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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 8 Isles 5, San Jose 3 Anders Lee scored two goals and added an assist, and John T...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 5, San Jose 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 8
Isles 5, San Jose 3
Anders Lee scored two goals and added an assist, and John Tavares recorded his second three-point game of the season as the Isles overcame a Logan Couture hat trick and defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-3 before an Alumni Night crowd of 11,877 at Barclays Center.

Josh Bailey had the prettiest goal of the night and added an assist as the Isles improved to 2-0-1 at home and went over NHL-.500 overall (4-3-1) for the first time this season.
The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD
06:26 San Jose PPG - Logan Couture (4) ASST: Brent Burns (3), Joe Thornton (4) 0-1
07:33 New York Anders Lee (4) ASST: Nick Leddy (2), John Tavares (2) 1-1
08:31 New York Josh Bailey (3) 2-1
12:44 San Jose Logan Couture (5) ASST: Jannik Hansen (1), Brenden Dillon (3) 2-2

3RD PERIOD
03:12 New York Andrew Ladd (2) ASST: Mathew Barzal (2), Josh Bailey (3) 3-2
11:47 New York Anders Lee (5) ASST: John Tavares (3), Cal Clutterbuck (2) 4-2
18:08 San Jose Logan Couture (6) ASST: Brent Burns (4), Joe Thornton (5) 4-3
19:04 New York EN - John Tavares (3) ASST: Anders Lee (1), Calvin de Haan (4) 5-3

The Skinny: 
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 6th time in the first eight games… John Tavares snapped his 5-game pointless streak (longest since 2011) with three points; it was his 41st career 3-point game (matching his total from all last season…Tavares ended the night tied for the team lead in scoring with Anders Lee and Josh Bailey… The Isles used seven defensemen for the second time this season; the Isles improved to 6-0-0 under Doug Weight when dressing seven defensemen…Andrew Ladd, Mathew Barzal and Bailey combined for the lead goal in the third period; all three players extended point streaks to three…The Isles have outscored opponents 10-6 in the third period and have now scored three empty-net goals this season…Brent Burns had 8 shots on goal but went -3; he is only the second Shark to ever do that (Jonathan Cheechoo in 2007 vs Anaheim)…Burns is the 10th Isles opponent to have 8 shots and go -3 (or worse); however, prior to Burns only Guy LaPointe (12/27/79 for Montreal) and Marc Tardif (3/31/80 in Quebec) had ever had 8 shots and 2 points, with a rating of -3 or worse, in a game against the Isles…Calvin deHaan tied Jordan Eberle and Joshua Ho-Sang for the team lead in assists (4)…Anders Lee is now 7-2-9 in eight career games against San Jose; he has scored in 4 straight games against the Sharks and in all four of his career home games against the Sharks…With his two assists tonight, Joe Thornton is just one point behind Jari Kurri for 20th place on the all-time NHL point list.

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night
The Isles are 3-0-0 on Saturday’s this season; they won only three Saturday games all last season (3-8-5).  (h/t Cord Lehman)


Over NHL-.500
The win pushes the Isles over NHL-.500 for the first time this season (4-3-1).  The Isles were not over NHL-.500 last season at any point until a 3-2 win over St. Louis on December 8th pushed their record to 11-10-5.   The Isles could move two games over NHL-.500 on Tuesday; a win on January 21st vs. Los Angeles was the first time last season that the Isles were two games over NHL-.500.
Tavares, Bourne and Tonelli
John Tavares played in his 595th Islander game, passing another JT (John Tonelli) for 16th in club history among Isles skaters. 

John Tavares is 238-305=543 in his Islander career, as compared to Bob Bourne's 238-304=542 totals.  He tied Bourne for 7th in goals, and passed Bourne for 9th in assists and 8th in points.  Tavares is just one point behind Tonelli for 7th place on the points list.

Passing Royalty
Anders Lee's first goal was his 88th as an Islander, passing Butch Goring for 38th on the team's all-time list. Lee, who matched his career high with two goals, also passed the 150-point mark (he now has 151). 

Tipping the Cap
Logan Couture recorded his second career hat trick, scoring a power play goal, and even strength goal, and a sixth attacker goal.  It was the first hat trick ever for a Shark against the Islanders.

It is the 139th hat trick allowed by the Islanders and the 19th time that the Isles have recorded a regulation win in a game they allowed a hat trick.  All-time, the Isles improve to 19-109-11 when allowing a hat trick. 

Coach Could Play, Too!
Tonight, in Tampa Bay, both Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov recorded points for the 9th straight game to start the season, becoming the first teammates to do so since Doug Weight and Pavel Dimitra did so for the 2001-02 St. Louis Blues.

The Shots
Isles          9-8-6=23
San Jose   6-9-16=31

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

Go West, Young Men
This was the sixth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 13 of 15 games against Western Conference opponents.  The Isles are 3-2-1 in this stretch; the only Eastern Conference opponents they will face during this stretch are the Rangers (4-3 SO Win) and Capitals (11/2 in DC).

Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-3-1 overall; 2-0-1 at home and 2-3-0 on the road.  
San Jose are 3-4-0 overall; 2-3-0 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.  

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

Our House
The Isles are 2-0-1 at home, matching their best home start since 2003-04 (also 2-0-1 in 2010-11 and 2015-16.  The Isles are 1-0-1 vs. the Western Conference at Barclays Center this season and are 22-4-4 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 28 saves to improve to 2-1-1 on the season with both wins coming against the Sharks; he 3-1-0 in his career against San Jose. 

Aaron Dell made 22 saves, but falls to 0-2-0 on the season, with both losses coming to the Isles.  Dell is 2-2-0 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play; San Jose was 1-4.  
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-3-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-1 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 0-3-1 when they do not.  

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

The Isles were 15-10-12 in one-goal games last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score first and are 2-3-1 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 1-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-1-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is November 10th in Dallas and November 11th in St. Louis.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-1-0 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 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-2-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Calvin deHaan (20:22); San Jose: Brent Burns 24:33

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

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (4-3-1)

Face-offs
Isles 28, San Jose 27 (51%).  

Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal each won 5 of 8 for the Isles; Joe Thornton won 10 of 15 for San Jose.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 6/12; 2nd period 11/23; 3rd period 11/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 23/45; Power play 2/3; Penalty kill 3/7.

Hit Count
Isles 15 (Cal Clutterbuck 4, raising his career total to 2,600) 
San Jose 13 (Brendan Dillon 3) 

Fights
None.  Season total – 1: (Boychuk 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 17 shots; Calvin deHaan led the Isles with 6.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 50, San Jose 63 (including 14-0 Sharks over a five-minute portion of the 3rd period.
5-on-5 Isles 43, San Jose 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Andrew Ladd +11
San Jose: Brent Burns +10

Night and Day 
The Isles are 4-3-0 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 – 196 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 159 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 157, Calvin deHaan 93 

Scratches
(Alan Quine-IR, Shane Prince-IR), Joshua Ho-Sang, Scott Mayfield, Nikolay Kulemin

Total games lost: 19

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

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 647
13. Frans Nielsen 606…14. Kenny Jonsson 597… 15. Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tavares 595

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. Bob Bourne and John Tavares 238
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 109
36. Travis Green 92 *** 37. Michael Grabner 90 *** 38 Anders Lee 89

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 
7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 305
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 203

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. John Tavares 543
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 312

Season Series Stats
The Isles sweep the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 0).  It's the second time in three seasons that the Isles have swept the Sharks.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 1-4-0 following losses in Lehigh Valley on Friday (5-2) and in their home opener to Laval on Saturday (6-3).  Scott Eansor, who came to camp on a PTO, leads the Sound Tigers (and is second amongst AHL rookies) with six goals in five games while Tanner Fritz has added 1-4-5.  

The Sound Tigers host Hartford Sunday.   

Up Next
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th - ARIZONA AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

The Isles look to extend their winning streak to three games as they welcome Derek Stepan and the Arizona Coyotes to Brooklyn.  The Coyotes are winless (0-7-1) and have lost six straight games in regulation.

It has been nearly 15 years since the Isles were beaten by the Coyotes at home; the then-Phoenix Coyotes captured a 3-2 win on October 29, 2002 at the Coliseum as Landon Wilson beat Garth Snow for the winner with just 3:31 to play.  Since then the Isles are 6-0-1 in their last seven home games against the Coyotes.

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 20, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 4, Rangers 3 (shootout)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 7
Isles 4, Rangers 3 (SO)
Matthew Barzal scored his first NHL goal early in the second period to give the Isles a 3-1 lead and following a Ranger comeback, Jordan Eberle and John Tavares added shootout tallies as the Isles defeated the Rangers 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 18,006 at Madison Square Garden. 

Anders Lee had opened the scoring in the first period as the Isles scored on the power play for the first time this season.  The Isles earn a split of the four-game road trip (2-2-0) and regain NHL-.500 (3-3-1).

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
02:40 Isles PPG - Anders Lee (3) ASST: Ryan Pulock (1), Jordan Eberle (4) 1-0
05:02 Rangers David Desharnais (2) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (5), Marc Stael (2) 1-1
06:06 Isles Brock Nelson (4) ASST: Andrew Ladd (3) 2-1

2ND PERIOD
01:15 Isles Mathew Barzal (1) ASST: Calvin de Haan (3), Josh Bailey (2) 3-1

3RD PERIOD
03:29 Rangers Mats Zuccarello (2) ASST: Brendan Smith (1) 3-2
14:06 Rangers Kevin Hayes (2) ASST: Jester Fast (1), Ryan McDonagh (3) 3-3

OT PERIOD
No Scoring

The Shootout
Rangers Goal - Mats Zuccarello
Isles Goal - Jordan Eberle
Rangers Missed - Mika Zibanejad
Isles Goal - John Tavares (Game Deciding Goal)
Rangers Missed - David Desharnais

The Isles improve to 72-57 all-time in shootouts, including 8-1 all-time against the Rangers.  The Isles have won seven straight shootouts against the Rangers since the Blueshirts' only win (March 5, 2007). Only Pittsburgh (73) has more all-time shootout wins than the Isles.

The Skinny:
Ryan Pulock made his season debut and assisted on Anders Lee's power play goal…The Isles scored the first goal for only the 2nd time in the first seven games… Brock Nelson scored for the third time in four games to retake the team lead in goals; he has scored 16 times in 44 career October games…John Tavares was held pointless for the fifth straight game…Since joining the Isles, Jaroslav Halak has beaten the Rangers eight times; this is the most of any goalie vs. the Rangers (Carey Price has seven wins)…Henrik Lundqvist is 1-7-2 in his last 10 decisions against the Isles…The Isles used seven defensemen for the first time this season; the Isles improved to 5-0-0 under Doug Weight when dressing seven defensemen…Weight has won all three games he has coached against the Rangers…The Isles have won four straight against the Rangers (and 8 of 9)…The Isles scored twice in the first 6:06 after tallying only three goals in the first period of the first six games…Lee's power play goal leaves Anaheim as the only NHL team without a power play goal this season…The Rangers have allowed 13 goals in the first period (most in the NHL)…John Tavares improved to 16-55 (29.1%) in shootouts with his 5th career game deciding goal; Tavares has scored a shootout goal in all three Islander shootout wins over the last two seasons. 

Barzal, Barzal… Mathew Barzal
Mathew Barzal became the 5th Islander to score his first regular season goal at Madison Square Garden, joining Ken Leiter, Jason Krog, Nate Thompson and Brian Strait.  Barzal is the 362nd Islander to score a goal; only 300 of them scored a second goal.

Matching Royalty
Anders Lee's goal was his 87th as an Islander, tying Butch Goring for 38th on the team's all-time list. John Tavares played in his 594th Islander game, tying another JT (John Tonelli) for 16th in club history among Isles skaters.

Beating The King
Jaroslav Halak improved to 8-3-0 as an Islander against the Rangers; Jaro is 11-1-0 in his last 12 head-to-head matchups with Henrik Lundqvist with a 1.53 goals against average and a .956 save percentage in those 12 games.

Most Games Without Isles Scoring a Power Play Goal (Start of Season)
7 - 1973-74
6 - 1977-78
6 - 2017-18

The Shots
Isles          13-10-13-2=38
Rangers    12-12-13-4=41

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

Go West, Young Men
This was the fifth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 13 of 15 games against Western Conference opponents.  The Isles are 2-2-1 in this stretch; the only Eastern Conference opponents they will face during this stretch are the Rangers (4-3 SO Win) and Capitals (11/2 in DC).

Chasing Bourne
John Tavares is 237-303=540 in his Islander career, leaving him one goal, one assist and two points behind Bob Bourne on the all-time Islander lists.

Career goals as an Islander:
7. Bob Bourne 238
8. John Tavares 237
9. Bobby Nystrom 235

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-3-1 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 2-3-0 on the road.  
The Rangers are 1-5-2 overall; 1-3-2 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.  

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

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves to improve to 2-2-0 on the season; he is 29-28 all-time in shootouts and is 15-7-0 in his career against Rangers. 

Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves; he is 1-3-2 on this season. Lundqvist is now 56-42 all-time in shootouts and 30-19-7 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play; the Rangers were 0-1.  
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-3-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-1 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 0-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-2-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-2 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 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.

The Isles were 15-10-12 in one-goal games last season.

First Goa
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score first and are 1-3-1 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 1-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-1-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is November 10th in Dallas and November 11th in St. Louis.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-1-0 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 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-2-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: John Tavares (24:23); Rangers: Kevin Shattenkirk (23:13)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (1-1-1), Nick Leddy (1-1-0), John Tavares (1-1-0)
Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (3-3-1)

Face-offs
Isles 33, Rangers 28 (54%).  

Casey Cizikas won 15 of 22 for the Isles; David Desharnais won 8 of 10 for the Rangers.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 11/21; 2nd period 7/14; 3rd period 11/22; Overtime 4/4.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/56; Power play 3/4; Penalty kill 1/1.

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Jason Chimera 4)
Rangers 29 (Jesper Fast and Jimmy Vesey 5) 

Fights
None.  Season total – 1: (Boychuk 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots; Anders Lee and Brock Nelson led the Isles with 2.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 61, Rangers 63 
5-on-5 Isles 48, Rangers 56

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Calvin de Haan +16
Rangers Brady Skjei and Jimmy Hayes +7

Day and Night
The Isles are 3-3-0 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 – 195 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 158 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 156, Calvin deHaan 92 

Scratches
(Alan Quine-IR, Shane Prince-IR), Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg, Nikolay Kulemin

Total games lost: 17

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

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 646
13. Frans Nielsen 606…14. Kenny Jonsson 597… 15. Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli and John Tavares 594

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. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. John Tavares 237
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 109
36. Travis Green 92 *** 37. Michael Grabner 90 *** 38. Butch Goring and Anders Lee 87

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 
7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 303
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 201

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9.  John Tavares 540
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 310

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will next meet on January 13 at the Garden before the series moves to Brooklyn on February 15th and April 5th.

The Isles are 8-1-0 in their last nine games against the Rangers; it's the first time that they have won 8 of 9 in regular season play from the Rangers.  The Isles also improve to 9-2-0 in their last 11 games at Madison Square Garden.  That streak began with the Isles' last shootout win over the Rangers (February 14, 2013, also by a 4-3 score).

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 1-2-0 heading into Friday's game at Lehigh Valley.  The Sound Tigers will host Laval in their home opener on Saturday night. 

Up Next
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st — SAN JOSE AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WFAN 660/101.9FM (*), 88.7 WRHU-FM]
*Isles will air on WCBS 880AM if Yankees are playing
The Isles begin a two game homestand as they host the San Jose Sharks.  It will be the second (and final) meeting of the season between the teams.  
The Isles defeated the Sharks 3-1 in San Jose and will be looking to sweep the season series for the second time in three seasons.  The Sharks will play New Jersey on Friday before facing the Isles on Saturday.
Meetings between these teams tend to produce a limited number of power plays.  The Isles have had no more than three power plays in the last eight games and have been shorthanded only ten times in that span.

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Skinny: Los Angeles 3, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Los Angeles 3, Isles 2
Drew Doughty scored a shorthanded goal 5:44 into the third period to give the Kings a 3-1 lead and Los Angeles survived a late Islander rally as they defeat the Isles 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,230 at STAPLES Center.  The Isles head home from California with a 1-2-0 record.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
12:44 Los Angeles Anze Kopitar (4) ASST: Drew Doughty (3), Dustin Brown (3) 0-1

2ND PERIOD
08:56 New York Josh Bailey (2) ASST: Mathew Barzal (1), Andrew Ladd (2) 1-1
11:32 Los Angeles PPG - Jake Muzzin (1) ASST: Oscar Fantenberg (2), Tyler Toffoli (2) 1-2

3RD PERIOD
05:44 Los Angeles SHG - Drew Doughty (2) ASST: Anze Kopitar (4) 1-3
14:20 New York Casey Cizikas (3) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (1), Thomas Hickey (2) 2-3

The Skinny:
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 5th time in the first six games…Josh Bailey's goal was the first allowed by the Kings in the second period this season… The Isles are off to a good start in third periods, outscoring opponents 7-3 ... The Isles have gone six games into the season without a power play goal for the first time since the 1977-78 season… Brock Nelson celebrated his 26th birthday...After having at least 29 shots in each of the first four games, the Isles only had a total of 48 shots in the two games this weekend …  No Islander has ever scored in all three games of a California trip …Dustin Brown, Jake Muzzin, and Anze Kopitar each extended their point streak to 4 games… The Isles have now allowed 3 shorthanded goals…Casey Cizikas tied Brock Nelson for the club lead in goals (3) …The Kings improve to an NHL-best 4-0-1 record…Drew Doughty is the first Kings defenseman to score a shorthanded game winning goal since Aaron Miller vs. Anaheim on December 16, 2001; Cam Fowler (12-9-13 for Anaheim) was the last to do so against the Isles.

Milestone Night
Josh Bailey's 2nd period goal produced milestones for two teammates as Mathew Barzal recorded his first point and Andrew Ladd was credited with his 500th NHL point; he is the 460th player in NHL history to reach that mark.

Most Assists, First Six Isles Games of a Season by a Rookie (since 1987-88)
Rich Pilon 5 (1988-89)
Josh Ho-Sang 4 (2017-18)
Anthony Beauvillier 4 (2016-17)
John Tavares 4 (2009-10)
Derek King 4 (1987-88)

Most Games Without Isles Scoring a Power Play Goal (Start of Season)
7 - 1973-74
6 - 1977-78
6 -  2017-18

The Shots
Isles               7-7-11=25
Los Angeles   11-9-7=27

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

Go West, Young Men
This was the fourth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 13 of 15 games against Western Conference opponents.  The Isles are 1-2-1 in this stretch; the only Eastern Conference opponents they will face during this stretch are the Rangers (10/19 at MSG) and Capitals (11/2 in DC).

Chasing Bourne
John Tavares is 237-303=540 in his Islander career, leaving him one goal, one assist and two points behind Bob Bourne on the all-time Islander lists.

Career goals as an Islander:
7. Bob Bourne 238
8. John Tavares 237
9. Bobby Nystrom 235

Chasing Butch
Anders Lee has 86 career goals, one shy of Butch Goring on the all-time Isles list.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-3-1 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 1-3-0 on the road.  
Los Angeles is 4-0-1 overall; 3-0-1 at home and 1-0-0 on the road.  

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

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves to fall to 1-2-0 on the season; he is 6-10-2 in his career against Los Angeles. 

Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves in his first start of the season; he is 1-1-0 in his career against the Isles.  

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 0-2-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-2 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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.

The Isles were 15-10-12 in one-goal games last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score first and are 1-3-1 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 1-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-1-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is November 10th in Dallas and November 11th in St. Louis.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-1-0 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 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 1-2-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Johnny Boychuk (22:29); Los Angeles: Alec Martinez (24:08)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (1-1-1), Nick Leddy (1-1-0), John Tavares (0-1-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 21:55. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (2-3-1)

Face-offs
Isles 14, Los Angeles 31 (31%).  

Matthew Barzal won 3 of 5 for the Isles but his teammates won only 11 of 40; Nick Shore was a prefect 8 for 8 for Los Angeles.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 5/16; 2nd period 2/16; 3rd period 7/13
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 13/38; Power play 1/3; Penalty kill 0/4.

Hit Count
Isles 34 (Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas 6)
Los Angeles 26 (Dustin Brown 5) 

Fights
None.  Season total – 1: (Boychuk 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 14 shots; Scott Mayfield and Thomas Hickey led the Isles with 3.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 61, Los Angeles 47 
5-on-5 Isles 49, Los Angeles 35

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: 3 with +12 (Leddy, Lee, and Boychuk)
Los Angeles Jake Muzzin +4

Day and Night
The Isles are 2-3-0 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 – 194 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 157 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 155, Calvin deHaan 91 

Scratches
(Alan Quine-IR, Shane Prince-IR), Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock

Total games lost: 15

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

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 645
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 593

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. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. John Tavares 237
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 108
36. Travis Green 92 *** 37. Michael Grabner 90 *** 38. Butch Goring 87 *** 39. Anders Lee 86

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 
7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 303
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 201

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9.  John Tavares 540
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 309

Season Series Stats
Los Angeles leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude their season series on December 16th in Brooklyn. 

STAPLES has been a tough spot for the Isles since the building opened in 1999.  The Isles are now 3-9-0 all-time in that building, including just a shootout win and seven losses in their last eight trips.  The only Islander goalie to win a game in regulation in that building is Garth Snow, who did so twice.

On the Farm
Bridgeport 1-2-0 after splitting a pair of games in Charlotte this weekend. Bridgeport won 5-3 on Friday in Kristers Gudlevkis' Sound Tiger debut as Scott Eansor scored twice; the Checkers earned a split with a 3-2 win despite power play goals by Eansor and by Steve Bernier.

The Sound Tigers are off until Friday when they visit Lehigh Valley; they host Laval in the home opener on Saturday. 

Up Next
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th— ISLANDERS AT RANGERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]
The road trip concludes as the Isles return to the metropolitan area to face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  
T
he Isles won 3 out of 4 games from the Rangers last season and they are 7-1-0 against the Rangers over the past two seasons.  The Isles have played very well in Manhattan in recent years, going 8-2-0 in their last ten games on Garden ice.

This will be the first of four meetings between the teams and the only game between the rivals in the first three months of the season; the teams won't play again until they end their respective byes by facing each other at MSG for a January 13th matinee.

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 3, San Jose 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 5
Isles 3, San Jose 1
Thomas Greiss made 40 saves to record his first victory of the season and Brock Nelson's third goal in two games was the winner as the Isles defeated the San Jose Sharks before a crowd of 17,562 at SAP Center.of San Jose.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
04:16 San Jose PPG - Kevin LA banc (3) ASST: Mikkel Baedeker (2), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1) 0-1
17:02 New York Anders Lee (2) ASST: Jordan Eberle (3), Adam Pelech (1) 1-1

2ND PERIOD
06:27 New York Brock Nelson (3) ASST: Joshua Ho-Sang (4), Calvin de Haan (2) 2-1

3RD PERIOD
18:10 New York EN - Cal Clutterbuck (1) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (1), Casey Cizikas (2) 3-1

The Skinny:
Brock Nelson has scored 15 goals in 42 career October games. …Joshua Ho-Sang has assisted on all three of Nelson's goals and leads the team with four assists…Andrew Ladd was held pointless; he still has 499 career points… he Isles are off to a good start in third periods, outscoring opponents 6-2 ... The Isles have gone five games into the season without a power play goal for the first time since the 1977-78 season… Scott Mayfield celebrated his 25th birthday...After having at least 29 shots in each of the first four games, the Isles only had 23 shots…Anders Lee's goal was his 86th, one shy of Butch Goring on the all-time Isles list.  Lee has scored 7 goals since the start of last season against California teams (3 vs. San Jose and 4 vs. Los Angeles) …Adam Pelech and Calvin deHaan both matched career highs by going +3….Thomas Greiss is 5-0-1 in his career when making at least 40 saves.

Most Assists, First Five Isles Games of a Season by a Rookie (since 1987-88)
Josh Ho-Sang 4 (2017-18)
Rich Pilon 4 (1988-89)
Derek King 4 (1987-88)

Most Games Without Isles Scoring a Power Play Goal (Start of Season)
7 - 1973-74
6 - 1977-78
5 -  2017-18

The Shots
Isles               9-10-4=23
San Jose     12-13-16=41

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

Last season, the Isles were 19-10-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 3-3-0 when the shots are even and are 19-17-6 when they were 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.

Go West, Young Men
This was the third game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 13 of 15 games against Western Conference opponents.  The Isles are 1-1-1 in this stretch; the only Eastern Conference opponents they will face during this stretch are the Rangers (10/19 at MSG) and Capitals (11/2 in DC).

Chasing Bourne
John Tavares is 237-303=540 in his Islander career, leaving him one goal, one assist and two points behind Bob Bourne on the all-time Islander lists.

Career goals as an Islander:
7. Bob Bourne 238
8. John Tavares 237
9. Bobby Nystrom 235

Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-2-1 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.  
San Jose is 1-3-0 overall; 1-3-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.  

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

The Isles went 15-10-5 in Division games and 26-19-7 in games versus other divisions last season.

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 40 saves to improve to 1-1-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against San Jose. 

Aaron Dell made 20 saves in his first start of the season; he is 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.  

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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.

The Isles were 15-10-12 in one-goal games last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score first and are 1-2-1 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 1-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-0-0 on the back-end.  This set of back-to-backs concludes Sunday in Los Angeles).
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 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 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 1-2-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:23); San Jose: Brent Burns (26:38)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (1-0-1), Nick Leddy (1-1-0), John Tavares (0-1-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 20:36. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (2-2-1)

Face-offs
Isles 18, San Jose 34 (35%).  

Matthew Barzal won 3 of 5 for the Isles but his teammates won only 15 of 47; Ryan Carpenter won 10 of 12 for San Jose.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 5/17; 2nd period 6/19; 3rd period 7/16
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 15/45; Power play 3/6; Penalty kill 0/1.

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Cal Clutterbuck and Scott Mayfield 4)
San Jose 16 (Ryan Carpenter and Melkar Karlsson 3) 

Fights
None.  Season total – 1: (Boychuk 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 24 shots; Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with 4.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, San Jose 77 
5-on-5 Isles 41, San Jose 68

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: 3 with -1
San Jose Brent Burns +18

Day and Night
The Isles are 2-2-0 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 – 193 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 156 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 154, Calvin deHaan 90 

Scratches
(Alan Quine-IR, Shane Prince-IR), Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock

Total games lost: 13

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

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 644
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 592

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. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. John Tavares 237
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 107
36. Travis Green 92 *** 37. Michael Grabner 90 *** 38. Butch Goring 87 *** 39. Anders Lee 86

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 
7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 303
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 201

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9.  John Tavares 540
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 308

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude their season series on October 21st in Brooklyn. 
The teams have alternated wins in each of the last five matchups in The Tank; the Isles will look to sweep the season series from San Jose for the second time in three seasons next week.

On the Farm
Bridgeport 1-2-0 after splitting a pair of games in Charlotte this weekend. Bridgeport won 5-3 on Friday in Kristers Gudlevkis' Sound Tiger debut as Scott Eansor scored twice; the Checkers earned a split with a 3-2 win despite power play goals by Eansor and by Steve Bernier.

The Sound Tigers are off until Friday when they visit Lehigh Valley; they host Laval in the home opener on Saturday. 

Up Next
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15th— ISLANDERS AT LOS ANGELES  10:30PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The California portion of the road trip concludes as the Isles return to So Cal to face the Kings at STAPLES Center.  

STAPLES has been a tough spot for the Isles since the building opened in 1999.  The Isles are 3-8-0 all-time in that building, including just a shootout win and six losses in their last seven trips.  The only Islander goalie to win a game in regulation in that building is Garth Snow, who did so twice.

However, the Kings have had similar trouble in recent years in New York, so the Isles are 5-5-0 in the last 10 against LA.

No Islander has ever scored in all three games of a California trip; Brock Nelson, who will celebrate his 26th birthday on Sunday will have the opportunity to do so.

This will be the first of two meetings between the teams; the Kings will be in Brooklyn on December 16th.

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Skinny: Anaheim 3, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 4
Anaheim 3, Isles 2
Richard Rakell broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second period and the Isles could never get even, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Ducks before a crowd of 14,553 at Honda Center.  Brock Nelson had both Islander goals for his 6th career multi-goal game.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
00:37 Anaheim Andrew Cogliano (2) ASST: Josh Manson (2), Ryan Getzlaf (1) 0-1
13:09 New York Brock Nelson (1) ASST: Scott Mayfield (1), Joshua Ho-Sang (2) 1-1

2ND PERIOD
08:39 Anaheim Rickard Rakell (2) ASST: Cam Fowler (1), Andrew Cogliano (3) 1-2

3RD PERIOD
05:32 Anaheim Patrick Eaves (1) ASST: Josh Manson (3), Ryan Getzlaf (2) 1-3
07:57 New York Brock Nelson (2) ASST: Calvin de Haan (1), Joshua Ho-Sang (3) 2-3

The Skinny:
Andrew Cagliano's goal was the earliest allowed by the Isles at the start of a game since Aleksander Barkov scored against Kevin Poulin on January 14, 2014…. The Isles had 21 shots on goal in the first period; it was the most shots that they had in a road first period since also having 21 vs. Atlanta on March 4, 2010…Brock Nelson has scored 14 goals in 41 career October games. …Joshua Ho-Sang recorded his first career multi-assist game…Andrew Ladd was held pointless; he still has 499 career points… The Isles attempted 75 shots, which is their highest total ever against Anaheim (since the lockout); it's the first time that they have had over 70 attempts in consecutive games since January 2016…The Isles are off to a good start in third periods, outscoring opponents 5-2 ... The Isles have gone four games into the season without a power play goal for the first time since the 2000-01 season…The Isles have been outscored 8-3 in the second period.

The Shots
Isles            21-11-9=41
Anaheim     6-16-8=30

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

Last season, the Isles were 19-10-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 3-3-0 when the shots are even and are 19-17-6 when they were outshot.

Cogliano and The Skinny
Andrew Cogliano appeared in his 790th straight game (4th longest in NHL history and 2nd longest from start of a career).
You are reading the 400th consecutive edition of The Skinny, which has been published after every Islander game since February 2012.

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.

Go West, Young Men
This was the second game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 13 of 15 games against Western Conference opponents.  The Isles are 0-1-1 in this stretch; the only Eastern Conference opponents they will face during this stretch are the Rangers (10/19 at MSG) and Capitals (11/2 in DC).

Chasing Bourne
John Tavares is 237-303=540 in his Islander career, leaving him one goal, one assist and two points behind Bob Bourne on the all-time Islander lists.

Career goals as an Islander:
7. Bob Bourne 238
8. John Tavares 237
9. Bobby Nystrom 235

Home and Road
The Islanders are 1-2-1 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.  
Anaheim is 2-1-1 overall; 2-1-1 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.  

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

The Isles went 15-10-5 in Division games and 26-19-7 in games versus other divisions last season.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves but falls to 1-1-0 on the season and 8-6-0 in his career against Anaheim. 

John GIbson made 39 saves as he improved to 2-1-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in his career against the Isles.  

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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.

The Isles were 15-10-12 in one-goal games last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score first and are 0-2-1 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-0-0 on the back-end.  The next set of back-to-backs will be this weekend (Saturday in San Jose, Sunday in Los Angeles).

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 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 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 0-2-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: John Tavares (22:16); Anaheim: Cam Fowler (26:31)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (1-0-1), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), John Tavares (0-1-0)
Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-2-1)

Face-offs
Isles 29, Anaheim 34 (46%).  

Brock Nelson won 6 of 9 for the Isles; Antoine Vermette won 12 of 15 for Anaheim.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 9/20; 2nd period 13/23; 3rd period 7/20
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/41; Power play 5/9; Penalty kill 3/13.

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Johnny Boychuk 4)
Anaheim 19 (Patrick Eaves 4) 

Fights
None.  Season total – 1: (Boychuk 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 12 shots; Nick Leddy led the Isles with 3.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 75, Anaheim 59 
5-on-5 Isles 54, Anaheim 37

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Thomas Hickey +15
Anaheim: Jacob Silfverberg +4

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

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 192 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 155 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 153, Calvin deHaan 89 

Scratches
(Alan Quine-IR, Shane Prince-IR), Cal Clutterbuck (day-to-day), Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock

Total games lost: 11

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

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 643
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 591

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. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. John Tavares 237
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 107
36. Travis Green 92 *** 37. Michael Grabner 90 *** 38. Butch Goring 87 *** 39. Anders Lee 85

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 
7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 303
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 201

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9.  John Tavares 540
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 308

Season Series Stats
Anaheim leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude their season series on December 21st in Brooklyn. 
 
The loss snapped an Isles' 4-game winning streak over the Ducks, as well as a three-game winning streak in Anaheim.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 0-1-0 following a season opening 2-1 loss in Binghamton on Saturday. The Sound Tigers are off until Friday/Saturday, when they play a pair of games in Charlotte against the Checkers.
 
Up Next
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th— ISLANDERS AT SAN JOSE 10:30PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles continue their four-game road trip on Saturday as they face the San Jose Sharks in the second of three consecutive games in California.  
This will be the first of two meetings between the teams in eight days; their entire season series will be done on October 21st.
The teams have alternated wins in each of the last four matchups in The Tank; the Sharks won last season on a late Patrick Marleau goal so the Isles hope that the pattern will hold.  
Overall, the Sharks swept a pair of games last season after the Isles won both games in 2015-16.

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

Monday, October 09, 2017

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

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick

Game 3

St. Louis 3, Isles 2

Andrew Ladd and Anders Lee scored third period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit, but the St. Louis Blues got shootout tallies from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko to earn the extra point, as they defeated the Isles 3-2 before a crowd of 10,637 at Barclays Center.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD

NONE

 

2ND PERIOD

09:38    St. Louis    Vladimir Tarasenko (2) ASST: Paul Stastny (3)          0-1

15:34    St. Louis    PPG - Vladimir Tarasenko (3) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (4), Alex Pietrangelo (3)        0-2

 

3RD PERIOD

13:04    New York   Andrew Ladd (1) ASST: Jason Chimera (2), Brock Nelson (1) 1-2

19:00    New York   Anders Lee (1) ASST: Thomas Hickey (1), Jordan Eberle (2)  2-2

 

OT PERIOD

No Scoring

 

The Shootout:

St. Louis           Goal - Brayden Schenn (GDG)

New York         Missed - Jordan Eberle

St. Louis           Goal - Vladimir Tarasenko         -

New York         Missed - Anthony Beauvillier

 

It was the first game deciding goal for Schenn, who had converted only 1 of his prior 12 shootout attempts.

The Skinny:

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, giving him 7 goals in his last nine games against the Isles (including 4 goals in the last 2 games by NYI)…Tarasenko recorded his 21st multi-goal game…This was the first game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 13 of 15 games against Western Conference opponents…Andrew Ladd's goal was his 499th career point (and came in his 850th NHL game)…The Isles scored only three goals last season in the final two minutes to either tie or win a game…The Isles attempted 70 shots, which is their highest total ever against St. Louis in the Real-Time era (17 games)…The Isles scored goals in the final two minutes to either tie or win three times last season…The Isles 42 shots are their most against St. Louis since they had 44 in a 7-7 tie vs. the Blues on December 10, 1991….The Isles are off to a good start in third periods, outscoring opponents 4-1..The Blues are 3-0-0 for the second straight season and third time in the last five seasons.

The Shots

Isles             8-15-16-3=42

St. Louis     11-10-10-4=35

 

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

 Last season, the Isles were 19-10-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 3-3-0 when the shots are even and are 19-17-6 when they were outshot.

 

Chasing Bourne

John Tavares is 237-303=540 in his Islander career, leaving him one goal, one assist and two points behind Bob Bourne on the all-time Islander lists.

 

Career goals as an Islander:

7. Bob Bourne 238

8. John Tavares 237

9. Bobby Nystrom 235

 

Home and Road

The Islanders are 1-1-1 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 0-1-0 on the road. 

St. Louis is 3-0-0 overall; 1-0-0 at home and 2-0-0 on the road.  

 

By Division & Conference

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

The Isles went 15-10-5 in Division games and 26-19-7 in games versus other divisions last season.

 

In the Nets

Thomas Greiss made 33 saves; he is 0-1-1 on the season and 5-2-1 in his career against St. Louis. He is 8-8 all-time in shootouts.

Jake Allen made 40 saves as he improved to 3-0-0 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.  He is 10-4 all-time in shootouts.


Power Plays

The Isles were 0-6 on the power play; St. Louis was 1-6. 

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

 
Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-1 when they do not. 

One Goal Games

The Isles are 0-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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.

The Isles were 15-10-12 in one-goal games last season.

 First Goal

The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score first and are 0-1-1 when they allow the opening goal.

 Back-to-Backs

Including tonight, the Isles are 0-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-0-0 on the back-end. 

Tired vs. Rested

·        The Isles are 0-0-0 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 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

·        The Isles are 0-1-1 when both teams are rested.

 

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Johnny Boychuk (23:38); St. Louis: Alex Pietrangelo (29:17)

 Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (1-0-1), Nick Leddy (0-1-0)

 John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 23:25 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-1-1)

 

Face-offs

Isles 27, St. Louis 27 (50%). 

 

John Tavares won 14 of 22 for the Isles; Kyle Brodziak won 7 of 13 for St. Louis.

 

Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/17; 2nd period 9/20; 3rd period 6/14; overtime 2/3

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 18/41; Power play 4/7; Penalty kill 5/6.

 

Hit Count

Isles 20 (Anders Lee 6)

St. Louis 22 (Magnus Paajarvi 4)

 

Fights

None.  Season total – 1: (Boychuk 1).

 

Blocked Shots

The Isles blocked 13 shots; Thomas Hickey led the Isles with 3.

 

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 70, St. Louis 53

5-on-5 Isles 42, St. Louis 35

 

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: Jordan Eberle +14

St. Louis: 4 with +3

 

Day and Night

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

 

Ironmen

Jason Chimera – 191 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 154 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 152, Calvin deHaan 88

 

Scratches

(Alan Quine-IR, Shane Prince-IR), Cal Clutterbuck (day-to-day), Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock

 

Total games lost: 8

 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

 

Games Played (skaters)

1.      Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900

….

8.      Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 642

15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 590

 

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. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. John Tavares 237

22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 107

36. Travis Green 92 *** 37. Michael Grabner 90 *** 38. Butch Goring 87 *** 39. Anders Lee 85

 

Assists

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

7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 303

15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 201

 

Points

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

6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9.  John Tavares 540

17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 308


Season Series Stats

St. Louis leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will conclude their season series on November 19th in St. Louis.

The Isles are 3-1-1 in the last five games against St. Louis (including 2-1 in OT/SO).

 

On the Farm

Bridgeport is 0-1-0 following a season opening 2-1 loss in Binghamton on Saturday. The Sound Tigers are off until Friday/Saturday, when they play a pair of games in Charlotte against the Checkers.

Up Next

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11th— ISLANDERS AT ANAHEIM 10:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 9:30pm), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

The Isles begin a four-game road trip on Wednesday as they face the Anaheim Ducks in the first of three consecutive games in California. 

The Isles own four consecutive wins over the Ducks and three consecutive wins in Anaheim, but it hasn't been easy.  Josh Bailey scored in overtime to win the home opener against the Ducks last year, and then Nick Leddy scored in the 14th round of the shootout to win the longest shootout in Islander history.

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