin their record-setting 15-game winning streak.

The game was scoreless into the 2nd period, before Brent Sutter and Bryan Trottier sandwiched goals around a Rick MacLeish tally.  It was Trottier’s 250th NHL goal and began his club record 25-game point streak.

The Isles blew the game open early in the 3rd on goals by Bobby Bourne and Clark Gillies.  Bourne and Billy Carroll would score late in the game and the Isles had their 6-1 victory.

The Isles actually scored 3 goals on the same 4 on 4.  Pat Boutette and Denis Potvin, playing his 600th NHL game, were both given double minors at 18:08 of the 2nd period.  Trottier scored 20 seconds later and then Bourne and Gillies (whose children would later marry) completed a 3 goal in 3:27 outburst.

Gillies, Trottier, and Bossy all extended point stretches to 15 of 16 games.  

Roland Melanson stopped 23 of 24 shots. 

January 21, 1982 Box Score

It was the start of one of the most dominating stretches by any team in any sport.

Try these numbers:

  • The Isles won 15 straight, outscoring their opponents by a combined 97-35--an average of 6.53-2.33.
  • They won by at least 3 goals in all but three games in the streak.
  • 9-0 at home, 6-0 on the road.

John Tonelli scored the winning goal of the 15th game at 19:13 of the third period --remember, there was no OT in those days.  That win established the NHL record.  It was one of only two one-goal wins during the streak.  The other was a 7-6 win over Washington in which all of the goals were scored in the first two periods. The Isles have not won a 7-6 game in regulation time since. [They've won 4, all in overtime --most recently in February 2011 in Buffalo]

They beat the Penguins 4 times in the streak, before Pittsburgh would break the spell on February 21, 1982 [4-3]

After losing to Pittsburgh, the Isles went 7-0-1 in their next 8 [7-0-2 in their next 9].  Their 24 [and 25] game stretches were 22-1-1 [and 22-1-2].

THE STREAK:

21-Jan-82    Vs    Pittsburgh    6    1    W
23-Jan-82    Vs    New York    6    1    W
26-Jan-82    Vs    Pittsburgh    9    2    W
27-Jan-82    @    Pittsburgh    6    3    W
30-Jan-82    Vs    Minnesota    4    2    W
02-Feb-82    Vs    Washington  7    6    W
04-Feb-82    @    Washington  5    2    W
06-Feb-82    Vs    Detroit         6    2    W
07-Feb-82    @    Buffalo         7    3    W
11-Feb-82    @    Chicago         8    2    W
13-Feb-82    Vs    Philadelphia 8    2    W
14-Feb-82    @    Hartford        9    1    W
16-Feb-82    Vs    Pittsburgh     6    2    W
18-Feb-82    @    Philadelphia  7    4    W
20-Feb-82    Vs    Colorado      3    2    W
21-Feb-82    @    Pittsburgh     3    4    L

Here's a look at the winning goal for game #15:


With Howie and Butch right after the Isles eliminated Florida in 2016


And oh yes, one other streak began that night. 

A high school student made his debut as the statistician on home telecasts.  I've never left.

With Jiggs and Brendan in 2017


Over those 40 years, only three men have been the play-by-play voice of Islander television: Jiggs McDonald, Howie Rose, and Brendan Burke.  

I went to high school with Jiggs' daughter, my kids followed Howie's kids through the same schools, and now I work with a man who wasn't even born when I began this wonderful ride.

Before anyone knew of a blog or of twitter, there was The Skinny
(here from our post-game show following game 6 in 1993)
So, when MSG+ hits the air tonight (pre-game at 7:00, opening face-off at 7:30) I'll be directly to Brendan's left - with one simple goal - to make our broadcasts just a little bit better!  

And then, sometime after midnight, there will another edition of The Skinny. 

Had COVID not messed with the schedule, it would have been the 800th consecutive edition. Instead it will be #790 - and we'll hit 800 in early February!

Earlier in the week, Andrew Gross was kind enough to feature me in his Island Ice podcast -  hope you get a chance to enjoy it here: Island Ice



Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 32
Isles 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
Casey Cizikas scored the tying goal with 4:28 to play and Oliver Wahlstrom scored the only goal of a nine-round shootout as the Islanders completed a home-and-home sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 4-3 win before a crowd of 16,362 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Isles have won five of their last six games and are 8-3-1 in their last 12 games.  They have also earned at least a point 12 times in the last 15 games (8-3-4).  With the victory the Isles are back to NHL-.500 for the first time since a loss in Tampa Bay on November 15th dropped them to 5-5-2.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Robin Salo (1) Mathew Barzal (16), Zach Parise (8) 02:08 NYI 1,PHI 0
James van Riemsdyk (10) Cam York (2), Claude Giroux (19) 14:39 NYI 1,PHI 1 PPG 

2nd Period
Josh Bailey (3) Anthony Beauvillier (6), Adam Pelech (7) 13:28 NYI 2,PHI 1
Travis Konecny (7) Oskar Lindblom (7), Scott Laughton (8) 13:54 NYI 2,PHI 2

3rd Period
Claude Giroux (12) Cam Atkinson (14), Joel Farabee (7) 04:05 NYI 2,PHI 3
Casey Cizikas (2) Scott Mayfield (6), Cal Clutterbuck (3) 15:32 NYI 3,PHI 3

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Travis Konecny/Anthony Beauvillier
Claude Giroux/Mathew Barzal
Cam Atkinson/Brock Nelson
Joel Farabee/Josh Bailey
Scott Laughton/Kieffer Bellows
Morgan Frost/Noah Dobson
James Van Riemsdyk/Zach Parise 
Gerry Mayhew/Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Ivan Provorov/Oliver Wahlstrom (G/GDG)

Wahlstrom's goal, the first in 16 attempts by an Islander this season, snapped a five-game losing streak in shootouts vs. the Isles.  It was their first shootout win since April 8th, also vs. Philadelphia.  Each of the last three Islander shootout wins have come against the Flyers…The Isles are 2-6 in games beyond 60 minutes this season while the Flyers are 3-8…Semyon Varlamov improves to 34-20 in shootouts while Carter Hart falls to 5-11…The Isles have won 87 games in shootouts, extending their own NHL record (Pittsburgh is second with 84); the Flyers are 53-96 in shootouts (by far the worst winning percentage in NHL history.)… It was only Wahlstrom's 2nd shootout goal in seven attempts; both have been game-deciding goals (3/14/2021 in New Jersey)….Semyon Varlamov has stopped 136 of 183 shots in shootouts; his 74.3 save percentage is the best in NHL history for any goalie who has faced 150 shootout attempts…This was the first shootout to end 1-0 in nine rounds or longer since Jake Allen (STL) beat Ottawa on March 1, 2016 and the longest shootout since Toronto beat Philadelphia in 11 rounds on November 2, 2019….Varlamov has now been involved in three shootouts that have gone nine rounds or longer and won them all.

The Skinny         
Robin Salo is the 386th player in Isles history to score a goal….In the nineteen games that the Isles have earned points, their power play is 12-47 (25.3%); the Islander power play is 3-38 (7.9%) in their 13 regulation losses… The Isles have allowed only eleven goals in their last six games…Josh Bailey has six points in the last six games (2-4-6)… Keith Yandle played in his 961st consecutive game; if he plays them all he will break Doug Jarvis' NHL record next Tuesday at UBS…Four of Casey Cizikas' last five goals have come against the Flyers; it's the first time since November 5-7th 2019 that Casey has scored in consecutive games… Semyon Varlamov has stopping 140 of 146 shots over his last four games; Varly has allowed only twelve goals in his last six games (3-2-1)…The Flyers are 0-6-3 in their last nine games…The Isles finish January with a perfect 1-0-0 record on the road; they are at NHL .500 at home and on the road….All three Islander goals included a point from a defenseman.

The COVID List!
Ryan Pulock is the only Islander on the COVID list; fifteen Islanders have missed games due to COVID.  Pulock is still on LTIR while Kyle Palmieri remains on IR.

Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star  Break.   The Isles are 3-1-0 in that stretch:
1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
1/15 vs. Washington L 0-2
1/17 vs. Philadelphia W 4-1
1/18 @ Philadelphia W 4-3 (SO)
1/21 vs. Arizona
1/22 vs. Toronto
1/25 vs. Philadelphia
1/27 vs. Los Angeles
1/29 vs. Seattle
1/30 vs. Minnesota 
2/1 vs. Ottawa

Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 7-3-1 in that stretch, with seven games remaining.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,637th NHL game, leaving him just two behind Dave Andreychuk (1,639) for 9th place on the all-time NHL list. Chara is just 14 games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen: 
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Dave Andreychuk 1,639
Zdeno Chara 1,637
 
Home and Road
The Isles are 13-13-6 overall; they are 6-6-3 at home and 7-7-3 on the road.
Philadelphia is 13-18-8 overall; they are 6-8-4 at home and 7-10-4 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played fifteen home games and sold out all of them. They are the fifteen largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.  The Isles welcomed their 250,000th fan to UBS on Monday.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 890-648-60-164 in 1,762 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    890

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,769
3. Barry Trotz        1,762

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,469
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,339
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,229 wins between them. They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together). Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together. 

First Things First
The Isles are 11-4-4 when scoring first and are 2-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    9-7- 9-6=31
Philadelphia    12-14-6-2=34
The Isles are 3-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-9-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-45-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves; he is 3-6-1 on the season and 8-3-2 vs. Philadelphia. 

Carter Hart made 28 saves; he is 7-12-5 on the season and 2-3-3 vs. the Isles.   

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Philadelphia was 1-3 on the power play (4:56)

The Isles are 6-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-10-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-7-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 99-11-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 3-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 3-2-1 in the front end and 2-3-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for January 21st  vs. Arizona and January 22nd vs. Toronto.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-7-5 (.729) in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 29th against Seattle. The Isles are scheduled to play fourteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (25:26); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (27:33)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:17 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (4-2-2), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (5-2-2).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Philadelphia 37 (44%)
No Islander won more than he lost; Claude Giroux won 15 of 21 for Philadelphia. 

The Isles are 7-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-6-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Anders Lee  and JG Pageau -5)
Philadelphia 27 (Rasmus Ristolainen -9)
Fights 
Zdeno Chara fought Zack Macewen in the third period. Season total: 13 (Chara 4, Martin 3, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Scott Mayfield -6)
Philadelphia 20 (Justin Braun-3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 57, Philadelphia 62
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 42, Philadelphia 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Josh Bailey +9
Philadelphia: Justin Braun +11

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Philadelphia 13
5-on-5: Isles 6, Philadelphia 11

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Kyle Palmieri-IR), Grant Hutton, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston (suspended) 
Games Lost: 92 (48 to injuries and 44 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 121st consecutive game.  Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR, offside 1/18 @PHI)

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs:  2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs VGK; Isles lost in SO)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 946…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Derek King and Matt Martin 638 *** 13. Brock Nelson 627 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 616 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 560 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Anders Lee 548

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 194 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 179 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 362…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 192…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Brock Nelson 164

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 527 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 343 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Anders Lee 332…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 275

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 238
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 128

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 13-17-3-4 on the season heading into a weekend set of games with the Bruins (Friday in Providence, Saturday in Bridgeport). 

The Baby Islanders have points in six of seven games they have played in 2022 (3-1-1-2).

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 1).  The teams will meet again on Tuesday back at UBS Arena before completing the season series in Philadelphia in April.

The Isles have won seven straight games against the Flyers and are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games against the Flyers.

It is the first time in the 50-year rivalry that the Islanders have won at least six straight games over the Flyers.

UP NEXT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21st–ARIZONA AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm 
[MSG+ (pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles begin a seven-game homestand as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes to UBS Arena for the first time.

The Isles blanked Arizona 3-0 in the desert in October behind Ilya Sorokin.  They will be looking for their eighth straight home win against the Coyotes, dating back to a 4-3 shootout loss on December 18, 2010.  The Isles' last regulation home loss to the Coyotes came on October 29, 2002 (9-0-1); that's one of only two wins on Long Island that the Coyotes have had on Long Island since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg.  

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 4, Philadelphia 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 31
Isles 4, Philadelphia 1
Ilya Sorokin made 26 saves and Brock Nelson scored a goal and added an assist as the Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 before another sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

The Isles have won four of their last five games and are 7-3-1 in their last games.  They have also earned at least a point eleven times in the last 14 games (7-3-4).   

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Brock Nelson (11) Josh Bailey (13), Andy Greene (5) 11:44 PHI 0,NYI 1
Casey Cizikas (1) Robin Salo (2), Cal Clutterbuck (1) 14:28 PHI 0,NYI 2
Travis Konecny (6) Travis Sanheim (9), Scott Laughton (7) 17:12 PHI 1,NYI 2

3rd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (6) Oliver Wahlstrom (8), Brock Nelson (4) 04:44 PHI 1,NYI 3
Matt Martin (1)EN Cal Clutterbuck (2), Adam Pelech (6) 18:37 PHI 1,NYI 4

The Skinny         
In the eighteen games that the Isles have earned points, their power play is 12-45 (26.7%); the Islander power play is 3-38 (7.9%) in their 13 regulation losses…The Isles are 6-1-1 in their last eight games at home after going 0-5-2 to open UBS Arena… The Isles have won their last five games on MLK Day, including last season's home opener.  The last home loss on MLK Day was to Barry Trotz' Nashville Predators in 2012… Lou Lamoriello earned his 1,507th win (including playoffs) as a general manager, breaking a tie with Glen Sather for 2nd place (behind David Poile)…Travis Konecny was credited with his 100th NHL game when his centering pass deflected in off two Islander defensemen… Matt Martin was credited with his fifth career empty-net goal…The Isles have allowed only eight goals in their last five games…Brock Nelson's goal ended an Islander scoreless streak at 96:37; it was his first point since returning to the lineup…Josh Bailey has five points in the last five games (1-4-5)…Ilya Sorokin has won three straight and is 5-1-1 in his last seven games; he has allowed only fifteen goals in the seven games.

First Times in a Long Time – Identity Line Edition
Casey Cizikas scored for the first time since April 1st and Matt Martin scored for the first time since March 29th while Cal Clutterbuck recorded his first assist of the season.

The COVID List!
Ryan Pulock is the only Islander on the COVID list; fifteen Islanders have missed games due to COVID.  Pulock is still on LTIR while Kyle Palmieri remains on IR.

Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star  Break.   The Isles are 2-1-0 in that stretch:
1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
1/15 vs. Washington L 0-2
1/17 vs. Philadelphia W 4-1
1/18 @ Philadelphia
1/21 vs. Arizona
1/22 vs. Toronto
1/25 vs. Philadelphia
1/27 vs. Los Angeles
1/29 vs. Seattle
1/30 vs. Minnesota 
2/1 vs. Ottawa

Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 6-3-1 in that stretch, with eight games remaining.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,636th NHL game, passing Scott Stevens for 2nd place among defensemen in NHL history.  He is now just 15 games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen: 
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Zdeno Chara 1,636
Scott Stevens 1,635

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Dave Andreychuk is 9th (1,639) and Chara is 10th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 12-13-6 overall; they are 6-6-3 at home and 6-7-3 on the road.
Philadelphia is 13-18-7 overall; they are 6-8-3 at home and 7-10-4 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played fifteen home games and sold out all of them. They are the fifteen largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.  The Isles welcomed their 250,000th fan to UBS tonight.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 889-648-60-164 in 1,761 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz   889

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,769
3. Barry Trotz        1,761

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,469
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,338
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,227 wins between them. They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together). Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together. 

First Things First
The Isles are 10-4-4 when scoring first and are 2-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    13-7-11=31
Philadelphia    8-13-6=27
The Isles are 3-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-9-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 74-45-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 26 saves; he is 10-7-5 on the season and 6-0-1 vs. Philadelphia. 

Martin Jones made 27 saves; he is 6-6-2 on the season and 3-3-0 vs. the Isles.   

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (2:00); Philadelphia was 0-4 on the power play (8:00)

The Isles are 6-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-10-2 when they do not. The Isles are 4-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-7-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 98-11-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 2-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 0-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 3-2-1 in the front end and 1-3-1 in the back end. This back-to-back concludes Tuesday in Philadelphia.  The next back-to-back is scheduled for January 21st  vs. Arizona and January 22nd vs. Toronto.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-5 (.727) in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 29th against Seattle. The Isles are scheduled to play fourteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (21:14); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (25:14)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 16:38 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (4-2-2), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (4-2-2).

Face-offs
Isles 23, Philadelphia 21 (52%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 9 of 13 for the Isles; Scott Laughton won 9 of 13 for Philadelphia. 

The Isles are 7-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-5-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 22 (Anders Lee -5)
Philadelphia 16 (Rasmus Ristolainen -5)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 12 (Chara 3, Martin 3, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Three with 2)
Philadelphia 9 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 53, Philadelphia 53
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 45, Philadelphia 44

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Zach Parise +8
Philadelphia: Travis Konecny +12

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Philadelphia 7
5-on-5: Isles 10, Philadelphia 4

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Kyle Palmieri-IR), Grant Hutton, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston (suspended) 
Games Lost: 90 (46 to injuries and 44 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 120th consecutive game.  Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs:  2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs VGK; Isles lost in SO)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 945…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 637 *** 13. Brock Nelson 626 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 615 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 559 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Duane Sutter and Anders Lee 547

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 194 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 179 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 164

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 362…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 191…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Brock Nelson 164

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 526 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 343 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Anders Lee 332…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 274

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 237
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 127

On the Farm
Bridgeport suffered their first regulation loss of 2022 on Sunday and fell to 13-17-3-4 on the season with a 6-3 loss on Sunday in Providence. It was the first of three consecutive games between the teams (Friday in Providence, Saturday in Bridgeport). 

The Baby Islanders have points in six of seven games they have played in 2022 (3-1-1-2).

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet again on Tuesday in Philadelphia as well as the following Tuesday back at UBS Arena.

The Isles have won six straight games against the Flyers (all with Ilya Sorokin in goal) and are 10-1-2 in their last 13 games against the Flyers.
 
It is the first time in the 50-year rivalry that the Islanders have won six straight games over the Flyers.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18th–ISLANDERS AT PHILADELPHIA 7:00pm 
[ESPN+/Hulu, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles will look to extend the winning streak over the Flyers to seven games and sweep the home-and-home series when they face the Flyers again on Tuesday.

It is the first Islander road game since December 14th and the only road game that the Isles are playing in 15-game stretch (with seven home games on either side).  

The game will be streamed nationally on ESPN+/Hulu; John Buccigross and Kevin Weekes will have the call of the game.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Skinny: Washington 2, Isles 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 30
Washington 2, Isles 0 
Tom Wilson scored 4:35 into play and that was the only tally until Alexander Ovechkin hit the empty net with 10.2 seconds remaining as the Washington Capitals blanked the Isles 2-0, to end the Isles' three-game win streak and five-game point streak, before another sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Despite the loss, the Isles are 6-3-1 in their last ten games and have earned at least a point ten times in the last 13 games (6-3-4).  Vitek Vanacek stopped 23 shots to earn his third career shutout; he has also blanked the Isles in consecutive appearances over two seasons.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Tom Wilson (10) Aliaksei Protas (6) 04:35 WSH 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Alex Ovechkin (25)EN Evgeny Kuznetsov (24), Nicklas Backstrom (4) 19:49 WSH 2,NYI 0

The Skinny         
The Isles have been shutout four times this season; the first three were all in November and twice were in games during the opening homestand where the Isles were missing numerous players due to COVID.… Mathew Barzal was blanked for the first time in his last ten games while Kieffer Bellows had his points streak snapped at four… In the seventeen games that the Isles have earned points, their power play is 12-44 (27.3%); the Islander power play is 3-38 (7.9%) in their 13 regulation losses…The Isles are 5-1-1 in their last six games at home after going 0-5-2 to open UBS Arena… Andy Greene was penalized for the first time this season; it was only the fifth penalty he has taken in 91 games with the Islanders…The Isles failed to regain NHL -.500; they were last at .500 when they were 5-5-2…Semyon Varlamov allowed only one goal for the third straight start, stopping 109 of 112 shots; Varly has allowed only nine goals in his last five games (2-2-1)…The Isles have not scored in their last 142.48 against Washington; it is the first time the Caps have ever blanked the Islanders in consecutive meetings…Alex Ovechkin's empty-netter was his 755th career goal and 45th empty-netter; he has now scored in 41 different areas.  It was also his 41st career goal against the Isles (tops among active opponents and 6th all-time vs NYI).

The COVID List!
Ryan Pulock and head coach Barry Trotz are the only Islanders on the COVID list; fifteen Islanders have missed games due to COVID.  Pulock is still on LTIR while Kyle Palmieri remains on IR.

Streak Busters
The Isles did not score on the power play; they had scored in five straight games (first time since December 2017) and in eight straight home games (first time since January – February 1996).

This was the Isles' first regulation loss in 32 days (December 14th in Detroit).

Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star  Break.   The Isles are 1-1-0 in that stretch:
1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
1/15 vs. Washington L 0-2
1/17 vs. Philadelphia
1/18 @ Philadelphia
1/21 vs. Arizona
1/22 vs. Toronto
1/25 vs. Philadelphia
1/27 vs. Los Angeles
1/29 vs. Seattle
1/30 vs. Minnesota 
2/1 vs. Ottawa

Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 5-3-1 in that stretch, with nine games remaining.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,635th NHL game, matching Scott Stevens for 2nd place among defensemen in NHL history.  He is now just 16 games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen: 
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Zdeno Chara 1,635
Scott Stevens 1,635

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Dave Andreychuk is 9th (1,639) and now Chara is tied-10th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 11-13-6 overall; they are 5-6-3 at home and 6-7-3 on the road.
Washington is 21-8-9 overall; they are 10-4-5 at home and 11-4-4 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played fourteen home games and sold out all of them. They are the fourteen largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.  The Isles will welcome their 250,000th fan to UBS on Monday.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 888-648-60-164 in 1,760 games, which includes the victory today. Under NHL rules, results from games coached by an interim coach (such as today's by Lane Lambert) are part of the head coach's record.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    888

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,760

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,469
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,337
3. Glen Sather 1,319

With his next win Lamoriello will also break a tie with Glen Sather for most wins, including playoffs.  They are currently tied with 1,506.

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,225 wins between them. They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together). Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together. 

First Things First
The Isles are 9-4-4 when scoring first and are 2-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    7-8-8=23
Washington    16-10-10=36
The Isles are 2-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-9-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 74-45-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov Sorokin made 34 saves; he is 2-6-1 on the season and 8-10-2 vs. Washington. 

Vitek Vanacek made 23 saves; he is 7-4-5 on the season and 4-1-0 vs. the Isles.   

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Washington was 0-2 on the power play (4:00)

The Isles are 6-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-10-2 when they do not. The Isles are 4-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-7-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 97-11-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 2-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 0-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-2-1 in the front end and 1-3-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for January 17th vs. Philadelphia and January 18th in Philadelphia.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-5 (.727) in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 29th against Seattle. The Isles are scheduled to play fourteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (23:36); Washington: John Carlson (23:48)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with a season-high 21:40 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (4-2-2), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (3-2-2).

Face-offs
Isles 24, Washington 25 (49%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 6 of 10 for the Isles; Evgeny Kuznetsov won 6 of 9 for Washington. 

The Isles are 6-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-5-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 26 (Cal Clutterbuck -7)
Washington 20 (Martin Fehervary -5)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 12 (Chara 3, Martin 3, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 14 (Adam Greene -3)
Washington 11 (John Carlson -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 43, Washington 57
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 27, Washington 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Josh Bailey -1
Washington: Tom Wilson +14

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Washington 9
5-on-5: Isles 7, Washington 8

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Kyle Palmieri-IR), Grant Hutton, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston (suspended) 
Games Lost: 88 (44 to injuries and 44 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 119th consecutive game.  Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs:  2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs VGK; Isles lost in SO)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 944…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 636 *** 13. Brock Nelson 625 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 614 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 558 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Duane Sutter 547 *** 24. Anders Lee 546

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 194 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 178 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 164

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 361…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 191…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy and Brock Nelson 163

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 525 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 341 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Anders Lee 332…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 274

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 236
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 126

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 13-16-3-4 on the season heading into Sunday's game in Providence. It's the first of three consecutive games between the teams (Friday in Providence, next Saturday in Bridgeport). 

The Baby Islanders have points in all six games they have played in 2022 (3-0-1-2).

Season Series Stats
Washington leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  They will next meet on March 15th in DC, unless they make up an earlier postponement in the interim. 

The Isles are 2-6-1 in their last nine games against Washington; four of the last five games gave ended in a shutout, including a 1-0 shootout win for the Caps last season.

UP NEXT
MONDAY, JANUARY 17th– PHILADELPHIA AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm 
[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles will look to get back on the winning track as they face the Flyers for the first time this season in the front-end of a home-and-home series.  The teams will meet four times this season and three of them will be in a nine-day span (1/17 and 1/25 at home; 1/18 in Philly). 

The teams meet eight times last season and only two were decided in 60 minutes.  The Flyers won the first three games (twice in overtime) before the Isles won the last five games (including twice in overtime and twice in a shootout).  Ilya Sorokin was in goal for all five Islander wins, becoming the first rookie in NHL history to beat the Flyers five times.

The Isles have won their last four games on MLK Day, including last season's home opener.  The last home loss on MLK Day was to Barry Trotz' Nashville Predators in 2012.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 3, New Jersey 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 29
Isles 3, New Jersey 2 
Mathew Barzal scored with 4:53 remaining to break a 2-2 tie as the Islanders earned their third straight win and stretched their point streak to five games with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils before another sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Josh Bailey and Adam Pelech had the other goals for the Isles; Pelech, who was named to the All-Star Game for the first time earlier in the evening recorded his first goal of the season while Bailey's power play tally was his 2nd goal  of the season and first on the power play in nearly two years. The Isles are 6-2-1 in their last nine games and have earned at least a point ten times in the last 12 games (6-2-4).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Yegor Sharangovich (8) P.K. Subban (12), Colton White (2) 09:43 NJD 1,NYI 0
Josh Bailey (2) Zach Parise (6), Anthony Beauvillier (5)  18:59 NJD 1,NYI 1 PPG

2nd Period
Adam Pelech (1) Kieffer Bellows (6), Zach Parise (7) 09:22 NJD 1,NYI 2

3rd Period
Nathan Bastian (6) Ty Smith (9), Nico Hischier (15) 10:25 NJD 2,NYI 2 PPG
Mathew Barzal (7) Josh Bailey (12), Scott Mayfield (5) 15:07 NJD 2,NYI 3

The Skinny         
The Isles have scored 34 goals in the last eleven games after scoring only 33 goals in their first eighteen games… Mathew Barzal has points in the last nine games he has played (3-11-14, including four multiple-assist games)…Kieffer Bellows had an assist, giving him eight points in his last eight games… In the seventeen games that the Isles have earned points, their power play is 12-44 (27.3%); the Islander power play is 3-35 (8.6%) in their 12 regulation losses…The Isles are 5-0-1 in their last six games at home after going 0-5-2 to open UBS Arena… Adam Pelech, who scored for the first time in 29 games (May 3, 2021, vs. Buffalo) has three goals in 21 games vs. New Jersey and 14 goals in 307 games against the rest of the NHL…Pelech was penalized twice; it was only the second multiple-penalty game of his career…Zach Parise had his second multiple-assist game of the season.

The COVID List!
Ryan Pulock and head coach Barry Trotz are the only Islanders on the COVID list; fifteen Islanders have missed games due to COVID.  Pulock is still on LTIR while Kyle Palmieri remains on IR.

The Baby List!
JG Pageau and Sebastian Aho both became fathers today and were unavailable for tonight's game.

The Power Lists!
The Isles have scored a power play goal in five straight games. It is the first time they have done this since December 2017, when they scored in six straight games.

The Isles have also scored a power play goal in eight straight home games; it is the first time they have done that (in a single season) since January 9-February 10, 1996.  They have not had a longer streak since scoring in a club-record 14-straight home games from February 13-April 10, 1993.

There was one eight-game streak since 1996, but it lasted over two seasons and eighteen months (last three games of 2003-04 and first five games of 2005-06).

Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star  Break.   The Isles are 1-0-0 in that stretch:
1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
1/15 vs. Washington
1/17 vs. Philadelphia
1/18 @ Philadelphia
1/21 vs. Arizona
1/22 vs. Toronto
1/25 vs. Philadelphia
1/27 vs. Los Angeles
1/29 vs. Seattle
1/30 vs. Minnesota 
2/1 vs. Ottawa

Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 5-2-1 in that stretch, with ten game remaining.

The Schedule
This was only the 9th time Isles have had at least 10 days off during a regular season.

Five of the first seven were due to Olympics (ranging from 13 to 18 off-days).  In 1992 a player strike led to 13 consecutive off-days.  The only "normal" break of this kind occurred in early 2020, when the Isles had ten consecutive off-days around the all-star break.  The eighth was just last month, when the Isles did not play between games on December 19th and December 30th.

The Isles just ended their fourth break of at least five consecutive off-days (no games Oct 25-29, Nov 27-Dec 1, Dec 20-29, Jan 2-12); that's never happened before.  A fifth break of at least five days will occur around the NHL's All-Star Break.

Making Their Point
The Isles last lost in regulation on December 14th in Detroit; they are 4-0-1 since then and have now earned a point in every game over the last 32 days (through at least Saturday)

It is the 6th time in club history that they have gone at least 30 days between pointless games:
45 days  October/November 2019  
38 days  November/December 1978
34 days  February/March 1981
33 days  November/December 1980
32 days  January/February 1982
32 days  December 2021/January 2022 CURRENT through at least Saturday

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,634th NHL game. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,634

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 11-12-6 overall; they are 5-5-3 at home and 6-7-3 on the road.
New Jersey is 14-18-5 overall; they are 9-7-3 at home and 5-11-2 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played thirteen home games and sold out all of them. They are the thirteen largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 888-647-60-164 in 1,759 games, which includes the victory today. Under NHL rules, results from games coached by an interim coach (such as todays by Lane Lambert) are part of the head coach's record.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    888

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,759

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,469
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,337
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,225 wins between them. They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together). Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together. 

First Things First
The Isles are 9-4-4 when scoring first and are 2-8-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    14-5-6=25
New Jersey    14-6-12=32
The Isles are 2-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-8-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 74-44-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves; he is 9-7-5 on the season and 5-2-0 vs. New Jersey. 

Jon Gillies made 22 saves; he is 0-2-1 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. the Isles.   

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (6:30); New Jersey went 1-5 on the power play (6:55)

The Isles are 6-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-9-2 when they do not. The Isles are 4-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-6-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-10-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 97-11-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 2-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 0-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-2-1 in the front end and 1-3-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for January 17th vs. Philadelphia and January 18th in Philadelphia.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-5 (.727) in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-0-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 15th against Washington. The Isles are scheduled to play fourteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (23:56); New Jersey: Ryan Graves (25:05)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with a season-high 18:06 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (4-2-2), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (3-1-2).

Face-offs
Isles 21, New Jersey 29 (42%)
Casey Cizikas won 12 of 19 for the Isles; Nico Hischier won 14 of 19 for New Jersey. 

The Isles are 6-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-4-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
New Jersey 16 (Michael McLeod -5)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 12 (Chara 3, Martin 3, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Adam Greene -3)
New Jersey 13 (Ryan Graves -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 34, New Jersey 32
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 48, New Jersey 52

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Noah Dobson and Zach Parise +4
New Jersey: Pavel Zacha +6

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, New Jersey 20
5-on-5: Isles 7, New Jersey 14

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Kyle Palmieri-IR), Grant Hutton, JG Pageau (baby), Sebastian Aho (baby) 
Games Lost: 86 (42 to injuries and 44 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 118th consecutive game.  Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs:  2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs VGK; Isles lost in SO)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 943…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 635 *** 13. Brock Nelson 624 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 613 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 557 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Duane Sutter 547 *** 24. Anders Lee 545

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 194 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 178 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 164

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 361…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 191…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy and Brock Nelson 163

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 525 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 341 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Anders Lee 332…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 274

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 235
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 126

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 13-16-3-4 on the season following a 4-3 shootout win in Hershey on Wednesday; Michael Dal Colle scored the deciding goal in the shootout. 

The Baby Islanders have points in all six games they have played in 2022 (3-0-1-2); they next play on Sunday in Providence. 

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 game to 1 (and 4 points to 2).  They will meet in New Jersey on April 3rd to conclude the season series.

The Isles are 9-3-0 in their last twelve games against New Jersey. 

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th– WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS 2:00pm 
[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 1:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles will look to extend their winning streak to four games as they host the Capitals.  The teams were scheduled to meet on December 23rd but that game was postponed when the NHL extended the holiday break so this will be the first meeting of the teams this season.

The Isles went 2-5-1 against Washington last season.  Barry Trotz is 6-9-1 against the Caps since becoming the Islander coach.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick