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"The Skinny"       By Eric Hornick Game 17 Pittsburgh 1, Isles 0 Kasperi Kapanen scored the game's only goal and Tristan Jarry...

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Skinny: Pittsburgh 1, Isles 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 17
Pittsburgh 1, Isles 0
Kasperi Kapanen scored the game's only goal and Tristan Jarry made 25 saves for his third shutout in eight days as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Islanders 1-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

The Isles have lost eight straight, all in regulation, to fall five games under NHL-.500 for the first time since January 16, 2012 (16-21-6). 

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Kasperi Kapanen (5) Sidney Crosby (2), Jake Guentzel (9) 16:41 PIT 1,NYI 0

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny         
The Isles have been outscored 32-7 in their eight-game losing streak. It's the first time since 2010-11 that the Isles have lost eight straight in regulation; the Isles did have a ten-game winless streak (0-8-2) in November/December 2013…The Islanders have been outscored 3 to 1 on their own power play in November (in 29 opportunities) …The Isles are 0-4-0 to open a home season for the first time in their history… The Isles have not led at any point in the last 356:44 and have scored only seven goals in their last eight games. It is the fewest goals the Isles have scored in an eight game stretch in their history…Scott Mayfield blocked seven shots, matching the second-highest total of his career… Columbus (five games in 2000) is the only NHL team with a longer losing streak (no points) to open a new venue…Robin Salo is averaging 21:26 of ice-time through four games (highest average on the team, including regulars)..Sidney Crosby's assist on the winning goal was his 123rd career point (39-84-123) against the Isles… It is the first time a team coached by Barry Trotz has lost eight straight games…Tristan Jarry has allowed only two goals in his last five games, all Penguin wins.

The COVID List
The Isles were without six players due to Covid protocol: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Kieffer Bellows, Anders Lee, Zdeno Chara and Ross Johnston. Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson missed the game with injuries. Josh Bailey has exited protocol but did not play.

Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle. The Islanders will not spend consecutive nights on the road at any point (playing consecutive road games only once – November 28th at The Garden and November 30th in Philadelphia). By the time the Isles hit the Olympic/All-Star Break, they will have played 25 of their 49 games at home.

Highest Ice-Time by an Islander through 4 Career Games (since 1998)
Radek Martinek 87:02
John Tavares 85:46
Robin Salo 85:45

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara did not play. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,623

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-10-2 overall; they are 0-4-0 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 10-6-4 overall; they are 5-4-2 at home and 5-2-2 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played four home games and sold out all of them. They are the four largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 882-645-60-160 in 1,747 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    882

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,747

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,457
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-2 when scoring first and are 0-7-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    6-8-11=25
Pittsburgh    12-11-7=30
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 4-6-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-42-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 29 saves but falls to 5-6-2 on the season and 1-2 vs. Pittsburgh.  

Tristan Jarry made 25 saves and improves to 10-3-2 on the season and 9-1-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Pittsburgh was 0-1 on the power play (2:00).

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-9-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.

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

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 in the front end and 1-3-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be December 4th in Detroit and December 5th vs. Chicago.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-4 (.727) in back-ends. This is the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa has the next best record: 22-9-3 (.691).

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Robin Salo (22:47); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (23:35)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 20:18 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (2-2-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 27, Pittsburgh 19 (59%)
Casey Cizikas won 8 of 12 for the Isles; Teddy Blueger won 5 of 9 for Pittsburgh. 

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

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Matt Martin -7)
Pittsburgh 20 (Zach Aston-Reese -6)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 7 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 18 (Scott Mayfield -7)
Pittsburgh 13 (Brian Dumoulin and Mike Matheson -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 46, Pittsburgh 63
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Pittsburgh 60

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Two with -1
Pittsburgh: Evan Rodrigues +16

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Pittsburgh 15
5-on-5: Isles 8, Pittsburgh 15

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR, Brock Nelson -INJ) (Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Adam Pelech, Zdeno Chara- COVID Protocol), Anatolii Golyshev, Josh Bailey
Games Lost: 45   (19 to injuries and 26 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield is the only Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 106th consecutive game tonight.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 629 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 619 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas 606 … 
21. Ken Morrow 550 *** 22. Duane Sutter 547 *** 23. Cal Clutterbuck 545  *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson and Anders Lee 532

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 177 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 339 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 260

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 223
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport fell to 5-11-1-2 with a 3-2 loss to Providence on Friday. Collin Adams and Erik Brown each scored their first goals for the Baby Isles. 

Bridgeport visits Lehigh Valley on Saturday and then doesn't play again until the following Saturday.

Season Series Stats
Pittsburgh leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet again at UBS Arena on March 10th and then will have their only meeting of the season in Pittsburgh on April 14th. 

The loss ended a nine-game Islander home point streak against Pittsburgh (5-0-4).

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28th–ISLANDERS AT RANGERS 6:00pm 
[MSG+2 (pre-game begins at 5:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles begin a two-game road trip with their first trip this season to Madison Square Garden.

This will be the second meeting of the teams this season, with the Ranges earning a 4-1 win on UBS ice on Thanksgiving Eve.

The teams played four times at MSG last season, and all four games ended in shutouts.  The Isles won three of them, as Semyon Varlamov became the first goalie to ever blank the Rangers three times in one season at The Garden.

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



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

Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Skinny: Rangers 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 16
Rangers 4, Isles 1
Kevin Rooney and Chris Kreider each scored two goals as the New York Rangers defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Andy Andreoff had the only goal for the Islanders – it was his first NHL goal since February 19, 2018, to cut the lead to 2-1 in the third period but Rooney scored his second goal 20 seconds later to restore the two-goal difference.

The Isles have lost seven straight, all in regulation, to fall four games under NHL-.500 for the first time since April 3, 2018 (33-37-10).  

The Scoring:

1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Chris Kreider (14) Ryan Strome (10), Adam Fox (15) 00:29 NYR 1,NYI 0 PPG
Kevin Rooney (4) Barclay Goodrow (6), Ryan Reaves (2) 14:28 NYR 2,NYI 0

3rd Period
Andy Andreoff (1) Otto Koivula (1), Sebastian Aho (1) 03:52 NYR 2,NYI 1
Kevin Rooney (5) Ryan Reaves (3), Patrik Nemeth (1) 04:12 NYR 3,NYI 1
Chris Kreider (15) Mika Zibanejad (12), Kaapo Kakko (3) 11:02 NYR 4,NYI 1

The Skinny         
The Isles have been outscored 31-7 in their seven-game losing streak. It's the first time since 2010-11 that the Isles have lost seven straight in regulation; the Isles did have a seven-game winless streak before COVID interrupted the season in March 2020 …The Islanders have been outscored 3 to 1 on their own power play in November (in 27 opportunities)…The Isles are 0-3-0 to open a home season for the first time in their history…Otto Koivula earned his first career assist in his season debut; Koivula, who leads Bridgeport in both assists and points, played 12 NHL games without a point in the 2019-2020 season…Kevin Rooney recorded his first career multi-goal game…Chris Kreider's first goal stopped an Islander shutout streak of 169:26 against the Rangers and tied him with Leon Draisaitl for the NHL lead in power play goals… The Isles have not led at any point in the last 296:44.

The COVID List
The Isles were without seven players due to Covid protocol: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Josh Bailey, Kieffer Bellows, Anders Lee, Zdeno Chara and Ross Johnston. Ryan Pulock, Noah Dobson, and Brock Nelson missed the game with injuries.

First Times in a Long Time
It is the first time since October 23 – November 10, 2010 (eight games) that the Isles have lost seven straight games, all in regulation. 
It is the first time since December 1972 that the Isles have lost by at least three goals in seven straight games; it had happened twice in the club's first 25 games played, but not since. 

Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle. The Islanders will not spend consecutive nights on the road at any point (playing consecutive road games only once – November 28th at The Garden and November 30th in Philadelphia). By the time the Isles hit the Olympic/All-Star Break, they will have played 25 of their 49 games at home.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara did not play. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,623

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-9-2 overall; they are 0-3-0 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
The Rangers are 12-4-3 overall; they are 5-1-1 at home and 7-3-2 on the road.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 882-644-60-160 in 1,746 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    882

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,746

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,456
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-2 when scoring first and are 0-6-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    8-8-5=21
Rangers    8-7-6=21
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 4-5-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-41-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves but falls to 0-4-0 on the season and 11-7-2 vs. the Rangers.  

Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves and improves to 10-3-2 on the season and 1-4-1 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-6 on the power play (11:07); the Rangers were 1-5 on the power play (5:44).

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-8-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.

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

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 in the front end and 1-3-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be December 4th in Detroit and December 5th vs. Chicago.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-4 (.727) in back-ends. This is the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa has the next best record: 22-9-3 (.691).

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (21:12); Rangers: Adam Fox (22:43)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 21:12 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (2-2-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-1-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 35, Rangers 25 (58%)
Mathew Barzal won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Ryan Strome won 6 of 11 for the Rangers. 

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

Hit Count
Isles 31 (Cal Clutterbuck -8)
Rangers 23 (Ryan Reaves-5)
Fights 
Jean-Gabriel Pageau fought Alexis Lafreniere in the third period. Season total: 7 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 9 (Casey Cizikas-3)
The Rangers 16 (Jacob Trouba -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 42, Rangers 40
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 27, Rangers 26

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Grant Hutton +5
Rangers: Patrik Nemeth +6

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 8, Rangers 11
5-on-5: Isles 5, Rangers 8

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR, Brock Nelson -INJ, Noah Dobson-INJ), (Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Adam Pelech, Zdeno Chara- COVID Protocol), Anatolii Golyshev
Games Lost: 37   (17 to injuries and 20 to COVID protocol)

Farewell to the Iron Man List (for now)
Brock Nelson's streak, the longest by an Islander in over 40 years, came to an end. It was the first game he had missed since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – 11/24/2021 316
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – 11/16/2021 263
8. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scott Mayfield is the only other Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 105th consecutive game tonight.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 628 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 619 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 605 … 
21. Ken Morrow 550 *** 22. Duane Sutter 547 *** 23. Cal Clutterbuck 544  *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson and Anders Lee 532

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 177 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 339 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 260

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 222
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport fell to 5-10-1-2 with a 4-1 loss to Springfield on Wednesday. Cory Schneider made 44 saves for the Baby Isles. 

Bridgeport hosts Providence on Friday before visiting Lehigh Valley on Saturday. 

Season Series Stats
The Rangers lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet at the Garden on Sunday and then not play again until April. 

The loss ended a four-game Islander win streak over the Rangers.

UP NEXT
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26th–PITTSBURGH AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm 
[MSG+2 (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The four game homestand concludes Friday with the first meeting of the season between the Islanders and the Penguins.

This will be the first meeting of the teams since the Isles eliminated the Penguins from the 2021 playoffs. 
The Isles went only 2-4-2 in the 2020-21 regular season against Pittsburgh but were 2-0-2 on home-ice.

The Isles are 5-0-4 in their last nine home games vs. Pittsburgh in the regular season and have won four of five home playoff games in that span.

AND FINALLY…
Happy Thanksgiving!

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



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

Monday, November 22, 2021

The Skinny: Toronto 3, Isles 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 15
Toronto 3, Isles 0
Mitch Marner scored two goals and Joseph Woll made 20 saves for his first career shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Islanders 3-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Marner's first goal was scored shorthanded in a 3-on-4 situation just 3:31 into play and held up to be the winning goal.

The Isles have lost six straight to fall three games under NHL-.500 for the first time in the Trotz era.   

The Scoring:

1st Period
Mitchell Marner (5) Jake Muzzin (5) 03:31 TOR 1,NYI 0 SHG

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period 
Ondrej Kase (5) David Kampf (3), Nick Ritchie (3) 02:00 TOR 2,NYI 0
Mitchell Marner (6) Michael Bunting (5) 13:29 TOR 3,NYI 0

The Skinny         
The Isles have been outscored 27-6 in their six-game losing streak.  It's the first time since 2010-11 that the Isles have lost six straight in regulation... Joseph Woll joins Martin Jones (12-7-2013) and Denis Herron (10-17-1972) as goalies to blank the Isles in their second NHL game…Scott Mayfield played in his 300th NHL game… The Isles have been shut out twice in the last five games…Robin Salo is the first Islander in the real-time era to play at least 21 minutes in each of his first two NHL games…The Islanders have been outscored 3 to 1 on their own power play in November (in 21 opportunities).

The Injury
Brock Nelson left the game with a lower body injury following a first period collision with Jake Muzzin. Nelson, who was playing his 316th consecutive game, did not return after the collision.

The COVID List
The Isles were without six players due to Covid protocol: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Josh Bailey, Kieffer Bellows, Anders Lee and Ross Johnston.  Anthony Beauvillier was removed from protocol after a false positive. (Ryan Pulock is on long-term injury reserve due to his injury).

First Times in a Long Time
It was the first time since December 2 – December 13, 2010, that the Isles have lost six straight games, all in regulation. 
Robin Salo is the first NHL player since Ryan Murray (2/21-2/23/2013 for Carolina) to play at least 21 minutes in each of his first two NHL games.

Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle. The Islanders will not spend consecutive nights on the road at any point (playing consecutive road games only once – November 28th at The Garden and November 30th in Philadelphia).  By the time the Isles hit the Olympic/All-Star Break, they will have played 25 of their 49 games at home.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,623rd game. Chara is now 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,623

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-8-2 overall; they are 0-2-0 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Toronto is 13-6-1 overall; they are 9-3-1 at home and 4-3-0 on the road.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 882-643-60-160 in 1,745 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    882

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,745

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,455
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-2 when scoring first and are 0-5-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    6-7-7=20
Toronto    12-13-15=40
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 4-5-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-41-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 37 saves but falls to 5-5-2 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. Toronto.  

Joseph Woll made 20 saves and improves to 2-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (5:28); Toronto was 0-3 on the power play (5:28).

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-7-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.

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

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 in the front end and 1-3-0 in the back end.  The next back-to-back will be December 4th in Detroit and December 5th vs. Chicago.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-4 (.727) in back-ends. This is the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa has the next best record: 22-9-3 (.691).

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (23:14); Toronto: Morgan Rielly (24:37)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 21:33 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (2-2-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-1-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Toronto 29 (44%)
Casey Cizikas won 10 of 17 for the Isles; John Tavares won 11 of 16 for Toronto. 

The Isles are 2-6-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-2-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Andy Andreoff -5)
Toronto 12 (Two with 3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 6 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 12 (Zdeno Chara -4)
Toronto 11 (Four with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 46, Toronto 63
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 40, Toronto 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Sebastian Aho +5
Toronto: Michael Bunting +13

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 18, Toronto 20
5-on-5: Isles 15, Toronto 16

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Adam Pelech- COVID Protocol)
Games Lost: 27   (14 to injuries and 13 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the 2nd-longest streak in club history; he has appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 316
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – 11/16/2021 263
8. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scott Mayfield is the only other Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 104th  consecutive game tonight.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 627 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 619 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 604 … 
23. Lorne Henning and Cal Clutterbuck 543 ***Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson and Anders Lee 532

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 177 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 339 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 260

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 221
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport fell to 5-9-1-2 with a 5-2 loss to Springfield  on Sunday. Otto Koivula assisted on both goals to extend his team lead in assists (12) and points (15). 

Bridgeport concludes their three-game set with Springfield in Massachusetts on Wednesday at 6pm.

Season Series Stats
Toronto leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet in Toronto on January 22nd and at UBS on April 17th to complete the season series.

The Leafs have shut out the Islanders in their last two meetings (Michael Hutchinson on January 4, 2020).

UP NEXT
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24th–RANGERS AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm 
[MSG+2 (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The four game homestand continues Wednesday with the first meeting of the season between the Islanders and the Rangers.

The Islanders dominated the season series last year, winning six of the eight games between the teams.

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


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Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Skinny: Calgary 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 14
Calgary 5, Isles 2
Andrew Mangiapane scored two goals as the Calgary Flames spoiled the debut of UBS Arena with a 5-2 victory over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 17,255.

Brad Richardson earned the answer to the trivia question as the first goal scorer in the arena's history; Brock Nelson scored twice for the Islanders with each goal bringing the Isles within one.

However, the Isles, who had six players in COVID protocol, could not find the equalizer and allowed a pair of empty-netters for the final margin.

The Isles have lost five straight to fall two games under NHL-.500 for the first time since the opening weekend.

The Scoring:

1st Period
Brad Richardson (2) 04:05 CGY 1,NYI 0
Andrew Mangiapane (13) Noah Hanifin (4), Johnny Gaudreau (14) 13:18 CGY 2,NYI 0 PPG
Brock Nelson (8) Richard Panik (1), Kyle Palmieri (6) 19:37 CGY 2,NYI 1 PPG

2nd Period
Andrew Mangiapane (14) Noah Hanifin (5), Mikael Backlund (4) 06:43 CGY 3,NYI 1 PPG

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (9) 01:49 CGY 3,NYI 2
Trevor Lewis (1)EN 18:45 CGY 4,NYI 2
Johnny Gaudreau (7)EN Elias Lindholm (11), Noah Hanifin (6) 19:22 CGY 5,NYI 2

The Skinny         
The Isles fall to 28-15-6 in home openers (1-3-0 in the Trotz era)…Andrew Mangiapane has 13 goals in Calgary's first twelve road games (Austin Mathews led the NHL with 17 road goals in a 28-game road season last year)…The Isles had a season-high six power plays; they had as many as six only twice last season and had not had six at home since February 29, 2020 vs. Boston… The Isles allowed two empty-net goals late in the game; they have been outscored 19-10 in the third period (allowing five ENGs while scoring one)…Noah Hanifin's assist on the second empty-netter was his third assist of the game….The Flames have scored first in eleven straight road games (the NHL record is 16, by San Jose, in 2007-08).

The COVID List
The Isles were without six players due to covid protocol: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee and Ross Johnston. (Ryan Pulock is now on long-term injury reserve due to his injury).

The Newcomers
Four Islanders made their team debut: Robin Salo, Andy Andreoff, Richard Panik and Grant Hutton.  It was the first time since October 11, 2001, that four Islanders had debuted in the same game (Garth Snow, Ken Sutton, Marko Tuomainen, and Alexandre Kharitonov)

It was the NHL debut for both Robin Salo (team-high 21:42) and Grant Hutton (13:49).  The last time two Islanders debuted in the same game was on April 18, 2006,vs Philadelphia, when both Masi Marjamaki and Cole Jarrett appeared in their only NHL game.

Salo is only the third Islander since ice-time has been recorded to skate over 21 minutes in his NHL debut, joining John Tavares (22:05 in 2009) and Matt Donovan (21:52 in 2012).

First Times in a Long Time
It was the first time since December 29, 2017 – January 5, 2018, that the Isles have lost five straight games, all in regulation. 
It is the first time since 2017-2018 (six times) that the Isles have allowed at least four goals in five consecutive games.
It is the first time since April 3, 2012 (Matt Donovan 21:52) that an Islander skater played over 21 minutes in his NHL debut.

First Time for Everything
The Isles allowed two empty-net goals in a game for the second time this month (November 7th vs. Minnesota).  It is the first time the Isles have allowed multiple EN goals in two games in the same season (let alone the same month).

Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle. The Islanders will not spend consecutive nights on the road at any point (playing consecutive road games only once – November 28th at The Garden and November 30th in Philadelphia).

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,622nd game. Chara is now 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,622

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.  Chara celebrated the 24th anniversary of his NHL debut on Friday (November 19th).

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

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 882-642-60-160 in 1,744 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    882

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,744

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,455
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-2 when scoring first and are 0-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    13-9-14=36
Calgary    9-15-7=31
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 4-4-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-40-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves but falls to 0-3-0 on the season and 7-10-2 vs. Calgary.  

Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves and improves to 7-3-4 on the season and 4-5-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-6 on the power play (10:06); Calgary was 2-4 on the power play (7:10).

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-6-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.

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

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 in the front end and 1-2-0 in the back end. This back-to-back will conclude on Sunday vs Toronto. The next back-to-back will be December 4th in Detroit and December 5th vs. Chicago.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-6-4 (.750) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa has the next best record: 21-9-3 (.682).

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Robin Salo (21:42); Calgary: Noah Hanifin (22:07)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:47 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (2-2-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 27, Calgary 26 (51%)
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 13 for the Isles; Mikael Backlund won 11 of 17 for Calgary. 

The Isles are 2-6-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Cal Clutterbuck -5)
Calgary 18 (Five with 2)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 6 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 16 (Robin Salo -4)
Calgary 13 (Erik Gudbranson -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 58, Calgary 52
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Calgary 35

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Sebastian Aho and Richard Panik +7
Calgary: Rasmus Andersson +6

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 18, Calgary 6
5-on-5: Isles 12, Calgary 5

Scratches
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier, Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Adam Pelech- COVID Protocol)
Games Lost: 20   (13 to injuries and 7 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the 2nd-longest streak in club history; he has appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 315
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – 11/16/2021 263
8. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scott Mayfield is the only other Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 103rd consecutive game tonight.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 626 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 618 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 603 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Cal Clutterbuck 542 ***Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson and Anders Lee 532

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 177 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 339 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 260

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 220
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport fell to 5-8-1-2 with losses in Hartford (4-3) on Wednesday and Springfield (2-1) on Saturday. Chris Terry leads the team in goals with six, while Otto Koivula leads in assists (10) and points (13). 

Bridgeport continues their three-game set with Springfield at 3pm Sunday at Webster Bank Arena before returning to Springfield on Wednesday.

Season Series Stats
Calgary leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet in Alberta on January 11th to complete the season series.

This was the first meeting of the teams in three seasons – the teams were not scheduled in 2020-21 and did not play in 2019-20 before COVID canceled the end of the regular season.  Overall, the Isles are 1-5-0 in the last six games against Calgary.

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 201st–TORONTO AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm 
[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles waited through thirteen road games to play their first home game; their second home game comes just 24 ½ hours later as John Tavares leads the Maple Leafs into UBS Arena.

This will be Tavares' fourth game in New York since moving to Toronto; the Isles have won two of the first three.  Overall, the Isles are 3-2-0 vs. Toronto in the Trotz era, despite dropping the most recent meeting (3-0 in Toronto on January 4, 2020).

Note that this game, like most remaining Islander evening home games, is a 7:30 start.

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, November 16, 2021

The Skinny: Florida 6, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 13
Florida 6, Isles 1
Let's Go HOME!  

The Florida Panthers scored four goals in an 11:15 span of the first period and defeated the Islanders 6-1 in the final game of the Isles' franchise-record 13-game road trip before a crowd of 14,003 at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise.

The Isles have lost four straight and finish the road trip with a 5-6-2 record.  It is the second straight season that the Isles have gone 5-6-2 in their first thirteen road games.

Kyle Palmieri scored the only goal for the Isles, who played without Ryan Pulock and Josh Bailey.

The Isles return home to entertain Calgary on Saturday in the first of a four-game homestand as the players, fans, and rest of the NHL get to experience UBS Arena for the first time. 

The Scoring:

1st Period
Jonathan Huberdeau (5) Anthony Duclair (6), Aleksander Barkov (8) 06:58 NYI 0,FLA 1
Ryan Lomberg (1) Patric Hornqvist (6), Brandon Montour (6) 14:40 NYI 0,FLA 2
Carter Verhaeghe (4) Sam Bennett (4), Brandon Montour (7) 16:04 NYI 0,FLA 3
Patric Hornqvist (2) 18:13 NYI 0,FLA 4

2nd Period
Aaron Ekblad (5) MacKenzie Weegar (7) 13:41 NYI 0,FLA 5
Kyle Palmieri (1) Kieffer Bellows (1), Noah Dobson (4) 15:00 NYI 1,FLA 5

3rd Period
Frank Vatrano (4) Owen Tippett (6) 16:36 NYI 1,FLA 6

The Skinny         
The Isles have been outscored 18-2 since Anders Lee's second period tally in Minnesota… The Isles killed all four Florida power plays…Aleksander Barkov extended his point streak to five before leaving with an injury…The opposing team for the Islanders' six losses this season are 35-7-3 on home-ice…. Kieffer Bellows recorded his first assist since earning one in his NHL debut on February 4, 2020, vs. Dallas…The five-goal margin matched the largest regular season defeat under Barry Trotz (five other times)…Kyle Palmieri scored his first goal of the season and 186th of his career; Palmieri is 7-3-10 in 17 career games against Florida…The Cizikas line was a combined -11; Brock Nelson and Kieffer Bellows both were +1…It was the 900th win in Panther history.

The Injuries
Ryan Pulock did not play, ending his franchise-record (for defensemen) 263-game streak; he will be re-evaluated when the Isles return to New York. It was the first game the Isles played without Pulock in the Trotz era, who had the 11th-longest active streak in the NHL.
Aleksander Barkov left the game after a collision with Scott Mayfield in the first period; Mayfield received a major penalty for kneeing (and a game misconduct).

First Times in a Long Time
It was the first time since March 30, 2017, that the Isles allowed at least four goals in a first period.
It is the first time since 2017-2018 (six times) that the Isles have allowed at least four goals in four consecutive games.

About Those Penalty Minutes
The Isles were assessed 46 penalty minutes to Florida's nine.  It is the second-highest total of penalty minutes against the Isles in the last seven years (52 in San Jose on October 20, 2018).

It is the first time in club history that the Isles have had at least 46 penalty minutes while the opponent had fewer than ten.

It has happened only seven times in league history (most recently March 17, 2012 -- New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh).

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles went 5-6-2 on their franchise-record 13-game road trip:
Thu Oct 14 at Carolina L 3-6
Sat Oct 16 at Florida         L 1-5
Tue Oct 19 at Chicago         W 4-1
Thu Oct 21 at Columbus L 3-2 (ot)
Sat Oct 23 at Arizona         W 3-0
Sun Oct 24 at Vegas         W 2-0
Sat Oct 30 at Nashville L 3-2 (so)
Thu Nov 04 at Montréal W 6-2
Sat Nov 06 at Winnipeg W 2-0
Sun Nov 07 at Minnesota L 2-5
Thu Nov 11 at New Jersey L 0-4
Mon Nov 15 at Tampa Bay L 1-4
Tue Nov 16 at Florida         L 1-6

Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle. Fifteen of their next 21 games will be at UBS Arena and the Islanders will not spend consecutive nights on the road at any point (playing consecutive road games only once – November 28th at The Garden and November 30th in Philadelphia).

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,621st game. Chara is now 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,621

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.  Chara will celebrate the 24th anniversary of his NHL debut on Friday (November 19th).

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-6-2 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Florida is 11-2-3 overall; they are 8-0-0 at home and 3-2-3 on the road.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 882-641-60-160 in 1,743 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    882

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,742

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,455
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-2 when scoring first and are 0-3-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    12-9-7=28
Florida    17-12-7=36
The Isles are 1-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 4-4-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-40-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 13 saves before leaving after the first period.  Sorokin is 5-4-2 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. Florida. Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves in relief.  

Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and improves to 7-0-2 on the season and 18-10-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (2:00); Florida was 0-4 on the power play (7:15).

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.

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

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the front end and 1-2-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be November 20th vs. Calgary and November 21st vs. Toronto, with both games contested at UBS Arena.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-6-4 (.750) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa has the next best record: 21-9-3 (.682).

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:59); Florida: Aaron Ekblad (21:54)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 17:20 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (2-2-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 27, Florida 26 (51%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Anton Lundell won 9 of 14 for Florida. 

The Isles are 2-5-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 42 (Matt Martin -9)
Florida 26 (Radko Gudas -7)
Fights 
Kyle Palmieri fought Radko Gudas in the third period. Season total: 6 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 5 (Andy Greene - 2)
Florida 14 (Jonathan Huberdeau -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, Florida 52
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 42, Florida 47

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Noah Dobson +12
Florida: Radko Gudas +14

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Florida 10
5-on-5: Isles 11, Florida 10

Scratches
Ross Johnston, (Ryan Pulock), (Josh Bailey- COVID Protocol)
Games Lost: 13   (12 to injuries and 1 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the 2nd-longest streak in club history; he has appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 314
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – 11/16/2021 263
8. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scott Mayfield is the only other Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 102nd consecutive game tonight.

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 625 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 617 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 602 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Cal Clutterbuck 541 ***Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson and Anders Lee 532

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 175 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 337 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 260

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 219
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 5-6-1-2 heading into Wednesday's game at Hartford. Chris Terry leads the team in goals with six, while Otto Koivula leads in assists (10) and points (12). 

Bridgeport begins a three-game set with Springfield on Friday in Massachusetts before hosting the Thunderbirds on Saturday.

Season Series Stats
Florida leads the season series 2 game to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will meet at UBS Arena on April 19th to complete the season series.

Prior to these two losses the Isles had beaten the Cats four straight in the regular season (and seven out of eight including playoffs.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20th –CALGARY AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm 
[MSG+ (Expanded pre-game begins at 6:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
Home, sweet, home.  The Islanders will break the seal on UBS Arena on Saturday when they entertain the Calgary Flames in the first game in the brand new building.  

In a sense of symmetry, the Flames were the first opponent at Nassau Coliseum back on October 7, 1972. 

This will be the first meeting of the teams in three seasons – the teams were not scheduled in 2020-21 and did not play in 2019-20 before COVID canceled the end of the regular season.  Thus, this will be the first meeting of the teams since February 26, 2019, when the Flames beat the Isles for the second time in less than a week.  Overall, the Isles are 1-4-0 in the last five games against the Flames.

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



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

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Skinny: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 12
Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning extended the Islander losing streak to three games with a 4-1 victory over the Isles before a sell-out crowd of 19,092 at AMALIE Arena in Tampa.  

Semyon Varlomov made 24 saves but suffered the loss for the second time in as many starts.

The Isles head to Sunrise to complete this 13-game road trip as they face the Panthers on Tuesday. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Mathew Barzal (4) Zach Parise (3) 02:53 NYI 1,TBL 0
Mathieu Joseph (2) Alex Killorn (7) 03:16 NYI 1,TBL 1
Anthony Cirelli (4) Ondrej Palat (6), Victor Hedman (10) 19:22 NYI 1,TBL 2

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Brayden Point (6) 13:28 NYI 1,TBL 3
Steven Stamkos (8) Victor Hedman (11), Brayden Point (6) 15:30 NYI 1,TBL 4 PPG

The Skinny         
The Isles scored first for the tenth time in their first twelve games; last season the Isles scored first in 27 of their 56 games… The Isles have been outscored 12-1 since Anders Lee's second period tally in Minnesota…Mathew Barzal's goal was the first for the Isles in 90:49…Zdeno Chara fought Pat Maroon for the fifth time in their careers when they squared off on the opening face-off….With a misconduct later in the game, Chara became the oldest player to have at least 17 penalty minutes in an NHL game…The Isles did not score on three power plays and are 0-11 in the last five games with the extra man… Sebastian Aho played in his first game since March 18th and led the Isles in ice-time (23:18)…Corey Perry played in his 1,108th NHL game – breaking a tie with (among others) Butch Goring…The Bolts are 6-0-2 in their last eight games.

First Times in a Long Time
The last time the Isles had two fights in a game was on         February 15, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Brock Nelson has been in only one previous fight - in 2018         against his now-teammate Andy Greene.

Milestones Everywhere
This was a quadruple-milestone game:
Isles played 3,800th regular season game in club history
Andy Greene become the 9th player to appear in his         1,000th game while playing for the Isles
Jean-Gabriel Pageau played in his 500th NHL game
Ryan Pulock played in his 263rd consecutive game, breaking         Denis Potvin's club record for defensemen

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles are 5-5-2 on their franchise-record 13-game road trip:
Thu Oct 14 at Carolina L 3-6
Sat Oct 16 at Florida         L 1-5
Tue Oct 19 at Chicago         W 4-1
Thu Oct 21 at Columbus L 3-2 (ot)
Sat Oct 23 at Arizona         W 3-0
Sun Oct 24 at Vegas         W 2-0
Sat Oct 30 at Nashville L 3-2 (so)
Thu Nov 04 at Montréal W 6-2
Sat Nov 06 at Winnipeg W 2-0
Sun Nov 07 at Minnesota L 2-5
Thu Nov 11 at New Jersey L 0-4
Mon Nov 15 at Tampa Bay L 1-4
Tue Nov 16 at Florida 7:00 PM

Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle.

Streaking Sorokin 
Ilya Sorokin is 5-1-2 in the last eight games, allowing only twelve goals on 259 shots. He has not allowed a goal in sixteen of his last 24 periods; he has entered the third period with a shutout in five of those seven games.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,620th game. Chara is now 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,620

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-5-2 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 5-5-2 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 8-3-3 overall; they are 4-2-2 at home and 4-1-1 on the road.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 882-640-60-160 in 1,742 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    882

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,742

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,455
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-2 when scoring first and are 0-2-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    6-12-8=26 
Tampa Bay    13-3-12=28
The Isles are 1-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 4-3-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-39-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves but falls to 0-2-0 on the season and 10-8-2 vs. Tampa Bay.  

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves and improves to 7-2-3 on the season and 8-4-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Tampa Bay was 1-4 on the power play (6:51).

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-4-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.

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

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the front end and 1-1-0 in the back end. This back-to-back will conclude Tuesday in Florida. The next back-to-back will be November 20th vs. Calgary and November 21st in Toronto. 
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-5-4 (.774) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa Bay has the next best record: 21-9-3 (.682).

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Sebastian Aho (23:18); Tampa Bay: Mikhail Sergachev (22:56)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 21:28 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (2-1-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 30, Tampa Bay 24 (56%)
Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal each won 6 of 9 for the Isles; No Lightning who took multiple face-offs won more than he lost. 

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

Hit Count
Isles 41 (Matt Martin -7)
Tampa Bay 41 (Eric Colton -5)
Fights 
Zdeno Chara fought Pat Maroon in the first period; Brock Nelson fought Anthony Cirelli in the second period. Season total: 5 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Andy Greene - 4)
Tampa Bay 12 (Three with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, Tampa Bay 52
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 40, Tampa Bay 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Zdeno Chara +5
Tampa Bay: Ondrej Palat +6

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 10, Tampa Bay 14
5-on-5: Isles 8, Tampa Bay 11

Scratches
Noah Dobson, Ross Johnston, (Casey Cizikas)
Games Lost: 11

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 313 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 263; both have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach. 

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the 2nd-longest streak in club history while Ryan Pulock passed Denis Potvin for 7th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 313
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 263
8. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 624 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 616 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 601 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Cal Clutterbuck  540 ***Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson 532 *** 27. Anders Lee 531

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 175 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 337 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 260

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 218
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport dropped a pair of games over the weekend, losing 5-4 in overtime to Laval on Friday and 3-2 in regulation to Belleville on Saturday. The AHL Islanders are 5-6-1-2.  Chris Terry leads the team in goals with six, while Otto Koivula leads in assists (10) and points (12). 

Bridgeport plays at Hartford on Wednesday and Springfield on Friday before hosting the Thunderbirds on Saturday.

Season Series Stats
Tampa Bay leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet at UBS Arena on March 27th and April 28th.

While the teams had played 13 playoff games in the interim, this was the first regular season meeting of the teams since February 8, 2020 (also in Tampa Bay).  The Isles fall to 3-2-1 in their last six regular season games vs. the Bolts.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th –ISLANDERS AT FLORIDA 7:00pm 
[ESPN+/HULU, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The franchise-record 13-game road trip comes to an end as the Isles cross to the East Coast of the state and play the Florida Panthers for the second time this season.
The Panthers defeated the Islanders 5-1 back on October 16th; this is the final game that the Isles will play in the state of Florida during the regular season.

Despite that defeat, the Isles are 4-1-0 in their last five regular season games against the Cats.

This game will be streamed exclusively by ESPN+/Hulu.  Bob Wischusen, Brian Boucher and AJ Mleczko will have the call.

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