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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 57 Isles 3, Columbus 0 Casey Cizikas scored two breakaway goals and Thomas Greis...

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, Columbus 0


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 57
Isles 3, Columbus 0
Casey Cizikas scored two breakaway goals and Thomas Greiss made 31 saves for his third shutout in his last five games as the Islanders defeated Columbus 3-0 before 16,531 at Nationwide Arena.

Greiss, who has allowed only three goals in his last six games (5-0-1) improved his save percentage to .930, grabbing the NHL lead from Robin Lehner (.929).

The Isles improve to 10-2-2 in their last 14 games as they maintained their three point lead in the Metro over Washington (who won in San Jose) and increased their lead to seven points over Columbus and Pittsburgh.
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Casey Cizikas (14) Cal Clutterbuck, Thomas Greiss 07:06 NYI 1,CBJ 0

2nd Period
Casey Cizikas (15) Devon Toews, Josh Bailey 05:50 NYI 2,CBJ 0
Josh Bailey (13) Tom Kuhnhackl, Mathew Barzal 19:19 NYI 3,CBJ 0

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny       
Casey Cizikas scored the first two goals, extended his career high in goals (15); he is the third Islander to score three consecutive team goals this season, joining Mathew Barzal (natural hat trick vs. Toronto) and Cal Clutterbuck (vs Washington-Anaheim). Cizikas is now +20 on the season, a mark only one Islander forward (Ryan Strome +23 in 2014-15) has reached in the last 15 years… The Isles are 17-4-2 since Devon Toews joined the lineup and are 20-5-2 in their last 27 games … The Isles are 14 points ahead of last season's pace through 57 games; including shootout winners they have scored 29 fewer goals and allowed 74 fewer goals than last year's first 57 games… The Isles have 38 points at home and 36 points on the road; their 74 points is the 3rd-highest total in the East (Toronto's victory in Vegas moves them to 75) … For the 23rd straight game, the Isles did not allow three goals in any period.  That's the longest (single-season) streak of its kind since the Isles went 25 games in February-March 1979…  The Isles are 4-1-0 in their last five games…The Isles are 5-2-1 in February; they have had a winning record every month this season… The Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck line has started every game that the trio has played in 2019…Captain Anders Lee played in his 400th NHL game, all for the Isles.  He is the 45th skater to appear in at least 400 Islander games.  Six other current Islanders have appeared in at least 400 (Bailey, Martin, Cizikas, Nelson, Hickey and Clutterbuck).

Shutout Stuff
This is only the third time in Islander history that they have had at least seven shutouts in a season:
1975-76 10
1997-98 8
2018-19 7

The Isles have two shutouts in February after having two in January.  It's only the second time in franchise history that they have had multiple shutouts in consecutive months.  The Isles had three shutouts in December 1975 and two in January 1976.

Thomas Greiss is the first Isles goalie since Rick DiPietro (December 16-26, 2006) to record three shutouts in a five appearance stretch. Greiss has allowed only two goals in the five games; DiPietro allowed eight.

Greiss now has nine shutouts as an Islander, tying Evgeni Nabokov for 6th place on the all-time Isles list.  Greiss has four shutouts this season; it is the 12th time an Isles netminder has recorded at least four in a season.

Seventeenth Heaven
The Isles have 17 wins at home and 17 wins on the road; Thomas Greiss has 17 wins and so does Robin Lehner.

Top of the Heap
The Isles are 20-5-2 in their last 27 games, giving them the most wins and the best record in the entire NHL since December 15.  

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner is 13-3-1 (1.62, .943) in his last 17 decisions. On the season, his NHL-leading GAA is 2.08 and his save percentage is .929.

Thomas Greiss is 5-0-1 in the last six games, allowing a total of three goals on 188 shots (5-0-1, 0.48 GAA, .984 save percentage). On the season, his GAA is 2.20 and his NHL-leading save percentage is .930.

Lehner has won 17 games and Greiss 17.  It's only the 2nd time in the last 15 seasons that the Isles have gotten at least 17 wins from two different goalies.  Greiss won 23 games and Jaroslav Halak 18 in 2015-16.

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08  (2.079)
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.08 (2.082)
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.20

Best Saves Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .930
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .929
3. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

Keeping it Close 
When Josh Bailey scored late in the second period, he gave the Isles a 3-goal lead for the first time in nine games (3-0 win over Anaheim). The Isles have not trailed by three goals at any point since a 6-2 loss in Pittsburgh on December 6th.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 6-1-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 98.1% of capacity on Long Island (including six sellouts).  
Most Points Thru 57 Games (Post-Cup Era)
75: 2014-15
74: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 29 Road Games
37: 1976-77
37: 1978-79
36: 2018-19

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 57 Games (Includes SO)
136 2018-19
140 1975-76
140 1976-77
142 2003-04
144 1977-78
144 2015-16

Road Warriors
The Isles are 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games and 11-3-1 in their last 15 road games. The Isles went 11-2-2 (24 points) in a 15-game road stretch late in the 1981-82 season; that is the only time in franchise history that the Isles have earned more than the 23 points in a single-season 15-game road stretch.

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Here's where they are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. ISLES 136
2. Dallas 146
3. Boston 148

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 131
2. Dallas 146
  Boston 146

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 43
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 96 assists, 134 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 796-585-60-140 in 1,581 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    838 
4. Barry Trotz   796
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,581
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,572

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: 34-17-6 (74 points), with 164 goals scored and 136 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 27-24-6 (60 points), with 193 goals scored and 210 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 74 fewer goals, a decrease of 35.2% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 20-7-5 when scoring first and are 14-10-1 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss). The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

Best Winning Percentage When Allowing First Goal
1981-82  17-8-5 .650
1978-79 15-10-6 .581
2018-19  14-10-1 .580
1977-78 16-11-5 .578

The Shots
Isles     10-10-7=27
Columbus 13-9-9=31
The Isles are 10-11-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 24-5-5 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 34-17-6 overall; 17-7-4 at home (6-1-2 on Long Island and 11-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 17-10-2 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Columbus is 32-21-3 overall; 15-12-2 at home and 17-9-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 15-5-1 in Division games and 19-12-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 21-9-5 against the East and 13-8-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 31 saves and improves to 17-8-2 on the season and 7-6-3 in his career against Columbus.   

Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves but falls to 23-17-1 on the season and 15-7-0 against the Islanders. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Columbus was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 21-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 13-15-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 12-10-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 22-7-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 28-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 6-15-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 14-4-6 in games decided by a single goal including 6-4 in regulation. They are 5-1 in games decided in overtime and are 3-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 20-17-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (21:58); Columbus: Seth Jones (24:16)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:50 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (16-7-4), Nick Leddy (13-9-2), Scott Mayfield (5-1-0).

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

Casey Cizikas won 12 of 21 for the Isles; Boone Jenner won 14 of 18 for Columbus.
Face-offs by period: 1st period  9/19; 2nd period 10/22; 3rd period 4/13.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/49, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 0/2.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Matt Martin -4)  
Columbus 28 (Boone Jenner -5)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 21 shots (Scott Mayfield -5) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 48, Columbus 65
5-on-5 Isles 44, Columbus 60

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal & Devon Toews -1
Columbus: Alexander Wennberg +11

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 6-2-1 in the front half and 9-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is February 20-21 in Calgary and Edmonton

The Isles are 9-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends: 
9- October 18, 2018- CURRENT
8- January 22-March 14, 1976
8- March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
7- February 28- November 11, 1981 (over two seasons)
7- November 12, 1980 – January 3, 1981

Night and Day
The Isles are 28-15-6 in night games and 6-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on March 3rd vs. Philadelphia (at the Coliseum). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 175, Brock Nelson 152, Mathew Barzal 139

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 115

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times 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)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 6-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT);  the first five wins were all in regulation.

The Isles are 13-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 772

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 142 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 137…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro and Brock Nelson 116

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Josh Bailey 282 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 27. Nick Leddy 146

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 419…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. David Volek 249 *** 26. Anders Lee 244

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 149

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 79

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Greiss 9

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will meet again at the Coliseum on March 11th and conclude the season series on March 26th at Nationwide.  
The Isles have won three of the last four overall against Columbus and snapped a 4-game losing streak in Ohio (having been outscored 24-6).

On the Farm  
Bridgeport begins another 3-in-3 weekend in Lehigh Valley on Friday. The Sound Tigers have won four of their last five games and are 28-18-4-2 on the season. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle/Steve Bernier 16; Assists: Chris Bourque 30; Points: Chris Bourque 40.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 14-9-2 (2.89 GAA); Christopher Gibson 14-9-4 (3.00 GAA)

Up Next
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16th – ISLANDERS AT EDMONTON AT BARCLAYS CENTER 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The only two teams that the Isles have not faced this season share the Province of Alberta.  That will change over the next five games as the Isles will play both Edmonton and Calgary twice, beginning with the Oilers on Saturday at Barclays Center.

It will be the 143rd regular season game in Brooklyn and the final one this season.  After Saturday, the Isles' final 12 home games will all be at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Oilers swept a pair of games last season, both by 2-1 scores, and both beyond regulation. Connor McDavid scored the overtime winner in Brooklyn, and then scored the winner in a shootout in Edmonton (after being stopped by Christopher Gibson on an overtime penalty shot).

The game will feature the NHL's winningest active coaches as Barry Trotz' Islanders face Ken Hitchcock's Oilers.

It's the first of six straight games against Canadian opponents that will end February.  That ties the Isles' longest stretch of facing Canadian opposition – done only once before, in December 1980.

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, February 12, 2019

The Skinny: Buffalo 3, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 56
Buffalo 3, Isles 1
Linus Ullmark made 24 saves and Jack Eichel set up the first two Sabre goals as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Isles 3-1 before 16,894 at KeyBank Center.

The loss was only the second for the Isles in regulation in last 13 games (9-2-2).  

The Isles' lead in the Metro remains three points over Washington and shrinks to five points over Columbus as the Jackets beat the Caps 3-0 tonight. 
 
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Jeff Skinner (34) Jack Eichel 16:25 NYI 0,BUF 1
Casey Cizikas (13) Matt Martin, Cal Clutterbuck 19:37 NYI 1,BUF 1

2nd Period
Jason Pominville (13) Jack Eichel 06:49 NYI 1,BUF 2

3rd Period
Johan Larsson (5) Kyle Okposo, Zemgus Girgensons 17:35 NYI 1,BUF 3

The Skinny      
Casey Cizikas extended his career high in goals (13)… The Isles are 16-4-2 since Devon Toews joined the lineup and are 19-5-2 in their last 26 games … The Isles are 12 points ahead of last season's pace through 56 games; including shootout winners they have scored 30 fewer goals and allowed 71 fewer goals than last year's first 56 games… The Isles have 38 points at home and 34 points on the road … For the 22nd straight game, the Isles did not allow three goals in any period.  That's the longest (single-season) streak of its kind since the Isles went 25 games in February-March 1979…  The loss snaps the Isles' three-game winning streak – it's their fifth winning streak of at least three games this season…Jack Eichel has points in six straight games (2-6-8)…The Isles are 4-2-1 in February; they have had a winning record every month this season… Kyle Okposo has a point in his last four games against the Isles…Only Alex Ovechkin (38) has scored more goals than Jeff Skinner…Cal Clutterbuck returned to the lineup; the Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck line has started every game that the trio has appeared in since December 31st…The Isles did not have a power play for the first time since February 16, 2018 in Carolina…Linus Ullmark became the 18th rookie goalie to beat the Isles at least three times; Ullmark's other wins were on November 1, 2015 and April 9, 2016.  Tristan Jarry was the last rookie to beat the Isles three times.…Each team won 20 face-offs; it was the first time since February 17, 2007 (Isles 19, Devils 18) that both the Isles and their opponents won 20 or fewer draws.

Top of the Heap
The Isles are 19-5-2 in their last 26 games, giving them the most wins and the best record in the entire NHL since December 15.  

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner is 13-3-1 (1.62, .943) in his last 17 decisions. His NHL-leading GAA is 2.08 and his NHL-leading save percentage (minimum 19 games) is .929.

Thomas Greiss is 4-0-1 in the last five games, allowing a total of three goals on 157 shots (4-0-1, 0.58 GAA, .981 save percentage).

Lehner has won 17 games and Greiss 16.  It's only the 2nd time in the last 15 seasons that the Isles have gotten at least 16 wins from two different goalies.  Greiss won 23 games and Jaroslav Halak 18 in 2015-16.

Keeping it Close 
Neither team has had a 3-goal lead at any point in the last eight Islander games.  The Isles have not trailed by three goals at any point since a 6-2 loss in Pittsburgh on December 6th.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 6-1-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 98.1% of capacity on Long Island (including six sellouts).  
 
Most Points Thru 56 Games (Post-Cup Era)
75: 2014-15
72: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 28 Road Games
36: 1976-77
35: 1978-79
34: 2018-19
33: Four Times

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 56 Games (Includes SO)
136 2018-19
137 1975-76
139 1976-77
140 2003-04
141 1977-78

Road Warriors
The Isles are 7-2-1 in their last ten road games and 10-3-1 in their last 14 road games.  

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Here's where they are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. ISLES 136
2. Dallas 140
3. Boston 148

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 131
2. Dallas 140
3. Boston 146

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 43
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 95 assists, 133 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
 
Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 795-585-60-140 in 1,580 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    838 
4. Barry Trotz   795
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,580
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,571

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: 33-17-6 (72 points), with 161 goals scored and 136 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 27-23-6 (60 points), with 191 goals scored and 207 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
  
First Things First
The Isles are 19-7-5 when scoring first and are 14-10-1 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss). The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

Best Winning Percentage When Allowing First Goal
1981-82  17-8-5 .650
1978-79 15-10-6 .581
2018-19  14-10-1 .580
1977-78 16-11-5 .578

The Shots
Isles     8-7-10=25
Buffalo 5-5-12=22
The Isles are 10-11-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 23-5-5 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 33-17-6 overall; 17-7-4 at home (6-1-2 on Long Island and 11-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 16-10-2 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Buffalo is 28-21-7 overall; 17-8-4 at home and 11-13-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 14-5-1 in Division games and 19-12-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 20-9-5 against the East and 13-8-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 19 saves but falls to 17-9-4 on the season and 2-2-2 in his career against Buffalo.   

Linus Ullmark made 24 saves and improves to 13-5-4 on the season and 3-1-0 against the Islanders. 

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

The Isles are 21-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-15-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 12-10-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-7-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 27-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 6-15-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 14-4-6 in games decided by a single goal including 6-4 in regulation. They are 5-1 in games decided in overtime and are 3-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 19-17-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:32); Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen (23:53)
Matthew Barzal led Isles forwards with 17:24 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (16-7-4), Nick Leddy (12-9-2), Scott Mayfield (5-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 20, Buffalo 20 (50%).  

Brock Nelson won 6 of 10 for the Isles; Johan Larsson won 6 of 10 for Buffalo.
Face-offs by period: 1st period  6/14; 2nd period 6/10; 3rd period 8/16.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 20/38, Power play 0/0, Penalty kill 0/2.

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Three with 4)  
Buffalo 13 (Two with 2)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked a season-low 5 shots (Johnny Boychuk -2) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, Buffalo 41
5-on-5 Isles 48, Buffalo 38

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Adam Pelech +12
Buffalo: Jason Pominville +5

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 6-2-1 in the front half and 9-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is February 20-21 in Calgary and Edmonton

The Isles are 9-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends: 
9- October 18, 2018- CURRENT
8- January 22-March 14, 1976
8- March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
7- February 28- November 11, 1981 (over two seasons)
7- November 12, 1980 – January 3, 1981

Night and Day
The Isles are 27-15-6 in night games and 6-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on March 3rd vs. Philadelphia (at the Coliseum). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 174, Brock Nelson 151, Mathew Barzal 138

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 113

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times 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)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 6-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT);  the first five wins were all in regulation.

The Isles are 12-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 771

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 142 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 136…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro and Brock Nelson 116

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Josh Bailey 281 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 27. Nick Leddy 146

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 417…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. David Volek 249 *** 26. Anders Lee 244

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 148

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 78

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Evgeni Nabokov 9 *** 7. Thomas Greiss 8

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (and 2 points to 2).  The teams will conclude the season series on March 30th at the Coliseum.  
 
Despite the loss, the Isles are 5-2-0 in the last seven games against the Sabres.

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers have won four of their last five games and are 28-18-4-2 on the season. Bridgeport is off until Friday when they begin another 3-in-3 weekend in Lehigh Valley. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle/Steve Bernier 16; Assists: Chris Bourque 30; Points: Chris Bourque 40.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 14-9-2 (2.89 GAA); Christopher Gibson 14-9-4 (3.00 GAA)

Up Next
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th – ISLANDERS AT COLUMBUS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles make their first trip of the season to Columbus as they face the Jackets for the second time this season.  The Isles defeated Columbus 3-2 in their return to the Coliseum on December 1st.

While the Isles have already finished their season series with four divisional rivals (Carolina, New Jersey, the Rangers, and Pittsburgh), this is the first of three remaining meetings with Columbus.

The Isles won three meetings at Nationwide Arena in the 2015-16 season, but are 0-4-0 over the past two seasons, having been outscored by a 24-6 margin. 

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 10, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 2, Minnesota 1


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 55
Isles 2, Minnesota 1
Devon Toews scored a power play goal 2:01 into the second period to break a 1-1 tie and the Isles protected that lead for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild before 13,825 at Barclays Center.

The Isles are 9-1-2 in their last 12 games. They are 7-0-1 in their last eight home games and have won four straight games at Barclays Center.

The Isles' lead in the Metro is now a season-high five points over Washington; it's the first time since February 19, 2015 that the Isles have had a five-point lead in their division, and it matches their largest lead in the division since they had a seven-point lead on November 7, 2001. 
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Anthony Beauvillier (13) Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov 14:05 MIN 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Mikael Granlund (13) Jason Zucker, Zach Parise 00:38 MIN 1,NYI 1 PPG
Devon Toews (4) Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey 02:01 MIN 1,NYI 2 PPG

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny      
Anthony Beauvillier matched a career-high with seven shots as he scored his first goal in 12 games…The Isles are 16-3-2 since Devon Toews joined the lineup and are 19-4-2 in their last 25 games … Only four rookie defensemen (all of whom have been on the NHL roster all season) have more goals than Devon Toews…Toews is the first Isles rookie defensemen in at least the least 32 years to record two game-winning goals in his first 21 NHL games; only three forwards have done it- one of whom is Michael DalColle…The Isles are 14 points ahead of last season's pace through 55 games; including shootout winners they have scored 24 fewer goals and allowed 67 fewer goals than last year's first 55 games… Ryan Pulock has seven points in the last five games (2-5-7)…The Isles have 38 points at home and 34 points on the road; they move 10 games over NHL-.500 at home for the first time since the end of the 2016-17 season… For the 21st straight game, the Isles did not allow three goals in any period.  That's the longest (single-season) streak of its kind since the Isles also went 21 games in January – February 1983…  With the win, the Isles are now 17 games over NHL-.500 for the first time since ending the 2015-16 season with a 45-27-10 record; the Isles have won three straight – it's their fifth winning streak of at least three games this season.

Back-to-Backs 
Including today, the Isles are 6-2-1 in the front half and 9-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is February 20-21 in Calgary and Edmonton

The Isles are 9-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends: 
9- October 18, 2018- CURRENT
8- January 22-March 14, 1976
8- March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
7- February 28- November 11, 1981 (over two seasons)
7- November 12, 1980 – January 3, 1981


Most Game-Winning Goals in a Season by an Islander Rookie Defensemen
3 - Denis Potvin 1973-74
2 - Scott Lachance 1992-93
2 - Mathieu Biron 1999-2000
2 - Chris Campoli 2005-06
2 - Devon Toews 2018-19

Top of the Heap
The Isles are 19-4-2 in their last 25 games, giving them the most wins and the best record in the entire NHL since December 15.  

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner is 13-2-1 (1.53, .947) in his last 16 decisions. His NHL-leading GAA is 2.05 and his NHL-leading save percentage (minimum 19 games) is .930.

Thomas Greiss is 4-0-1 in the last five games, allowing a total of three goals on 157 shots (4-0-1, 0.58 GAA, .981 save percentage).

Lehner has won 17 games and Greiss 16.  It's only the 2nd time in the last 15 seasons that the Isles have gotten at least 16 wins from two different goalies.  Greiss won 23 games and Jaroslav Halak 18 in 2015-16.

Moving On Up
Thomas Greiss recorded his 78th win as an Islander goalie, breaking a tie with Roland Melanson for 6th on the all-time list.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 6-1-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 98.1% of capacity on Long Island (including six sellouts).  
Most Points Thru 55 Games (Post-Cup Era)
73: 2014-15
72: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 27 Road Games
36: 1976-77
34: 2018-19
33: 1978-79
33: 1980-81

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 55 Games (Includes SO)
133 2018-19
136 1975-76
136 2003-04
137 1977-78
138 1976-77

Road Warriors
The Isles are 7-1-1 in their last nine road games and 10-2-1 in their last 13 road games. The 21 points in 13 games match the club record for a 13-game stretch (done several times, including earlier this season).

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Here's where they are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. ISLES 133
2. Dallas 140
3. Boston 145

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 128
2. Dallas 140
3. Boston 143

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 43
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 95 assists, 133 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 795-584-60-140 in 1,579 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    838 
4. Barry Trotz   795
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,579
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,571

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: 33-16-6 (72 points), with 160 goals scored and 133 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 26-23-6 (58 points), with 184 goals scored and 201 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
  
First Things First
The Isles are 19-7-5 when scoring first and are 14-9-1 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss). The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

Best Winning Percentage When Allowing First Goal
1981-82  17-8-5 .650
2018-19  14-9-1 .583
1978-79 15-10-6 .581
1977-78 16-11-5 .578

The Shots
Isles        15-10-9=34
Minnesota 9-6-12=27
The Isles are 10-10-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 23-5-5 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 33-16-6 overall; 17-7-4 at home (6-1-2 on Long Island and 11-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 16-9-2 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Minnesota is 27-24-5 overall; 13-10-4 at home and 14-14-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 14-5-1 in Division games and 19-11-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 20-8-5 against the East and 13-8-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves; he improves to 16-8-2 on the season and 4-3-0 in his career against Minnesota.   

Devyn Dubnyk made 32 saves but falls to 21-19-4 on the season and 5-5-0 against the Islanders. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-6 on the power play in 8:37 of PP time; Minnesota was 1-3 on the power play in 3:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 21-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-14-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 12-10-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-6-2 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 27-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 6-14-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 14-4-6 in games decided by a single goal including 6-4 in regulation. They are 5-1 in games decided in overtime and are 3-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 19-16-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:18); Minnesota: Ryan Suter (26:51)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:02 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (16-7-4), Nick Leddy (12-8-2), Scott Mayfield (5-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Minnesota 28 (49%).  

Brock Nelson won 8 of 14 for the Isles; Eric Staal won 10 of 19 for Minnesota.
Face-offs by period: 1st period  10/20; 2nd period 11/19; 3rd period 6/16.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 20/41, Power play 5/9, Penalty kill 2/5.

Hit Count
Isles 15 (Leo Komarov-3)  
Minnesota 17 (Joel Eriksson Ek-3)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 18 shots (Johnny Boychuk -3) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 58, Minnesota 56
5-on-5 Isles 40, Minnesota 43

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anthony Beauvillier & Valtteri Filppula +8
Minnesota: Joel Eriksson Ek +7
Night and Day
The Isles are 27-14-6 in night games and 6-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on March 3rd vs. Philadelphia (at the Coliseum). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 173, Brock Nelson 150, Mathew Barzal 137

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),(Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 111

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times 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)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.

A Familiar Finish
The Isles are 6-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT);  the first five wins were all in regulation.

The Isles are 12-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 770

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 142 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 136…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro and Brock Nelson 116

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Josh Bailey 281 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 27. Nick Leddy 146

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 417…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. David Volek 249 *** 26. Anders Lee 244

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 148

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 78

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Evgeni Nabokov 9 *** 7. Thomas Greiss 8

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude the season series on St. Patrick's Day in St. Paul.  
The win snaps a three-game Islander losing streak against the Wild.

On the Farm 
The Sound Tigers are 28-18-4-2 on the season following wins over Providence on Saturday (4-2) and Utica (5-4 in overtime) on Sunday.

Tanner Fritz had a goal and an assist on Saturday as the Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the victory; on Sunday, Fritz had the overtime winner.

The Sound Tigers have won four of their last five games and are now off until they begin another 3-in-3 weekend on Friday in Lehigh Valley. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle/Steve Bernier 16; Assists: Chris Bourque 30; Points: Chris Bourque 40.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 14-9-2 (2.89 GAA); Christopher Gibson 14-9-4 (3.00 GAA)

Up Next
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12th – ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO 7:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles begin a stretch of five out of six games on the road as they head to Buffalo to face the Sabres. The Isles recorded a 3-1 win on New Year's Eve in their first trip to Buffalo this season and are 5-1-0 in their last six vs. the Sabres.

The teams will conclude their season series on March 30th 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

Saturday, February 09, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 4, Colorado 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 54
Isles 4, Colorado 3 (overtime)
Ryan Pulock scored goals in both the third period and overtime as the Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche before 14,216 at Barclays Center.

It's the sixth time this season that the Isles have erased a 2-0 deficit to win, including a franchise-record five consecutive comebacks from being down 0-2.

The Isles are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games. 

The Isles' lead in the Metro is now four points over Washington (pending the outcome of the Caps' game on Saturday night).
 
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Carl Soderberg (18) Erik Johnson, Matt Nieto 10:19 COL 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Erik Johnson (5) Carl Soderberg, Alexander Kerfoot 02:36 COL 2,NYI 0
Jordan Eberle (13) Anders Lee 18:13 COL 2,NYI 1

3rd Period
Josh Bailey (12) Michael Dal Colle, Adam Pelech 08:03 COL 2,NYI 2
Ryan Pulock (4) Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson 13:57 COL 2,NYI 3 PPG
J.T. Compher (11) Carl Soderberg, Colin Wilson 17:15 COL 3,NYI 3 

OT
Ryan Pulock (5) Casey Cizikas, Brock Nelson 02:23 COL 3,NYI 4

The Skinny      
The Isles are 15-3-2 since Devon Toews joined the lineup and are 18-4-2 in their last 24 games; it's the first time since the 1981-82 season that the Isles have earned at least 38 points in a 24-game span … The Isles are 12 points ahead of last season's pace through 54 games; including shootout winners they have scored 23 fewer goals and allowed 65 fewer goals than last year's first 54 games… The Isles allowed the first goal for the third straight game… Ryan Pulock has six points in the last four games (2-4-6); Pulock had eight shots on goal (one shy of his career high)… Brock Nelson extended his point streak to four games with an assist in his third straight game…The Isles have 36 points at home and 34 points on the road… The Isles improved to 4-10-0 in games they tied after two periods… The Isles' penalty kill is a perfect 11-11 over the last five games… For the 20th straight game, the Isles did not allow three goals in any period.  That's the longest (single-season) streak of its kind since the Isles went 21 games in January – February 1983…The Isles trailed in both intermissions after not trailing in either in any of the last 12 games; the 12 game streak was the longest of its type since 1982, when the Isles did not trail at intermission of the final 11 games of their 15-game winning streak, or the 12th game that broke the streak…The Isles improve to 5-1 in games decided in overtime; Colorado has been outscored 9-1 in the overtime session this season...Carl Soderberg had points on all three goals for Colorado; he is 3-8-11 in 13 games against the Isles…With the win, the Isles are now 16 games over #NHL-.500 for the first time since ending the 2015-16 season with a 45-27-10 record.

Big Day for Pulock
Ryan Pulock is the third defensemen in Islander history to score goals in both regulation and overtime, joining Roman Hamrlik (12/30/02 vs Florida) and Chris Campoli (11/3/08 vs Columbus).

It's the 4th time in Islander history that a defenseman has scored at least two goals and had at least eight shots on goal; Ryan also did this last March 22nd vs Tampa Bay.  Denis Potvin also did it twice (11/6/76 vs Minnesota and 2/11/78 vs Detroit).

A Different Start
With Cal Clutterbuck missing the game, the Isles started a line other than Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck for the first time since December 31st (h/t Andrew Gross) 

A Familiar Finish
The Isles are 6-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT);  the first five wins were all in regulation.

The Isles are 12-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Top of the Heap
The Isles are 18-4-2 in their last 24 games, giving them the most wins and the best record in the entire NHL since December 15.  

ISLES 17-4-2
San Jose 15-5-2
Montreal 15-7-1 
Tampa Bay 14-4-3
Calgary 14-5-3 
(does not include Saturday night games)

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner is 13-2-1 (1.53, .947) in his last 16 decisions. His NHL-leading GAA is 2.05 and his NHL-leading save percentage (minimum 19 games) is .930.

Thomas Greiss is 3-0-1 in the last four games, allowing a total of two goals in 130 shots (3-0-1, 0.48 GAA, .985 save percentage).

Lehner has won 17 games and Greiss 15.  It's only the 2nd time in the last 15 seasons that the Isles have gotten at least 15 wins from two different goalies.  Greiss won 23 games and Jaroslav Halak 18 in 2015-16.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 6-1-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 98.1% of capacity on Long Island (including six sellouts).  
 
Most Points Thru 54 Games (Post-Cup Era)
71: 2014-15
70: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 27 Road Games
36: 1976-77
34: 2018-19
33: 1978-79
33: 1980-81

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 54 Games (Includes SO)
132 2018-19
132 1975-76
135 1977-78
135 2003-04
137 1976-77

Road Warriors
The Isles are 7-1-1 in their last nine road games and 10-2-1 in their last 13 road games. The 21 points in 13 games match the club record for a 13-game stretch (done several times, including earlier this season).

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Here's where they are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. ISLES 132
2. Dallas 140
3. Boston 144

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 127
2. Dallas 140
3. Boston 142

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 42
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 95 assists, 133 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
 
Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 794-584-60-140 in 1,578 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    838 
4. Barry Trotz   794
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,578
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,570

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: 32-16-6 (70 points), with 158 goals scored and 132 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 26-22-6 (58 points), with 181 goals scored and 197 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
  
First Things First
The Isles are 18-7-5 when scoring first and are 14-9-1 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss). The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

Best Winning Percentage When Allowing First Goal
1981-82  17-8-5 .650
2018-19  14-9-1 .583
1978-79 15-10-6 .581
1977-78 16-11-5 .578

The Shots
Isles       12-14-13-2=41
Colorado 10-9-6-3=28
The Isles are 9-10-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 23-5-5 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 32-16-6 overall; 16-7-4 at home (6-1-2 on Long Island and 10-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 16-9-2 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Colorado is 22-22-10 overall; 10-10-5 at home and 12-12-5 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 14-5-1 in Division games and 18-11-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 20-8-5 against the East and 12-8-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 25 saves; he improves to 17-8-4 on the season and 4-4-0 in his career against Colorado.   

Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves; he is 13-13-7 on the season and 3-3-2 against the Islanders. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 3:18 of PP time; Colorado was 0-1 on the power play in 0:55 of PP time.

The Isles are 20-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-14-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 11-10-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-6-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 27-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 5-14-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 13-4-6 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 5-1 in games decided in overtime and are 3-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-5 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 6-2-1 in the front half and 8-0-0 in the back half. This back-to-back concludes on Sunday vs. Minnesota. The next back-to-back is February 20-21 in Calgary and Edmonton.-

The Isles are 8-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season, matching the club record for consecutive wins in back ends: 
8- October 18, 2018- CURRENT
8- January 22-March 14, 1976
8- March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
7- February 28- November 11, 1981 (over two seasons)
7- November 12, 1980 – January 3, 1981
 
Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 19-16-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:08); Colorado: Erik Johnson (25:12)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:02 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (16-7-4), Nick Leddy (11-8-2), Scott Mayfield (5-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 31, Colorado 30 (50%).  

Casey Cizikas won 9 of 13 for the Isles; Sheldon Dries won 5 of 8 for Colorado.
Face-offs by period: 1st period  14/26; 2nd period 6/15; 3rd period 10/18; overtime 1/2.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 30/58, Power play 1/2, Penalty kill 0/1.

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Matt Martin -6)  
Colorado 30 (Two with 5)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 13 shots (Three with 2) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 65, Colorado 53
5-on-5 Isles 59, Colorado 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Adam Pelech +13
Colorado: Carl Soderberg +1
 
Night and Day
The Isles are 27-14-6 in night games and 5-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on February 10th vs. Minnesota (in Brooklyn). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 172, Brock Nelson 149, Mathew Barzal 136

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Cal Clutterbuck, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 107

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times 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)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 769

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 142 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 136…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro and Brock Nelson 116

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Josh Bailey 280 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 27. Nick Leddy 146

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 416…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. David Volek 249 *** 26. Anders Lee 244

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 147

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson and Thomas Greiss 77

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Evgeni Nabokov 9 *** 7. Thomas Greiss 8

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 1).  
 
The Isles are a perfect 4-0-0 vs. Colorado in Brooklyn, scoring 20 goals in the four games, and are 11-1-0 over the last 20 years in home games against the Avs.

On the Farm 
The Sound Tigers are 26-18-4-2 on the season following a 2-1 loss to Providence on Friday night. The three-game in three-day weekend for the Sound Tigers includes home games with Providence on Saturday night and Utica on Sunday afternoon.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16; Assists: Sebastian Aho 26; Points: Chris Bourque 35.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 14-9-2 (2.92 GAA); Christopher Gibson 12-9-4 (3.04 GAA)

Up Next
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th – MINNESOTA AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 3:00PM 
[MSG+(Pre-game at 2:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles look for their ninth consecutive win in the back end of a back-to-back set as they host Minnesota Sunday afternoon in the penultimate game of the season at Barclays Center. 

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams; the Wild swept both games last season and have won three straight over the Isles since a 6-3 Islander win in Brooklyn on October 26th. 

The teams will meet in the Twin Cities on March 17th to complete the season series.

And Finally…
Happy Birthday to Isles Co-Owner and Alternate Governor Jon Ledecky.  The Isles have won on his birthday in each of the last four seasons.

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, February 08, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 2, New Jersey 1 (shootout)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 53
Isles 2, New Jersey 1 (shootout)

Thomas Greiss made 30 saves and Josh Bailey scored the only goal of the shootout as the Isles completed a season sweep of the Devils with a 2-1 victory before 13,265 at Prudential Center.

Mathew Barzal scored the only Islander goal in regulation, extending his point streak to three games.

The Isles are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games. 

The Capitals beat Colorado while the Penguins lost to Florida (both in overtime); the Isles lead in the Metro remains two points over Washington and increase to five points over Pittsburgh.
 
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Kevin Rooney (2) Kurtis Gabriel, Jesper Bratt 05:32 NYI 0,NJD 1
Mathew Barzal (16) Ryan Pulock, Brock Nelson 13:42 NYI 1,NJD 1

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Kyle Palmieri (NG) - Jordan Eberle (NG)
Nico Hischier (NG) - Mathew Barzal(NG)
Drew Stafford(NG) - Brock Nelson(NG)
Jesper Bratt(NG) -  Josh Bailey (G/GDG)

It's Josh Bailey's 6th career game deciding goal; six of his nine shootout tallies have been deciding goals…All three of Bailey's shootout goals this year have been vs. divisional rivals (Pittsburgh 2, New Jersey 1)…It's the 77th shootout win in Isles history, tying the Rangers (who won their 77th on Wednesday) for the most in the NHL…Bailey has three of the four goals that the Isles have scored in their eight shootouts this season… Only Frans Nielsen (17), Kyle Okposo (9) and Miroslav Satan (7) have more career game deciding goals for the Isles than Josh Bailey (6)…The Isles have converted on only 4 of their 29 shootout attempts this season…The Isles are 9-3 all-time in shootouts against the Devils.

The Skinny      
The Isles are 14-3-2 since Devon Toews joined the lineup and are 17-4-2 in their last 23 games; it's the first time since the 1981-82 season that the Isles have earned at least 36 points in a 23-game span … The Isles remain 11 points ahead of last season's pace through 53 games; including shootout winners they have scored 23 fewer goals and allowed 63 fewer goals than last year's first 52 games… The Isles allowed the first goal for the second straight game. The Isles have allowed one goal or fewer in 0 of the last 10 games with the only exception being a 3-1 loss to Boston [where the third goal was an empty-netter]…Ryan Pulock's assist on the Isles goal was his 20th of the season. Pulock, who leads all Isles defensemen in assists and points, is two assists shy of his career high…Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson extended their point streaks to three games…The Isles have 34 points at home and 34 points on the road… The Isles improved to 7-4-4 in games tied after two periods… The Isles' penalty kill is a perfect 10-10 over the last four games…The Isles dressed the same 18 skaters for the tenth straight game…Kevin Rooney's goal (his 2nd NHL goal) ended Thomas Greiss' shutout streak at 152:20, just 8:17 shy of his career high and 26:09 shy of Chico Resch's club record…For the 19th straight game, the Isles did not allow three goals in any period.  That's the longest (single-season) streak of its kind since the Isles went 21 games in January – February 1983.…The Isles won only 16 face-offs; it's only the 9th time since real-time scoring was introduced in 1997-98 that they won that few in a game.

The Injury
Cal Clutterbuck left the game with an injury early in the second period. He did not return.

This Makes the Intermissions Easier
The Isles have not trailed at either intermission in twelve straight games.  It's the longest stretch of its type since 1982, when the Isles did not trail at intermission of the final 11 games of their 15-game winning streak, or the 12th game that broke the streak.  

Top of the Heap
The Isles are 17-4-2 in their last 23 games, giving them the most wins and the best record in the entire NHL since December 15.  

ISLES 17-4-2
San Jose 15-5-2
Montreal 15-7-1 
Tampa Bay 14-4-3
Calgary 14-5-3 

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner is 12-2-1 (1.44, .950) in his last 15 decisions. His NHL-leading GAA remains 2.02 and his NHL-leading save percentage remains .932.

Thomas Greiss is 3-0-1 in the last four games, allowing a total of two goals in 130 shots (3-0-1, 0.48 GAA, .985 save percentage).

Lehner has won 16 games and Greiss 15.  It's only the 2nd time in the last 15 seasons that the Isles have gotten at least 15 wins from two different goalies.  Greiss won 23 games and Jaroslav Halak 18 in 2015-16.

Moving on Up
Thomas Greiss recorded his 77th win as an Islander, matching Roland Melanson's total for 6th place on the all-time team list.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 6-1-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 98.1% of capacity on Long Island (including six sellouts).  The next three home games will be in Brooklyn and then the final 12 home games will be at the Coliseum.
 
Most Points Thru 53 Games (Post-Cup Era)
69: 2014-15
68: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 27 Road Games
36: 1976-77
34: 2018-19
33: 1978-79
33: 1980-81

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 53 Games (Includes SO)
129 2018-19
130 1975-76
133 1976-77
133 1977-78
133 2003-04
134 2015-16

Road Warriors
The Isles are 7-1-1 in their last nine road games and 10-2-1 in their last 13 road games. The 21 points in 13 games match the club record for a 13-game stretch (done several times, including earlier this season).

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Here's where they are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. ISLES 129
2. Dallas 137
3. Boston 140

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 124
2. Dallas 137
3. Boston 138

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 42
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 95 assists, 133 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
 
Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 793-584-60-140 in 1,577 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    838 
4. Barry Trotz   793
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,577
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,570

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: 31-16-6 (68 points), with 154 goals scored and 129 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 26-22-5 (57 points), with 177 goals scored and 192 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
  
First Things First
The Isles are 18-7-5 when scoring first and are 13-9-1 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss). The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles           9-7-9-3=28
New Jersey 11-8-11-1=31
The Isles are 8-10-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 23-5-5 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 31-16-6 overall; 15-7-4 at home (6-1-2 on Long Island and 9-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 16-9-2 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
New Jersey is 20-25-8 overall; 13-8-5 at home and 7-17-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 14-5-1 in Division games and 17-11-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 20-8-5 against the East and 11-8-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 30 saves; he improves to 15-8-2 on the season and 5-4-0 in his career against New Jersey.   Greiss is 11-10 all-time in shootouts.

Cory Schneider made 25 saves; he is 0-5-2 on the season and 3-5-3 against the Islanders. Schneider has won only 15 of 43 career shootouts.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 26-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 5-14-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 12-4-6 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 4-1 in games decided in overtime and are 3-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 5-2-1 in the front half and 8-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is February 9-10 vs. Colorado and Minnesota, with both games being played at Barclays Center.

The Isles are 8-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season, matching the club record for consecutive wins in back ends: 
8- October 18, 2018- CURRENT
8- January 22-March 14, 1976
8- March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
7- February 28- November 11, 1981 (over two seasons)
7- November 12, 1980 – January 3, 1981
 
Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 18-16-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:42); New Jersey: Marcus Johansson (24:32)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:10 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (16-7-4), Nick Leddy (10-8-2), Scott Mayfield (5-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 16, New Jersey 29 (36%).  

Casey Cizikas won 6 of 12 for the Isles but his teammates won only 10 of 33; Travis Zajac won 8 of 11 for New Jersey.
Face-offs by period: 1st period  3/9; 2nd period 6/20; 3rd period 6/12; overtime 1/4.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 14/34, Power play 1/6, Penalty kill 1/5.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Matt Martin -8)  
New Jersey 31 (Kurtis Gabriel -8)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 10 shots (Three with 2) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 53, New Jersey 51
5-on-5 Isles 35, New Jersey 33

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey +11
New Jersey: Jesper Bratt +7
 
Night and Day
The Isles are 27-14-6 in night games and 4-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on February 9th vs. Colorado (in Brooklyn). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 171, Brock Nelson 148, Mathew Barzal 135

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 105

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times 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)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 5-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8),OTT (12/28) and STL (1/5);  all five wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 12-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 768

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 142 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 135…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro and Brock Nelson 116

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Josh Bailey 280 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 27. Nick Leddy 146

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 415…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. David Volek 249 *** 26. Anders Lee 243

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 147

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson and Thomas Greiss 77

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Evgeni Nabokov 9 *** 7. Thomas Greiss 8

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series four games to none (and 8 points to 2).  
 
The Isles swept the season series from New Jersey for the first time since 2014-15.

On the Farm 
The Sound Tigers are 26-17-4-2 on the season as they begin a home-and-home series with a game in Providence on Friday night. It's also the first of a three-game in three-day weekend for the Sound Tigers which concludes on Sunday afternoon vs. Utica.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16; Assists: Sebastian Aho 26; Points: Chris Bourque 35.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 14-8-2 (2.96 GAA); Christopher Gibson 12-9-4 (3.04 GAA)

Up Next
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th – COLORADO AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 1:00PM 
[MSG+(Pre-game at 12:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles return home for a back-to-back set of home games as they face Colorado on Saturday afternoon.  

The Isles will be looking to sweep the season series, having won in Denver 4-1 back on December 17th.  The Isles are a perfect 3-0-0 vs. Colorado in Brooklyn, scoring 16 goals in the three games, and are 10-1-0 over the last 20 years in home games against the Avs.
 
The Isles will look to win their 9th straight back-end on Sunday afternoon vs. Minnesota. 

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