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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 30 Isles 3, Washington 1 Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored goals in the first 1:34 of the 2nd ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 3, Washington 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 30
Isles 3, Washington 1
Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored goals in the first 1:34 of the 2nd period to chase Braden Holtby and Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves as the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 before a crowd of 11,053 at Barclays Center.

Brock Nelson had opened scoring 2:36 into play with his 3rd goal in the last five games.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
02:36 New York Brock Nelson (9) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (6), Jason Chimera (6) 1-0
2ND PERIOD
00:36 New York Andrew Ladd (8) ASST: Calvin de Haan (9), Jordan Eberle (10) 2-0
01:34 New York John Tavares (18) ASST: Josh Bailey (28), Anders Lee (13) 3-0
3RD PERIOD
08:23 Washington Dmitry Orlov (3) ASST: Chandler Stephenson (6), Jay Beagle (6) 3-1

The Skinny  
The Isles scored the first goal for only the 11th time in 30 games (11-0-0); the Isles also remain perfect in games that they lead after both one period (10-0-0) and two periods (13-0-0)…The Isles killed both Capital power play, ending a stretch of seven games in which they had allowed a power play goal…Jaroslav Halak recorded his 77th Islander win, tying Roland Melanson for 6th place on the all-time Isles list; Halak has won all five of his starts at Barclays Center this season…Brock Nelson didn't score his ninth goal last season until December 29th...Dmitry Orlov extended his point streak to four games but the Isles ended Alex Ovechkin's 4-game point streak…The Isles, who have played fewer home games than any team in the Eastern Conference, have scored 54 goals in 12 home games (4.50 per game)…Jason Chimera improved to 1-3-4 in the last six games…Joshua Bailey (5-28-33) retained his one point lead over John Tavares (18-14-32)…Bailey's assist was also his team-leading 12th primary assist, and leaves him just one point behind Pierre Turgeon on the Isles' all-time scoring list…The Isles have not blanked Washington at home since April 8, 2006…Jordan Eberle is the eighth Islander to reach double-digits in assists.

You Can't Stop Them if You Don't Foul Them
All three Islander Power Plays were created from Capital penalties against Mathew Barzal (2) and Joshua Ho-Sang.

Barzal has now drawn 17 penalties, tops among all NHL rookies and 4th in the entire NHL, behind Matthew Tkachuk (19), Nikita Kucherov (18) and Bryan Rust (18).  Ho-Sang, who has played in 20 of the Isles' 30 games, has now drawn nine penalties, placing him in the top 6 among all rookies and tied for third on the team.

Penalties Drawn by Isles
1. Mathew Barzal 17
2. Jordan Eberle 10
3. John Tavares and Joshua Ho-Sang 9

He's Quite a Ladd
Andrew Ladd scored his 8th goal, giving him 15 points on the day before his 32nd birthday.  Ladd is also a team-leading +14 and is the only player in the entire Eastern Conference with at least 14 points and at least a +14 rating.

Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 21
2. Nikita Kucherov 20
3. John Tavares 18
4. Anders Lee & Sean Monahan 17

Club 17-18
John Tavares has 18 goals and Anders Lee has 17 goals; no Islander had reached 18 goals before Christmas since 2006 when Jason Blake did so.

Tavares and Lee are the first Islander teammates to score 17 goals before Christmas in 16 years (Mark Parrish and Alexei Yashin in 2001-02).  

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals eight times at home (7-1-0) and twelve times overall (11-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner for a five goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first ten times this season (11-0-0).  It's the first time that the Isles have won at least eleven straight games (single season) that they scored first since December 16, 2010 – February 21, 2011 (11-0-0).

The Isles also won the last 5 games that they scored first last season, giving them a franchise-record 16 straight wins when the Isles score first.  The Isles won 14 straight games when scoring first between January 4 – February 25, 1982, including in 12 games of their 15-game winning streak.

A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 17-10-3 this season; they were 11-13-6 through 30 games last season and won only 17 of their first 42 games last season (17-17-8).  Their 17th win came in Jack Capuano's final game as Islander head coach. 

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak recorded his 221 career wins, tying Ilya Bryzgalov for 68th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 8-3-2 on the season (8-2-2 in his last 12 decisions). Greiss had won five straight decisions and was 6-0-1(with 1 no decision) in his last 8 games prior to today.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 41-22-7 as an NHL coach. On December 4 in Florida, he reached 40 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 40 Wins by an Islander Coach:
66 – Doug Weight (40-20-6)
80– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (40-28-8-4)
82 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (40-30-12)
86—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (40-31-11-4)

The Shots
Isles             10-10-9=29
Washington   7-15-10=32

The Isles are 5-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 12-6-1 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy December
This was the fifth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play eight games in 13 days.  The Isles are 2-2-1 in this stretch:

12/4 - @ Panthers W 5-4 (SO)
12/5 - @ Lightning L 2-6
12/7 - @ Penguins L 3-4 (OT)
12/9 - @ Bruins L 1-3
12/11- Vs. Caps W 3-1
12/13- Vs. Stars
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets
12/16- Vs. Kings

The Isles are playing 15 games this month, matching their record for most December games (done several other times).  

Home for the Holidays
This was the first game of a stretch in which thee Isles will play seven out of eight games on home-ice.  The Isles are 1-0-0 in this stretch:
12/11- Vs. Caps W 3-1
12/13- Vs. Stars
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets
12/16- Vs. Kings
12/19 – Vs. Red Wings
12/21 -  Vs. Ducks
12/23 – Vs. Jets (1pm)
12/27 – Vs. Sabres

Home and Road
The Islanders are 17-10-3 overall; 9-1-2 at home and 8-9-1 on the road.  
Washington is 18-12-1 overall; 12-5-0 at home and 6-7-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-3-1 in Division games and 12-7-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 9-6-1 against the East and 8-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 9-1-2 at home; they are 4-1-0 against the East and 5-0-2 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 26-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 12 Home Games
22- 1984-85
21- 1978-79
20- 2017-18
20- 2014-15
19- 1974-75
19- 1977-78

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves and improves to 9-7-1 on the season and 9-8-0 in his career against Washington.  

Braden Holtby made 9 saves (all in the first period) before being chased after Tavares' goal. Holtby falls to 16-7-0 overall and 13-4-3 against the Isles. Philipp Grubauer stopped all 17 shots he saw in relief. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time; Washington was 0-2 in 4:00 of PP time. 
The Isles are 10-4-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-6-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-7-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-3-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-7-2 when they do not.  

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

First Goa
The Isles are 11-0-0 when they score first and are 6-10-3 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-3-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is December 13th vs. Dallas and December 14th in Columbus; that is the last back-to-back set until mid-January.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-7-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (21:31); Washington: John Carlson (23:32)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (10-8-1), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (18:44). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (16-7-3), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-2-0).

Face-offs
Isles 28, Washington 28 (50%). 

Casey Cizikas won 10 of 19 for the Isles; Jay Beagle won 7 of 10 for Washington.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/18; 2nd period 8/19; 3rd period 10/19.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 25/47; Power play 2/6; Penalty kill 1/3

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Scott Mayfield -4) 
Washington 20 (Tom Wilson -6)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 17 shots; Dennis Seidenberg led the team with 6.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Washington 57 
5-on-5 Isles 42, Washington 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +7
Washington: Jakub Vrana +9

Night and Day 
The Isles are 16-10-2 in night games and 1-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next one is December 23rd vs. Winnipeg (1pm).

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 218 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 181 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 179, Calvin deHaan 115, Nick Leddy 107.

Century Club
Calvin deHaan and Nick Leddy have joined a select group of defensemen in Islander history who have played at least 100 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- CURRENT 115
10. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
11. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
12. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 107
13.  Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Johnny Boychuk-injured), (Thomas Hickey-IR), Shane Prince-conditioning, Alan Quine
Total games lost: 71

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 669 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 617
Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 253
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 111 *** 27. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 29. Anders Kallur and Anders Lee 101

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 316
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 228

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 569
14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Josh Bailey 339

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 141 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 105

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Rollie Melanson and. Jaroslav Halak 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Greiss 57

Season Series Stats
The season series is even at one game to one (and two points to two). The teams will not meet again until a home-and-home series on March 15th (in Brooklyn) – March 16th (in DC)

The Isles improved to 7-2-4 in their last 13 regular season home games against the Caps.

On the Farm
Bridgeport fell to 12-10-1-1 on the season with a 4-1 loss to Rochester on Sunday. Casey Bailey had the lone goal for the Sound Tigers, who are winless in their last 4 games (0-3-0-1).  Shane Prince had 7 shots on goal in his first rehab game.

Tanner Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 24 points (8-17-25; Bernier and Rookie Scott Eansor lead the team in goals with 10. Christopher Gibson is 8-5-0 in the nets, while Krister Gudlevskis is 4-5-2.  

Bridgeport visits Springfield on Friday, before hosting Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday and Lehigh Valley at 3pm on Sunday.
 
Up Next
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13th –DALLAS AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

The Isles will look for a split of the season series as they welcome the Stars to Brooklyn.  

Three of the last four meetings between the teams have ended in shutouts, including Dallas' 5-0 win on home-ice last month.

Doug Weight made his head coaching debut against the Stars back on January 19th as Thomas Greiss blanked Dallas 3-0.  The Isles have won their last four home games vs. Dallas by a combined score of 23-11.
 
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, December 10, 2017

The Skinny: Boston 3, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 29
Boston 3, Isles 1
Brad Marchand broke a scoreless tie midway through the game and Jake DeBrusk's goal at 6:45 of the third period proved to be the winner as the Boston Bruins defeated the Isles 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden.

Anders Lee scored his 17th goal to get the Isles close with 3:08 to play but Danton Heinen's empty-netter sealed matters as the Isles concluded their four-game road trip with a 1-2-1 record.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD
10:51 Boston PPG - Brad Marchand (11) ASST: Torey Krug (11), David Pastrnak (12) 0-1

3RD PERIOD
06:45 Boston Jake DeBrusk (6) ASST: Torey Krug (12), David Pastrnak (13) 0-2
16:52 New York Anders Lee (17) ASST: Josh Bailey (27), Mathew Barzal (20) 1-2
19:18 Boston EN - Danton Heinen (6) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (13) 1-3

The Skinny  
The Isles allowed the first goal in every game of this road trip and in each of the last five games overall.  They have also allowed the opening goal in 7 of the last 10 and in 19 of the first 29 games…. Nick Leddy's assist streak ended at four games….  The Bruins have sold-out 353 consecutive games…Casey Cizikas was involved in his 2nd NHL fight when Jake DeBrusk instigated a fight with him in the second period…DeBrusk received one of two misconduct penalties assessed to Boston in the game (none to Islander opponents in previous 28 games)… Anders Lee has not gone more than three games without a goal this season...Mathew Barzal assisted on Lee's goal and continues to lead all rookies in scoring with 28 points (8-20-28); his 20 assists are the most by an Islander rookie since Travis Hamonic had 21 in 2010-11… The Isles have allowed power play goals in each of the last seven games (11 power play goals total); the Isles allowed power play goals in eight straight games early last season… The Isles had 4:12 of major penalty power play time in the third period due to major penalties assessed to Brad Marchand (interference on John Tavares) and David Backes (head-butting Andrew Ladd) but could not score…Danton Heinen's empty-netter was the first allowed by the Isles this season…David Pastrnak's assist on DeBrusk's goal extended his point streak to 8 games while Marchand's goal extended his point streak to five games…Including tonight, there has been 201 goals in Islander games and only 151 goals (both teams) in Bruins games…The Isles have been outscored 33-24 in power play situations this season…The Bruins are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games following a 6-7-4 start.

Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 21
2. Nikita Kucherov 20
3. John Tavares 17
4. Sean Monahan 17
5. Anders Lee 17

Club 17
Both John Tavares and Anders Lee now have 17 goals; no Islander had reached 17 goals before Christmas since 2006 when Jason Blake did so.

Tavares and Lee are the first Islander teammates to score 17 goals before Christmas in 17 years: (Mark Parrish and Alexei Yashin).  The last time two Islanders had 17 goals on December 9th was in 1984, when Mike Bossy and Brent Sutter both scored their 17th goal before the end of November.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals eight times at home (7-1-0) and twelve times overall (11-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner for a five goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first ten times this season (10-0-0).  It's the first time that the Isles have won at least ten straight games (single season) that they scored first since December 16, 2010 – February 21, 2011 (11-0-0).

The Isles also won the last 5 games that they scored first last season, giving them a franchise-record 15 straight wins when the Isles score first.  The Isles won 14 straight games when scoring first between January 4 – February 25, 1982, including in 12 games of their 15-game winning streak.

A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 16-10-3 this season; they were 11-13-5 through 29 games last season and won only 16 of their first 41 games last season (16-17-8).  

Leddy(ing) the Way
Nick Leddy's assist give him 24 points in 29 games this season (.83 points/game).  The last Islander defensemen to have that high of an average was Marc Andre-Bergeron (21 points/ 23 games =.91 in 2006-07).  No Islander defenseman without the surname of Potvin has ever averaged .91 points/game over a full season (Denis did it 10 times and Jean once).

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 220 career wins; he is one win behind Ilya Bryzgalov for 68th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 8-3-2 on the season (8-2-2 in his last 12 decisions). Greiss had won five straight decisions and was 6-0-1(with 1 no decision) in his last 8 games prior to today.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 40-22-7 as an NHL coach. On December 4 in Florida, he reached 40 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 40 Wins by an Islander Coach:
66 – Doug Weight (40-20-6)
80– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (40-28-8-4)
82 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (40-30-12)
86—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (40-31-11-4)

The Shots
Isles       4-14-13=31
Boston   11-12-10=33

The Isles are 5-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 11-6-1 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy December
This was the fourth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play eight games in 13 days.  The Isles are 1-2-1 in this stretch:

12/4 - @ Panthers W 5-4 (SO)
12/5 - @ Lightning L 2-6
12/7 - @ Penguins L 3-4 (OT)
12/9 - @ Bruins L 1-3
12/11- Vs. Caps
12/13- Vs. Stars
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets
12/16- Vs. Kings

The game in Columbus on December 14th is the only road game in an 8-game stretch between December 11th and December 27th.

The Isles are playing 15 games this month, matching their record for most December games (done several other times).  

Home for the Holidays
The Isles will play seven out of eight games on home-ice beginning on Monday:
12/11- Vs. Caps
12/13- Vs. Stars
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets
12/16- Vs. Kings
12/19 – Vs. Red Wings
12/21 -  Vs. Ducks
12/23 – Vs. Jets (1pm)
12/27 – Vs. Sabres

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-10-3 overall; 8-1-2 at home and 8-9-1 on the road.  
Boston is 14-9-4 overall; 9-4-2 at home and 5-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-3-1 in Division games and 12-7-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 8-6-1 against the East and 8-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 8-1-2 at home; they are 3-1-0 against the East and 5-0-2 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 26-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 11 Home Games
20- 1984-85
19- 1978-79
18- 2017-18
18- 2014-15
18- 1982-83
18- 1974-75

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves but falls to 8-7-1 on the season and 8-7-0 in his career against Boston.  

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves to improve to 7-8-2 on the season and 11-5-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 8:12 of PP time; Boston was 1-2 in 0:53 of PP time. 
The Isles are 10-4-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-6-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-7-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-3-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-7-2 when they do not.  

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

First Goal 
The Isles are 10-0-0 when they score first and are 6-10-3 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-3-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is December 13th vs. Dallas and December 14th in Columbus; that is the last back-to-back set until mid-January.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-7-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (26:21); Boston: Zdeno Chara (22:20)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (9-8-1), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

Mathew Barzal led the forwards in ice-time (22:15). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (15-7-3), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-2-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Boston 38 (42%). 

Mathew Barzal won 7 of 10 for the Isles but his teammates won only 20 of 55; David Krejci won 14 of 18 for Boston.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 9/21; 2nd period 8/26; 3rd period 10/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/57; Power play 4/6; Penalty kill 1/2

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Adam Pelech -5) 
Boston 19 (David Backes -4)

Fights
Jake DeBrusk instigated a fight with the Isles' Casey Cizikas in the 2nd period. Season total – 3: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 10 shots; Cal Clutterbuck and Dennis Seidenberg each had 2.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 61, Boston 54 (including 25-15 Isles in the 3rd period)
5-on-5 Isles 39, Boston 44

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +9
Boston: David Backes +10

Night and Day 
The Isles are 15-10-2 in night games and 1-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next one is December 23rd vs. Winnipeg (1pm).

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 217 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 180 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 178, Calvin deHaan 114, Nick Leddy 106.

Century Club
Calvin deHaan and Nick Leddy have joined a select group of defensemen in Islander history who have played at least 100 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- CURRENT 114
10. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
11. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
12. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 106
13.  Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), (Johnny Boychuk-injured), Alan Quine, Scott Mayfield
Total games lost: 64.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 668 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 616
Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 252
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 111 *** 27. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 29. Anders Kallur 101 and Anders Lee 101

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 316
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 227

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 568
16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Josh Bailey 338

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 140 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 105

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 76*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Greiss 57

Season Series Stats
Boston leads the series one game to none (and two points to none). The teams will meet twice in Brooklyn in January (January 2nd and January 18th).

The road team has generally had the upper hand in recent battles between the teams; even after tonight's loss, the Isles have won 5 of 8 and 6 of 10 in Boston, but are only 1-8-0 in the last 9 at home, including 0-3-0 at Barclays Center.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 12-9-1-1 on the season, including 9-4-1-1 in their last 15 games after a 4-3 loss to Springfield on Saturday. Tanner Fritz, Devon Toews and Steve Bernier had the goal for Bridgeport 

Tanner Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 24 points (8-17-25; Bernier and Rookie Scott Eansor lead the team in goals with 10. Christopher Gibson is 8-5-0 in the nets, while Krister Gudlevskis is 4-4-2.  

Bridgeport hosts Rochester at 3pm on Sunday.
 
Up Next
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th –WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970 AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

It's time for the schedule to change. After playing 18 of the first 29 games on the road, the Isles will play seven of the next eight games at home, beginning with Monday's game against the reigning President's Trophy champion Washington Capitals.

It's the second meeting of the teams this season; the Isles dominated large parts of the November 2nd game in DC, outshooting Washington 38-19, but fell 4-3. It was the fewest shots the Isles had allowed to the Caps in the last 23 games between the teams.
 
The Isles are 6-2-4 in their last 12 regular season home games against the Caps, including 2-1-0 last season.

After Monday, the teams won't face each other until a home-and-home series in mid-March.

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, December 08, 2017

The Skinny: Pittsburgh 4, Isles 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 28
Pittsburgh 4, Isles 3 (OT)
Matt Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime to break a 3-3 tie as the Pittsburgh Penguins survived a late Islander rally to defeat the Isles 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 18,433 at PPG Paints Arena.

Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson each scored their 8th goal of the season in the final 4:53 of the third period to force the extra session.

The Scoring: (reflecting a next day scoring change on the Penguins’ first goal)
1ST PERIOD
12:17    Pittsburgh         PPG - Kris Letang (2) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (18) , Sidney Crosby (18) 0-1

2ND PERIOD
05:53    New York         Jordan Eberle (12) ASST: Ryan Pulock (3), Nick Leddy (18)        1-1

3RD PERIOD
07:29    Pittsburgh         PPG - Phil Kessel (14) ASST: Kris Letang (22), Sidney Crosby (19)            1-2
08:01    Pittsburgh         Riley Sheahan (2) ASST: Carl Hagelin (3)          1-3
15:07    New York         Mathew Barzal (8) ASST: Scott Mayfield (5), Casey Cizikas (5)   2-3
18:50    New York         Brock Nelson (8) ASST: Andrew Ladd (7), Thomas Hickey (4)     3-3

OT PERIOD
01:29    Pittsburgh         Matt Hunwick (3) ASST: Bryan Rust (12) 3-4

The Skinny (also reflecting the scoring change):

The Isles have allowed the first goal in each of the last four games, in 6 of the last 9 and in 18 of the first 28 games…. Nick Leddy had an assist for the fourth straight game, he is tied with Drew Doughty and John Klingberg for the defenseman point scoring lead… Jordan Eberle scored for the 12th time in the last 18 games; it was the Isles 100th goal (excluding shootout winners) of the season...  The Penguins have sold-out 498 consecutive games… Mathew Barzal continues to lead all rookies in scoring with 27 points (8-19-27) … The Isles have allowed two power play goals in each of the last four games (and ten power play goals total in the last six games)…It’s the first time since October 2006 that the Isles have allowed multiple power play goals in four straight games…Sidney Crosby now has an 11 game point streak vs the Isles(7-11-18)…Kris Letang has 11 points in his last eight games against the Isles (3-8-11)…The Isles’ late rally preserved two streaks – the Isles have earned a point in the game following every loss by at least three goals under Doug Weight (8-0-1) and have not lost consecutive games in regulation this season...The Isles have now outscored the opposition 4-0 in 6-on-5 situations…Jake Guentzel lost credit for a first period goal on the scoring change; it was changed to reflect that it had gone in off an Islander defenseman.

3 x 12
The Isles have three players with at least 12 goals.  It is only the 2nd time in 24 years that that has happened by December 7th (2006-07: Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin)

Two Late Goals
It's the first time since April 7, 2015 in Philadelphia that the Isles have scored twice in the final five minutes to tie a game; the Flyers won that game in the final seconds of regulation.

The last time that the Isles scored twice in the final five minutes to force overtime was on December 27, 2008 vs. Buffalo.  Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli had the goals in a game the Isles eventually lost in a shootout.

Had the Isles won the game in overtime, it would have been the first time that they had done so after scoring twice in the final five minutes to force overtime since February 3, 2004 vs Vancouver.  The Isles rallied from a 3-1 deficit in that game to take a 4-3 lead; after Henrik Sedin forced overtime, Adrian Aucoin had the winning tally.

Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 21
2. Nikita Kucherov 19
3. John Tavares 17
4. Sean Monahan 17
5. Anders Lee 16

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals eight times at home (7-1-0) and twelve times overall (11-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner for a five goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first ten times this season (10-0-0).  It's the first time that the Isles have won at least ten straight games (single season) that they scored first since December 16, 2010 – February 21, 2011 (11-0-0).

The Isles also won the last 5 games that they scored first last season, giving them a franchise-record 15 straight wins when the Isles score first.  The Isles won 14 straight games when scoring first between January 4 – February 25, 1982, including in 12 games of their 15-game winning streak.

A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 16-9-3 this season; they were 11-12-5 through 28 games last season and won only 16 of their first 41 games last season (16-17-8).  

Leddy(ing) the Way
Nick Leddy's assist give him 24 points in 28 games this season (.86 points/game).  The last Islander defensemen to have that high of an average was Marc Andre-Bergeron (21 points/ 23 games =.91 in 2006-07).  No Islander defenseman without the surname of Potvin has ever averaged .91 points/game over a full season (Denis did it 10 times and Jean once).

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 220 career wins; he is one win behind Ilya Bryzgalov for 68th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 8-3-2 on the season (8-2-2 in his last 12 decisions). Greiss had won five straight decisions and was 6-0-1(with 1 no decision) in his last 8 games prior to today.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 40-21-7 as an NHL coach. On December 4 in Florida, he reached 40 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 40 Wins by an Islander Coach:
66 – Doug Weight (40-20-6)
80– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (40-28-8-4)
82 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (40-30-12)
86—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (40-31-11-4)

The Shots
Isles          6-13-6-1=26
Pittsburgh  15-7-7-3=32

The Isles are 5-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 11-5-1 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy December
This was the third game of a stretch in which the Isles will play eight games in 13 days.  The Isles are 1-1-1 in this stretch:

12/4 - @ Panthers W 5-4 (SO)
12/5 - @ Lightning L 2-6
12/7 - @ Penguins L 3-4 (OT)
12/9 - @ Bruins
12/11- Vs. Caps
12/13- Vs. Stars
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets
12/16- Vs. Kings

The game in Columbus on December 14th is the only road game in an 8-game stretch between December 11th and December 27th.

The Isles are playing 15 games this month, matching their record for most December games (done several other times).  

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-9-3 overall; 8-1-2 at home and 8-8-1 on the road.  
Pittsburgh is 16-11-3 overall; 10-3-1 at home and 6-8-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-3-1 in Division games and 12-6-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 8-5-1 against the East and 8-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 8-1-2 at home; they are 3-1-0 against the East and 5-0-2 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 26-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 11 Home Games
20- 1984-85
19- 1978-79
18- 2017-18
18- 2014-15
18- 1982-83
18- 1974-75

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves; he is 8-6-1 on the season and 8-5-2 in his career against Pittsburgh.  

Tristan Jarry made 23 saves to improve to 5-1-2 on the season and 1-0-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play; Pittsburgh was 2-2x.  
The Isles are 10-4-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-5-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-6-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-3-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-6-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 5-4-3 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 2-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal 
The Isles are 10-0-0 when they score first and are 6-9-3 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-3-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is December 13th vs. Dallas and December 14th in Columbus; that is the last back-to-back set until mid-January.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-6-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:13); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (24:31)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (9-7-1), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (21:40). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (15-7-3), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 32, Pittsburgh 28 (53%). 

John Tavares won 13 of 23 for the Isles; Evgeni Malkin won 8 of 13 for Pittsburgh.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/17; 2nd period 14/23; 3rd period 10/18; Overtime 1/2
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/50; Power play 4/8; Penalty kill 1/2

Hit Count
Isles 30 (Anders Lee -4) 
Pittsburgh 23 (Ryan Reaves -6)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 13 shots; Adam Pelech had 3. 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 56, Pittsburgh 58 (including 12-0 Isles late in regulation)
5-on-5 Isles 38, Pittsburgh 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Ryan Pulock +6
Pittsburgh: Jake Guentzel +9

Night and Day 
The Isles are 15-9-2 in night games and 1-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next one is December 23rd vs. Winnipeg (1pm).

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 216 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 179 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 177, Calvin deHaan 113, Nick Leddy 105.

Century Club
Calvin deHaan and Nick Leddy have joined a select group of defensemen in Islander history who have played at least 100 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
9  .Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- CURRENT 113
10. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
11. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
12. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 105
13.  Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), (Johnny Boychuk-injured), (Alan Quine - injured), Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 61.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 667 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 615
Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 252
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 111 *** 27. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 29. Anders Kallur 101*** 30. Anders Lee 100

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 316
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 226

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 568
16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Josh Bailey 337

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 139 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 105

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 76*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Greiss 57

Season Series Stats
The Penguins lead the series one game to none (and two points to one). The teams will next meet on January 5th in Brooklyn before playing a pair of games in March.
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 12-8-1-1 on the season, including 9-3-1-1 in their last 14 games. 

Although he lost an assist after a mid-week scoring change, Tanner Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 24 points (7-17-24); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 10. Christopher Gibson is 8-4-0 in the nets, while Krister Gudlevskis is 4-4-2.  

Bridgeport visits Springfield Saturday and then hosts Rochester at 3pm on Sunday.
Up Next
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th –ISLANDERS AT BOSTON  7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970 AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The road trip concludes as the Isles face the Bruins in Boston.  It's the first of three meetings on the season between the teams, and all three games will be in a period of six weeks.

The Isles won both games in Boston last season behind the goaltending of Thomas Greiss.  Greiss faced 50 shots in a 4-2 win in December and then blanked the Bruins 4-0 in Jack Capuano's final game as Islander coach.

The road team has had the upper hand in recent battles between the teams; the Isles have won 5 of 7 and 6 of 9 in Boston, but are only 1-8-0 in the last 9 at home, including 0-3-0 at Barclays Center.

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, December 05, 2017

The Skinny: Tampa Bay 6, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 27
Tampa Bay 6, Isles 2
Yanni Gourde scored a pair of goals 94 seconds apart as the Tampa Bay Lightning broke open a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat the Islanders 6-2 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena.

Gourde's goals were the first two in a three goals in 2:24 spurt for the Lightning, after the Islanders had fought back to tie the game with goals from Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle 1:51 apart earlier in the session.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
00:34 Tampa Bay Brayden Point (10) ASST: Ondrej Palat (11), Nikita Kucherov (20) 0-1
17:47 Tampa Bay Andrej Sustr (2) ASST: Chris Kunitz (5), Ryan Callahan (5) 0-2
2ND PERIOD
07:07 New York PPG - Mathew Barzal (7) ASST: John Tavares (14), Nick Leddy (17) 1-2
08:58 New York Jordan Eberle (11) ASST: Mathew Barzal (19), Adam Pelech (11) 2-2
16:22 Tampa Bay PPG - Yanni Gourde (7) ASST: Mikhail Sergachev (13), Tyler Johnson (8) 2-3
17:56 Tampa Bay Yanni Gourde (8) ASST: Slater Koekkoek (3), Cory Conacher (1) 2-4
18:46 Tampa Bay PPG - Vladislav Namestnikov (11) ASST: Nikita Kucherov (21), Steven Stamkos (27) 2-5
3RD PERIOD
06:00 Tampa Bay Chris Kunitz (4) 2-6
 
The Skinny: 
Anders Lee's goal streak ended at four games … John Tavares assisted on Mathew Barzal's goal for his 31st point of the season, tying Josh Bailey for the club lead... Nick Leddy had an assist, leaving him only one point behind John Klingberg for the defenseman scoring lead…Yanni Gourde now has four goals against the Isles... Jordan Eberle scored for the 11th time in the last 17 games.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 17 of the first 27 games…The games featured three of the NHL's four leading goal scorers, but none of the three scored in this game…Brayden Point's goal was the earliest in any Islander game this season, and the earliest allowed by the Isles since Aleksander Barkov scored at :32 for Florida on January 14, 2014…The Lightning have sold-out 121 consecutive games…Counting the 2016 playoffs, Tampa Bay has won 8 of the last 9 games between the teams…Mathew Barzal re-took the rookie scoring lead with 26 points (7-19-26)…Adam Pelech now has 11 assists (0-11-11); he has already set career highs in both assists and points…With the six goals tonight, Tampa Bay beats the Isles to 100 goals  (100-99)…The Lightning have won two straight after a 2-4-0 run that began with their loss to the Isles…The Isles have scored 9 power play goals in 10 games but have allowed two power play goals in each of the last three games (and eight goals total in the last five games)…It's the first time since December 2009 that the Isles have allowed multiple power play goals in three straight games.

Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 20
2. Nikita Kucherov 19
3. John Tavares 17
4. Anders Lee 16

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals eight times at home (7-1-0) and twelve times overall (11-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner for a five goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first ten times this season (10-0-0).  It's the first time that the Isles have won at least ten straight games (single season) that they scored first since December 16, 2010 – February 21, 2011 (11-0-0).

The Isles also won the last 5 games that they scored first last season, giving them a franchise-record 15 straight wins when the Isles score first.  The Isles won 14 straight games when scoring first between January 4 – February 25, 1982, including in 12 games of their 15-game winning streak.

A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 16-9-2 this season; they were 11-11-5 through 27 games last season and won only 16 of their first 41 games last season (16-17-8).  

Leddy(ing) the Way
Nick Leddy's assist give him 23 points in 27 games this season (.85 points/game).  The last Islander defensemen to have that high of an average was Marc Andre-Bergeron (21 points/ 23 games =.91 in 2006-07).  No Islander defenseman without the surname of Potvin has ever averaged .91 points/game over a full season (Denis did it 10 times and Jean once).

Born in the USA
Anders Lee is the fifth American and 30th Islander to reach 100 career goals. Only four other American-born players have scored 100 goals for the Islanders (Pat LaFontaine-287, Kyle Okposo-139, Jason Blake-127, Mark Parrish-118)

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 220 career wins; he is one win behind Ilya Bryzgalov for 68th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 8-3-2 on the season (8-2-2 in his last 12 decisions). Greiss had won five straight decisions and was 6-0-1(with 1 no decision) in his last 8 games prior to today.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 40-21-6 as an NHL coach. On December 4 in Florida, he reached 40 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 40 Wins by an Islander Coach:
66 – Doug Weight (40-20-6)
80– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (40-28-8-4)
82 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (40-30-12)
86—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (40-31-11-4)

The Shots
Isles               2-17-12=31
Tampa Bay  11-13-10=34

The Isles are 5-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 11-5-0 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy December
This was the first game of a stretch in which the Isles will play eight games in 13 days.  The Isles are 1-1-0 in this stretch:

12/4 - @ Panthers W 5-4 (SO)
12/5 - @ Lightning L 6-2
12/7 - @ Penguins
12/9 - @ Bruins
12/11- Vs. Caps
12/13- Vs. Stars
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets
12/16- Vs. Kings

The game in Columbus on December 14th is the only road game in an 8-game stretch between December 11th and December 27th.

The Isles are playing 15 games this month, matching their record for most December games (done several other times).  

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-9-2 overall; 8-1-2 at home and 8-8-0 on the road.  
Tampa Bay is 19-6-2 overall; 11-2-1 at home and 8-4-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-3-0 in Division games and 12-6-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 8-5-0 against the East and 8-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 8-1-2 at home; they are 3-1-0 against the East and 5-0-2 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 26-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 11 Home Games
20- 1984-85
19- 1978-79
18- 2017-18
18- 2014-15
18- 1982-83
18- 1974-75

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 28 saves but falls to 8-3-2 on the season and 4-3-0 in his career against Tampa Bay.  After posting the NHL's best record in November (6-0-1, .929 win percentage), he has allowed 11 goals in 92 minutes in December.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves to improve to 18-4-1 on the season and 3-2-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play; Tampa Bay was 2-4.  
The Isles are 10-4-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-6-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-3-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-6-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 5-4-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal 
The Isles are 10-0-0 when they score first and are 6-9-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-3-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is December 13th vs. Dallas and December 14th in Columbus; that is the last back-to-back set until mid-January.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-6-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (20:11); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (25:07)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (9-7-0), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (18:51). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (15-7-2), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Tampa Bay 33 (43%). 

Brock Nelson won 10 of 17 for the Isles; Steven Stamkos won 5 of 6 for Tampa Bay.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/15; 2nd period 11/25; 3rd period 6/18
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/49; Power play 1/2; Penalty kill 2/7

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Cal Clutterbuck -5) 
Tampa Bay 17 (6 with 2)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 21 shots; Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech and Johnny Boychuk each had 3. 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 46, Tampa Bay 68, including 20-0 Tampa in the first 11 minutes.
5-on-5 Isles 37, Tampa Bay 58

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +2
Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman +14

Night and Day 
The Isles are 15-8-1 in night games and 1-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next one is December 23rd vs. Winnipeg (1pm).

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 215 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 178 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 176, Calvin deHaan 112, Nick Leddy 104.

Century Club
Calvin deHaan and Nick Leddy have joined a select group of defensemen in Islander history who have played at least 100 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
9. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
10.Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- CURRENT 112
11. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
12. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 104
      Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), (Casey Cizikas – IR), Dennis Seidenberg, Thomas Hickey
Total games lost: 57.

Late Hero
The Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 666 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 614
Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 252
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 111 *** 27. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 29. Anders Kallur 101*** 30. Anders Lee 100

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 316
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 226

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 568
16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Josh Bailey 337

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 138 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 105

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 76*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Greiss 57

Season Series Stats
The season series is even one game to one (and two points to two). The final game of the season series will be played in Brooklyn on March 22nd.

Since Game 2 of the 2016 playoffs, the Isles have lost eight of 9 games to Tampa Bay. In purely regular season play, the Isles gave lost five out of seven games to the Bolts.

The Isles failed to sweep the Florida trip, which they last did in 2013, and the loss ended an Islander three-game winning streak in the Sunshine State.

On the Farm
Over the weekend Bridgeport dropped home games to Utica (2-1 in a shootout) and Providence (4-1) at Harbor Yards. The loss to the P-Bruins ended an 8-game Sound Tiger point streak (6-0-1-1).

Bridgeport is now 12-8-1-1 on the season and 9-3-1-1 in their last 14 games. 

Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 25 points (7-18-25) and is now tied for 4th in the AHL in scoring; Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 10. Christopher Gibson is 8-4-0 in the nets, while Krister Gudlevskis is 4-4-2.  

Bridgeport is off until Saturday, when they visit Springfield; the Sound Tigers will also host Rochester at 3pm on Sunday.
 
Up Next
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7th –ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH  7:30PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:00PM), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

So, after facing the team leading the President's Trophy race (Tampa Bay), the Isles now head to Pittsburgh to face the 2-time reigning Stanley Cup Champion Penguins.

This is the first meeting between the teams this season and only the second matchup between the divisional rivals in the last 12 months.  Last season each team went 2-1-1 in the season series with the Penguins winning in overtime in November on a Kris Letang tally and the Isles winning in a shootout in the Steel City in March.

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, December 04, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 5, Florida 4 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 26
Isles 5, Florida 4 (shootout)
Mathew Barzal scored the only goal of the shootout on his first career shootout attempt and Anders Lee scored his 100th career goal as the Isles defeated the Florida Panthers 5-4 before a crowd of 11,210 at BB&T Center.  

Brock Nelson and John Tavares scored 2:02 apart late in the second period for the Isles, who won their first match-up with former head coach Jack Capuano.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
10:25 Florida Keith Yandle (4) 0-1
13:51 New York Anders Lee (16) ASST: Calvin de Haan (8), Adam Pelech (10) 1-1

2ND PERIOD
05:35 New York Thomas Hickey (1) ASST: Joshua Ho-Sang (9) 2-1
08:45 Florida PPG - Aaron Ekblad (4) ASST: Keith Yandle (11), Vincent Trocheck (15) 2-2
10:34 Florida PPG - Aleksander Barkov (10) ASST: Keith Yandle (12), Vincent Trocheck (16) 2-3
16:19 New York Brock Nelson (7) ASST: Joshua Ho-Sang (10), Jason Chimera (5) 3-3
18:21 New York John Tavares (17) ASST: Josh Bailey (26), Nick Leddy (16) 4-3

3RD PERIOD
05:06 Florida Denis Malgin (2) ASST: Vincent Trocheck (17), Jamie McGinn (6) 4-4

OT PERIOD
No Scoring

The Shootout
Jordan Eberle -failed
Vincent Trocheck-failed
John Tavares-failed
Aleksander Barkov-failed
Mathew Barzal-scored/Game Deciding Goal
Jonathan Huberdeau-failed

The Isles improve to 73-57 all-time in shootouts; the 73 wins share the NHL record with Pittsburgh (73-49).

The Skinny: 
Anders Lee's goal was the 100th of his career; he now has a 4-game goal streak (5 goals) … Josh Bailey assisted on John Tavares' goal to retain the team scoring lead (5-26-31) over Tavares (17-13-30); Bailey is tied with Steven Stamkos for 2nd in the NHL in assists, two behind Blake Wheeler… With Lee's goals tonight, Lee and John Tavares are on pace to combine for 104 goals this season (54 for Tavares and 50 for Lee); Jason Blake is the only Islander to score 40 goals in a season in the last 20 years…Nick Leddy had an assist, leaving him only two points behind John Klingberg for the defenseman scoring lead… Joshua Ho-Sang had two assists, moving him into the top 10 in rookie assists… The Isles are 48-0-5 in the last 53 games that they led after two periods (since a loss in Edmonton on February 28, 2016), including 12-0-0 this season…Since being shutout in Dallas on November 10, the Isles have scored 43 goals in the last 10 games; the Isles lead the NHL with a 3.73 goal scoring average…Since Roberto Luongo rejoined the Panthers, Florida was 96-66-26 with him between the pipes…Keith Yandle had three points (1-2-3) in his 661st consecutive game (8th all-time)…Florida scored two power play goals for the first time since October 21st vs. Washington.

The Injury:
Roberto Luongo, playing in his 981st NHL game, was forced to leave the game 2:31 into the second period after suffering a lower-body injury. He did not return.

Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 20
2. Nikita Kucherov 19
3. John Tavares 17
4. Anders Lee 16

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals eight times at home (7-1-0) and twelve times overall (11-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner for a five goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first ten times this season (10-0-0).  It's the first time that the Isles have won at least ten straight games (single season) that they scored first since December 16, 2010 – February 21, 2011 (11-0-0).

The Isles also won the last 5 games that they scored first last season, giving them a franchise-record 15 straight wins when the Isles score first.  The Isles won 14 straight games when scoring first between January 4 – February 25, 1982, including in 12 games of their 15-game winning streak.

A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 16-8-2 this season; they were 11-10-5 through 26 games last season and won only 16 of their first 41 games last season (16-17-8).  

Passing Patty
John Tavares' 2nd period goal was his 567th point, passing Pat LaFontaine for 6th place on the all-time Isles list.  He is 43 points behind Brent Sutter for 5th.

Leddy(ing) the Way
Nick Leddy's assist give him 22 points in 26 games this season (.85 points/game).  The last Islander defensemen to have that high of an average was Marc Andre-Bergeron (21 points/ 23 games =.91 in 2006-07).  No Islander defenseman without the surname of Potvin has ever averaged .91 points/game over a full season (Denis did it 10 times and Jean once).

Born in the USA
Anders Lee became the fifth American and 30th Islander to reach 100 career goals with his first period tally. Only four other American-born players have scored 100 goals for the Islanders (Pat LaFontaine-287, Kyle Okposo-139, Jason Blake-127, Mark Parrish-118)

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak recorded his 220th career win, breaking a tie with John Ross Roach for 69th place on the all-time NHL win list.   He is one win behind Ilya Bryzgalov (221).  

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 8-2-2 on the season (8-1-2 in his last 11 decisions).  Greiss has won five straight decisions and is 6-0-1(with 1 no decision) in his last 8 games.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 40-20-6 as an NHL coach. On December 4 in Tampa Bay, he reached 40 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 40 Wins by an Islander Coach:
66 – Doug Weight
80– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (40-28-8-4)
82 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (40-30-12)
86—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (40-31-11-4)

The Shots
Isles       8-14-8-2=32
Florida  11-19-10-3=43

The Isles are 5-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 11-4-0 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy December
This was the first game of a stretch in which the Isles will play eight games in 13 days.  The Isles are 1-0-0 in this stretch:

12/4 - @ Panthers W 5-4 (SO)
12/5 - @ Lightning
12/7 - @ Penguins
12/9 - @ Bruins
12/11- Vs. Caps
12/13- Vs. Stars
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets
12/16- Vs. Kings

The game in Columbus on December 14th is the only road game in an 8-game stretch between December 11th and December 27th.

The Isles are playing 15 games this month, matching their record for most December games (done several other times).  

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-8-2 overall; 8-1-2 at home and 8-7-0 on the road.  
Florida is 10-14-3 overall; 5-6-2 at home and 5-8-1 on the road.  

Road Warriors
The Isles went over NHL-.500 with their win in Florida (8-7-0).  The Isles were not over NHL-.500 on the road at any point last season until a win in April pushed their record to 18-17-5 on the road; they would win the road finale to finish 19-17-5.

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-3-0 in Division games and 12-5-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 8-4-0 against the East and 8-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 8-1-2 at home; they are 3-1-0 against the East and 5-0-2 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 26-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 11 Home Games
20- 1984-85
19- 1978-79
18- 2017-18
18- 2014-15
18- 1982-83
18- 1974-75

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves and improves to 8-6-0 on the season and 10-3-2 in his career against Florida.

Roberto Luongo made 12 saves on 13 shots before leaving due to injury. James Reimer stopped 15 of 19 and is tagged with the shootout loss; he is 4-6-3 on the season and 4-2-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play; Florida was 2-4.  
The Isles are 10-3-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-5-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-3-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-5-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 5-4-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal 
The Isles are 10-0-0 when they score first and are 6-8-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-2-0 on the back-end.  This back-to-back set concludes Tuesday in Tampa Bay. The next back-to-back set is December 13th vs. Dallas and December 14th in Columbus; that is the last back-to-back set until mid-January.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-6-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:26); Florida: Aaron Ekblad (26:46)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (9-6-0), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (23:34). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (15-6-2), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 31, Florida 38 (45%). 

Brock Nelson won 12 of 18 for the Isles; Vincent Trocheck won 14 of 18 for Florida.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/19; 2nd period 11/27; 3rd period 9/20; Overtime 1/3.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 24/58; Power play 4/5; Penalty kill 3/6

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Cal Clutterbuck -4) 
Florida 21 (Vincent Trocheck -5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 8 shots; Adam Pelech and Johnny Boychuk each had 3. 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Florida 59
5-on-5 Isles 40, Florida 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Joshua Ho-Sang +5
Florida: Denis Malgin & Jamie McGinn +8

Night and Day 
The Isles are 15-8-1 in night games and 1-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next one is December 23rd vs. Winnipeg (1pm).

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 214 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 177 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 175, Calvin deHaan 111, Nick Leddy 103.

Century Club
Calvin deHaan and Nick Leddy have joined a select group of defensemen in Islander history who have played at least 100 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
9. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
10.Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- CURRENT 111
11. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
12 Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
13. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
      Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 103
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), (Casey Cizikas – IR), Dennis Seidenberg, Scott Mayfield
Total games lost: 57.

Late Hero
The Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 665 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 613
Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 252
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 111 *** 27. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 29. Anders Kallur 101*** 30. Anders Lee 100

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 315
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 226

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 567
16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Josh Bailey 337

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 138 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 104

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 76*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Greiss 57

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the series one game to none (and two points to one). The remaining games of the season series will be played in Brooklyn on January 30th and March 26th.

The Isles are 5-5-3 in the last 13 games against the Panthers.

On the Farm
Over the weekend Bridgeport dropped home games to Utica (2-1 in a shootout) and Providence (4-1) at Harbor Yards. The loss to the P-Bruins ended an 8-game Sound Tiger point streak (6-0-1-1).

Bridgeport is now 12-8-1-1 on the season and 9-3-1-1 in their last 14 games. 

Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 25 points (7-18-25) and is now tied for 4th in the AHL in scoring; Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 10. Christopher Gibson is 8-4-0 in the nets, while Krister Gudlevskis is 4-4-2.  

Bridgeport is off until Saturday, when they visit Springfield; the Sound Tigers will also host Rochester at 3pm on Sunday.
 
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5th –ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY  7:30PM 
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 7:00PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles continue the road trip as they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second of three meetings between the teams this season.  

The Isles built a 4-0 lead on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Lightning in Tampa 2 ½ weeks ago and will be looking to win consecutive games in Tampa, both in regulation, for the first time since 2002.

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