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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 18 Isles 7, Rangers 5 Anthony Beauvillier scored three goals in the first 25:13 for his first ca...

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 7, Rangers 5

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 18
Isles 7, Rangers 5
Anthony Beauvillier scored three goals in the first 25:13 for his first career hat trick and later added an assist for his first career 4-point game as the Isles rallied from an early 2-0 deficit for a 7-5 victory over the Rangers before a crowd of 13,472 at Barclays Center.

Valtteri Filppula added three assists, including his 300th career helper, as the Isles extended their winning streak over the Rangers to a franchise-record eight games; the Isles have also opened the Metro Division schedule with seven straight wins – it's the first time the Isles have ever opened a season with seven straight wins in their own division.

Cal Clutterbuck's empty-netter cemented matters; it was the first time the Isles had scored seven goals against the Rangers since October 31, 1987 (8-2 win).

The Scoring:

1st Period
Chris Kreider (9) Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad 05:00 NYR 1,NYI 0 PPG
Fredrik Claesson (1) Brett Howden 05:35 NYR 2,NYI 0
Anthony Beauvillier (2) Thomas Hickey, Valtteri Filppula 09:35 NYR 2,NYI 1
Brock Nelson (9) Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle 10:38 NYR 2,NYI 2

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (3) Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov 02:24 NYR 2,NYI 3
Kevin Hayes (4) 03:21 NYR 3,NYI 3 SHG
Anthony Beauvillier (4) Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal 05:13 NYR 3,NYI 4 PPG
Anders Lee (6) Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey 14:04 NYR 3,NYI 5 PPG

3rd Period
Leo Komarov (3) Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier 09:56 NYR 3,NYI 6
Chris Kreider (10) Neal Pionk, Alexandar Georgiev 13:13 NYR 4,NYI 6 PPG
Filip Chytil (2) Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk 17:31 NYR 5,NYI 6
Cal Clutterbuck (2)EN Brock Nelson 19:39 NYR 5,NYI 7

The Skinny  
Thru 18 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (9-6-2) but have allowed ten fewer goals … Brock Nelson is 4-5-9 in the last 8 games and 8-5-13 in the last 12 games…Both Nelson and Mathew Barzal now have four-game point streaks…Barzal played in his 100th consecutive game… The Isles improved to 7-0-0 at Barclays Center against the Rangers…The Isles scored three goals in a period for the third consecutive home game…The Isles have outscored their opponents in each of the three periods: (20-16, 19-13, 20-18)…The Isles improve their overall goal differential to +12, tops among all Metro Division teams…Each team scored twice on the power play; it was the first time that happened in an Islander-Ranger game since October 11, 2010… Anthony Beauvillier is now 6-6-12 in 7 career games against the Rangers; he is the first Islander with a hat trick vs. the Rangers since October 15, 2011 (Tavares)… Beauvillier is the 2nd-youngest player to score a hat trick in the NHL this season (Patrik Laine); over the last 30 seasons the only younger Isles to do so are Mathew Barzal and John Tavares (3x)… Fredrik Claesson's goal was his first in just over a year (11/10/17); both Filip Chytil and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the 2nd straight game after entering the week without a goal…The Isles allowed a SH goal for the first time this season…It's only the second time this season the Isles have allowed five goals (October 13 in Nashville)...The Isles remain two points behind Columbus for the Metro lead.

The Injury
Leo Komarov left the game when he was struck by a high stick; he eventually returned and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
 
Metro Mavens
The Isles are 7-0-0 on the season against their Metro rivals; it's their best-ever start in their own division (6-0-0 vs. Patrick in 1982-83). It's the first time since November 29, 2014 to February 14, 2015 (11-0-0)
that the Isles have won seven straight divisional games at any point in a single season.  Going back to last season, the Isles have won nine straight Metro Division games.

According to the NHL, the Isles are the first team since the 2012-13 to open the season with at least seven straight divisional wins and only the 11th team in league history to do so.

Comeback!
The Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win for the first time this season.  The last time it happened was vs. Detroit on February 9, 2018 (7-6 OT win).  The last time the Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win in regulation was on March 14, 2016 (trailed Florida 2-0; won game 3-2).

Moving Up
Thomas Greiss played in his 130th game as an Isle goalie, passing Mark Fitzpatrick for 9th place in club history.  

Home for Thanksgiving
The Isles are beginning a streak of seven consecutive games in the New York area; they are 2-0-0 in this stretch:
Nov 13 vs Van Canucks 5-2 Win
Nov 15 vs NY Rangers 7-5 Win
Nov 18 vs Dallas
Nov 21 @ NY Rangers
Nov 23 @ NJ Devils
Nov 24 vs Car Hurricanes
Nov 26 vs Was Capitals

The only remaining game this month out of the metro area will be in Boston on November 29th.  That will be the final game before the Isles return to the Coliseum for the first time (in a regular season game) since April 2015.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  Trotz' NHL record is 772-574-60-136 in 1542 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    823
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   772

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1542
5. Ken Hitchcock   1536

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

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 10-6-2 (22 points), with 61 goals scored and 49 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 10-6-2 (22 points), with 66 goals scored and 59 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-2 when scoring first and 3-5-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles         11-6-7=24
Rangers  14-14-13=41
The Isles are 1-3-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-2-2 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 10-6-2 overall; 5-1-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-5-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
The Rangers are 9-8-2 overall; 6-3-0 at home and 3-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-0-0 in Division games and 3-6-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 7-2-2 against the East and 3-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 36 saves to improve to 6-2-1 on the season and 4-0-1 in his career against Rangers.  

Hernik Lundqvist made 12 saves before leaving after two periods; Alexandar Georgiev allowed one goal on six shots, but that goal made him the losing goalie.  He is 3-2-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 2-5 on the power play in 7:49 of PP time; the Rangers were 2-4 on the power play in 5:32 of PP time.
The Isles are 9-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-5-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-3-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-1 when they do not.  

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

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Carolina on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 7-6-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:35); Rangers: Neil Pionk (21:42)

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:03 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (8-2-2), Nick Leddy (2-4-0).

Face-offs
Isles 37, Rangers 34 (52%).

Mathew Barzal won 4 of 6 for the Isles; Scott Howden won 9 of 14 for the Rangers. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  10/21; 2nd period 15/27; 3rd period 12/23.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/51, Power play 5/9, Penalty kill 5/11

Hit Count
Isles 22 (Leo Komarov -5)  
Rangers 25 (Chris Kreider & Fredrik Claesson -3)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Scott Mayfield -2, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 14 shots (Thomas Hickey-3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 41, Rangers 64 
5-on-5 Isles 32, Rangers 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Adam Pelech +2
Rangers: Chris Kreider +13

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 8-6-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Ironmen
Anders Lee 136, Brock Nelson 113, Mathew Barzal 100

Scratches
(Matt Martin -IR, Andrew Ladd – IR, Casey Cizikas- IR), Mathew Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 16

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

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

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 733

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Josh Bailey and Anders Lee 130

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 266

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 396

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9.Thomas Greiss 130

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 68

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one games to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday before completing the season series with a home-and-home series in January. 

The Isles have won eight straight vs. the Rangers and are 12-1-0 in the last 13 games against the Blueshirts.  They have won all seven games against the. Rangers at Barclays Center.

On the Farm
One day before he suffered his loss to the Isles, Alexandar Georgiev earned the victory as Hartford rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory to snap Bridgeport's five game winning streak.
 
Tanner Fritz scored twice for Bridgeport; goalie Christopher Gibson had a pair of assists.

Bridgeport is now 9-5-2-0 heading into games in Laval on Friday and Belleville on Saturday.
 
Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 14; Points: Devon Toews 16

Up Next
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th –  DALLAS AT ISLANDERS 1:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The homestand concludes as the Islanders and Stars meet for the first time this season. 

The Isles had gone 6-1-1 over a four-season span vs Dallas before dropping two games last season by a combined 10-2 score. The Stars' 5-2 win in Brooklyn last season ended a 4-game Islander home winning streak against the Stars.

It's a Western Conference opponent; Isles are 30-9-7 all-time at Barclays against the West.

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



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick
…It's only the second time this season the Isles have allowed five goals (October 13 in Nashville).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 5, Vancouver 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 17
Isles 5, Vancouver 2
Tom Kuhnhackl scored twice, and both Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson reached career milestones as the Isles ended their three-game winless streak with a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks before a crowd of 8,806 at Barclays Center.

It was the first career two-goal game for Kuhnhackl, who has more goals in seven appearances this season (3) than he did in 69 games for Pittsburgh last season (2).

The Scoring:

1st Period
Brendan Leipsic (2) Bo Horvat, Michael Del Zotto 02:48 VAN 1,NYI 0
Tom Kuhnhackl (2) Leo Komarov, Valtteri Filppula 05:11 VAN 1,NYI 1
Josh Bailey (6) Mathew Barzal 05:56 VAN 1,NYI 2
Jordan Eberle (5) Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd 14:50 VAN 1,NYI 3

2nd Period
Jake Virtanen (8) Loui Eriksson, Brendan Leipsic 02:51 VAN 2,NYI 3 PPG

3rd Period
Tom Kuhnhackl (3) Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson 03:26 VAN 2,NYI 4
Cal Clutterbuck (1) Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk 17:06 VAN 2,NYI 5 PPG

The Skinny  
Thru 17 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (9-6-2) but have allowed eleven fewer goals …Tom Kuhnhackl now has points in two straight games and has four points in seven games as an Islander. …Brock Nelson is 3-4-7 in the last 7 games and 7-4-11 in the last 11 games…The Isles have averaged 34 shots on goal in the last three games …Jake Virtanen scored for the 6th time in the last eight games…Cal Clutterbuck's goal was his first since January 13th, and the first for the Isles' power play in the last four games…Brendan Leipsic who had the overtime goal in the last meeting of the teams (last March), had a goal and an assist on the two Vancouver goals…Jordan Eberle's game winner was his 19th career goal against Vancouver.  Among active players, only Patrick Marleau has more goals vs. Vancouver…The Isles improved to 30-9-7 at Barclays Center against Western Conference opponents…The Isles scored three first period goals for the second consecutive home game; it's the first time since February 2016 that they have done that… Nick Leddy went +3 to raise his season rating to -1…By winning the third period tonight, the Isles have now outscored their opponents in each of the three periods: (18-14, 16-12, 18-16).

The Injury
Andrew Ladd suffered a lower body injury late in the second period and did not return.

Mr. Game Winner
The Isles have eight wins (not including shootouts); Jordan Eberle has the winning goal three times.  Ten of his 30 career goals as an Islander have been game-winners.  Eberle is now tied/87th in goals as an Islander (30) but tied/29th in game-winning goals (29th).

Junior Skinny
From 7th Grader Carter LaCorte: "That goal was Eberle's 30th as an islander. May be mistaken, but with thirty goals in 97 games, Eberle is the quickest isles player to 30 goals after a trade to team since Alexei Yashin, who did it it (in) 68 games in 01-02"    (He's not mistaken)

Milestone Men
Mathew Barzal recorded his 100th and 101st NHL point and Brock Nelson recorded his 200th and 201st point.  Both players also now have three-game point streaks.

Moving Up
Thomas Greiss played in his 129th game as an Isle goalie, matching Mark Fitzpatrick for 9th place in club history. Tonight's game was played on Fitzpatrick's 50th birthday.  Greiss also recorded his 67th win as an Isle, breaking a tie with Glenn Healy for 7th place.

Home for Thanksgiving
The Isles are beginning a streak of seven consecutive games in the New York area; they are 1-0-0 in this stretch:
Nov 13 vs Van Canucks 5-2 Win
Nov 15 vs NY Rangers
Nov 18 vs Dallas
Nov 21 @ NY Rangers
Nov 23 @ NJ Devils
Nov 24 vs Car Hurricanes
Nov 26 vs Was Capitals

The only remaining game this month out of the metro area will be in Boston on November 29th.  That will be the final game before the Isles return to the Coliseum for the first time (in a regular season game) since April 2015.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  Trotz' NHL record is 771-574-60-136 in 1541 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    823
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   771

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1541
5. Ken Hitchcock   1536

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

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 9-6-2 (20 points), with 54 goals scored and 44 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 9-6-2 (20 points), with 60 goals scored and 55 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-2 when scoring first and 2-5-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles     12-5-17=34
Vancouver  8-11-5=24
The Isles are 1-3-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 8-2-2 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 9-6-2 overall; 4-1-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-5-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Vancouver is 10-8-2 overall; 5-2-0 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-0-0 in Division games and 3-6-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 6-2-2 against the East and 3-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 22 saves to improve to 5-2-1 on the season and 3-2-0 in his career against Vancouver.  

Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves but falls to 7-5-2 on the season and 2-4-0 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play in 8:33 of PP time; Vancouver was 1-5 on the power play in 8:26 of PP time.
The Isles are 8-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-5-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-3-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 7-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-1 when they do not.  

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

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Carolina on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 6-6-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:04); Vancouver: Markus Granlund (22:47)

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:06 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (7-2-2), Nick Leddy (2-4-0).

Face-offs
Isles 30 Vancouver 23(57%).

Casey Cizikas won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Bo Horvat won 13 of 25 for Vancouver. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  9/14; 2nd period 13/20; 3rd period 8/191.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/37, Power play 3/7, Penalty kill 6/9

Hit Count
Isles 15 (Leo Komarov and Scott Mayfield-4)  
Vancouver 16 (Erik Gudbranson- 5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Scott Mayfield -2, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots (Three with 2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 57, Vancouver 41 
5-on-5 Isles 46, Vancouver 31

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Ryan Pulock +15
Vancouver: Derrick Pouliot +3

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 7-6-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Ironmen
Anders Lee 135, Brock Nelson 112, Mathew Barzal 99

Scratches
(Matt Martin -injured), Adam Pelech, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 13

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

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

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 732

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Josh Bailey 130 *** 19. Anders Lee 129

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 265

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 395

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick and Thomas Greiss 129

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 67

Season Series Stats
The Isles  lead the season series one games to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will again meet in Vancouver on February 23rd to complete the season series. 

The Isles have earned points in their last seven games against the Canucks (5-0-2).  They have won three straight vs. Vancouver at Barclays Center.

On the Farm
Connor Jones broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period as Bridgeport extended their winning streak to five games and their home winning streak to seven games with a 4-2 victory over the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday afternoon.
 
Kieffer Bellows scored for the fourth straight game (5 goals).

Bridgeport is now 9-5-1-0 heading into a matinee game in Hartford on Wednesday.
 
Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 14; Points: Ho-Sang 15

Up Next
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th – RANGERS AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The homestand continues as the Islanders and Rangers meet for the first time this season. 

The Isles have dominated the season series over the last three years, going 11-1-0 against the rival Rangers.  The Isles have won seven straight from the Rangers for the first time ever in regular season play and are 6-0-0 all-time at Barclays Center against the Blueshirts

The Isles are 6-0-0 on the season against their Metro rivals, matching their best-ever start in their own division (6-0-0 vs. Patrick in 1982-83). It's the first time since November 3-December 15, 2015 that the Isles have won six straight divisional games at any point in a single season. The Isles haven't won seven straight divisional games (in a single season) since an 11-game streak from November 29, 2014 to February 14, 2015. 

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


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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Skinny: Florida 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick 

Game 16

Florida 4, Isles 2

Aleksander Barkov scored the winning goal midway through the third period as the Florida Panthers recorded their third straight victory and extended the Isles winless streak to three games with a 4-2 victory over the Isles before a crowd of 11,947 at BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Mathew Barzal scored a goal for the first time since the home opener but finishes his 100th NHL game with 99 points.


The Scoring:          

1st Period

Denis Malgin (1) Jared McCann, Nick Bjugstad 06:18 NYI 0,FLA 1

Mathew Barzal (2) Anders Lee 07:28 NYI 1,FLA 1

 

2nd Period

Brock Nelson (8) Scott Mayfield, Tom Kuhnhackl 08:10 NYI 2,FLA 1

Mike Hoffman (7) Evgenii Dadonov, Mike Matheson 19:14 NYI 2,FLA 2

 

3rd Period

Aleksander Barkov (3) Keith Yandle 04:43 NYI 2,FLA 3 PPG

Troy Brouwer (2) Jonathan Huberdeau 19:59 NYI 2,FLA 4 ENG

 

The Skinny  

Thru 16 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (8-6-2) but have allowed eleven fewer goals …Tom Kuhnhackl's assist was his first as an Islander…  Keith Yandle played his 728th consecutive game (11th all-time)..Mike Hoffman extended his point streak to 11 games while Evgenii Dadonov extended his to 10 games…Brock Nelson's goal was his 199th career point; he now leads the Isles in goals with 8…Nelson is 3-2-5 in the last 6 games and 7-2-9 in the last 10 games…The Isles have had 68 shots on goal in the last two games (season-high).

Century Mark

Both Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock appeared in their 100th NHL games. Evgenii Dadonov recorded his 100th point.

Time to Go Home

The Isles' next seven games will all be in the New York area:

·        Nov 13 vs Van Canucks

·        Nov 15 vs NY Rangers

·        Nov 18 vs Dallas

·        Nov 21 @ NY Rangers

·        Nov 23 @ NJ Devils

·        Nov 24 vs Car Hurricanes

·        Nov 26 vs Was Capitals

The only remaining game this month out of the metro area will be in Boston on November 29th.  That will be the final game before the Isles return to the Coliseum for the first time (in a regular season game) since April 2015.

Coach Trotz

When the Blackhawks relieved Joel Quenneville of his duties on November 6th, that made Barry Trotz both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  Trotz' NHL record is 770-574-60-136 in 1540 games.

Most Coaching Wins

1.      Scotty Bowman  1244

2.      Joel Quenneville  890

3.      Ken Hitchcock     823

4.      Al Arbour           782

5.      Barry Trotz        770


Most Games Coached

1.      Scotty Bowman  2141

2.      Joel Quenneville 1636

3.      Al Arbour           1607

4.      Barry Trotz        1540

5.      Ken Hitchcock    1536

Trotz, who passed Hitchcock in games coached on November 3rd vs the Devils, will catch Al Arbour on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in November 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season

This Season: 8-6-2 (18 points), with 49 goals scored and 42 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

Last Season: 8-6-2 (18 points), with 55 goals scored and 53 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First                                                                                   

The Isles are 7-1-2 when scoring first and 1-5-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots

Isles     13-13-5=31

Florida  6-14-11=31

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

Home and Road

The Islanders are 8-6-2 overall; 3-1-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-5-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.

Florida is 5-5-3 overall; 2-3-1 at home and 3-2-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 6-0-0 in Division games and 2-6-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 6-2-2 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West. 

In the Nets

Robin Lehner made 27 saves but falls to 4-4-1 on the season and 2-5-3 in his career against Florida. 

Roberto Luongo made 29 saves as he improves to 3-0-0 on the season and 13-12-3 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 6:38 of PP time; Florida was 1-5 on the power play in 6:47 of PP time.

The Isles are 7-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-5-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-3-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-1 when they do not. 

One Goal Games

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

Back-to-Backs

The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Carolina on November 23-24.

Tired vs. Rested

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

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

·        The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.

·        The Isles are 6-6-1 when both teams are rested.


Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:04); Florida: Keith Yandle (24:12)

Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:12 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (6-2-2), Nick Leddy (2-4-0).

Face-offs

Isles 30 Florida 28 (52%).

Casey Cizikas won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Vincent Trocheck won 9 of 14 for Florida.

Face-offs by period: 1st period  7/15; 2nd period 13/22; 3rd period 10/21.

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 24/47, Power play 3/5, Penalty kill 3/6

Hit Count

Isles 16 (Johnny Boychuk-5) 

Florida 7 (Two with 2)

Fights

There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Scott Mayfield -2, Anders Lee). 

Blocked Shots

The Isles blocked 9 shots (Ryan Pulock - 2). 

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 52, Florida 49

5-on-5 Isles 36, Florida 34

 

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: Tom Kuhnhackl +10

Florida: Colton Sceviour +5

Matinee Isles

The Isles are 6-6-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas. 

Ironmen

Anders Lee 134, Brock Nelson 111, Mathew Barzal 98

Scratches

(Matt Martin -injured), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston

Total games lost: 12

Late Heroes

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

Late Goals Allowed

The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)

Offside Challenges

The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season.

 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

 

Games Played (skaters)

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

6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 731

 

Goals

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

17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey 129

 

Assists

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

13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 265

 

Points

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

13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 394

 

Games Played (Goalies)

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

8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 *** 10. Thomas Greiss 128

 

Wins (Goalie)

1.      Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…

6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy and Thomas Greiss 66

Season Series Stats

Florida leads the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will again meet in Sunrise on April 4th to complete the season series.

This was the Isles' first regulation loss in their last seven regular season games against the Panthers in Florida (3-1-3).

On the Farm

Travis St. Denis scored the overtime winner as Bridgeport extended their winning streak to four games and their home winning streak to six games with a 5-4 victory over the Providence Bruins.

Devon Toews had a first period power play goal and assisted on the winning tally as he tied Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle for the club scoring lead.

Bridgeport is now 8-5-1-0 and will look to sweep their five game homestand when they host Charlotte on Sunday afternoon.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 13; Points: Ho-Sang/Dal Colle/Devon Toews 14

Up Next

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th – VANCOUVER AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com]

The Isles return home to begin a three-game homestand as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to Brooklyn.

The Isles have earned points in their last six games against the Canucks (4-0-2); they had won four straight games vs. Vancouver before losing in overtime in the Pacific Northwest in March.

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


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

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The Skinny: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 15
Tampa Bay 4, Isles 2
Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal with 1:26 to play to break a 2-2 tie and Steven Stamkos completed matters with an empty netter as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame two goals by Josh Bailey to defeat the Islanders 4-2 before a crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena.

The loss snaps the Isles' seven-game (5-0-2) point streak and their three-game road winning streak.

The Scoring:
1st Period 
Josh Bailey (4) Brock Nelson 03:40 NYI 1,TBL 0

2nd Period
Mathieu Joseph (2) Alex Killorn, Anton Stralman 05:58 NYI 1,TBL 1
J.T. Miller (5) Mikhail Sergachev, Steven Stamkos 11:12 NYI 1,TBL 2

3rd Period
Josh Bailey (5) Adam Pelech, Mathew Barzal 08:43 NYI 2,TBL 2
Tyler Johnson (6) Nikita Kucherov, Yanni Gourde 18:34 NYI 2,TBL 3
Steven Stamkos (6)EN J.T. Miller, Ryan McDonagh 19:50 NYI 2,TBL 4

The Skinny  
Josh Bailey now has at least a point in nine of the last ten games; his first period goal was his 128th, breaking a tie with Jason Blake for 19th place on the all-time Isles list while his third period goal tied him with Anders Lee for the active club lead. … Thru 15 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (8-5-2) but have allowed ten fewer goals … Mathew Barzal assisted on Bailey's second goal, giving him 98 points in 99 career NHL games.  Connor McDavid is the only NHL player in the last decade to record 100 points in his first 100 NHL games…The Isles lost for the first time this season when scoring first (7-1-2)…Casey Cizikas was on-ice for 16 Isles attempts at 5-on-5 and only one Tampa Bay attempts…The Lightning have outscored their opponents 23-16 in the third period…Former Rangers combined for a goal and three assists for Tampa Bay, including both assists on the empty net goal.. . Tampa Bay has won four straight games and is 8-0-0 vs. the East this season…Mathieu Joseph's goal was the first allowed to Tampa Bay by a Barry Trotz coached team in 185:23, dating back to last year's playoffs…The Isles scored first for the 10th time in 15 games.

Season Highs
The Isles set season highs in shots in both a period (16 in the 1st) and game (37); they also had five power plays for the first time this season.

Coach Trotz
When the Blackhawks relieved Joel Quenneville of his duties on November 6th, that made Barry Trotz both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  Trotz' NHL record is 770-573-60-136 in 1539 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    823
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   770

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1539
5. Ken Hitchcock   1536

Trotz, who passed Hitchcock in games coached on November 3rd vs the Devils, will catch Al Arbour on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in November 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 8-5-2 (18 points), with 47 goals scored and 38 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 8-5-2 (18 points), with 55 goals scored and 48 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-2 when scoring first and 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles           16-10-11=37
Tampa Bay  7-11-9=27
The Isles are 0-3-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 8-2-2 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-5-2 overall; 3-1-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-4-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Tampa Bay is an NHL-best 12-3-1 overall; 7-2-0 at home and 6-1-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-0-0 in Division games and 2-5-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 6-1-2 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 26 saves but falls to 4-3-1 on the season and 3-7-1 in his career against Tampa Bay.  

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves as he improves to 9-2-1 on the season and 5-2-0 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-5 on the power play in 8:22 of PP time  (including a :47 5-on-3 to start the third period); Tampa Bay was 0-4 on the power play in 6:59 of PP time.
The Isles are 7-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-4-1 when they do not.  

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

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Carolina on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 6-5-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy  (26:18); Tampa Bay: Ryan McDonagh (24:44)

Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:26 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (6-1-2), Nick Leddy (2-4-0).

Face-offs
Isles 22 Tampa Bay 30 (42%).

Anders Lee won 3 of 5 for the Isles; Brayden Point won 8 of 12 for Tampa Bay. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  6/16; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 8/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 18/40, Power play 1/6, Penalty kill 3/6

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Thomas Hickey-4)  
Tampa Bay 21 (Adam Erne -5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Scott Mayfield -2, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 12 shots (3 with 2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 62, Tampa Bay 45 
5-on-5 Isles 43, Tampa Bay 28

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk +16
Tampa Bay: Tyler Johnson +4

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 6-5-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Ironmen
Anders Lee 133, Brock Nelson 110, Mathew Barzal 97

Scratches
(Matt Martin -injured), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 11

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

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

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 730

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey 129 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 265

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 394

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 *** 10. Thomas Greiss 128

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy and Thomas Greiss 66

Season Series Stats
Tampa Bay leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet at Barclays on January 13th before completing season series as the Coliseum on February 1st.

Tampa Bay has won six of the last seven games from the Isles, outscoring New York 34-17.

On the Farm
On Wednesday, Travis St. Denis scored twice while Devon Toews and Joshua Ho-Sang each had a pair of assists as Bridgeport scored four times on the power play and cruised to a 7-3 School Day matinee win over the Binghamton Devils.

Ho-Sang, who now has 10 points in the last four games, including four consecutive multi-point games, leads all AHL forwards with 13 assists.

Bridgeport is now 7-5-1-0 with three straight wins to start their homestand, which concludes with games on Saturday vs. Providence and Sunday vs. Charlotte.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 13; Points: Ho-Sang/Dal Colle 14

Up Next
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th – ISLANDERS AT FLORIDA 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles head to Sunrise, Florida to face the Panthers on Saturday night. 

The Panthers will be honoring Bill Torrey as part of their Legacy Night series as the franchise is celebrating their 25th anniversary. 

It's the second meeting of the season between the teams; the Panthers rallied for a 3-2 overtime win in Brooklyn 2 ½ weeks ago.

The Isles have had more (regular season) success against the Panthers in Florida in recent years, earning points in six straight games (3-0-3)  The Isles are 6-2-3 in their last 11 regular season games in South Florida.
 
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.



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

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Moving On Up: The Skinny on Coach Trotz

When the Blackhawks relieved Joel Quenneville of his duties on November 6th, that made Barry Trotz both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  Trotz' NHL record is 770-572-60-136 in 1538 games.

When Trotz coaches the Isles on Thursday, it will be 1st time since March 31, 1991* (the last game of the 1990-91 season) that the winningest active coach will be Islander; after a brief "retirement" Scotty Bowman returned to coach Pittsburgh in the 1991-92 season and he had more wins than Al Arbour at the time. 

Arbour had coached the most games of any active coach for each of his last 331 gms behind the Islander bench, having passed Bowman on March 28, 1990.   

*When Arbour returned to coach game 1,500 on November 3, 2007 he was the active leader in both categories for that one game as well.


Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    823
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   770

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1538
5. Ken Hitchcock   1536

Trotz, who passed Hitchcock in games coached on November 3rd vs the Devils, will catch Al Arbour on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching, Trotz would pass him sometime in November 2019.


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

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Skinny: Montreal 4, Isles 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 14
Montreal 4, Isles 3 (SO)
Joel Armia scored the only goal in a five-round shootout as Montreal rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 9,402 at Barclays Center.

The shootout loss snaps the Isles' five-game winning streak; the Isles have, however, earned points in seven straight games (5-0-2) as they extend their lead in the Metro Division to three points.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Casey Cizikas (4) Adam Pelech, Ross Johnston 04:04 MTL 0,NYI 1
Jonathan Drouin (4) Max Domi, Noah Juulsen 05:59 MTL 1,NYI 1
Valtteri Filppula (5) Leo Komarov 07:44 MTL 1,NYI 2
Casey Cizikas (5) Cal Clutterbuck 14:58 MTL 1,NYI 3

2nd Period
Max Domi (8) Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia 15:36 MTL 2,NYI 3 PPG

3rd Period
Artturi Lehkonen (2) Noah Juulsen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi 07:43 MTL 3,NYI 3

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
NYI  Jordan Eberle (no goal)
MTL Tomas Tatar (no goal)
NYI Brock Nelson (no goal)
MTL Jonathan Drouin (no goal)
NYI Josh Bailey (no goal)
MTL Max Domi (no goal)
NYI Mathew Barza l(no goal)
MTL Jesperi Kotkaniemi (no goal)
NYI Valtteri Filppula (no goal)
MTL Joel Armia (goal/game deciding goal)

The Skinny  
All three of the Isles goals were scored by "bottom 6" forwards; Josh Bailey's point streak ended at eight… Casey Cizikas recorded his second career 2-goal game (10/7/17 vs BUF); he now has 49 career goals… Thru 14 games, the Isles are one poins ahead of last season (8-4-2 to 8-5-1) but have allowed twelve fewer goals; the 18 points in the first 14 games match the most points an Islander team has had since the 2001-02 squad opened 11-1-1-1 in the first 14. … Mathew Barzal was held without a point for the second straight game, leaving him with 97 points in 98 career NHL games.  Connor McDavid is the only NHL player in the last decade to record 100 points in his first 100 NHL games… Ryan Pulock played a career-high 29:00; Nick Leddy is the only Isle to have played more in a game over the last two seasons – he did it twice…The Isles have earned a point in seven straight games for the first time since January 2017 when they did so in Jack Capuano's final game and Doug Weight's first six games behind the bench…Max Domi's power play goal ended an 0-16 skein for the Habs' power play…Ross Johnston has two assists in his three appearances this season…Valtteri Filppula has scored his five goals on twelve shots…The Isles fall to 1-1 in the shootout; their 75 all-time wins remain tied with Pittsburgh for the most in NHL history.

Greiss the Great
Thomas Greiss has stopped 134 of 140 shots over his last four starts (95.7 save percentage, 1.44 GAA) 

Greiss appeared in his 128th game, passing Garth Snow for 10th place among Islander goalkeepers.  

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 8-4-2 (18 points), with 45 goals scored and 34 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 8-5-1 (17 points), with 54 goals scored and 46 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 7-0-2 when scoring first and 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles        8-6-7-3=24
Montreal  8-15-10-2=35
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 8-2-2 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-4-2 overall; 3-1-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-3-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Montreal is 8-4-2 overall; 5-3-0 at home and 3-1-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 6-0-2 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 32 saves; he is 4-2-1 on the season and 3-3-1 in his career against Montreal.  

Antti Niemi made 21 saves  and improves to 3-1-0 on the season and 4-1-1 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 8:00 of PP time; Montreal was 1-3 on the power play in 4:20 of PP time.
The Isles are 7-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-3-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 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.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in Montreal and at home vs. Montreal on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 6-4-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (Career High 29:00); Montreal: Jeff Petry (28:41)

Anders Lee led Isles forwards with 20:25 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (6-1-2), Nick Leddy (2-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 28 Montreal 26 (52%).

Casey Cizikas won 9 of 10 for the Isles; Philip Danault won 14 of 24 for Montreal. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  9/17; 2nd period 8/17; 3rd period 10/18; Overtime ½.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 23/42, Power play 4/8, Penalty kill 1/4

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Johnny Boychuk-5)  
Montreal 29 (Noah Juulsen -5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Scott Mayfield -2, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 23 shots (Scott Mayfield -5).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 50, Montreal 70 
5-on-5 Isles 35, Montreal 55

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Valtteri Filppula +4
Montreal: Tomas Tatar +14

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 6-4-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Ironmen
Anders Lee 132, Brock Nelson 109, Mathew Barzal 96

Scratches
(Matt Martin -injured), Luca Sbisa, Tom Kuhnhackl
Total games lost: 10

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

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 729

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee 129 ***19. Jason Blake and Josh Bailey 127 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 265

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 392

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Thomas Greiss 128

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy and Thomas Greiss 66

Season Series Stats
Montreal leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet at the Coliseum on March 14th before playing on March 21st at the Bell Centre.

The Isles are 4-11-2 in their last 17 games against Les Habitants.

On the Farm
Michael Dal Colle and Kieffer Bellows each scored twice and Joshua Ho Sang added four assists as Bridgeport built an 8-2 lead enroute to an 8-5 victory over the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins.

The four-point outing concluded an eight-point weekend for Ho Sang as the Sound Tigers went over AHL-.500 with the victory.

Bridgeport is now 6-5-1-0; the third game of their five-game homestand is on Wednesday morning (10:30AM) vs. Binghamton.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier/Michael Dal Colle 6; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 11; Points: MIchael Dal Colle 13

Up Next
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8th – ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY 7:30PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:00pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles head to Florida for a pair of games in the Sunshine State, as they face the Lightning for the first time this season.

Tampa Bay won two of three for the Isles last season and have taken five of six games from the Isles over the last two seasons, outscoring the Isles 30-15.

The road trip concludes on Saturday in Sunrise, Florida against the Panthers.

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



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