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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 32 Isles 4, Colorado 1 Johnny Boychuk and Anders Lee scored second period power play goals and J...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 4, Colorado 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 32
Isles 4, Colorado 1
Johnny Boychuk and Anders Lee scored second period power play goals and Jordan Eberle added a goal and an assist as the Isles defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 before a crowd of 15,066 at Pepsi Center.  

Along the way, the Isles snapped Mikko Rantanen's 14-game point streak and held the Avs to just a single goal; it's only the 4th time this season that the Avs have been held to one goal or fewer (Nashville, Tampa Bay x2)
 
The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (7) Brock Nelson, Anders Lee 18:20 NYI 1,COL 0

2nd Period
Johnny Boychuk (1) Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey 02:07 NYI 2,COL 0 PPG
Gabriel Landeskog (22) Tyson Barrie, Nathan MacKinnon 06:45 NYI 2,COL 1 PPG
Anders Lee (12) Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle 18:25 NYI 3,COL 1 PPG

3rd Period
Valteri Filppula (8) Ryan Pulock 17:36  NYI 4,COL 1 ENG

The Skinny  
The Isles' power play had scored only five goals since November 1 but has scored three times in the last two games.… The Isles allowed a power play goal on the opponent's first chance for the third straight game... The Isles move back into third place, tying Pittsburgh in points but holding a game-in-hand. The Isles won 3 of 6 face-offs on the power play and have won 24 of 32 on the power play over the last five games after winning only 20 of 43 over the prior nine games…Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with six shots – matching a season high for an Isles defensemen; his game-winning goal was his 1st goal since March 30th…Jordan Eberle scored for the first time in 11 games; Valtteri Filppula scored for the first time in nine games…Mathew Barzal's assist streak ended at four games…Anders Lee drew two penalties; he has drawn 10 penalties this season…The Isles have won 14 games when outshot, tying Toronto for the most in the NHL…The Isles are now just one point off last season's pace; including shootout winners they have scored 19 fewer goals and allowed 21 fewer goals than last year's first 32 games…The Isles have earned 17 points in 16 road games this season; they had only 17 points through 22 road games last season…Thomas Greiss has won three straight, allowing only six goals on 75 shots (92.0%, 1.95 GAA).  Greiss now has 12 wins, one shy of last year's total and has lowered his goals against average to 2.50...The Isles have won two straight and moved to four games over NHL-.500 for the sixth time this season; they are have gone 0-4-1 in their prior five attempts to go to five games over .500.

The Injuries

Thomas Hickey left the game with an upper body injury late in the second period. He did not return.  

Brock Nelson left the game after being kneed by Ian Cole late in the second period. He did not return

We'll Be Home for Christmas…After This Four-Game Road Trip
The Isles are 1-0-0 on this four-game road trip:
12/17- Beat COL Avalanche 4-1
12/18- @ ARI Coyotes
12/19- @ VEG Golden Knights
12/22- @ DAL Stars

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 40
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 86 assists, 112 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Cutting Down on Shots Against
The Isles have allowed 30 shots or fewer in eight consecutive games for the first time since a club-record 15-game stretch in December 2014- January 2015.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 136 career goals, leaving him three goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 778-580-60-138 in 1556 games and is now just five wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    833
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   778

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1556
5. Ken Hitchcock   1549

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 16-12-4 (36 points), with 93 goals scored and 92 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 17-12-3 (37 points), with 114 goals scored and 111 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 10-4-4 when scoring first and 6-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    7-7-7=21
Colorado 11-12-6=29
The Isles are 2-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 14-3-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-12-4 overall; 8-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 8-7-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Colorado is 18-10-6 overall; 7-4-3 at home and 11-6-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 6-9-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-5-4 against the East and 4-7-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 28 saves and improves to 12-6-1 on the season and 7-2-1 in his career against Colorado.   

Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves; he is 11-8-3 on the season and 3-3-1 in his career against the Isles. 
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 2-4 on the power play in 6:20 of PP time; Colorado was 1-4 on the power play in 7:10 of PP time. 
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-3 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 3-1-0 in the front half and 3-0-0 in the back half.  This back to back concludes Tuesday in Arizona. The next back-to-back is December 28th vs. Ottawa and December 29th in Toronto.
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 11-12-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:41); Colorado: Tyson Barrie (23:52)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 15:48 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-5-3), Nick Leddy (5-6-1), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 30, Colorado 28 (52%).

Casey Cizikas won 12 of 20 for the Isles; Gabriel Landeskog won 5 of 8 for Colorado. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  11/19; 2nd period 14/25; 3rd period 5/14
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/46, Power play 3/6, Penalty kill 0/6.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Matt Martin & Adam Pelech -3)  
Colorado 12 (Five with 2)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total –7 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 24 shots (Thomas Hickey-4).  Fifteen different players blocked at least one shot.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 50, Colorado 70
5-on-5 Isles 36, Colorado 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +4
Colorado: Nathan McKinnon +17 
 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 13-11-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 150, Brock Nelson 127, Mathew Barzal 114

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Ross Johnston, Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 47

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 6-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 747

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 136 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 272

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 403

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 140

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The season series will conclude in Brooklyn on February 9th. 

Prior to tonight, the home team had won the last eight games in the series, including a 6-1 Avs win last New Year's Eve.  This was the first Islander win in Denver since January 10, 2014, when a Michael Grabner overtime goal made Kevin Poulin a winner.

On the Farm 
Sebastian Aho scored the game's only goal and Christopher Gibson did the rest as the Sound Tigers completed a perfect 3-in-3 weekend with a 1-0 shutout over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  

The Sound Tigers played without Michael Dal Colle.  Dal Colle  had a hat trick on Friday in a 4-3 overtime win in Providence and then scored twice in a 5-3 win over Springfield on Saturday, earning him AHL player of the week honors.

Bridgeport is 17-8-3-1 and has earned points in 16 of their last 19 games (13-3-2-1) overall and in 14 straight home games (11-0-2-1). The Sound Tigers begin a three-game road trip at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 14 (tied-5th in AHL) ; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 23.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 8-5-1 (2.83 GAA); Christopher Gibson 9-3-3 (3.08 GAA)

Up Next
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18th – ISLANDERS AT ARIZONA 9:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 8:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles look to sweep the back-to-back when they head to Glendale, Arizona to face the Coyotes.

While the Isles are 5-1-2 in the last eight games vs. the Coyotes, the home team has won the last seven games.  The Isles' last win in Arizona was a 1-0 shutout behind Jaroslav Halak on November 8, 2014; Frans Nielsen had the only goal in that game. 

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 4, Detroit 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 31
Isles 4, Detroit 3 (SO)
Mathew Barzal scored the first 5-on-4 power play goal for the Islanders in a month and then scored the only goal in the shootout as the Islanders improved to 2-0-1 at Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings before a sellout crowd of 13,917.  

Anthony Beauvillier scored the first Islander goal for the third straight game; it was his 9th goal in the last 14 games (and his third in three games at the Coliseum).

Former Islander Thomas Vanek forced overtime with a 6th attacker goal, giving him three points on the evening.
 
The Scoring: 
1st Period
Gustav Nyquist (9) Dylan Larkin, Thomas Vanek 05:03 DET 1,NYI 0 PPG
Anthony Beauvillier (10) Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey 11:05 DET 1,NYI 1
Trevor Daley (2) Tyler Bertuzzi, Thomas Vanek 19:46 DET 2,NYI 1

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Mathew Barzal (4) Anders Lee, Nick Leddy 11:03 DET 2,NYI 2 PPG
Casey Cizikas (8) Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Martin 13:56 DET 2,NYI 3
Thomas Vanek (4) Andreas Athanasiou, Niklas Kronwall 18:57 DET 3,NYI 3

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Jordan Eberle (NG) - Frans Nielsen (NG)
Mathew Barzal (G/GDG) -Thomas Vanek (NG)
Josh Bailey (NG) - Gustav Nyquist (NG)

The Isles have now won 76 shootouts, tying the Rangers and Penguins for the most in NHL history. Mathew Barzal is only the second Islander to score in the club's five shootouts this season.  Barzal is now 2/7 all-time in shootouts; both of his goals are game-deciding goals.

Frans Nielsen is now 49/101 in career shootouts.  While Thomas Greiss deprived him of his 50th career shootout goal, Frans still has four more shootout goals than any other player in NHL history (Radim Vrbata -45)

The Skinny    
The Isles' power play converted on their sixth attempt (and 14th shot) to improve to 6-63 (9.5%) since November 1; the power play is 2-34 in the last 13 games (with both goals against Detroit)… The Isles allowed a power play goal on the opponent's only chance for the second straight game; they have been shorthanded for only 23 seconds in the two games, combined. The Isles remain two points behind Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot; the Isles have a game-in-hand on the Penguins.… The Isles won 7 of 10 face-offs on the power play and have won 21 of 26 on the power play over the last four games after winning only 20 of 43 over the prior nine games…Brock Nelson led the Isles with eight shots (matching a career high set on 11/14/18 vs. Tampa Bay), while Mathew Barzal had a career-high seven… The Isles set season highs in shots in both a period (21) and a game (48)…The Isles recorded their first win of the season when trailing after two periods (1-9-0).  Each of their last three wins when trailing after two periods have come against Detroit – in three different buildings!... The Isles are 2-0-0 vs. Detroit this season but 0-2-3 against the rest of the Atlantic Division…Mathew Barzal has an assist in four straight games (1-5-6); since the start of last season he has 112 points in 113 games, including 11 points (1-10-11) in five games against Detroit…Dylan Larkin extended his point streak to seven games (4-6-10)…The Wings are 7-5 in overtime/shootout; the Isles are 4-4…Thomas Vanek is 13-17-30 in 40 games against the Isles…. The Isles' fourth line combined for 10 hits; it's the seventh time in eight games since the trio was reunited that they have had at least 101; Matt Martin had six of the 10 hits … Mathew Barzal drew his 16th penalty; moving him into the top-5 in the NHL in that category.  He has drawn 56 penalties since the start of last year (tied for the most in the NHL… The Isles have sold out all three Coliseum games this season and have recorded 14 consecutive Coliseum sellouts (17 including playoff games) dating back to 2015

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles allowed only 21 shots on goal (including six in overtime) after allowing only 17 on Wednesday.  It's the first time since December 19-20, 2014 that the Isles have allowed 21 or less in consecutive games. 

The Isles have allowed only 38 shots in the last two games; it's the fewest shots they have allowed in a two-game period since November 10-12, 2007, when they also allowed 38.  They haven't allowed fewer than 38 shots since November 2-4, 2006 (35 shots).

The Isles outshot Detroit by a 48-21 margin. The 27-shot differential is the largest since December 20, 2014, when they outshot Tampa Bay by identical totals.

Beau Know Goals
Anthony Beauvillier scored his 29th goal on 2018.  Some other notables with exactly 29 goals in 2018 include Anders Lee, Nikita Kucherov, and Nasim Kadri.

Beauvillier now has 40 career goals; breaking a tie with Kyle Okposo's total before his 22nd  birthday.  John Tavares (84 goals) is the only Islander in the last 30 years with more goals before turning 22; Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Mat Knows How to Help
Mathew Barzal's two points raise his career totals to 26-86-112.  Tavares (118 assists/202 points) is the only Islander in the last 30 years with more assists/points before turning 22; Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

One Goal Games
The Isles improve to 7-2-4 in one-goal games.  The Isles went 31-21-22 in 1-goal games over the last two seasons (winning just.41.9% of the games).

Cutting Down on Shots Against
The Isles have allowed 30 shots or fewer in seven consecutive games for the first time since a 7-game streak in October- November 2015; they haven't had a longer streak since a club-record 15-game stretch in December 2014- January 2015.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 135 career goals, leaving him four goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 777-580-60-138 in 1555 games and is now just five wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    832
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   777

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1555
5. Ken Hitchcock   1548

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 15-12-4 (34 points), with 89 goals scored and 91 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 17-11-3 (37 points), with 110 goals scored and 105 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 9-4-4 when scoring first and 6-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    10-15-21-2=48
Detroit 5-6-4-6=21
The Isles are 2-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 13-3-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 15-12-4 overall; 8-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 7-7-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Detroit is 14-15-5 overall; 8-8-3 at home and 6-7-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 5-9-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-5-4 against the East and 3-7-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 18 saves and improves to 11-6-1 on the season and 5-2-1 in his career against Detroit.   Greiss is now 10-9 all-time in shootouts.

Jonathan Bernier made 45 saves; he is 4-8-1 on the season and 4-5-4 in his career against the Isles. Bernier is now 12-18 in 30 career shootouts.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-6 on the power play in 10:24 of PP time; Detroit was 1-1 on the power play in 0:08 of PP time. 
The Isles are 11-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 5-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 13-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front half and 3-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 17th in Colorado and December 18 in Arizona. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 10-12-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:14); Detroit: Trevor Daley (25:57)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with a career-high 23:53 of ice-time.  It was the highest ice-time for any Islander forward this season.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (9-5-3), Nick Leddy (5-6-1), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Detroit 28 (51%).

Brock Nelson won 12 of 19 for the Isles; Dylan Larkin won 8 of 16 for Detroit. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  6/17; 2nd period 9/18; 3rd period 11/18; overtime 3/4
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/46, Power play 7/10, Penalty kill 0/1.

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Matt Martin -6)  
Detroit 19 (Jonathan Ericsson -3)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total –7 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 12 shots (Scott Mayfield-3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 71, Detroit 37
5-on-5 Isles 48, Detroit 25

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Ryan Pulock +18
Detroit: Tyler Bertuzzi -2 
 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 12-11-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 149, Brock Nelson 126, Mathew Barzal 113

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Ross Johnston, Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 47

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 5-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 746

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 135 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 271

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 402

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 139

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 73

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 1).  The season series will conclude in Detroit on March 16. 

The Isles have won four straight games over the Red Wings. Three of the four wins have come in extra time and three of the four have come after the Isles trailed in the second intermission. 

The four-game winning streak is the longest for the Isles against Detroit since a 5-game streak from 2009 to 2013.

On the Farm 
Michael Dal Colle has had quite a weekend and there is still a game to play on Sunday.  Dal Colle had a hat trick on Friday in a 4-3 overtime win in Providence and then scored twice in a 5-3 win over Springfield on Saturday.

Bridgeport is 16-8-3-1 and has earned points in 15 of their last 18 games (12-3-2-1) and have earned points in 13 straight at home (10-0-2-1). The Sound Tigers host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 3pm Sunday.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 14 (tied-4th in AHL); Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 23.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 8-5-1 (2.83 GAA); Christopher Gibson 8-3-3 (3.30 GAA)

Up Next
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17th – ISLANDERS AT COLORADO 9:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 8:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles  begin a four-game road trip as they head to Colorado to face the Avs for the first time this season.

The home team has won the last eight games in the series, including a 6-1 Avs win last New Year's Eve.  The last Islander win in Denver came on January 10, 2014, when a Michael Grabner overtime goal made Kevin Poulin a winner.  Since then, the Isles are 0-3-1 in the Mile High City.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Skinny; Vegas 3, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 30
Vegas 3, Isles 2
Tomas Nosek scored the winning goal early in the third period as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Isles 3-2 before a crowd of 9,281 at Barclays Center.  

Anthony Beauvillier scored the first Islander goal; it was his 8th goal in the last 13 games (and his third in the last four home games). Mathew Barzal assisted on both Islander goals, as he passed Josh Bailey for the club scoring lead.
 
The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jonathan Marchessault (12) Colin Miller, Reilly Smith 00:34 VGK 1,NYI 0 PPG
Anthony Beauvillier (9) Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal 03:17 VGK 1,NYI 1

2nd Period
Adam Pelech (3) Mathew Barzal 11:19 VGK 1,NYI 2
William Karlsson (11) 16:31 VGK 2,NYI 2

3rd Period
Tomas Nosek (3) Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Carpenter 03:32 VGK 3,NYI 2

The Skinny    
The Isles' power play went 0-1 and is now 5-57 (8.7 %) since November 1; the power play is 1-28 in the last 12 games and 0-17 in the last seven home games.… The Isles remain in a playoff spot; they are tied with Pittsburgh but have one more ROW…Robin Lehner started his first game at Barclays Center since October 24th; Lehner has allowed only five goals in his last three starts, but is 0-1-2 in those three games …Lehner started consecutive games for the first time since he played both games in Florida in mid-November… The Isles won both face-offs on the power play and have won 14 of 16 on the power play over the last three games after winning only 20 of 43 over the prior nine games…Nick Leddy led the Isles with six shots, twice as many as he had had in any previous game this season…The Isles have scored just 14 goals in the last eight games, and have been held to two goals or fewer six times in that stretch; it's the fewest goals that they have scored in an 8-game stretch since they scored 13 goals (plus a SO winner) in November 2016…Reilly Smith is now 4-7-11 in 15 career regular season games; he also eight points in six games vs. the Isles in the 2016 playoffs.

First Time in a Long Time
The Isles allowed only 17 shots on goal; it's the fewest they have allowed in a game since December 15, 2015, when they allowed only 16 in a 5-1 loss to Florida. Gerard Gallant, who was the winning coach tonight, was also behind the Panther bench that night.

Beau Know Goals
Anthony Beauvillier scored his 28th goal on 2018.  Some other notables with exactly 28 goals in 2018: Nikita Kucherov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Anze Kopitar and Patrick Kane.

Beauvillier now has 39 career goals; matching Kyle Okposo's total before his 22nd  birthday.  John Tavares (84 goals) is the only Islander in the last 30 years with more goals before turning 22; Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Mat Knows How to Help
Mathew Barzal's two assists raise his career totals to 25-85-110; he passed Bryan Berard's total in both assists and points (26-83-109) before his 22nd  birthday.  Tavares (118 assists/202 points) is the only Islander in the last 30 years with more assists/points before turning 22; Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

One Goal Games
The Isles fall to 6-2-4 in one-goal games.  The Isles went 31-21-22 in 1-goal games over the last two seasons (winning just.41.9% of the games).

Cutting Down on Shots Against
The Isles have allowed 30 shots or fewer in six consecutive games for the first time since a 6-game streak in October 2016; they haven't had a longer streak since October -November 2015 (7 games)

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 135 career goals, leaving him four goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 776-580-60-138 in 1554 games and is now just six wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    831
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   776

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1554
5. Ken Hitchcock   1547

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 14-12-4 (32 points), with 85 goals scored and 88 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 17-9-3 (37 points), with 108 goals scored and 100 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 9-4-4 when scoring first and 5-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    5-12-8=25
Vegas 7-5-5=17
The Isles are 1-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 13-3-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 14-12-4 overall; 7-5-3 at home (1-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 7-7-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Vegas is 18-14-1 overall; 10-3-1 at home and 8-11-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 4-9-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 11-5-4 against the East and 3-7-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 14 saves but falls to 5-5-3 on the season and 0-1-1 in his career against Vegas.   

Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves and improves to 18-10-1 on the season and 24-11-5 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; Vegas was 1-1 on the power play in 0:15 of PP time.
The Isles are 10-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 4-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front half and 3-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 17th in Colorado and December 18 in Arizona. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 10-12-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:33); Vegas: Nate Schmidt (23:04)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 20:54 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (9-5-3), Nick Leddy (4-6-1), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Vegas 25 (50%).

Casey Cizikas won 5 of 7 for the Isles; Ryan Carpenter won 5 of 8 for Vegas. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  11/19; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 6/13
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 23/47, Power play 2/2, Penalty kill 0/1.

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Three with 3)  
Vegas 20 (Oscar Lindberg -4)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total –7 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 12 shots (Four with 2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, Vegas 41
5-on-5 Isles 42, Vegas 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal +10
Vegas: Jonathan Marchessault / Riley Smith +11 
 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 11-11-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 148, Brock Nelson 125, Mathew Barzal 112

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Josh Ho-Sang, Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 45

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 5-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 745

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 135 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 270

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 401

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 138

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 72

Season Series Stats
Vegas leads the season series one game to one (and 2 points to 0).  The season series will conclude in Las Vegas next Thursday. 

With their victory tonight, Vegas now owns at least one win over every other NHL team.

The Isles lead the all-time series 2-1-0.

On the Farm 
Bridgeport is 14-8-3-1 and has earned points in 13 of their last 16 games (10-3-2-1) as they head into a 3-in-3 weekend beginning on Friday in Providence.  The Sound Tigers return home to play Springfield on Saturday night and Wiles-Barre/Scranton at 3pm Sunday.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 10; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20 (2nd in AHL); Points: Ho-Sang 22.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 7-5-1 (2.82 GAA); Christopher Gibson 7-3-3 (3.34 GAA)

Up Next
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th – DETROIT AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles conclude the three-game home stand as they face the Detroit Red Wings at the Coliseum on Saturday.

The Isles have won three straight games over the Red Wings, including a 3-2 win last Saturday in Detroit; this will be the Isles' first home game since their wild 7-6 OT win over the Red Wings at Barclays Center this past February.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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, December 11, 2018

The Skinny: Pittsburgh 2, Isles 1 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 29
Pittsburgh 2, Isles 1 (SO)
Jake Guentzel set up Derick Brassard's tying goal and then scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Islanders 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Anthony Beauvillier scored the only Islander goal; it was his 7th goal in the last 12 games (and his second in two games at the Coliseum).
 
The Scoring: 
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (8) Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal 06:32 PIT 0,NYI 1

3rd Period
Derick Brassard (4) Jake Guentzel 02:13 PIT 1,NYI 1

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Mathew Barzal (NG)  - Phil Kessel (G)
Leo Komarov (NG) - Sidney Crosby (NG)
Josh Bailey (G) - Evgeni Malkin (NG)
Anthony Beauvillier (NG) - Kris Letang (NG)
Valtteri Filppula (NG) - Jake Guentzel (G/ Game Deciding Goal)

It was Guentzel's first career shootout attempt.  The Penguins have now won 76 shootouts, tying the Rangers for the most in NHL history; the Islanders have won 75 shootouts.  Josh Bailey is now 2/4 in shootouts this season; he is the only Islander to score a shootout goal this season.

The Skinny   
The Isles have earned points in all 14 of the games they led after two periods (11-0-3) …The Isles' power play went 0-4 and is now 5-56 (8.9 %) since November 1; the power play is 1-27 in the last 11 games.  …The Isles' fourth line combined for 14 hits; it's the sixth straight game since the trio was reunited that they have had at least 11; Matt Martin had eight of the 14 hits … Mathew Barzal drew his 15th  penalty;  moving him into the top-5 in the NHL in that category.  He has drawn an NHL-leading 55 penalties since the start of last year… The Isles remain in a playoff spot; they are now tied with Pittsburgh but have one more ROW…The Isles have sold out both Coliseum games this season and have recorded 13 consecutive Coliseum sellouts (16 including playoff games) dating back to 2015…Robin Lehner started his first home game since October 24th; Lehner has allowed one goal in each of his last two starts, but lost both in shootouts…The Isles won all seven face-offs on the power play and have won 12 of 14 on the power play over the last two games after winning only 20 of 43 over the prior nine games…The Isles power play went 1-12 against Pittsburgh this season.

The Injuries
Thomas Hickey and Cal Clutterbuck left the game with injuries at the 12:29 mark of the third period; only Hickey returned.  Jordan Eberle left after regulation time and did not return. 

One- Goal Games
The Isles fall to 6-1-4 in one-goal games.  The Isles went 31-21-22 in 1-goal games over the last two seasons (winning just.41.9% of the games).

Cutting Down on Shots Against
The Isles have allowed 30 shots or fewer in five consecutive games for the first time since a 5-game streak in February 2017; they haven't had a longer streak since October 2016 (6 games)

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 135 career goals, leaving him four goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 776-579-60-138 in 1553 games and is now just six wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    830
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   776

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1553
5. Ken Hitchcock   1546

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 14-11-4 (32 points), with 83 goals scored and 85 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 16-9-3 (35 points), with 105 goals scored and 99 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 9-4-4 when scoring first and 5-7-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles      9-7-7-3=26
Pittsburgh 5-11-7-1=24
The Isles are 1-7-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 13-3-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 14-11-4 overall; 7-4-3 at home (1-0-1 on Long Island and 6-4-2 in Brooklyn) and 7-7-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Pittsburgh is 13-10-6 overall; 7-6-2 at home and 6-4-4 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 4-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 11-5-4 against the East and 3-6-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 23 saves; he is 4-5-3 on the season and 2-3-3 in his career against Pittsburgh.  He is 8-19 in career shootouts

Casey DeSmith made 25 saves and improves to 9-4-4 on the season and 2-0-0 in his career against the Isles. He is now 1-1 in career shootouts.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 8:00 of PP time, including a 2:00 4-on-3 in overtime; Pittsburgh was 0-4 on the power play in 8:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 10-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-10-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 4-7-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-10-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-1-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front half and 3-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 17th in Colorado and December 18 in Arizona. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 10-11-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (24:49); Pittsburgh: Mike Green (23:18)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:15 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (9-5-3), Nick Leddy (4-5-1), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 22, Pittsburgh 30 (42%).

Anders Lee won 4 of 5 for the Isles; Sidney Crosby won 15 of 21 for Pittsburgh. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  10/17; 2nd period 5/16; 3rd period 6/17; Overtime 1/2
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 14/38, Power play 7/7, Penalty kill 1/7.

Hit Count
Isles 40 (Matt Martin-8)  
Pittsburgh 27 (Zach Aston-Reese - 8)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total –7 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 18 shots (Scott Mayfield -3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Pittsburgh 63
5-on-5 Isles 33, Pittsburgh 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Adam Pelech +6
Pittsburgh: Jake Guentzel +13 
 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 11-10-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 147, Brock Nelson 124, Mathew Barzal 111

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Josh Ho-Sang, (Luca Sbisa-INJ)
Total games lost: 43

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 5-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 744

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 135 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 270

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 401

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 138

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 72

Season Series Stats
The team split the season series two games to two (and 5 points to 5).  This is the first season series against an Eastern Conference opponent to be completed.

The Isles are 3-1-21 in their last six home games and 5-2-4 in their last 11 overall games against Pittsburgh.

On the Farm 
Bridgeport is 14-8-3-1 and has earned points in 13 of their last 16 games (10-3-2-1) as they head into a 3-in-3 weekend beginning on Friday against Providence.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 10; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20 (2nd in AHL); Points: Ho-Sang 22.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 7-5-1 (2.82 GAA); Christopher Gibson 7-3-3 (3.34 GAA)

Up Next
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12th – VEGAS AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

In their 114-game history, the Vegas Golden Knights have defeated every opponent at least once, except one.  The Islanders, who swept a pair of games from the Golden Knights last season, hope to keep that going on Wednesday.

The season series will conclude the following Thursday in Las Vegas.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Monday, December 10, 2018

It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 10th

With the Isles returning to the Coliseum this season, I am dusting off the editions of "It Happened at the Coliseum" for each game night... Here's the one from December 10th...


See you in The Barn tonight!


It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 10th

18 years ago tonight (1996) – In an explosion that would not be seen again for over 17 years, the Islanders scored six goals in the second period and defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 8-2 at the Coliseum.

Nicklas Andersson had two goals and three assists while Ziggy Palffy, Marty McInns and Bryan Berard each added three points as the Isles chased Nikolai Khabibulin after 40 minutes.  Tommy Salo finished with 30 saves.  
Niklas Andersson
Berard finished the game 1-2-3 with a +4 rating, improving his rookie season stats to 3-16-19 and +15 enroute to the Calder Trophy; no Islander defenseman would score a goal and go +4 in a game again until Thomas Hickey did so on 12/31/2013 in Minnesota.

The box on the big period, which included 5 Islander goals in a 9:15 span:
2ND PERIOD
00:38
NYI
2 - 0 NYI
09:58
PHX
2 - 1 NYI
10:40
NYI
3 - 1 NYI
12:11
NYI
4 - 1 NYI
17:10
NYI
5 - 1 NYI
18:47
NYI
6 - 1 NYI
19:55
NYI
7 - 1 NYI

A horn such as this ran often that evening:

The Islanders have not scored six goals in a period in a Coliseum game since then; they did score seven in the third period in Vancouver on March 11, 2014 as they became the first team in NHL history to score 7 goals in a road third period after being scoreless through 40 minutes).

Also on this date: (1991) – Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull traded hat tricks in a 7-7 tie with St. Louis; it is the only 7-7 tie in franchise history. Ferraro scored three consecutive goals in a 4:43 span on the second period for his trick but the Isles needed a 6th attacker goal from Steve Thomas to earn the point.

All-time, the Isles have played nine December 10th games at the Coliseum and finish with a 5-3-1 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. 

Saturday, December 08, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 3, Detroit 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 28
Isles 3, Detroit 2
Matt Martin scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 19,515 at Little Caesars Arena.

Casey Cizikas and Ryan Pulock scored 2:26 apart in the second period as the Isles erased the Red Wing lead.  Detroit also scored a 3rd goal at the 5:16 mark of the opening session, but it was erased on an Islander off-side challenge.
 
The Scoring: 
1st Period
Justin Abdelkader (5) Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist 04:59  NYI 0,DET 1
Niklas Kronwall (1) Dylan Larkin 13:53 NYI 0,DET 2

2nd Period
Casey Cizikas (7) Ross Johnston 04:31 NYI 1,DET 2
Ryan Pulock (2) Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal 06:57 NYI 2,DET 2 PPG

3rd Period
Matt Martin (4) Cal Clutterbuck, Nick Leddy 03:24 NYI 3,DET 2

The Skinny  
Matt Martin recorded his 10th career game-winning goal (out of 54 career goals); all ten of his GWG's have been for the Isles. Martin now has four goals after having only three all last season…10 of Martin's 46 goals as an Islander have been game-winners; of the 46 Isles with at least 10 game-winners, only Jordan Eberle (31) has fewer goals in an Islander uniform…This was the fourth time in the last five games that the Isles were tied after two periods…The Isles' power play went 1-4 and improved to 5-52 (9.6%) since November 1; the power play is 1-23 in the last 10 games.  The Isles are now 10-1-1 when they score a power play goal. …The Isles' fourth line combined for 2 goals, 1 assist and 11 hits; it's the fifth straight game since the trio was reunited that they have had at least 11; Cal Clutterbuck had six of the 11 hits … Mathew Barzal drew his 13th and 14th penalties, moving him into top-10 in the NHL in that category…Casey Cizikas matched last year's total with his 7th goal; Ross Johnston evened last year's total with his 3rd assist…This was the 63rd time this season that an NHL team has rallied to win from a 2-goal deficit (nearly 1 of every 7 games played this season), including five involving the Isles (h/t John Kreiser, NHL.com)…The Isles did not have a shot on goal in the final 9:31 and were outshot for the 13th time in their 14 wins; the 13 wins match Toronto for the most of any NHL team in games they were outshot…The Isles moved back into a playoff spot with their win and the Penguins' OT loss…Mathew Barzal assisted on Ryan Pulock's power play goal; Barzal is 0-9-9 (0-6-6 on PPs) with at least one point (and one power play point) in all four games against the Red Wings.

The Injury
Anders Lee, playing his club-leading 146th consecutive game, was injured in the first period on a hit from Nicklas Kromwell, but did return midway through the second period.

400
Josh Bailey's assist on Ryan Pulock made him only the 14th player in Islander history with 400 points; like the other 13, Bailey is an Isles draft pick.   

Comeback Kids
The Isles improve to 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 5-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

One is Enough
The Isles improve to 6-1-3 in one-goal games.  Their .600 winning percentage (not points percentage) in 1-goal games is their best since 2014-15 (.605).  2014-15 is the only full season since 1992 that the Isles have won 60% of their one-goal games.  The Isles went 31-21-22 in 1-goal games over the last two seasons (winning just.41.9% of the games).

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 135 career goals, leaving him four goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 776-579-60-137 in 1552 games and is now just seven wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    829
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   776

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1552
5. Ken Hitchcock   1545

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 14-11-3 (31 points), with 82 goals scored and 82 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 16-9-3 (35 points), with 104 goals scored and 96 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 9-4-3 when scoring first and 5-7-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles   6-10-3=19
Detroit 7-8-10=25
The Isles are 1-7-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 13-3-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 14-11-3 overall; 7-4-2 at home (1-0-0 on Long Island and 6-4-2 in Brooklyn) and 7-7-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Detroit is 13-13-4 overall; 7-7-3 at home and 6-6-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-0 in Division games and 4-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 11-5-3 against the East and 3-6-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 23 saves to improve to 10-6-1 on the season and 4-2-1 in his career against Detroit.  

Jonathan Bernier made 22  saves but falls to 4-7-0 on the season and 4-5-3 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play in 7:11 of PP time, including a 5-on-3 goal (:25 of 5-on-3); Detroit was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 10-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-10-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 4-7-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-4-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-10-2 when they do not.  

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

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front half and 3-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 17th in Colorado and December 18 in Arizona. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 10-11-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:50); Detroit: Mike Green (23:18)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:38 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (9-5-2), Nick Leddy (4-5-1), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 32, Detroit 28 (53%).

Valtteri Filppula won 6 of 10 for the Isles; Luke Glendenning won 12 of 20 for Detroit. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  11/23; 2nd period 13/19; 3rd period 8/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/45, Power play 5/7, Penalty kill 6/8.

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Cal Clutterbuck -6)  
Detroit 23 (Luke Witkowski & Martin Frk-3)

Fights
Josh Bailey fought Dylan Larkin in the first period; Johnny Boychuk fought Justin Abdelkader in the second period. Season total –7 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 11 shots (Three with 2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 43, Detroit 47
5-on-5 Isles 33, Detroit 34

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Adam Pelech +9
Detroit: Frans Nielsen +6 
 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 11-10-3 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 146, Brock Nelson 123, Mathew Barzal 110
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Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Christopher Gibson, Luca Sbisa. 
Total games lost: 38

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 743

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 135 ***19. Joshua Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 269

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 400

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 138

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 72

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will continue the season series at the Coliseum next Saturday.
 
The Isles are 8-3-0 in their last 11 visits to the Motor City and are 5-2-1 in their last 8 games between the teams.  

On the Farm 
Otto Koivula scored his fourth goal in the last three games, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers dropped a 3-1 decision in Wilkes Barre/Scranton Saturday afternoon

Bridgeport is 14-8-3-1 and has earned points in 13 of their last 16 games (10-3-2-1). 

The Sound Tigers have hit a bit of a lull in their schedule as this was their only game between December 5th and December 14th.
 
Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 10; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20 (2nd in AHL); Points: Ho-Sang 22.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 7-5-1 (2.82 GAA); Christopher Gibson 7-3-3 (3.34 GAA)

Up Next
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th – PITTSBURGH AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
It will only be the 29th game of the season but the Isles and Penguins will complete their season series as they meet at Nassau Coliseum for the first time since January 16, 2015; Kyle Okposo had four goals in that game as the Isles won 6-3.
 
The Isles have won two of three from Pittsburgh this season, sweeping a home/home in late-October/early-November before dropping a 6-2 decision on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

The Isles have 3-1-1 in their last five home games and 5-2-3 in their last ten overall games against Pittsburgh.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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