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“The Skinny” By Eric Hornick Game 20 Carolina 4, Isles 2 Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before the game was four minu...

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Skinny: Carolina 4, Isles 2

“The Skinny”

By Eric Hornick

Game 20
Carolina 4, Isles 2
Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before the game was four minutes old to give Carolina a 2-0 lead, and despite a strong 2nd period the Isles could never catch them, as the Hurricanes defeated the Isles 4-2 before a crowd of 11,390 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

The loss snapped an Islander three-game winning streak and deprived the Isles (9-4-1 in their last 14 games) of an opportunity to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
01:50 Carolina PPG - Sebastian Aho (4) ASST: Teuvo Teravainen (11), Justin Faulk (3) 0-1
03:40 Carolina Teuvo Teravainen (7) ASST: Sebastian Aho (12), Noah Hanifin (7) 0-2
10:44 New York Nick Leddy (5) 1-2
17:13 Carolina Elias Lindholm (5) ASST: Phillip Di Giuseppe (1), Jeff Skinner (4) 1-3

2ND PERIOD
17:40 Carolina PPG - Teuvo Teravainen (8) ASST: Justin Faulk (4), Sebastian Aho (13) 1-4

3RD PERIOD
13:13 New York PPG - John Tavares (15) ASST: Nick Leddy (11), Mathew Barzal (15) 2-4

The Skinny:
Both Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen finished with three points…Aho now has a goal in four straight games while Teravainen has an assist if four straight…John Tavares’ late tally was the 250th of his NHL career and gave him a share of the team lead in points (with Josh Bailey -23 points)... Mathew Barzal assisted on the tally, as he took over the NHL lead in rookie scoring…The Isles have scored 72 goals (not including shootout goals in their first 20games; it’s their highest goal total through 20 games in 30 years (89 in 1987-88)…Carolina had a 2-0 lead before the Isles had a shot on goal… The Isles are 11-7-2 this season; they were 6-10-4 through 20 games last season and won only 11 of their first 31 games last season (11-14-6)… The Isles allowed three goals in a period for the third straight game…Carolina is the least penalized team in the NHL but the Isles had a season-high seven power plays…Tavares now has 21 career goals against Carolina (his highest total vs. any opponent); among active players only Jaromir Jagr and Alex Ovechkin have more goals against the Canes…Cam Ward recorded his 23rd career win against the Isles and his 298th career win…Jaroslav Halak suffered his third straight loss.

Moving up the NHL Leader Boards
• John Tavares (23 points), Josh Bailey (23) and Anders Lee (21) are all now in the top 20 in points
• John Tavares remains 2nd in goals (15)
• Anders Lee is tied-7th in goals (11)
• Josh Bailey is 5th in assists with 19 and tied for the team lead with 23 points (4-19-23)
• Mathew Barzal now leads all rookies in both points:19 and assists: 15. He has 7 power play points (one shy of Will Butcher’s 8 for the rookie lead).
• Nick Leddy is now tied-8th in defenseman points (16)

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 6-2-2 on the season (6-1-2 in his last 9 games). Greiss has won three straight and is his 4-0-1 in his last 5 games.

Fastest to 35
Doug Weight is now 35-19-6 as an NHL coach. On November 18 in Tampa Bay, he reached 35 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 35 Wins by an Islander Coach:
59 – Doug Weight
71 – Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (35-25-7-4)
73 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (35-27-11)
76—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (35-27-10-4)

The Shots
Isles 6-11-12=29
Carolina 16-6-10=32

The Isles are 2-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 9-4-0 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy Stretch
This was the third game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 6 games in 10 days, changing cities between each game and playing two sets of three games in four days, with the four road games being played in two sets of back-to-backs. The Isles are 2-1-0 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-7-2 overall; 6-0-2 at home and 5-7-0 on the road.
Carolina is 9-6-4 overall; 4-2-3 at home and 5-4-1 on the road.

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-3-0 in Division games and 9-4-2 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 4-3-0 against the East and 7-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 6-0-2 at home, matching their best home start since 1978-79 (7-0-1).

The Isles are 4-0-2 vs. the Western Conference at Barclays Center this season and are 25-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 8 Home Games
15- 1978-79
14- 2017-18
14- 1986-87
14-1984-85
14- 1982-83
14- 1976-77

If the Islanders can beat Philadelphia on Wednesday they will match their best-ever record through 9 home games (7-0-2 in 1978-79 and 8-1-0 in 1984-85).

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves but falls to 5-5-0 on the season and 3-5-1 in his career against Carolina.

Cam Ward made 27 saves as he improves to 3-2-0 on the season and 23-4-5 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-7 on the power play; Carolina was 2-5.
The Isles are 7-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when they do not. The Isles are 6-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-3-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-5-2 when they do not.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 0-3 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 7-0-0 when they score first and are 4-7-2 when they allow the opening goal.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is November 24th in Philadelphia and November 25th in Ottawa.

Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 0-2-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 3-0-0 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 6-5-2 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:39); Carolina: Jaccob Slavin (24:41)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (5-5-0), John Tavares (1-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

Mathew Barzal led the forwards in ice-time (21:46). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (11-5-2), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 22, Carolina 34 (39%).

No Isles who took more than two draws won more than he lost; Derek Ryan won 9 of 10 for Carolina.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/21; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 7/17.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 10/34; Power play 6/12; Penalty kill 6/10.

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Andrew Ladd & Johnny Boychuk - 3)
Carolina 27 (Brett Pesce -4)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots; Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk each had two.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 61, Carolina 56
5-on-5 Isles 38, Carolina 37

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Calvin deHaan +9
Carolina: Brock McGinn +6

Night and Day
The Isles are 11-7-1 in night games and 0-0-1 in matinees. The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season.

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 208 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 171 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 169, Calvin deHaan 105.

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg, Cal Clutterbuck (sick)

Total games lost: 45.

Late Hero
The Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games. Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900

7. Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 659 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 606
Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 250

22. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 110

29. Anders Kallur 101*** 30. Trent Hunter 99 ***31. Mikko Makela, David Volek and Anders Lee 95

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 310

15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 219

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tavares 560

17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 329

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282

6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Roland Melanson 136 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 134

11. Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Chris Osgood 103 *** 13. Thomas Greiss 102

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 *** 5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 73

8. Tommy Salo 62… 9. Evgeni Nabokov 57…10. Thomas Greiss 55

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (and two points to two). The teams will meet again on February 16th in Carolina and on March 18th in Brooklyn.

This was only the third regulation loss in the Isles’ last 9 games in Carolina (6-3-0).

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 9-7-0-0 following a 2-1 win over Springfield on Sunday. Devon Toews scored his fourth goal in the last three games while Kristers Gudlevskis came with four seconds of a shutout as Bridgeport improved to 6-2-0 in their last eight games.

Tanner Fritz, added an assist as he continues to lead Bridgeport with 16 points (3-13-16); Scott Eansor and Steve Bernier lead the team in goals with 7.

Bridgeport is off until Friday; the Sound Tigers have a “3-in-3” weekend upcoming, with a home game against Hartford on Friday and road games with Lehigh Valley and Hershey on Saturday and Sunday.

Up Next
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd –PHILADELPHIA AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9PM]

The Isles return home to begin a home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers in the first meetings of the season between the long-term rivals.

The Flyers have won four straight games in Brooklyn, including one in overtime and another in a shootout. Overall, the Isles are 1-2-2 all-time against the Flyers at Barclays Center.

The home-and-home series concludes with a Black Friday matinee at 4pm in Philadelphia.

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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 5, Tampa Bay 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 19
Isles 5, Tampa Bay 3
Anders Lee scored two goals to help the Isles build a 4-0 lead and Thomas Greiss made 36 saves as the Isles held off a fierce Lightning rally to defeat Tampa Bay 5-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

The Isles are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games. They have won three straight games, all with Greiss in goal, and have closed within one point of the Metropolitan Division lead.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
00:51 New York Andrew Ladd (4) ASST: John Tavares (7), Joshua Ho-Sang (5) 1-0
10:25 New York Anders Lee (10) ASST: John Tavares (8), Josh Bailey (17) 2-0

2ND PERIOD
07:09 New York Brock Nelson (6) ASST: Jason Chimera (3), Adam Pelech (6) 3-0

3RD PERIOD
01:05 New York PPG - Anders Lee (11) ASST: Josh Bailey (18), Mathew Barzal (14) 4-0
03:13 Tampa Bay Yanni Gourde (5) ASST: Brayden Point (11), Slater Koekkoek (2) 4-1
03:26 Tampa Bay Ondrej Palat (5) ASST: Brayden Point (12), Andrei Vasilevskiy (1) 4-2
16:24 Tampa Bay Yanni Gourde (6) ASST: Ondrej Palat (7), Dan Girardi (4) 4-3
19:38 New York EN - John Tavares (14) ASST: Casey Cizikas (4), Josh Bailey (19) 5-3

The Skinny: 
The Isles scored the first goal for the third straight game; the Isles are 7-0-0 when they score first, 7-0-0 when they lead after one period, and 9-0-0 when they lead after two periods…Andrew Ladd's goal was the earliest for the Isles this season and the first in the opening minute since Adam Pelech did so vs. Winnipeg last March… The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times in the first 19 games for the first time since the 1984-85 season, when they did so 13 times…Both John Tavares (1-2-3) and Josh Bailey (0-3-3) had three-point games; it was Tavares' 249th NHL goal… Anders Lee recorded his 16th career 2-goal game.  It was his first two-goal game against Jon Cooper, who coached Lee in the USHL… The Isles have scored at least two first period goals in three consecutive games for the first time since February, 2015…Anders Lee now had 12 points in the third period this season, tying Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead… The Isles have scored 71 goals in their first 19 games; it's their highest goal total through 19 games in 30 years (83 in 1987-88)…The Isles had the game's first six shots, but didn't have a shot on goal for the remainder of the first period after Anders Lee's goal…The Lightning have sold out their last 120 home games…Andrei Vasilevskiy suffered his first regulation loss since October 7 (13-0-1)..Yanni Gourde's first goal ended a 64:05 shutout streak for Thomas Greiss, during which the Isles had scored seven times…Brock Nelson scores his first goal in 10 games; Jason Chimera assisted on the tally for his first point since October 9th…The Isles are 11-6-2 this season; they won only 11 of their first 31 games last season (11-14-6)…The Isles allowed three 2nd period goals on Thursday and three 3rd period goals in this game, both wins.  Prior to Thursday, the Isles had gone 0-15-1 in the last 16 games they allowed three goals in a period.

3 For 3 For 12
Josh Bailey recorded his third 3-assist game of the season; Blake Wheeler is the only other NHL player with three 3-assist games this season. It's the fifth time in the last 24 seasons that an Islander has three 3 games with at least 3 assists (Pat LaFontaine -2x, Jeff Norton, John Tavares). Vladimir Malakhov is the last Islander with four 3-assist games in a season (1993-94).

Bailey now has seven career 3-assist games.  Since 1994-95, only John Tavares (9) and Alexei Yashin (7) have as many in an Islander uniform.

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT
The Isles improve to 6-0-0 on Saturdays; it's the first time since 2006 that they have won six straight on Saturday.

First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time
The Isles have scored at least five goals in three straight games.  It's the first time (excluding shootout tallies) that they have done this since January 30- February 4, 1996.

Moving up the NHL Leader Boards (does not include late games)
John Tavares (22 points), Josh Bailey (23) and Anders Lee (21) are all now in the top 20 in points
John Tavares remains 2nd in goals (14)
Anders Lee is tied-7th in goals (11)
Josh Bailey is now 5th in assists with 19 and leads the team with 23 points (4-19-23)
Mathew Barzal is now tied-1st in rookie points:18 (with Arizona's Clayton Keller) and is tied-1st in rookie assists:14 (with NJ's Will Butcher)

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss improves to 6-2-2 on the season (6-1-2 in his last 9 games).  Greiss has won three straight and is his 4-0-1 in his last 5 games.

Facing 35
Greiss improves to 4-0-1 this season when facing at least 35 shots.  He is 15-4-7 as an Islander and 25-8-9 in his career when facing 35 or more.

Fastest to 35
Doug Weight is now 35-18-6 as an NHL coach. On November 18 in Tampa Bay, he reached 35 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 35 Wins by an Islander Coach:
59 – Doug Weight
71 – Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (35-25-7-4)
73 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (35-27-11)
76—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (35-27-10-4)

60 Over (NHL) .500
The Isles are now 1549-1489-481 all-time, making their record 60 games over NHL-.500.  The last time the Isles were 60 games over was on November 28, 1999 when a 2-1 win over Boston raised their record to 958-898-304.  A couple of current NHL players probably remember that game: Zdeno Chara scored the winning goal and Roberto Luongo made 43 saves in his NHL debut.
 
The Shots
Isles            10-14-8=32
Tampa Bay 12-13-14=39

The Isles are 2-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 9-3-0 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy Stretch
This was the second game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 6 games in 10 days, changing cities between each game and playing two sets of three games in four days, with the four road games being played in two sets of back-to-backs.  The Isles are 2-0-0 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-6-2 overall; 6-0-2 at home and 5-6-0 on the road.  
Tampa Bay is 15-3-2 overall; 8-2-1 at home and 7-1-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-2-0 in Division games and 9-4-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 4-2-0 against the East and 7-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 6-0-2 at home, matching their best home start since 1978-79 (7-0-1).  

The Isles are 4-0-2 vs. the Western Conference at Barclays Center this season and are 25-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 8 Home Games
15- 1978-79
14- 2017-18
14- 1986-87
14-1984-85
14- 1982-83
14- 1976-77

If the Islanders can beat Philadelphia on Wednesday they will match their best-ever record through 9 home games (7-0-2 in 1978-79 and 8-1-0 in 1984-85).

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 36 saves as he improves to 6-2-2 on the season and 4-2-0 in his career against Tampa Bay.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves but falls to 14-2-1 on the season and 2-2-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play; Tampa Bay was 0-1.  
The Isles are 7-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-4-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 0-3 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal 
The Isles are 7-0-0 when they score first and are 4-6-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-1-0 on the back-end.  This back-to-back sets concludes Sunday in Carolina; the next back-to-back set is November 24th in Philadelphia and November 25th in Ottawa.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-1-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 3-0-0 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 6-5-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:17); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (24:42)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (5-4-0), John Tavares (1-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (18:47). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (11-5-2), Brock Nelson (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 23, Tampa Bay 31 (43%). 

Casey Cizikas won 11 of 20 for the Isles but his teammates won only 12 of 34; Brayden Point won 13 of 18 for Tampa Bay.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 6/18; 2nd period 6/16; 3rd period 11/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/47; Power play 1/3; Penalty kill 1/4.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Five players with 3) 
Tampa Bay 24 (Ryan Callahan-5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 17 shots; Calvin deHaan led the way with 4. 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 56, Tampa Bay 73
5-on-5 Isles 48, Tampa Bay 61

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Brock Nelson +5
Tampa Bay: Vladislav Namestnikov +17

Night and Da
The Isles are 11-6-1 in night games and 0-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season.

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 207 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 170 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 168, Calvin deHaan 104, 

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg, Cal Clutterbuck (sick)

Total games lost: 42

Late Hero
The Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 658 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. Frans Nielsen and. John Tavares 606
Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 249
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 110
31. Mikko Makela, David Volek and Anders Lee 95

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 310
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 219

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tavares 559
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 329

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Roland Melanson 136 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 133
11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Chris Osgood 103 *** 13. Thomas Greiss 102

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 *** 5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 73
8.  Tommy Salo 62… 9. Evgeni Nabokov 57…10. Thomas Greiss 55

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to 0).  The teams will meet again on December 5 in Tampa Bay before concluding their season series in Brooklyn on March 22nd.

While the Lightning swept last season's series, the Isles are 9-5-2 in the last 16 regular season games against the Bolts.
 
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 8-7-0-0 following a 5-2 win over Charlotte on Saturday.  Devon Toews scored his third goal in the last two games while fellow Quinnipiac alum Travis St. Denis scored twice. Christopher Gibson made 14 saves to improve to 5-4-0 on the season and lower his GAA to 2.12.
 
Tanner Fritz, added an assist as he continues to lead Bridgeport with 15 points (3-12-15); Scott Eansor and Steve Bernier lead the team in goals with 7.

Bridgeport hosts Springfield on Sunday (3pm).
 
Up Next
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th –ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA 5:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 46:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9PM]

The Isles conclude the back-to-back set, and the road trip, with their second matchup of the week with the Carolina Hurricanes.  The Isles scored three third period goals on Thursday to rally for a 6-4 win; it was their third straight win over Carolina, dating back to last season. 

The Isles are only one point behind New Jersey/Columbus/Pittsburgh; all three of those teams are idle on Sunday so the Isles will move into first place in the Metropolitan Division with a victory.

The Isles have had more success against the Canes in Carolina than in New York in recent years.  The Isles are 6-2-0 in their last eight games in Raleigh.

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, November 17, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 6, Carolina 4

“The Skinny”


By Eric Hornick

Game 18
Isles 6, Carolina 4
Johnny Boychuk’s second goal of the season broke a 4-4 tie with 4:25 to play and Mathew Barzal scored a goal and added two assists as the Isles rallied for a 6-4 victory before a crowd of 11,188 on Military Appreciation Night at Barclays Center.

Boychuk was on-ice for all five even strength/shorthanded goals scored by the Isles as he became the first Islander in 15 years to go +5 in a game.  The Isles remain unbeaten in regulation this season in Brooklyn (6-0-2).

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD
16:21    New York  Mathew Barzal (4) ASST: Andrew Ladd (5), Nick Leddy (10)   1-0
16:57    New York  SHG - Cal Clutterbuck (3)      2-0
17:30    Carolina    PPG - Elias Lindholm (4) ASST: Sebastian Aho (11), Teuvo Teravainen (8)            2-1
19:31    New York  Nick Leddy (4) ASST: Anders Lee (9), Josh Bailey (16)           3-1

2ND PERIOD
02:54    Carolina    Noah Hanifin (2) ASST: Jordan Staal (8), Jeff Skinner (3)        3-2
11:19    Carolina    Derek Ryan (4) ASST: Brett Pesce (2), Brock McGinn (5)        3-3
19:08    Carolina    Sebastian Aho (2) ASST: Teuvo Teravainen (9), Jordan Staal (9)        3-4

3RD PERIOD
07:22    New York  PPG - Josh Bailey (4) ASST: Anders Lee (10), Mathew Barzal (12)     4-4
15:35    New York Johnny Boychuk (2) ASST: Casey Cizikas (3), Cal Clutterbuck (4)        5-4
18:42    New York EN - Jordan Eberle (7) ASST: Mathew Barzal (13)       6-4

The Skinny:
The Isles scored the first goal for the second straight game; the Isles are 6-0-0 when they score first and 6-0-0 when they lead after one period…This was the Isles’ first in this season when trailing after two periods (1-6-1).. Carolina has won only three of the six games they have led after two periods (3-1-2)… Jordan Eberle scored for the 7th time in 7 games… In addition to Johnny Boychuk’s +5, Casey Cizikas was +3… Boychuk is +8 in the last two games and is now +7 on the season... The Canes had scored only 11 goals in the 2nd period this season, before scoring three tonight… The Isles have scored at least five goals eight times in the first 18 games and have scored at least six goals five times; that’s the most times they have scored 5 goals in the first 18 games since doing so 12 times in 1984-85; the Isles scored 6 goals six times in the first 18 games in 1987-88…Mathew Barzal had his second 3+ point game of the season; he is the first Isles rookie to do so since Michael Grabner in 2011.  Barzal’s 17 points are the most by an Islander rookie through 18 games since Pat LaFontaine had 24 in 1984-85.…The Isles scored three first period goals in consecutive games for the first time since December 6-9, 2014…Anders Lee now had 11 points in the third period this season…Cal Clutterbuck recorded his first shorthanded goal of the season, his 8th shorthanded goal as an Islander and his 14th career short; Clutterbuck also assisted on the winning goal in his final game before turning 30 on Saturday…Teuvo Teravainen recorded his 100th and 101st career points…The Isles ended Carolina’s 5-game point streak (3-0-2) as they moved ahead of Washington, and into 4th place in the Metro…The Isles have scored 66 goals in their first 18 games; it’s their highest goal total through 18 games in 30 years (81 in 1987-88).

First Times in Ridiculously Long Times – Johnny Boychuk edition
·        Johnny Boychuk is the first Islander to go +5 in a game since both Jason Wiemer and Dave Scatchard went +5 against Tampa Bay on November 21, 2002.
·        Boychuk is the first Islander defenseman to go +5 since Joe Reekie went +5 against Toronto on March 28, 1990.
·        Boychuk is the first Islander to go +5 and score the game-winning goal since Mike Bossy did so on October 20, 1984 vs. Los Angeles

Islanders with Game Winning Goal and +5 Rating  (per NHL.com)
·        Bryan Trottier 10-11-1975 vs. LA Kings  (3-2-5, +5)
·        Mike Bossy 11-26-1983 vs. Chicago (3-2-5, +6)
·        Dave Langevin 3-3-1984 vs. Toronto (1-0-1, +5)
·        Mike Bossy 10-20-1984 vs. Los Angeles (4-3-7, +5)
·        Johnny Boychuk 11-16-2017 vs. Carolina (1-0-1, +5)

First Times in Ridiculously Long Times – Hurricanes/Whalers edition
·        The Isles scored six goals against the Hurricanes for the first time since January 22, 2008 in Raleigh.
·        The Isles scored six goals against the Hurricanes franchise in New York for the first time since April 11, 1997 – the final road game before the Hartford Whalers moved to Carolina.

Lots of First Round Picks (Thanks, Elias Sports Bureau)

·        The Isles dressed eight of their own first round picks (Pulock, Bailey, Barzal, Nelson, deHaan, Ho-Sang, Beauvillier, Tavares) for the first time since the final game of the 1985-86 season when they dressed nine.  This was the final regular season game of Al Arbour’s first stint as Islander coach.
·        The Isles dressed 12 first round picks for the first time in franchise history (Leddy, Eberle, Hickey and Ladd in addition to the eight players above)

Moving up the NHL Leader Boards
·        Josh Bailey is now tied for 7th in assists :16
·        Nick Leddy is now tied for 11th in defenseman points: 14
·        Mathew Barzal is now 2nd in rookie points:17 is tied-1st in rookie assists:13 (with NJ’s Will Butcher) and is tied-1st in 3-point games by a rookie: 2 (also Will Butcher, Nico Hischier and Brock Boeser)

Starting the 2nd Century
Thomas Greiss appeared in his 101st game as an Islander, and improved to 54-31-11 for the Isles.  He is the 13th Islander goalie to appear in 100 games.

Fastest to 30
Doug Weight is now 34-18-6 as an NHL coach. On October 28 in Nashville, he reached 30 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 30 Wins by an Islander Coach:
51 – Doug Weight
60 – Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (30-20-7-3)
61 – Ted Nolan 30-23-8

The Shots
Isles        14-8-14=36
Carolina  9-12-11=32

The Isles are 2-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 8-3-0 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged so far this season.

Busy Stretch
This was the first game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 6 games in 10 days, changing cities between each game and playing two sets of three games in four days, with the four road games being played in two sets of back-to-backs.  The Isles are 1-0-0 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 10-6-2 overall; 6-0-2 at home and 4-6-0 on the road. 
Carolina is 7-6-4 overall; 3-2-3 at home and 4-4-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-2-0 in Division games and 8-4-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 3-2-0 against the East and 7-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 6-0-2 at home, matching their best home start since 1978-79 (7-0-1). 

The Isles are 4-0-2 vs. the Western Conference at Barclays Center this season and are 25-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 8 Home Games
15- 1978-79
14- 2017-18
14- 1986-87
14-1984-85
14- 1982-83
14- 1976-77

If the Islanders can beat Philadelphia on Wednesday they will match their best-ever record through 9 home games (7-0-2 in 1978-79 and 8-1-0 in 1984-85).

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 28 saves as he improves to 5-2-2 on the season and 4-3-1 in his career against Carolina.

Scott Darling made 30 saves but falls to 5-4-4 on the season and 2-2-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play; Carolina was 1-3 but allowed a shorthanded goal. 
The Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-4-2 when they do not. 

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

First Goal
The Isles are 6-0-0 when they score first and are 4-6-2 when they allow the opening goal.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 1-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-1-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back sets are November 18th in Tampa Bay and November 19th in Carolina and  November 24th in Philadelphia and November 25th in Ottawa.
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 0-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 3-0-0 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 5-5-2 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:02); Carolina: Jordan Staal (22:13)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (4-4-0), John Tavares (1-1-0). Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (20:40). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (10-5-2), Brock Nelson (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 31, Carolina 33 (48%).

Casey Cizikas won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Elias Lindholm won 7 of 10 for Carolina.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 12/26; 2nd period 8/19; 3rd period 11/19.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/54; Power play 2/3; Penalty kill 2/7.

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Carolina 24 (Jordan Staal -4))

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 17 shots; Johnny Boychuk led the way with 6.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 60, Carolina 57
5-on-5 Isles 45, Carolina 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Andrew Ladd +10
Carolina: Sebastian Aho +10

Night and Day
The Isles are 10-6-1 in night games and 0-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season.

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 206 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 169 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 167, Calvin deHaan 103

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg, Alan Quine

Total games lost: 39

Late Hero
The Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1.      Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 657 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 14. John Tavares 605
Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 248
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 110
31. Mikko Makela & David Volek 95***33. Randy Wood 94*** 34.Greg Gilbert, Garry Howatt & Anders Lee 93

Assists
1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 308
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 216

Points
1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tavares 556
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 326

Games Played (Goalies)
1.      Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Roland Melanson 136 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 133
11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Chris Osgood 103  *** 13. Thomas Greiss 101

Wins (Goalie)
1.      Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 *** 5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 73
8.  Tommy Salo 62… 9. Evgeni Nabokov 57…10. Thomas Greiss 54

Season Series Stats
The teams lead the season series one game to none (and two points to 0).  The teams will meet again on Sunday in Carolina.

This was the Isles’ first regulation win against Carolina at Barclays Center (2-0-3) and only their second regulation win in their last 11 home games against Carolina (3-6-2).;

The Isles have now won three straight against Carolina.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 7-7-0-0 following a 2-1 overtime win in Hartford on Wednesday.  Devon Toews scored both goals for his first 2-goal game as a professional; Christopher Gibson made 35 saves to improve to 4-4-0 on the season.

Tanner Fritz, who assisted on both goals, leads Bridgeport with 14 points (3-11-14) while Scott Eansor and Steve Bernier lead the team in goals with 7.

Bridgeport will host Charlotte on Saturday (7pm) and Springfield on Sunday (3pm).

Up Next
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th –ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

The Isles begin a weekend back-to-back set with their first matchup in over a calendar year against the NHL’s best team in the first 6 weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning (15-2-2).

The Isles and Lightning meet three times each season, and last season all three games were contested in the first 14 days of November.  Tampa Bay won them all by a combined score of 14-2.

Prior to last season the Islanders had gone 8-2-2 in over four seasons against Tampa Bay.   


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.