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Saturday, March 06, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 5, Buffalo 2

"The Skinny"         

By Eric Hornick

Game 24
Isles 5, Buffalo 2
Mathew Barzal scored a highlight reel goal to key the Isles' first 4-goal second period since 2016 and  Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves as the Islanders extended their winning streak to four and their point streak to seven with a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in the second of three consecutive games between the teams at Nassau Coliseum.

Jacob Bryson had opened the scoring with his first NHL goal just 33 seconds into play and that stood up until Barzal's goal 3:51 into the second started a three goals in 4:54 span.

The Isles are 11-2-4 in their last 17games and have moved two points ahead of Washington. The Isles have won nine straight games against everyone but Pittsburgh during that stretch.  

The Scoring:
1st Period
Jacob Bryson (1) Brandon Montour (4), Jack Eichel (15) 00:33 BUF 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Mathew Barzal (9) Jordan Eberle (6), Scott Mayfield (5) 03:51 BUF 1,NYI 1
Brock Nelson (7) Anthony Beauvillier (4), Ryan Pulock (9) 05:16 BUF 1,NYI 2
Cal Clutterbuck (2) Matt Martin (3), Adam Pelech (5) 08:45 BUF 1,NYI 3
Scott Mayfield (2) Casey Cizikas (6), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6) 15:29 BUF 1,NYI 4

3rd Period
Sam Reinhart (9) Rasmus Dahlin (9), Victor Olofsson (10) 00:52 BUF 2,NYI 4
Anders Lee (11) Noah Dobson (8), Mathew Barzal (13) 02:15 BUF 2,NYI 5

The Skinny        
The Isles have points in 15 of their last 17 games (10-2-4); they are 9-0-2 against everyone but Pittsburgh in that stretch… The Isles are 6-0-1 in their last seven games… The Isles have outscored their opponents 27-14 in the third period; the +13 differential is the best in the NHL… Cal Clutterbuck scored on his only shot and had five hits in his 500th game as an Islander… The Isles have dressed the same six defensemen in every game this season…Mathew Barzal is 3-4-7 in the last six games and is a team-best +10 on the season. Barzal also leads the team in points (22) and is second to Nick Leddy in assists …Anders Lee is 5-1-6 and is +8 in five games vs. Buffalo this season; he has seven goals in his last 11 games overall… Scott Mayfield had his first multi-point game since December 1, 2018 vs. Columbus (in the Isles' first game back at the Coliseum)… The Isles had points from 13 different players, including 11 in the second period alone; an Islander defenseman had a point on each of their five goals (1-4-5)… JG Pageau's assist on Mayfield's goal was his 199th NHL point; Pageau is 9-5-14 in 29 games vs. Buffalo…Jacob Bryson is the second opponent to score his first NHL goal against the Isles this season (Pierre-Oliver Joseph for Pittsburgh on February 6th)…The Sabres are 2-8-1 since returning from their two week COVID pause…The Sabres have lost five straight games in regulation (losing four of them by three goals) and are 0-5-1 in their last six games.

First Times in a Long Time
Jacob Bryson is the first Sabre since Alex Mogilny (10/5/1989) to score his first NHL goal in the opening minute of a game.  The last player to do so against the Isles was San Jose's Jeff Odgers, who did so at the Cow Palace on November 9, 1991.
The Isles scored four goals in a second period for the first time since Super Bowl Sunday 2016 when they did so vs. Edmonton (2/7/2016).
The Isles outscored the opposition in the second period by at least four goals for the first time since March 31, 2011 against the Rangers.

Kings of 60
The Isles recorded their 14th regulation win (all of their wins have been in regulation), tying Tampa for the second-highest total in the NHL (Toronto has 16, pending their Saturday night game).  No other team in the East has won more than 10 games in regulation.

Longest Shutout Streak by an Islander Rookie
PLAYER          START DATE END DATE SHUTOUT STREAK 
Glenn Resch 12/2/1975 12/12/1975 178:29
Al Montoya 2/17/2011 2/21/2011 143:17
Ilya Sorokin 2/16/2021 3/4/2021 143:08
Glenn Resch 10/18/1975 10/25/1975 138:51
Anders Nilsson 11/21/2011 3/10/2012 136:15
*Note that Chico Resch played only 25 NHL games in 1974-75, qualifying him for rookie status in 1975-76

Varly Streaking
Semyon Varlamov is 4-0-1 in his last five games, allowing just 11 goals in that span (2.17, .929).  Varly's goals against average on the season remains 2.10, which is the best in the East Division (just ahead of his teammate).

Sorokin's Shining
Ilya Sorokin has allowed only two goals in his last three games. Sorokin has allowed 13 goals in 361 minutes this season (2.16), and since January 24th he has allowed only eight goals in his five appearances (1.59).  Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy is the only goalie in the entire NHL with a lower goals against average (1.50) in that span.  

Just Give Us a Chance!
The Isles have had just 26 power play attempts in the last 15 games, including none today.  The power play is 9-26 (34.6%) in that stretch.

The Isles have had just 24 power play attempts in 11 home games this season. They are 9-24 on the power play at home (37.5%), including 8-16 (50.0%) in the seven home games against opponents other than Boston.

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in their first eleven home games (9-0-2).  The 20 points match the most in the first 11 home games in club history; it is also only the second time in club history that they have opened the season with points in 11 straight. The Isles are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home.

Most Points at Home Through 11 Games
20 2020-21 (9-0-2)
20 1984-85 (10-1-0)
19 1978-79 (8-0-3)

Longest Home Point Streak to Open a Season
23 1978-79 (19-0-4)
11 2020-21 (8-0-2)
10 2017-18 (8-0-2)

Solid D
The Isles have allowed only 54 goals (including 1 shootout winner) in 24 games; it is the fewest goals that they have allowed through 24 games in their history:
54 (2020-21)
57 (1977-78)
58 (1976-77)
58 (2019-20)
59 (2015-16)

They Can Score Too!
The Isles are the first team in the NHL with four players that have scored at least nine goals (Lee 11, Pageau 9, Eberle 9, Barzal 9).   

Now That is a Top Line
The Islander top line of Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle have combined for 29 of the team's 67 goals (43.2%).  They have scored 24 of the team's 52 goals (46.2%) that were not scored on the power play.

Results vs. Each East Division Opponent
Boston W-W-W            Remaining games: 5  (1 home, 4 away)
Buffalo W-W-W-W-W Remaining games: 3  (1 home, 2 away)
New Jersey W-L-W Remaining games: 5  (3 home, 2 away)
Rangers         W-L-W Remaining games: 5  (4 home, 1 away)
Philadelphia Lot-Lot Remaining games: 6  (4 home, 2 away)
Pittsburgh         W-Lso-L-L-Lot-W Remaining games: 2  (0 home, 2 away)
Washington L-L         Remaining games: 6 (4 home, 2 away)

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing nine out of 10 at home.  The Isles are 6-0-1 in this stretch, and have outscored their opponents 27-13:
W BUF 3-2
W BOS 7-2
Lot PIT 3-4
W PIT 2-0
W @ NJ 2-1
W BUF 5-2
W BUF 5-2

19 in 33
This Isles are in a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 19 games in 33 days for the first time in franchise history.  The Isles are 5-0-1 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Isles are 14-6-4 overall; they are 9-0-2 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Buffalo is 6-13-3 overall; they are 2-7-2 at home and 4-6-1 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 859-624-60-155 in 1,698 games; he will coach his 1,700th game on Tuesday vs. Boston.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  940
3. Barry Trotz    859

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,728
3. Barry Trotz        1,698

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello is the third-winningest general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,425
2. Glen Sather 1,319
3. Lou Lamoriello 1,308

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,167 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 10-1-2 when scoring first and are 4-5-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    11-9-9=29
Buffalo   7-5-10=22

The Isles are 11-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 3-3-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 57-28-12 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves to improve to 11-4-3 on the season; he is 12-2-1 in his career against Buffalo.
Carter Hutton made 24 saves but falls to 1-7-1 on the season and 1-5-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles did not have a power play (for the first time since January 7, 2020 at New Jersey); Buffalo was 0-1 (2:00). 

The Isles are 7-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-1-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-1-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-5-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 77-6-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 4-2 in regulation. They are 0-3 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.

Back-to-Backs
Including today, the Isles are 2-0-2 in the front-half and 2-0-1 in the back-half. This back-to-back continues at noon on Sunday, also vs. Buffalo. The next back-to-back is scheduled for March 13th/14th, both road games in New Jersey.

Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 19-2-3 in back-ends.

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres and Devils in early March, vs the Flyers in late March and vs. the Caps in late April).
  
In two-game series, the Isles are 3-2-2 in the first game and 2-4-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W)

In three-game series, the Isles 1-0-0 in the first game, 1-0-0 in the second game, and 0-0-0 in the third:
BUF (W/W/-)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 11-6-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (22:00); Buffalo: Jacob Bryson (20:48)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:04 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (5-1-0), Ryan Pulock (6-3-3), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-1), Adam Pelech (2-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 21, Buffalo 22 (49%)
Casey Cizikas won 5 of 7 for the Isles; Cody Eakin won 5 of 6 for Buffalo.

The Isles are 9-4-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 5-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Matt Martin -5)
Buffalo 31 (Matt Irwin -6)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 1 (Cizikas – 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Scott Mayfield -3)
Buffalo 10 (Jacob Bryson -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 49, Buffalo 50
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 49, Buffalo 47

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Mathew Barzal and Andy Greene +8
Buffalo: Eric Staal and Victor Olofsson +11 

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 14, Buffalo 16
5-on-5: Isles 14, Buffalo 16

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Leo Komarov
Games Lost: 19

250-Game Club
The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are three of just 16 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 292, Brock Nelson 269, Mathew Barzal 256, Ryan Pulock 219, Josh Bailey 177.  All five players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has the third-longest consecutive game streak in club history while Brock Nelson has the fifth-longest and Mathew Barzal has the seventh-longest. It is the first time in club history that three different Isles have had concurrent streaks of at least 240 games:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 292
4. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
5. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 269
6. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
7. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 256
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has become the third Islander defensemen to play in 215 consecutive games: 
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 219
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR)
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored 1 goal and allowed 2 goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  2 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Josh Bailey 889…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 584 *** 19. Brock Nelson 572 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 558 …
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 517 *** 29. Dave Lewis 514 *** 30. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509*** 32. Cal Clutterbuck 500 *** 33. Ed Westfall 493 *** 34. Nick Leddy 486

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 183 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Brock Nelson 157 *** 17. Josh Bailey 156

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6.  John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Josh Bailey 333 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 182

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Josh Bailey 489…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 318  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 307

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Terry Simpson 187 *** 5. Scott Gordon 181 *** 6. Barry Trotz 174
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 97

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 2-5-0-0 on the season (1-1-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-4-0-0 vs. Providence) following a 4-1 loss to Providence on Thursday afternoon. Bridgeport's Saturday game with Hartford was postponed as the Wolf Pack did not have two eligible goalies.  The Sound Tigers are back in action on Wednesday, hosting Providence. 

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 5 games to 0 (and 10 points to 0). The teams will meet again at the Coliseum on Sunday, before finishing the season series in Buffalo on May 3rd and May 4th. 

The Isles have won the five games by a combined score of 19-7.  The Isles have won the last eight games with Buffalo and have also won their last eight home games against the Sabres.  

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, MARCH 7th  – BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS 12:00pm
[MSG+2 (pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles play the third game of their five-game home stand, and the final game of their three-game series with the Sabres, as the Isles kick off Hockey Day in America as they entertain Buffalo in a nationally televised matinee on Sunday at 12pm.

This is only the second time in club history that they will face the same opponent in three consecutive games (also March 4th-8th-10th, 2012 vs. New Jersey) but the first of four times that they are scheduled to do so under the current NHL schedule.

This is the Sabres' final scheduled game at the Coliseum.

Kenny Albert and Ed Olczyk will call the game for NBC; it is the first time since March 13, 2017 that someone other than Brendan Burke will call an Islander regular season game.

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, March 05, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 5, Buffalo 2

"The Skinny"         

By Eric Hornick

Game 23
Isles 5, Buffalo 2
Matt Martin scored a pair of goals for his first two-goal game since 2014 and Ilya Sokokin made 18 saves for his third straight win as the Islanders extended their winning streak to three and their point streak to six with a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in the first of three consecutive games between the teams at Nassau Coliseum.

Taylor Hall scored 3:08 into the second period to end Sorokin's shutout streak at 143:08; it is the third-largest rookie streak in Islander history.

The Isles are 10-2-4 in their last 16 games and have once again moved into a first place tie (in points) with Washington. The Isles have won eight straight games against everyone but Pittsburgh during that stretch.  

The Scoring:
1st Period
Noah Dobson (2) Jordan Eberle (5), Mathew Barzal (12) 10:25 BUF 0,NYI 1
Matt Martin (3) Casey Cizikas (4), Cal Clutterbuck (5) 16:21 BUF 0,NYI 2

2nd Period
Taylor Hall (2) Cody Eakin (2) 03:08 BUF 1,NYI 2 
Anthony Beauvillier (2) Brock Nelson (5), Josh Bailey (11) 14:58 BUF 1,NYI 3

3rd Period
Jordan Eberle (9) Anders Lee (6) 03:14 BUF 1,NYI 4
Rasmus Ristolainen (3) Jack Eichel (14), Sam Reinhart (8) 07:23 BUF 2,NYI 4
Matt Martin (4) Casey Cizikas (5) 14:28 BUF 2,NYI 5 

The Skinny        
The Isles have points in 14 of their last 16 games (10-2-4); they are 8-0-2 against everyone but Pittsburgh in that stretch… The Isles are 5-0-1 in their last six games… Josh Bailey assisted on the winning goal; it was his 489th point, breaking a tie with Patrick Flatley for 11th place on the Isles all-time list…Nick Leddy's assist streak and Oliver Wahlstrom's point streak both ended at five straight games…The Isles have outscored their opponents 26-13 in the third period; the +13 differential is the best in the NHL… Anthony Beauvillier became the 75th Islander skater to appear in 300 games and was credited with the game-winning goal…Cal Clutterbuck had five hits and an assist in his 499th game as an Islander…Casey Cizikas matched a career high with two assists…Rasmus Dahlin started the game an NHL-worst -17 and was -4 tonight…Andy Greene was +4 and now leads Isles defensemen with a +7 rating…The Isles have dressed the same six defensemen in every game this season…Mathew Barzal is 2-3-5 in the last five games while Josh Bailey is 1-3-4 in the last four games; Bailey has five assists in four games against Buffalo this season and has 24 points (4-20-24) in 42 career games against the Sabres.

First Times in a Long Time
Matt Martin's other two-goal games were on March 25, 2014 in Carolina and on February 25, 2011 in Philadelphia.
Andy Greene went +4 for the first time in over eight years: February 15, 2013 (for New Jersey) vs. Philadelphia.

Respect Your Elders
Andy Greene (38 years, 4 months) is the oldest player in Islander history to go +4 or better, breaking a record set by Ed Westfall, who was 36 years, 2 months when he had four points and went +5 on December 11, 1976 vs. Pittsburgh.

The Great 8-8-8
Josh Bailey appeared in his 888th Islander game and recorded his 333rd career assist.

Kings of 60
The Isles recorded their 13th regulation win (all of their wins have been in regulation).  No other team in the East has won more than 10 games in regulation.

Longest Shutout Streak by an Islander Rookie
PLAYER          START DATE END DATE SHUTOUT STREAK 
Glenn Resch 12/2/1975 12/12/1975 178:29
Al Montoya 2/17/2011 2/21/2011 143:17
Ilya Sorokin 2/16/2021 3/4/2021         143:08
Glenn Resch 10/18/1975 10/25/1975 138:51
Anders Nilsson 11/21/2011 3/10/2012 136:15
*Note that Chico Resch played only 25 NHL games in 1974-75, qualifying him for rookie status in 1975-76

Sorokin's Shining
Ilya Sorokin allowed only two goals tonight and has allowed only two goals in his last three games. Sorokin has allowed 13 goals in 361 minutes this season (2.16), and since January 24th he has allowed only eight goals in his five appearances (1.59).  Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy is the only goalie in the entire NHL with a lower goals against average (1.50) in that span.  

Just Give Us a Chance!
The Isles had had just 26 power play attempts in the last 14 games.  The power play is 9-26 (34.6%) in that stretch, including 0-3 (with 10 shots) in this game.

The Isles have had just 24 power play attempts in ten home games this season. They are 9-24 on the power play at home (37.5%), including 8-16 (50.0%) in the seven home games against opponents other than Boston.

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in their first ten home games (8-0-2).  The 18 points match the most in the first ten home games in club history.  The Isles are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home.

Most Points at Home Through 10 Games
18 1978-79 (8-0-2)
18 2020-21 (8-0-2)
18 2017-18 (8-0-2)
18 1984-85 (9-1-0)

Longest Home Point Streak to Open a Season
23 1978-79 (19-0-4)
10 2017-18 (8-0-2)
10 2020-21 (8-0-2)

Solid D
The Isles have allowed only 52 goals (including 1 shootout winner) in 23 games; it is the fewest goals that they have allowed through 23 games in their history:
52 (2020-21)
54 (1976-77)
54 (1977-78)
55 (2001-02)

They Can Score Too!
The Isles are one of five NHL teams that have three players with at least nine goals (Lee 10, Pageau 9, Eberle 9).  The other four teams (EDM, TOR, VAN, WPG) all play in the North Division.

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing nine out of 10 at home.  The Isles are 5-0-1 in this stretch:
W BUF 3-2
W BOS 7-2
Lot PIT 3-4
W PIT 2-0
W @ NJ 2-1
W BUF 5-2

19 in 33
This Isles are in a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 19 games in 33 days for the first time in franchise history.  The Isles are 4-0-1 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Isles are 13-6-4 overall; they are 8-0-2 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Buffalo is 6-12-3 overall; they are 2-7-2 at home and 4-5-1 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 858-624-60-155 in 1,697 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  939
3. Barry Trotz    858

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,727
3. Barry Trotz        1,697

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello is the third-winningest general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,425
2. Glen Sather 1,319
3. Lou Lamoriello 1,307

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,165 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 10-1-2 when scoring first and are 3-5-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    18-14-13=45
Buffalo     6-5-7=18

The Isles are 10-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 3-3-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 57-28-12 when outshot; the 57 wins match Tampa Bay for the most in games that they are outshot in that span. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 16 saves to improve to 3-2-1 on the season; he is 2-0-0 in his career against Buffalo.
Jonas Johansson made 40 saves but falls to 0-2-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Buffalo did not have a power play, although they did score on a delayed penalty that would have been assessed to Casey Cizikas. 

The Isles are 7-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-1-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-1-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-5-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 76-6-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 4-2 in regulation. They are 0-3 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 1-0-2 in the front-half and 2-0-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is scheduled for March 6th/7th, both home games with Buffalo.

Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 19-2-3 in back-ends.

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres and Devils in early March, vs the Flyers in late March and vs. the Caps in late April).
  
In two-game series, the Isles are 3-2-2 in the first game and 2-4-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W)

In three-game series, the Isles 1-0-0 in the first game, 0-0-0 in the second game, and 0-0-0 in the third:
BUF (W/-/-)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 10-6-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:58); Buffalo: Jacob Bryson (24:10)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 18:45 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (5-1-0), Ryan Pulock (6-3-3), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-1), Adam Pelech (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Buffalo 21 (56%)
Casey Cizikas won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Curtis Lazar won 4 of 7 for Buffalo.

The Isles are 9-4-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 4-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 13 (Cal Clutterbuck -5)
Buffalo 26 (Colin Miller -5)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 1 (Cizikas – 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 10 (Nick Leddy -3)
Buffalo 8 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, Buffalo 39
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 49, Buffalo 35

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Matt Martin and Jordan Eberle +10
Buffalo: Taylor Hall +5 

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 18, Buffalo 5
5-on-5: Isles 13, Buffalo 3

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Leo Komarov
Games Lost: 19

250-Game Club
The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are three of just 16 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 291, Brock Nelson 268, Mathew Barzal 255, Ryan Pulock 218, Josh Bailey 176.  All five players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has the third-longest consecutive game streak in club history while Brock Nelson has the fifth-longest and Mathew Barzal has the seventh-longest. It is the first time in club history that three different Isles have had concurrent streaks of at least 240 games:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 291
4. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
5. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 268
6. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
7. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 255
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has become the third Islander defensemen to play in 215 consecutive games: 
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 218
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR)
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored 1 goal and allowed 2 goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  2 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Josh Bailey 888…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 583 *** 19. Brock Nelson 571 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 557 …
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 516 *** 29. Dave Lewis 514 *** 30. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509*** 32. Cal Clutterbuck 499 *** 33. Ed Westfall 493 *** 34. Nick Leddy 485

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 182 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson 156

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6.  John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Josh Bailey 333 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 182

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Josh Bailey 489…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 317  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 306

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Terry Simpson 187 *** 5. Scott Gordon 181 *** 6. Barry Trotz 173
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 96

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 2-5-0-0 on the season (1-1-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-4-0-0 vs. Providence) following a 4-1 loss to Providence on Thursday afternoon. Dmytro Timashov's power goal was the Sound Tigers' only tally. Bridgeport next plays on Saturday when they host Hartford. 

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 4 games to 0 (and 8 points to 0). The teams will meet again at the Coliseum on both Saturday and Sunday, before finishing the season series in Buffalo on May 3rd and May 4th. 

The Isles have won the four games by a combined score of 14-5.  The Isles have won the last seven games with Buffalo and have also won their last seven home games against the Sabres.  

It is the second time the Isles have defeated Buffalo four times in a season, going 4-0-0-0 in 2003-04.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, MARCH 6th  – BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS 1:00pm
[MSG+2 (pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles play the second game of their five-game home stand, and the middle game of their three-game series with the Sabres, as they entertain Buffalo in the first matinee of the season on Saturday at 1pm.

This is only the second time in club history that they will face the same opponent in three consecutive games (also March 4th-8th-10th, 2012 vs. New Jersey) but the first of four times that they are scheduled to do so under the current NHL schedule.

The teams will also play on Sunday at Noon.

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

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 2, New Jersey 1

"The Skinny"         

By Eric Hornick

Game 22
Isles 2, New Jersey 1
Oliver Wahlstrom and Anders Lee scored third period goals and Semyon Varlamov came within 14 seconds of his fourth shutout of the season as the Isles defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 before a crowd of 1,800 at Prudential Center.  It was the first game the Isles have played in front of fans since last March in Vancouver.

Miles Wood's late goal ended the Isles' team shutout streak at 119:46. 

The Isles are 9-2-4 in their last 15 games and have moved into a first place tie (in points) with Washington. The Isles have won seven straight games against everyone but Pittsburgh during that stretch.  

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (4) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (5), Nick Leddy (14) 01:10 NYI 1,NJD 0
Anders Lee (10) Andy Greene (2), Mathew Barzal (11) 07:51 NYI 2,NJD 0
Miles Wood (7) Yegor Sharangovich (2), Nikita Gusev (3) 19:46 NYI 2,NJD 1
 
The Skinny        
The Isles have points in 13 of their last 15 games (9-2-4); they are 7-0-2 against everyone but Pittsburgh in that stretch… The Isles are 4-0-1 in their last five games… Nick Leddy's assist is his 9th in the last nine games; he leads the team with 14 assists.  Leddy has an assist in five straight games – the longest active streak in the entire NHL… Oliver Wahlstrom has a point in five straight games; he would have had consecutive game-winners if not for the Devils' late goal.  Wahlstrom's 5-game point streak matches the longest by an NHL rookie this season.…Jean-Gabriel Pageau earned his 100th career assist (to go along with 98 goals) …Anders Lee regained the team goal-scoring lead with 10…This is the fourth time this season that the Isles have scored 2 goals or fewer and won in regulation – most in the NHL.  The other 30 NHL teams have 29 such wins – combined...The Isles ended Pavel Zacha's point streak at 10 games…The Isles killed all four Devil power plays and have killed 14 of their last 16…The Isles have outscored their opponents 24-12 in the third period; the +12 differential is the best in the NHL…Semyon Varlamov was penalized for the first time as an Islander (and 12th time in his NHL career).

First Time in a Long Time
Nick Leddy is the first Islander defenseman with at least 14 assists in the first 22 games since 2005-06, when Alexi Zhitnik had 15.

King of the 27's
Most Game Winning Goals by an Islander wearing #27:
Anders Lee 31
Derek King 30
John Tonelli 29

Lee, who is the active team-leader in game-winners, moved into sole possession of 10th place in that category, breaking a tie with Derek King.



Most Shutouts by an Islander Rookie
10  Chico Resch (3 in 1974-75 and 7 in 1975-76)
  2  Kelly Hrudey (1984-85)
  2  Ilya Sorokin (2020-21)

Longest Shutout Streak by an Islander Rookie
PLAYER          START DATE END DATE SHUTOUT STREAK 
Glenn Resch 12/2/1975 12/12/1975 178:29
Al Montoya 2/17/2011 2/21/2011         143:17
Glenn Resch 10/18/197510/25/1975 138:51
Anders Nilsson 11/21/2011 3/10/2012 136:15
Glenn Resch 2/8/1975 3/1/1975         120:41
Ilya Sorokin 2/16/2021 CURRENT         120:00
*Note that Chico Resch played only 25 NHL games in 1974-75, qualifying him for rookie status in 1975-76

Just Give Us a Chance!
The Isles had had just 23 power play attempts in the last 13 games.  The power play is 9-23 (39.1%) in that stretch, including 0-1 in this game.

The Isles have had just 21 power play attempts in nine home games this season. They are 9-21 on the power play at home (42.9%), including 8-13 (61.5%) in the six home games against opponents other than Boston (with at least one power play goal in all six games).

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in their first nine home games (7-0-2).  The 16 points match the most in the first nine home games in club history.  The Isles are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home.

Most Points at Home Through 9 Games
16 1978-79 (7-0-2)
16 2020-21 (7-0-2)
16 2017-18 (7-0-2)
16 1984-85 (8-1-0)

Longest Home Point Streak to Open a Season
23 1978-79 (19-0-4)
10 2017-18 (8-0-2)
9 2020-21 (7-0-2)

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing nine out of 10 at home.  The Isles are 4-0-1 in this stretch:
W BUF 3-2
W BOS 7-2
Lot PIT 3-4
W PIT 2-0
W @ NJ 2-1

19 in 33
This Isles are in a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 19 games in 33 days for the first time in franchise history.  The Isles are 3-0-1 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Isles are 12-6-4 overall; they are 7-0-2 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
New Jersey is 7-9-2 overall; they are 2-7-1 at home and 5-2-1 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 857-624-60-155 in 1,696 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  938
3. Barry Trotz    857

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,726
3. Barry Trotz        1,696

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello is the third-winningest general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,425
2. Glen Sather 1,319
3. Lou Lamoriello 1,306

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,163 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 9-1-2 when scoring first and are 3-5-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles      8-5-7=20
New Jersey 4-16-9=29

The Isles are 9-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 3-3-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 57-28-12 when outshot; the 57 wins match Tampa Bay for the most in games that they are outshot in that span. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves to improve to 10-4-3 on the season; he is 6-3-0 in his career against New Jersey.
Aaron Dell made 18 saves but falls to 0-2-0 on the season and 2-3-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (2:00); New Jersey was 0-4 on the power play (7:36), including a 24 second 5-on-3.   

The Isles are 7-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-1-2 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-5-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-6-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 4-2 in regulation. They are 0-3 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 1-0-2 in the front-half and 2-0-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is scheduled for March 6th/7th, both home games with Buffalo.

Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 19-2-3 in back-ends.

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres and Devils in early March, vs the Flyers in late March and vs. the Caps in late April).  The Isles are 3-2-2 in the first game and 2-4-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-6-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (22:07); New Jersey: PK Subban (23:17)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:24 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (4-1-0), Ryan Pulock (6-3-3), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-1), Adam Pelech (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, New Jersey 36 (45%)
Brock Nelson won 6 of 11 for the Isles; Travis Zajac won 10 of 17 for New Jersey.

The Isles are 8-4-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 4-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 10 (Two with 2)
New Jersey 16 (Nathan Bastian -3)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 1 (Cizikas – 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 16 (JG Pageau -4)
New Jersey 7 (Sami Vatanen -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 42, New Jersey 56
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 37, New Jersey 38

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Mathew Barzal +11
New Jersey: Will Butcher +8 

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 7, New Jersey 1
5-on-5: Isles 6, New Jersey 1

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Leo Komarov
Games Lost: 19

250-Game Club
The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are three of just 16 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 290, Brock Nelson 267, Mathew Barzal 254, Ryan Pulock 217, Josh Bailey 175.  All five players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has the third-longest consecutive game streak in club history while Brock Nelson has the fifth-longest and Mathew Barzal has the seventh-longest. It is the first time in club history that three different Isles have had concurrent streaks of at least 240 games:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 290
4. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
5. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 267
6. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
7. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 254
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has become the third Islander defensemen to play in 215 consecutive games: 
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 217
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR)
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored 1 goal and allowed 2 goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  2 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Josh Bailey 887…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 582 *** 19. Brock Nelson 570 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 556 …
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 515 *** 29. Dave Lewis 514 *** 30. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509*** 32. Cal Clutterbuck 498 *** 33. Ed Westfall 493 *** 34. Nick Leddy 484

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 182 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson 156

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6.  John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Josh Bailey 332 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 182

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley and Josh Bailey 488…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 316  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 305

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Terry Simpson 187 *** 5. Scott Gordon 181 *** 6. Barry Trotz 172
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 95

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 2-4-0-0 on the season (1-1-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-3-0-0 vs. Providence). Bridgeport next plays on Thursday when they again play Providence in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 2). The teams will meet three times in four days next weekend (March 11th on Long Island and March 13th-14th in Newark).

The Isles have won 7 out of the last 9 vs New Jersey (with three of the wins coming past regulation) and have won four out of five in Newark, although this was the Isles' first regulation win at Prudential since April 8, 2017.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, MARCH 4th  – BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm
[MSG+2 (pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, WNYM 970]
The Isles begin a five-game home stand, and a three-game series with the Sabres, as they welcome Buffalo to the Coliseum for three games in less than 72 hours.

It is only the second time in club history that they will face the same opponent in three consecutive games (also March 4th-8th-10th, 2012 vs. New Jersey) but the first of four times that they are scheduled to do so under the current NHL schedule.

The Isles are 3-0-0 against the Sabres, having won the three games by a combined score of 9-3.  The Isles have won the last six games with Buffalo and have also won their last six home games against the Sabres.

The teams will also play on Saturday at 1pm and on Sunday at Noon.

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, February 28, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 2, Pittsburgh 0

"The Skinny"         

By Eric Hornick

Game 21
Isles 2, Pittsburgh 0
Ilya Sorokin made his Nassau Coliseum debut one to remember as he made 20 saves for his second consecutive shutout while Oliver Wahlstrom and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each scored power play goals as the Islanders did something that they had not done in over 35 years: shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins, this time by a score of 2-0.

Sorokin became the first Islander rookie goalie since Chico Resch to record consecutive shutouts; his shutout streak is exactly 120:00 since allowing an overtime goal to Kevin Hayes four weeks ago.

The win, coming in the final scheduled game between the teams at the Coliseum, gave the Isles a 2-0-2 home record vs. Pittsburgh this season.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (3) Nick Leddy (13), Josh Bailey (9) 19:20 PIT 0,NYI 1 PPG

2nd Period
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (9) Josh Bailey (10), Oliver Wahlstrom (4) 14:56 PIT 0,NYI 2 PPG

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny        
The Isles have points in 12 of their last 14 games (8-2-4); they are 6-0-2 against everyone but Pittsburgh in that stretch… The Isles finish February with an 8-2-2 record… Nick Leddy's assist is his 8th in the last eight games; he leads the team with 13 assists and also leads the team with eight power play points (1-7-8)…The Isles are 7-0-2 at the Coliseum (5-0-0 vs. everyone but Pittsburgh)...Oliver Wahlstrom has a point in five straight games; he now has five points (1-4-5) on the power play, tying Ottawa's Josh Norris for the NHL rookie lead.  It is the first two-point game of Wahlstrom's career….Josh Bailey had two assists, giving him seven in the last eight games; he now has 488 points, tied with Patrick Flatley for 12th place in club history…Jean-Gabriel Pageau tied Anders Lee for the team goal-scoring lead with 9…The Isles went 2-5 on the power play; it was the first time in 12 games that the team had at least five power plays…In addition to being the only NHL rookie with two shutouts, Ilya Sorokin now has the lowest goals against average among rookies (2.19)….The Isles have recorded five shutouts in their first 21 games for the first time in their history…The Isles' win prevented the Penguins from becoming the first team in NHL history to record five wins over an opponent in the same month.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles shut out the Penguins for the first time since January 9, 1986 – a span of 190 regular season games: Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, and Bryan Trottier each had three points and Kelly Hrudey made 27 saves in a 9-0 shutout.  The Isles have shutout every other team that was in the NHL in 1986 since that game (they have never shut out Nashville, Minnesota (Wild) or Vegas).
Nick Leddy is the first Islander defenseman with at least 13 assists in the first 21 games since 2005-06, when Alexi Zhitnik had 15.
Ilya Sorokin has the longest shutout streak for an Islander rookie (120:00) since Anders Nilsson went 136:15 in the 2011-12 season.  He has two shutouts in his first five games; the last Isles rookie to have two shutouts in his first 25 games was Yann Danis, who recorded shutouts in his 22nd and 24th NHL games.
Sorokin is the first NHL goalie in 20 years to record shutouts for his first two NHL wins and only the 8th to do in NHL history.  Both Mathieu Garon (MTL) and Roman Cechmanek (PHI) did so in the 2000-01 season.  Tiny Thompson (1928-29 Bruins) is the only NHL goalie to record his first three wins by shutout.
Oliver Wahlstrom is the first Islander rookie to have a power play goal and a power play assist in the same game since Mathew Barzal did so twice in 2017-18.  (No Islander rookie has had three power play points in a game since Robert Nilsson on April 8, 2006.)
The Islanders had a rookie score the game-winning goal in a shutout victory for another rookie for the first time since Darby Hendrickson scored his only Islander go in Eric Fichaud's only Islander shutout on April 6, 1996.

Most Shutouts by an Islander Rookie
10  Chico Resch (3 in 1974-75 and 7 in 1975-76)
  2  Kelly Hrudey (1984-85)
  2  Ilya Sorokin (2020-21)

Rookie Shutouts (NHL 2020-21)
2 Ilya Sorokin (ISLES)
1 Alex Nedeljkovic (CAR)
1 Kevin Lankinen (CHI)

Longest Shutout Streak by an Islander Rookie
PLAYER              START DATE END DATE SHUTOUT STREAK 
Glenn Resch 12/2/1975 12/12/1975    178:29
Al Montoya 2/17/2011 2/21/2011      143:17
Glenn Resch 10/18/1975 10/25/1975 138:51
Anders Nilsson 11/21/2011 3/10/2012 136:15
Glenn Resch 2/8/1975 3/1/1975 120:41
Ilya Sorokin 2/16/2021 CURRENT 120:00
*Note that Chico Resch played only 25 NHL games in 1974-75, qualifying him for rookie status in 1975-76

Erasing the Pens
This was only the 5th time the Isles had shut out the Penguins in a regular season game (and only the 4th time that they won the game):
2-Mar-80 @ Pittsburgh  (0-0 Tie – Chico Resch)
14-Oct-82 Vs Pittsburgh  (9-0 Win – Billy Smith)
2-Feb-85 @ Pittsburgh  (4-0 Win -  Kelly Hrudey)
9-Jan-86 Vs Pittsburgh  (9-0 Win -  Kelly Hrudey)
28-Feb-21 Vs Pittsburgh  (2-0 Win -  Ilya Sorokin)

Just Give Us a Chance!
The Isles had had just 22 power play attempts in twelve games this month.  The power play is 9-22 (40.9%) this month.

The Isles have had just 21 power play attempts in nine home games this season. They are 9-21 on the power play at home (42.9%), including 8-13 (61.5%) in the six home games against opponents other than Boston (with at least one power play goal in all six games).

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in their first nine home games (7-0-2).  The 16 points match the most in the first nine home games in club history.  The Isles are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home.

Most Points at Home Through 9 Games
16 1978-79 (7-0-2)
16 2020-21 (7-0-2)
16 2017-18 (7-0-2)
16 1984-85 (8-1-0)

Longest Home Point Streak to Open a Season
23 1978-79 (19-0-4)
10 2017-18 (8-0-2)
9 2020-21 (7-0-2)

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing nine out of 10 at home.  The Isles are 3-0-1 in this stretch:
W BUF 3-2
W BOS 7-2
Lot PIT 3-4
W PIT 2-0

19 in 33
This Isles are in a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 19 games in 33 days for the first time in franchise history.  The Isles are 2-0-1 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Isles are 11-6-4 overall; they are 7-0-2 at home and 4-6-2 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 11-8-1 overall; they are 7-1-0 at home and 4-7-1 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 856-624-60-155 in 1,695 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  938
3. Barry Trotz    856

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,725
3. Barry Trotz        1,695

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello is the third-winningest general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,424
2. Glen Sather 1,319
3. Lou Lamoriello 1,305

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,161 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 8-1-2 when scoring first and are 3-5-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles     9-16-5=30
Pittsburgh  2-8-10=20

The Isles are 9-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 2-3-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 56-28-12 when outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin 20 saves to improve to 2-2-1-0 on the season (with both of his wins by shutouts; he is 1-0-0 in his career against Pittsburgh.
Casey DeSmith made 28 saves but falls to 4-2-0 on the season and 3-1-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 2-5 on the power play (8:11); Pittsburgh was 0-2 on the power play (4:00) .   

The Isles are 7-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-1-2 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-5-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-6-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 3-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 0-3 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.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 1-0-2 in the front-half and 2-0-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is scheduled for March 6th/7th, both home games with Buffalo.

Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 19-2-3 in back-ends.

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres and Devils in early March, vs the Flyers in late March and vs. the Caps in late April).  The Isles are 3-2-2 in the first game and 2-4-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 8-6-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock  (22:49); Pittsburgh: Marcus Petterson (23:08)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 21:09 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (4-1-0), Ryan Pulock (6-3-3), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-1), Adam Pelech (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 30, Pittsburgh 24 (54%)
Casey Cizikas won 7 of 11 for the Isles; Sidney Crosby won 14 of 25 for Pittsburgh.

The Isles are 8-4-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 3-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 31 (Scott Mayfield-5)
Pittsburgh 24 (Brandon Tanev and Bryan Rust 4)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 1 (Cizikas – 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Three with 2)
Pittsburgh 10 (Three with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 51, Pittsburgh 41
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 35, Pittsburgh 31

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Adam Pelech +10
Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin +13 

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 17, Pittsburgh 9
5-on-5: Isles 11, Pittsburgh 6

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, (Cal Clutterbuck)
Games Lost: 19

250-Game Club
The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are three of just 16 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 289, Brock Nelson 266, Mathew Barzal 253, Ryan Pulock 216, Josh Bailey 174.  All five players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has the third-longest consecutive game streak in club history while Brock Nelson has the fifth-longest and Mathew Barzal has the seventh-longest. It is the first time in club history that three different Isles have had concurrent streaks of at least 240 games:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 289
4. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
5. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 266
6. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
7. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 253
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has become the third Islander defensemen to play in 215 consecutive games: 
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 216
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR)
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored 1 goal and allowed 2 goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  2 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Josh Bailey 886…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 581 *** 19. Brock Nelson 569 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 555 …
28. Dave Lewis 514 and Anders Lee 514 *** 30. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509*** 32. Cal Clutterbuck 497

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 181 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson 156

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6.  John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Josh Bailey 332 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Ed Westfall and Nick Leddy 181

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley and Josh Bailey 488…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 315  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 305

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Terry Simpson 187 *** 5. Scott Gordon 181 *** 6. Barry Trotz 171
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 94

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 2-4-0-0 on the season (1-1-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-3-0-0 vs. Providence). Bridgeport is off until Thursday when they again play Providence in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Season Series Stats
Pittsburgh leads the season series 4 games to 2 (and 8 points to 6). The teams will meet in Pittsburgh on March 27 and 29 to complete the season series. 

The Isles have earned at least a point in nine straight home games vs. Pittsburgh (5-0-4, including 2-0-4 in games decided beyond regulation).  It is the Isles' longest home point streak against Pittsburgh since they went 12-0-1 vs. Pittsburgh between 1983 and 1986, including ten straight wins

The Isles are 62-40-11 with 8 ties all-time at the Coliseum against Pittsburgh.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, MARCH 2nd  –ISLANDERS AT NEW JERSEY 7:00pm
[MSG+2 (pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles are in a stretch in which they play nine out of ten games at home.  The one road game in that stretch is the first of four meetings in March with the New Jersey Devils, which will be played at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

It is the third meeting of the teams this season, with each team earning a victory on home ice.

The Isles may face Mackenzie Blackwood, who prior to Ilya Sorokin was the last rookie goalie to have consecutive shutouts, doing so both in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

The game will have a different feel than any game the Isles have played in the last 51 weeks, as a limited number of fans will be in attendance.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.



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

The Skinny: Pittsburgh 4, Isles 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"         

By Eric Hornick

Game 20
Pittsburgh 4, Isles 3 (OT)
Kris Letang did it to the Isles again. For the second straight Saturday night, Letang scored twice and this time the second goal was the overtime winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Islanders 4-3 at the Nassau Coliseum.

Letang is the first opposing defenseman to ever record two multiple-goal games against the Isles in a single season (and only the fifth to record three career multiple-goal games, joining Ron Greschner, Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, and Andrej Meszaros).

The Penguins have won four of five meetings this month (twice in extra time); the teams meet again on Sunday at 5pm. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Brock Nelson (6) Oliver Wahlstrom (3), Nick Leddy (12) 18:40 PIT 0,NYI 1 PPG

2nd Period
Mathew Barzal (8) Anders Lee (5), Scott Mayfield (4) 01:34 PIT 0,NYI 2
Sidney Crosby (7) Kris Letang (10) 02:17 PIT 1,NYI 2 PPG
Kris Letang (3) Kasperi Kapanen (7), Jake Guentzel (10) 02:43 PIT 2,NYI 2
Josh Bailey (2) Anthony Beauvillier (3), Brock Nelson (4) 14:51 PIT 2,NYI 3

3rd Period
Jared McCann (3) Evgeni Malkin (8) 00:18 PIT 3,NYI 3

OT
Kris Letang (4) Sidney Crosby (11) 04:34 PIT 4,NYI 3

The Skinny        
The Isles have points in 11 of their last 13 games (7-2-4); they are 6-0-2 against everyone but Pittsburgh in that stretch… The Isles are 7-2-2 in February… Michael Dal Colle returned to the lineup, replacing an injured Cal Clutterbuck (who missed his first goal of the season)… Nick Leddy's assist is his 7th in the last seven games; he leads the team with 12 assists and also leads the team with seven power play points (1-6-7)…The Isles are 6-0-2 at the Coliseum (5-0-0 vs. everyone but Pittsburgh)... Kris Letang recorded his 6th career overtime goal (and 2nd against the Isles); he joins Ron Hainsey and Brent Burns as the only defensemen with two career OT goals against the Isles…It is the second time that the Isles have allowed a goal this season in the last minute of overtime (Kevin Hayes 1-31-2021 for Philly vs. Ilya Sorokin)…All four of Letang's goals have come against the Islanders…Sidney Crosby's assist on the winning goal was his 81st against the Isles, breaking a tie with Mario Lemieux for 2nd place; Jaromir Jagr had 94…Brock Nelson now has five power play goals; it is only the 2nd time in his eight year NHL career he has had at least 5 (10 in 2014-15)… Oliver Wahlstrom has a point in three straight games; all three of his assists have come on the power play….Josh Bailey's goal was his 1st since January 31st, and allowed him to remain tied with Brock Nelson for 16th place on the all-time Isles list (156 goals)… Andy Greene played a season-high 20:55; it was his highest ice-time as an Islander…Nelson has 14 goals in 30 games vs. Pittsburgh; Jason Blake (17) and Kyle Okposo (14) are the only Isles in the 2000's with at least 14 goals vs. Pittsburgh… Max Pacioretty (also 14 goals in 30 games) is the only other active NHL player with at least 14 goals in 32/fewer career games v. the Pens…Dating back to last season, the Isles have lost eight straight regular season games that have gone to overtime (0-6 in overtime, 0-2 in shootout). It is the first time since the shootout was introduced in the 2005-06 season that the Isles have lost eight straight games in extra time.

First Times in a Long Time
Nick Leddy is the first Islander defenseman with at least 12 assists in the first 20 games since 2005-06, when Alexi Zhitnik had 14
Jared McCann is the first opponent to score in the first 18 seconds of a period since Dale Weise scored on Jaroslav Halak 10 seconds into the 2nd period at Bell Centre on January 17, 2015.

Most Goals by a Defenseman vs. Isles (one season)
5 – Paul Coffey 1989-90
5-  Mike McEwen 1978-79
4-  Kris Letang 2020-21
4-  Jaccob Slavin 2016-17
4-  Sergei Gonchar 2005-06
4-  Kevin Hatcher 1990-91
4-  John van Boxmeer 1980-81
4-  Ron Greschner 1978-79

Just Give Us a Chance!
The Isles have had just 17 power play attempts in eleven games this month.  The power play is 7-17 (41.2%) this month.

The Isles have had just 16 power play attempts in eight home games this season. They are 7-16 on the power play at home (43.8%), including 6-8 (75.0%) in the five home games against opponents other than Boston (with at least one power play goal in all five games).

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in their first eight home games (6-0-2).  The 14 points match the most in the first eight home games since 1978-79, when they opened 7-0-1.  The Isles, who are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home, can match the best eight-game start in franchise history with a win on Sunday.

Most Points at Home Through 8 Games
15 1978-79 (7-0-1)
14 2020-21 (6-0-2)
14 2017-18 (6-0-2)
14 1986-87 (7-1-0)
14 1984-85 (7-1-0)
14 1982-83 (7-1-0)

Longest Home Point Streak to Open a Season
23 1978-79 (19-0-4)
10 2017-18 (8-0-2)
8 1976-77 (6-0-2)
8 2020-21 (6-0-2)

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing nine out of 10 at home.  The Isles are 2-0-1 in this stretch:
W BUF 3-2
W BOS 7-2
Lot PIT 3-4

19 in 33
This Isles are in a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 19 games in 33 days for the first time in franchise history.  The Isles are 1-0-1 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Isles are 10-6-4 overall; they are 6-0-2 at home and 4-6-2 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 11-7-1 overall; they are 7-1-0 at home and 4-6-1 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 855-624-60-155 in 1,694 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  937
3. Barry Trotz    855

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,724
3. Barry Trotz        1,694

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello is the third-winningest general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,423
2. Glen Sather 1,319
3. Lou Lamoriello 1,304

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,159 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

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

The Shots
Isles         9-10-6-2=27
Pittsburgh  7-10-11-3=31

The Isles are 8-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 2-3-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 56-28-12 when outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves; he is 9-4-3 on the season and 6-4-4 in his career against Pittsburgh.
Tristan Jarry made 24 saves to improve to 7-6-1 on the season and 6-1-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-1 on the power play (0:33); Pittsburgh was 1-5 on the power play (8:06) .  It was the second time this season that the Isles had four fewer power plays than the opposition (1/16/2021 @ Rangers)

The Isles are 6-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-1-2 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-6-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 3-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 0-3 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.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 1-0-2 in the front-half and 1-0-1 in the back-half. This back to back concludes on Sunday. The next back-to-back is scheduled for March 6th/7th, both home games with Buffalo.

Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 18-2-3 in back-ends.

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres and Devils in early March, vs the Flyers in late March and vs. the Caps in late April).  The Isles are 3-2-2 in the first game and 1-4-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/-)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 1-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 8-6-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock  (25:21); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (25:06)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 20:25 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (4-1-0), Ryan Pulock (5-3-3), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-1), Adam Pelech (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 33, Pittsburgh 21 (61%)
Brock Nelson won 11 of 15 for the Isles; no Penguin who took multiple face-offs won more than he lost. 

The Isles are 7-4-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 3-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 30 (Ryan Pulock-5)
Pittsburgh 23 (Anthony Angello -5)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 1 (Cizikas – 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 15 (Scott Mayfield – 5)
Pittsburgh 19 (Two with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 57, Pittsburgh 62
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 50, Pittsburgh 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Anthony Beauvillier +9
Pittsburgh: Jared McCann +10 

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 17, Pittsburgh 11
5-on-5: Isles 12, Pittsburgh 6

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, (Cal Clutterbuck)
Games Lost: 18

250-Game Club
The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are three of just 16 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 288, Brock Nelson 265, Mathew Barzal 252, Ryan Pulock 215, Josh Bailey 173.  All five players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has the third-longest consecutive game streak in club history while Brock Nelson has the fifth-longest and Mathew Barzal has the seventh-longest. It is the first time in club history that three different Isles have had concurrent streaks of at least 240 games:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 288
4. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
5. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 265
6. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
7. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 252
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has become the third Islander defensemen to play in 215 consecutive games: 
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 215
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR)
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored 1 goal and allowed 2 goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  2 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Josh Bailey 885…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 580 *** 19. Brock Nelson 568 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 554 …
28. Dave Lewis 514. *** 29. Anders Lee 513 *** 30. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509*** 32. Cal Clutterbuck 497

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 181 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson 156

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6.  John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Josh Bailey 330 …
20. Ed Westfall 181 *** 21. Nick Leddy 180

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 486…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 315  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 305

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Terry Simpson 187 *** 5. Scott Gordon 181 *** 6. Barry Trotz 170
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 93

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 2-4-0-0 on the season (1-1-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-3-0-0 vs. Providence) following a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Providence on Thursday. Bridgeport is off until next Thursday when they again play Providence in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Season Series Stats
Pittsburgh leads the season series 4 games to 1 (and 8 points to 4). The teams will meet again at the Coliseum on Sunday before the final two match-ups are played in Pittsburgh.

The Isles are 0-2-2 in the last four meetings overall with Pittsburgh.  Despite that, the Isles have earned at least a point in eight straight home games vs. Pittsburgh (4-0-4, including 2-0-4 in games decided beyond regulation).  It is the Isles' longest home point streak against Pittsburgh since they went 12-0-1 vs. Pittsburgh between 1983 and 1986, including ten straight wins.

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th  – PITTSBURGH AT ISLANDERS 5:00pm
[MSG+ (pre-game at 4:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles conclude the homestand and the month of February as they once again host the Pittsburgh Penguins.  It is the 6th meeting of the teams this month, who will conclude their season series with a pair of games in Pittsburgh in late March.

This could be the Penguins' last-ever game at the Coliseum.

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