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Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, Columbus 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 8
Isles 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
Brock Nelson scored his fourth career overtime goal and Thomas Greiss made 34 saves as the Isles  extended their winning streak to four straight games with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets before a crowd of 15,276 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Mathew Barzal extended his goal scoring streak to three games (four goals) as the Isles improved to 5-3-0.  It's the first time in four seasons that the Isles (5-3-0) have earned at least ten points in the first eight games.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
Mathew Barzal (4) 08:25 NYI 1,CBJ 0
Seth Jones (1) Sonny Milano, Jakob Lilja 12:07 NYI 1,CBJ 1
Michael Dal Colle (1) Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson 16:32 NYI 2,CBJ 1

2nd Period
Boone Jenner (1) 17:46 NYI 2,CBJ 2

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
Brock Nelson (4) Nick Leddy, Anthony Beauvillier 00:33 NYI 3,CBJ 2

The Skinny   
Mathew Barzal's first period goal was his first ever against Columbus (9th game); he is 4-2-6 in the last four games (+6) and is now tied with Brock Nelson for the club scoring lead … Michael Dal Colle tallied his first goal of the season (and 4th in 40 career NHL games)..The Isles led after the first period for the first time; both of their first period goals came at even-strength (their first even-strength goals in the first period since Devon Toews on opening night) …The Isles did not have a power play.  It's the five time this season they have had one power play or fewer, including each of the last four games. That sets the club record for consecutive games with one power play or fewer…Thomas Greiss recorded his 88th win as an Islander, tying Jaroslav Halak for 5th place on the all-time Isles list…The Isles held Cam Atkinson (14-12-26 in his career vs. the Isles) off the scoreboard…The Jackets are 2-0-2 in their last four, with all four games ending by a 3-2 score…The Isles are 4-2 in games decided vs. Columbus by an overtime goal, including a perfect 3-0 at Nationwide Arena…Former Islander season ticket holder Sonny Milano assisted on the first Columbus goal for his second career point against the Isles (1-1-2).

The Illness
Leo Komarov sat out the game with an Illness; he had played 91 consecutive games, including all 89 games the Isles have played since the start of last season.

The Debut
Komarov's illness opened the door for Cole Bardreau to make his NHL debut. Bardreau, who took the morning skate in Bridgeport, played 8:54 and had three hits in his first game.  The Fairport, NY native is 26 years old.  

Lots of Solo Skates
Bardreau is the third Islander to debut this month, joining Noah Dobson and Oliver Wahlstrom. It's the first time since 2005 that the Isles have had at least three players make their NHL debut in October (Chris Campoli, Robert Nilsson and Petteri Nokelainen all debuted on Opening Night that season; Kevin Colley debuted later that month).

Brock-tober
Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career.  His two points tonight make him 27-24-51 in 68 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month (while the 24 assists match his career high).  

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 3-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout).  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 815-598-60-141 in 1,614 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  892
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    815
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,643
3. Barry Trotz        1,614
4. Al Arbour   1,607

+76
The win pushes the Isles two games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 76 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since a 4-3 loss to the Caps dropped them to 941-865-294 on January 11, 1999.

First Things First
The Isles are 2-1-0 when scoring first and are 3-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles         12-8-12-2=34
Columbus  6-14-16-0=36

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

Home and Road
The Islanders are 5-3-0 overall; 3-2-0 at home (3-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 2-1-0 on the road.  
Columbus is 3-3-2 overall; 2-2-1 at home and 1-1-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-2-0 in Division games and 4-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 2-2-0 against the East and 3-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to improve to 3-1-0 on the season and 9-7-3 in his career against Columbus.  

Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves; he is 3-2-1 on the season and 2-1-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles did not have a power play; Columbus was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.  

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

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 3-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:01); Columbus: Seth Jones (25:15)
Anthony Beauvillier Isles forwards with a career-high 21:00 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Adam Pelech (2-0-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 22, Columbus 38 (37%).  
For the second straight game, no Islander won more than they lost; Boone Jenner won 13 of 16 for Columbus.  

Hit Count
Isles 30 (Matt Martin-4)
Columbus 14 (Boone Jenner -3) 
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total: 1 – Johnston (vs. FLA).
Blocked Shots
Isles *FRANCHISE RECORD* 33 (Ryan Pulock  and Cal Clutterbuck-4)
Columbus 9 (Two with 2)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Columbus 80
5-on-5 Isles 52, Columbus 74
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Oliver Wahlstrom +5
Columbus: Nick Foligno +23

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front-half and 1-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be October 24th vs. Arizona and October 25th in Ottawa.

Night and Day
The Isles are 4-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 208, Brock Nelson 185, Mathew Barzal 172, Ryan Pulock 145 and Josh Bailey 93. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 145 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153
6. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 145
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), (Leo Komarov-ILL), Ross Johnston, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 18.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have not allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

Challenges
Isles: 0 - 0
Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 805

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 154 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 143 *** 19 Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Jason Blake and Brock Nelson 128

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 296 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 152

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 439…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 261 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. David Volek 249 *** 29. Brock Nelson 248

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 167

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak and  Thomas Greiss 88

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 1).   The season series will continue in Brooklyn on November 30th.

The Isles have won four of the last five games from Columbus.

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers are 1-2-1-1 on the season, following a 3-2 shootout loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the home opener. 

Bridgeport continues their three-game homestand on Tuesday, hosting Providence. 

Up Next
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24th —  ARIZONA AT ISLANDERS (NASSAU COLISEUM) 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles have only two breaks of four days without a game (excluding the bye/all-star break) this season and both of them are over the next two weeks; after the first break the Isles will host the Coyotes on Thursday. 

The Isles swept a pair of low-scoring games last season, winning 3-1 in the desert and 2-0 (behind a Thomas Greiss shutout) at the Coliseum.  

The Isles have points in six straight against the Coyotes (4-0-2) and are 6-1-3 in the last 10 meetings.  At home, the Isles have won six straight, and are 8-0-1 since Brian Boucher and the then-Phoenix Coyotes beat them 3-2 on October 29, 2002. 

...And Finally (Milestone Man)
This is the 600th consecutive (regular season and playoffs) edition of The Skinny, a streak that began in February 2012.  

The 600th consecutive regular season edition would be on January 4th vs. Toronto, while the 624th consecutive regular season edition would be on February 29th vs. Boston.  What's important about 624?  Billy Harris played in the first 623 regular season games in Isles history; no Islander has gotten close to that streak.

Thanks to all that read, and regularly comment about The Skinny!

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, October 18, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, Winnipeg 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Isles 3, Winnipeg 1
Mathew Barzal scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves as the Isles extended their winning streak to three straight games with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets before a crowd of 15,063 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg.

Josh Bailey added an empty net goal as the Isles completed a season sweep of the Jets and improve to 9-1-1 against the Jets since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Nikolaj Ehlers (3) Neal Pionk, Ville Heinola 13:12 NYI 0,WPG 1 PPG

2nd Period
Mathew Barzal (2) Josh Bailey, Devon Toews 07:41 NYI 1,WPG 1 PPG
Mathew Barzal (3) Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk 19:43 NYI 2,WPG 1 

3rd Period
Josh Bailey (3)EN 19:33 NYI 3,WPG 1

The Skinny   
Mathew Barzal recorded his seventh career two-goal game; he now has six goals in six games vs. Winnipeg (more goals than he has scored against any other opponent); Barzal is 3-2-5 in the last three games (+5) and is now tied with Josh Bailey for the club scoring lead … The Jets did hold Anders Lee off the scoreboard, stopping the Isles' captain eight-game goal streak against Winnipeg; however, Lee did earn an assist on the game-winner which extended his point streak to 11 straight games against the Jets..…The Isles scored 16 seconds into their only power play, improving to 4-12 (33.3%) with the extra man this season…Semyon Varlamov recorded his 15th career win over the Jets, matching his career-best vs. any opponent (also 15 vs. Dallas).  He is 3-0-0 against the Jets in 2019, allowing one goal in each game (and only one even-strength goal total… The Isles have been outscored 8-3 in the first period; the Isles have scored only one even-strength goal in the first period (Devon Toews on opening night)…Paul Maurice failed to record his 700th career win for the third straight game…The Isles ended Mark Schiefele's three-game goal streak and five-game point streak…The Isles had only one power play for the fourth time this season and for the third consecutive game.  That ties the club record for consecutive games with one power play or fewer (done previously in 2013, 2018 and over two seasons in 2019)…Despite having only 12 attempts, the Isles have scored four power play goals over the first four games; they scored only three power play goals in the final 22 games last season.

Brock-tober
Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career.  He is 26-22-48 in 67 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month.   

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 3-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout).  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 814-598-60-141 in 1,613 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  892
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    814
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,642
3. Barry Trotz        1,613
4. Al Arbour   1,607

+75
The wins pushes the Isles over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 75 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since an overtime loss to the Rangers dropped them to 941-866-294 on January 13, 1999.

First Things First
The Isles are 1-1-0 when scoring first and are 3-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles           5-12-9=26
Winnipeg    16-8-9=33

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

Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-3-0 overall; 3-2-0 at home (3-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 1-1-0 on the road.  
Winnipeg is 4-5-0 overall; 1-3-0 at home and 3-2-0 on the road.  


The Isles are 0-2-0 in Division games and 3-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-2-0 against the East and 2-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves to improve to 2-2-0 on the season and 15-10-2 in his career against Winnipeg.  

Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves; he is 3-3-0 on the season and 3-3-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-1 on the power play in 0:16 of PP time; Winnipeg was 1-2 on the power play in 3:44 of PP time.

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.  

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

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 3-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:02); Winnipeg: Josh Morrissey (21:30)
Brock Nelson Isles forwards with 20:53 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Winnipeg 38 (40%).  
No Islander won more than they lost; Adam Lowry won 18 of 24 for Winnipeg.  

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Oliver Wahlstrom -4)
Winnipeg 23 (Three with 3) 
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total: 1 – Johnston (vs. FLA).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 15 (Ryan Pulock -4)
Winnipeg 6 (Two with 2)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 43, Winnipeg 66
5-on-5 Isles 41, Winnipeg 56

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Nick Leddy +3 
Winnipeg: Nikolaj Ehlers & Ville Heinola +17

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front-half and 1-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be October 24th vs. Arizona and October 25th in Ottawa.

Night and Day
The Isles are 3-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 207, Brock Nelson 184, Mathew Barzal 171, Ryan Pulock 144, Josh Bailey 92, and Leo Komarov (91 in total; 89 with Isles).

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 140 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153
6. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 1443
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), Matt Martin, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 14.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have not allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

Challenges
Isles: 0 - 0
Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 804

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 154 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 143 *** 19 Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Jason Blake and Brock Nelson 127

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 296 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 439…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 261 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. David Volek 249 *** 29. Brock Nelson 246

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 166

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 87

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

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

The Isles are 9-1-1 in 11 games against the current Jets in Winnipeg and sweep the season series against the Jets for the first time in four seasons.

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers are 1-2-1-0 on the season, having played all four games on the road. 

Bridgeport begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Sound Tigers' home opener. 

Up Next
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th—  ISLANDERS AT COLUMBUS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles complete the two-game road trip on Saturday as they try to Silence the Cannon in Columbus against the Blue Jackets..

The Isles took three of four from the Jackets last year, reversing their record vs. Columbus the prior season.  Two of their wins came behind Thomas Greiss shutouts; the Jackets blanked the Isles in the final meeting behind the since-departed Sergei Bobrovsky.

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

"The Skinny"

 

By Eric Hornick

 

Game 6

Isles 3, Winnipeg 1

Mathew Barzal scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves as the Isles extended their winning streak to three straight games with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets before a crowd of 15,063 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg.

 

Josh Bailey added an empty net goal as the Isles completed a season sweep of the Jets and improve to 9-1-1 against the Jets since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg.

 

The Scoring:

1st Period

Nikolaj Ehlers (3) Neal Pionk, Ville Heinola 13:12 NYI 0,WPG 1 PPG

 

2nd Period

Mathew Barzal (2) Josh Bailey, Devon Toews 07:41 NYI 1,WPG 1 PPG

Mathew Barzal (3) Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk 19:43 NYI 2,WPG 1

 

3rd Period

Josh Bailey (3)EN 19:33 NYI 3,WPG 1

 

The Skinny   

Mathew Barzal recorded his seventh career two-goal game; he now has six goals in six games vs. Winnipeg (more goals than he has scored against any other opponent); Barzal is 3-2-5 in the last three games (+5) and is now tied with Josh Bailey for the club scoring lead … The Jets did hold Anders Lee off the scoreboard, stopping the Isles' captain eight-game goal streak against Winnipeg; however, Lee did earn an assist on the game-winner which extended his point streak to 11 straight games against the Jets..…The Isles scored 16 seconds into their only power play, improving to 4-12 (33.3%) with the extra man this season…Semyon Varlamov recorded his 15th career win over the Jets, matching his career-best vs. any opponent (also 15 vs. Dallas).  He is 3-0-0 against the Jets in 2019, allowing one goal in each game (and only one even-strength goal total… The Isles have been outscored 8-3 in the first period; the Isles have scored only one even-strength goal in the first period (Devon Toews on opening night)…Paul Maurice failed to record his 700th career win for the third straight game…The Isles ended Mark Schiefele's three-game goal streak and five-game point streak…The Isles had only one power play for the fourth time this season and for the third consecutive game.  That ties the club record for consecutive games with one power play or fewer (done previously in 2013, 2018 and over two seasons in 2019)…Despite having only 12 attempts, the Isles have scored four power play goals over the first four games; they scored only three power play goals in the final 22 games last season.

 

Brock-tober

Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career.  He is 26-22-48 in 67 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month.   

 

It's Good to be Home

The Isles are 3-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout).  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.

 

Coach Trotz

Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 814-598-60-141 in 1,613 games.

 

Most Coaching Wins

1.      Scotty Bowman  1,244

2.      Joel Quenneville  892

3.      Ken Hitchcock     849

4.      Barry Trotz         814

5.      Al Arbour            782

 

Most Games Coached

1.      Scotty Bowman   2,141

2.      Joel Quenneville 1,642

3.      Barry Trotz        1,613

4.      Al Arbour           1,607

 

+75

The wins pushes the Isles over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 75 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since an overtime loss to the Rangers dropped them to 941-866-294 on January 13, 1999.

 

First Things First                                                                                   

The Isles are 1-1-0 when scoring first and are 3-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

 

The Shots

Isles           5-12-9=26

Winnipeg    16-8-9=33

 

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

 

Home and Road

The Islanders are 4-3-0 overall; 3-2-0 at home (3-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 1-1-0 on the road.  

Winnipeg is 4-5-0 overall; 1-3-0 at home and 3-2-0 on the road.  

 

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 0-2-0 in Division games and 3-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-2-0 against the East and 2-1-0 against the West. 

 

In the Nets

Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves to improve to 2-2-0 on the season and 15-10-2 in his career against Winnipeg. 

 

Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves; he is 3-3-0 on the season and 3-3-0 in his career against the Isles.

 

Power Plays

The Isles were 1-1 on the power play in 0:16 of PP time; Winnipeg was 1-2 on the power play in 3:44 of PP time.

 

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.

 

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 4-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.  

 

One Goal Games

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

 

Tired vs. Rested

·        The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.

·        The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.

·        The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.

·        The Isles are 3-3-0 when both teams are rested.

 

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:02); Winnipeg: Josh Morrissey (21:30)

Anthony Beauvillier Isles forwards with 20:53 of ice-time.

 

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0).

 

Face-offs

Isles 25, Winnipeg 38 (40%).  

No Islander won more than they lost; Adam Lowry won 18 of 24 for Winnipeg.  

 

Hit Count

Isles 23 (Oliver Wahlstrom -4)

Winnipeg 23 (Three with 3)

  

Fights

There were no fights. Season total: 1 – Johnston (vs. FLA).

 

Blocked Shots

Isles 15 (Ryan Pulock -4)

Winnipeg 6 (Two with 2)

 

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 43, Winnipeg 66

5-on-5 Isles 41, Winnipeg 56

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: Nick Leddy +3

Winnipeg: Nikolaj Ehlers & Ville Heinola +17

 

Back-to-Backs

The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front-half and 1-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be October 24th vs. Arizona and October 25th in Ottawa.

 

Night and Day

The Isles are 3-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.

 

Ironmen

Anders Lee 207, Brock Nelson 184, Mathew Barzal 171, Ryan Pulock 144, Josh Bailey 92, and Leo Komarov (91 in total; 89 with Isles).

 

Iron D

Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 140 consecutive regular season games:

1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262

2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)

3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198

4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)

5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153

6. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 1443

 (*) Start of NHL career.

(**) Entire career with Islanders

 

Scratches

(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), Matt Martin, Noah Dobson

Total games lost: 14.

 

Late Heroes

The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.

 

Late Goals Allowed

The Isles have not allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

 

Challenges

Isles: 0 - 0

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM)

 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

 

Games Played (skaters)

1.      Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 ***

5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 804

 

Goals

1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …

14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 154

17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 143 *** 19 Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Jason Blake and Brock Nelson 127

 

Assists

1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…

9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 296

26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

 

Points

1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…

12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 439

24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 261 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***

28. David Volek 249 *** 29. Brock Nelson 246

 

Games Played (Goalies)

1.      Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …

6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 166

 

Wins (Goalie)

1.      Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***

5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 87

 

Shutouts (Goalie)

1.      Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***

5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

 

Season Series Stats

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

 

The Isles are 9-1-1 in 11 games against the current Jets in Winnipeg and sweep the season series against the Jets for the first time in four seasons.

 

On the Farm  

The Sound Tigers are 1-2-1-0 on the season, having played all four games on the road.

 

Bridgeport begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Sound Tigers' home opener.

 

Up Next

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th—  ISLANDERS AT COLUMBUS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles complete the two-game road trip on Saturday as they try to Silence the Cannon in Columbus against the Blue Jackets..

 

The Isles took three of four from the Jackets last year, reversing their record vs. Columbus the prior season.  Two of their wins came behind Thomas Greiss shutouts; the Jackets blanked the Isles in the final meeting behind the since-departed Sergei Bobrovsky.

 

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.

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Isles 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)
Mathew Barzal scored the tying goal with 27 seconds left in regulation and Devon Toews added the winning goal in overtime as the Isles completed a historic rally from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues 3-2 before a Columbus Day matinee crowd of 10,355 at Nassau Coliseum.

Through 54 minutes the Isles had been shutout by the Blues' Jordan Binnington, who seemingly was in position for the first St. Louis shutout against the Isles since Vincent Riendeau in 1991, but Brock Nelson broke the shutout with 5:31 to play.  Barzal then scored the first tying goal in the 60th minute for the Isles since April 7, 2018 in Detroit (Ryan Pulock) and Toews' overtime goal completed the first win in Isles history when they had been shutout through 54 minutes and trailed by at least two goals.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Brayden Schenn (5) Justin Faulk, Jaden Schwartz 06:48 STL 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Vladimir Tarasenko (1) Vince Dunn, Brayden Schenn 05:23 STL 2,NYI 0 PPG
Brock Nelson (3) Michael Dal Colle 14:29 STL 2,NYI 1
Mathew Barzal (1) Johnny Boychuk 19:33 STL 2,NYI 2

OT
Devon Toews (2) Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson 01:13 STL 2,NYI 3

The Skinny   
Brayden Schenn had the only first period goal, extending his streak to five games; the Isles have been outscored 7-3 in the first period this season…Vladimir Tarasenko's first goal of the season gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead; he now has 212 goals and 211 assists … Thomas Greiss improves to 7-2-1 against the Blues; it is his best won-lost record against any NHL team… Brock Nelson's goal was his 127th, tying Jason Blake for 20th place on the all-time Isles list…The Isles have won five overtime games since the calendar turned to 2019; a defenseman has the winner in three of them (Devon Toews-2; Ryan Pulock-1); Toews is the 12th player in the NHL with 2 overtime goals in 2019 (nobody has more); Seth Jones, Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman and Brett Burns are the other defensemen to do so – they have combined for 14 All-Star Games and three Norris Trophies..

What a Comeback
Barzal's tying goal was:
The latest in the Barry Trotz era;
The first in the 60th minute since Ryan Pulock scored at 19:30 in the 2017-18 season finale vs. Detroit;
The latest tying goal since Anders Lee scored at 19:58 on March 3, 2015 in Dallas (but the Stars won in OT);
The latest tying goal in an Islander win since Mark Streit scored against Nashville's Pekka Rinne at 19:48 in a shootout win;
The latest tying goal to be followed by an Islander overtime goal since Mikko Makela scored against New Jersey's Alain Chevrier at 19:49 and Pat LaFontaine scored at 1:01 of overtime, on March 14, 1987.

It's a Winner
Devon Toews recorded his second career overtime goal (January 3, 2019 vs. Chicago; three of his seven career goals have been game-winners).

Toews is the first Islander defenseman to score two overtime goals in his first 54 NHL games.

Most Overtime Goals by an Isles Defenseman:
5- Thomas Hickey
3- Roman Hamrlik
2- Devon Toews
2- Bryan Berard
2- Adrian Aucoin

Oliver, Oliver
Oliver Wahlstrom played 15:13 (including 1:07 on the power play) and recorded two shots and one hit. Wahlstrom (born 6/13/2000) is now the youngest on the team – he's about five months younger than Noah Dobson.  At 19 years, 123 days, Wahlstrom was the youngest Islander to make his debut since Nino Niederreiter, who debuted as an 18-year-old.

Brock-tober
Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career.  He is now  26-22-48 in 66 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month.   

Happy Columbus Day/Indigenous People Day/Canadian Thanksgiving!
The Isles are 5-0-1 in the last six games on this holiday, after losing the first five times that hosted games on the second Monday in October.

Sound Familiar?
The Isles hosted St. Louis in a matinee on Columbus Day 2017, but at Barclays Center.  St. Louis led that game 2-0 before Andrew Ladd scored at 13:04; Anders Lee tied it at 19:00, but the Isles lost that game in a shootout.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 3-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout).  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 813-598-60-141 in 1,612 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  892
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    813
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,642
3. Barry Trotz        1,612
4. Al Arbour   1,607
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,598

First Things First
The Isles are 1-1-0 when scoring first and are 2-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles           9-4-18-1=32
St. Louis    7-10-6-0=23

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

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-3-0 overall; 3-2-0 at home (2-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 0-1-0 on the road.  
St. Louis is 3-1-2 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 2-1-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-2-0 in Division games and 3-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-2-0 against the East and 2-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 21 saves to improve to 2-1-0 on the season and 7-2-1 in his career against St. Louis.  

Jordan Binnington made 29 saves; he is 2-1-2 on the season and 0-0-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; St. Louis was 1-2 on the power play in 3:30 of PP time.

The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.  

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

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Devon Toews (20:12); St. Louis: Colton Parayko (21:24)
Anthony Beauvillier Isles forwards with 20:00 of ice-time; it's only the 3rd time in his career he has played at least 20:00 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (1-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 22, St. Louis 35 (39%).  
Derick Brassard won 8 of 15 for the Isles but his teammates won only 14 of 42; Brayden Schenn won 11 of 16 for St. Louis.  

Hit Count
Isles 33 (Ross Johnston -5)
St. Louis 22 (Two with 3) 
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total: 1 – Johnston (vs. FLA).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 22 (Ryan Pulock -6)
St. Louis 18 (Colton Parayko -4)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 58, St. Louis 48
5-on-5 Isles 47, St. Louis 43

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Scott Mayfield +9 
St. Louis: Vladimir Tarasenko +7

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front-half and 1-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be October 24th vs. Arizona and October 25th in Ottawa.

Night and Day
The Isles are 2-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 206, Brock Nelson 183, Mathew Barzal 170, Ryan Pulock 143, Josh Bailey 91, and Leo Komarov (90 in total; 88 with Isles).

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 140 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153
6. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 143
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), Matt Martin, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 11.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have not allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

Challenges
Isles: 0 - 0
Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 803

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 154 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 142 *** 19 Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Jason Blake and Brock Nelson 127

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 295 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 437…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 260 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. David Volek 249 *** 29. Brock Nelson 246

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 166

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 87

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1).   

The Isles are 7-1-1 in the last nine games against St. Louis and have won four straight over the Blues for the first time since a five-game streak in 1984 and 1985 than began when the Isles were still Stanley Cup Champions.

The teams will meet again in St. Louis on February 27th to conclude the season series.

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers are 1-2-1-0 on the season, having played all four games on the road. 

Bridgeport is now off until Saturday, when they begin a three-game homestand by hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Sound Tiger's home opener. 

Up Next
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17th—  ISLANDERS AT WINNIPEG 8:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles begin a two-game road trip on Thursday as they conclude their season series with the Jets.

The Isles defeated Winnipeg 4-1 on October 6 and will be looking to sweep the season series for the first time in four seasons.  Since the Jets returned to the NHL, the Isles have had a lot of success in Manitoba, going 8-1-1 (with four of their wins coming in overtime or in shootouts).

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