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It was quite a week for Josh Bailey and John Tavares, as they combined for 17 points (8 for Bailey and 9 for Tavares) to both reach the 40 p...

Sunday, December 17, 2017

From Bossy to Bailey: The Skinny on Tavares, Bailey and The 40-40 Club

It was quite a week for Josh Bailey and John Tavares, as they combined for 17 points (8 for Bailey and 9 for Tavares) to both reach the 40 point mark in the Isles' 33rd game.

The linemates are the first Isles to reach 40 points in the team's first 33 games since Pierre Turgeon (in the building last night), who was 16-28-44 in the first 33 in 1993-94 (and 19-31-50 in 1992-93).

Pat LaFontaine was the last Islander before Turgeon to reach 40 in 33, going 20-22-42 in 1990-91.

Where does Mike Bossy fit in to this? Well, like Tavares, both Turgeon and LaFontaine were centers.  The last Islander winger before Josh Bailey to reach 40 points in the Isles' first 33 games was no other than the greatest goal scorer (goals/game) in NHL history.  Bossy did it numerous times, including 21-24-45 in the 1985-86 season.

Bossy was also part of the last set of Isles teammates to reach 40 points in the first 33 games before Bailey and Tavares did so last night. In 1984-85, Bossy went 31-31-62, Brent Sutter went 19-35-54 and John Tonelli went 21-26-47 in the Isles' first 33 games.

Maybe that's the reason that Barclays was playing this song last night:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OMHtnYMTUU


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

The Skinny: Isles 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 33
Isles 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
Jordan Eberle scored 1:54 into overtime and John Tavares recorded his second consecutive three-point game as the Islanders overcame a tying goal by Anze Kopitar with just 13 seconds to play in regulation and defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 before a Star Wars Night crowd of 13,087 at Barclays Center.

John Tavares and Anders Lee scored third period goals as the Isles rallied from a 2-1 second intermission deficit.  Eberle's 3rd career overtime goal (and first as an Islander) gave the Isles their third win of the season when trailing after two periods and snapped the first 2-game regulation losing streak of the season.
The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
12:56 Los Angeles Oscar Fantenberg (2) ASST: Tanner Pearson (14), Tyler Toffoli (9) 0-1
17:11 Los Angeles PPG - Tyler Toffoli (15) ASST: Drew Doughty (20), Darcy Kuemper (1) 0-2
19:10 New York Josh Bailey (9) ASST: Calvin de Haan (11), John Tavares (20) 1-2

2ND PERIOD
No Scoring

3RD PERIOD
04:15 New York PPG - John Tavares (19) ASST: Anders Lee (15), Josh Bailey (31) 2-2
16:44 New York Anders Lee (20) ASST: Ryan Pulock (4), John Tavares (21) 3-2
19:47 Los Angeles Anze Kopitar (17) ASST: Dustin Brown (15), Alec Martinez (7) 3-3

OT PERIOD
01:54 New York Jordan Eberle (13) ASST: Mathew Barzal (21) 4-3

The Skinny  
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 22nd time in 33 games (7-12-3); the Isles have scored the first goal fewer times than any other team in the NHL … Josh Bailey (9-31-40) and John Tavares are now tied for the team scoring lead with John Tavares (19-21-40); the linemates have combined for 17 points on the last 11 Islander goals... Both Bailey and Anders Lee now have five-game point streaks while Bailey and Tavares are two of the six players in the NHL with 40 points… Bailey now has 13 multi-point games, Tavares has 12 and Lee has 11…John Tavares has three consecutive multi-assist games and two consecutive three point games…Josh Bailey has three consecutive multi-point games; his 31 assists are already the second-highest total of his career…The score has been 2-0 at some point of each of the last five Islander games…The Isles remain at 20.2% on the power play; the Isles haven't finished a season with a 20% power play efficiency since the 1993-94 season…Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 118 goals in the first 33 games (most since 1993-94, when they had scored 124) and allowed 114 goals (tied-highest since 2013-14, when they allowed 117)…The Isles outscored LA 2-1 in the third period; the Isles have outscored opponents 42-31 in the final session…Jordan Eberle is the third Islander to score an overtime goal this season, joining Josh Bailey and Nick Leddy…The Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win for the first time March 14, 2017 in Carolina (also in overtime)…Dustin Brown played in his 998th NHL game…It was only the second time this season that Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals, and in both cases the fourth goal was scored in overtime…The Isles improved to 3-10-1 when trailing after one period and 3-11-1 when trailing after two periods. Only Vegas (4-5-1) has more wins than the Isles when trailing after two periods. Mathew Barzal assisted on Eberle's overtime goal and continues to lead all rookies in assists with 21; Travis Hamonic had 21 as a rookie in 2010-11 but no Islander has had more since John Tavares had 30 in 2009-10.
Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 23
       Nikita Kucherov 23
3 Anders Lee 20
4 John Tavares 19

December Leaders
Anders Lee is one of two players with 7 goals this month (Nathan MacKinnon is the other).  Josh Bailey and John Tavares are two of the five players with 12 points this month (Artemi Panarin, Tyler Johnson and Alex Ovechkin).

Christmas Club 
Anders Lee has 20 goals and John Tavares has 19 goals; Lee is the first Islander to score 20 goals before Christmas since Ziggy Palffy in 1996-97; the only time in club history that Islander teammates had 20 goals before Christmas was in 1977-78, when Mike Bossy (then a rookie) and Bryan Trottier did so.

Tavares and Lee are the first Islander teammates to score 19 goals before Christmas in 25 years (Derek King and Pierre Turgeon in 1992-93) and are the first teammates since Mike Bossy and Brent Sutter in 1984-85 to have scored 19 goals by December 16th.

Casey on the Draw
Casey Cizikas has won 32 of 46 draws over the last three games (69.6%), including 11 of 14 tonight.  He won all four of his draws while shorthanded, becoming the first Islander in seven years (Zenon Konopka 11-3-2010 vs. Carolina) to take at least four face-offs shorthanded and win them all.  

Casey is a team-best 53.4% on draws and a team-best 46.2% while shorthanded.

While the Isles are 26th in draws this season, they are 13th since the start of December.

Good Bye, Old Friends
Josh Bailey's assist on John Tavares' goal was his 231st, breaking a tie with both Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen for 16th place on the all-time Isles list.

Moving On Up
John Tavares recorded two assists, tying Brent Sutter for 7th place on the all-time Isles list.  Thomas Greiss recorded his 58th win, breaking a tie with Evgeni Nabokov for 9th place on the Isles list.

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 eleven 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 18-12-3 this season; they were 13-14-6 through 33 games last season and won only 18 of their first 43 games last season (18-17-8).  Their 18th win came in Doug Weight's first game as Islander head coach. 

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 221 career wins; he is tied with Ilya Bryzgalov for 68th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 9-4-2 on the season (9-3-2 in his last 14 decisions). Greiss is 6-2-0 in his last eight decisions and is 7-2-1 in his last 10 decisions.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 42-23-7 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            14-10-8-1=33
Los Angeles 10-8-10-1=29

The Isles are 6-4-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 12-7-1 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 final game of a stretch in which the Isles played eight games in 13 days.  The Isles went 3-4-1 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 L 2-5
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets L 4-6
12/16- Vs. Kings W 4-3 (OT)

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 five game homestand.  The Isles are 1-0-0 in this stretch:
12/16- Vs. Kings W 4-3 (OT)
12/19 – Vs. Red Wings
12/21 -  Vs. Ducks
12/23 – Vs. Jets (1pm)
12/27 – Vs. Sabres

Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-12-3 overall; 10-2-2 at home and 8-10-1 on the road.  
Los Angeles is 20-10-4 overall; 10-5-2 at home and 10-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-4-1 in Division games and 13-8-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 9-7-1 against the East and 9-5-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 10-2-2 at home; they are 4-1-0 against the East and 6-1-2 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 27-5-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 14 Home Games
24- 1978-79
23- 1974-75
22- 1977-78
22- 2017-18
22- 2014-15
22- 1984-85
22- 1981-82

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves and improves to 9-4-2 on the season and 4-3-0 in his career against Los Angeles.  

Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves; he remains unbeaten this season in regulation time (5-0-3) and is 1-1-1 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play in 8:01 of PP time; Los Angeles was 1-3 in 4:27 of PP time. 
The Isles are 11-6-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-6-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 11-8-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-4-2 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-4-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-8-2 when they do not.  

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

First Goal 
The Isles are 11-0-0 when they score first and are 7-12-3 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-3-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-4-0 on the back-end. 
The next back-to-back set is January 4th in Philadelphia and January 5th vs. Pittsburgh.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-2-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:30); Los Angeles: Jake Muzzin (26:04)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (11-10-1), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

Josh Bailey led the forwards in ice-time (22:06). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (16-9-3), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-2-0).

Face-offs
Isles 40, Los Angeles 23 (63%). 

Casey Cizikas won 11 of 14 for the Isles; No King who took more than three draws won as many as he lost.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 13/21; 2nd period 9/18; 3rd period 17/23; Overtime 1/1.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/48; Power play 5/8; Penalty kill 6/7.

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Jason Chimera-5)
Los Angeles 31 (Jake Muzzin-5)

Fights
Jason Chimera fought Trevor Lewis in the second period. Season total – 4: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 12 shots; Johnny Boychuk led the way with four.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 63, Los Angeles 56
5-on-5 Isles 47, Los Angeles 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +11
Los Angeles:  Oscar Fantenberg +7

Night and Day 
The Isles are 17-12-2 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 – 221 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 184 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 182, Calvin deHaan 118, Nick Leddy 110.

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. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- CURRENT 118
9. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
10. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
11. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 110
     Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
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), (Thomas Hickey-IR), Shane Prince-conditioning, Alan Quine, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 77

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

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
12/16 – LA Kings – Anze Kopitar (19:47); tied game, but Isles won 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 672 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 620
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 254
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 115 *** 27. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 29. Anders Lee 104

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 and John Tavares 323
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 231

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 577
14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17.  Josh Bailey 346

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 142 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 108

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. Thomas Greiss 58

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series one game to one (Los Angeles earned three points to the Isles' two). 
This was the first Islander overtime win over Los Angeles since Mark Streit beat the Kings at the Coliseum on February 11th.

The home team has won all five meetings between the teams over the last three seasons.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 13-11-1-1 following a 5-4 loss in Springfield on Friday and a 3-2 overtime win over Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday.

Tanner Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 28 points (8-20-28); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 12. Christopher Gibson is 9-6-0 in the nets after earning the win in relief on Saturday, while Krister Gudlevskis is 4-5-2.

Bridgeport hosts Lehigh Valley at 3pm on Sunday  

Up Next
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19th –DETROIT AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

The homestand continues as the Isles face the Detroit Red Wings for the first time this season.  The Red Wings have taken 2-out-of-3 from the Isles in each of the last two seasons and Petr Mrazek owns five wins over the Isles in the past three seasons.

This is the first of two meetings in Brooklyn this season; the Red Wings return on February 9th.  The Isles won't visit Little Caesars Arena until April 7th, which is the final day of the regular season.

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 15, 2017

The Skinny: Columbus 6, Isles 4

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 32
Columbus 6, Isles 4
Josh Bailey recorded his first career hat trick (all assisted by John Tavares) to help the Isles erase a 3-0 deficit, but Seth Jones and Nick Foligno scored 2:49 apart late in the second period as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Isles 6-4 before a crowd of 15,696 at Nationwide Arena..

The Isles pressed for the equalizer after Bailey's hat trick tally had cut the lead to 5-4 but Josh Anderson hit the empty net at 19:59 to seal matters, as the Isles suffered consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
03:57 Columbus Zach Werenski (10) ASST: Artemi Panarin (20) 0-1
06:23 Columbus Markus Nutivaara (2) ASST: Alexander Wennberg (10), Oliver Bjorkstrand (13) 0-2
15:52 Columbus PPG - Pierre-Luc Dubois (6) ASST: Zach Werenski (8), Artemi Panarin (21) 0-3

2ND PERIOD
05:00 New York Josh Bailey (6) ASST: John Tavares (17) 1-3
07:49 New York Casey Cizikas (5) ASST: Scott Mayfield (6), Calvin de Haan (10) 2-3
13:52 New York Josh Bailey (7) ASST: John Tavares (18), Anders Lee (14) 3-3
15:03 Columbus Seth Jones (4) ASST: Cam Atkinson (4), Oliver Bjorkstrand (14) 3-4
17:52 Columbus Nick Foligno (7) ASST: Oliver Bjorkstrand (15), Alexander Wennberg (11) 3-5

3RD PERIOD
07:11 New York PPG - Josh Bailey (8) ASST: John Tavares (19) 4-5
19:59 Columbus EN - Josh Anderson (12) 4-6

The Skinny  
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 21st  time in 32 games (6-12-3); the Isles have scored the first goal fewer times than any other team in the NHL …Josh Bailey's hat trick goal came on the power play as the Isles connected with the extra man for the second straight game; he is the 11th Islander to record a hat trick in a losing effort.  John Tavares (10-23-10 in Florida) is the only other Islander to do so in the last 21 years… Josh Bailey (8-30-38) retained his one point lead over John Tavares (18-19-37); the linemates have each earned six points on the last seven Islander goals... Both Bailey and Anders Lee now have four-game point streaks while both Bailey and Tavares are now in the top 10 in the NHL in points…Columbus received goals from 3 different defensemen; that's the first time an Islander opponent has done that since March 25, 2016 (Tampa Bay).. Oliver Bjorkstrand had his first three assist/three point game…The Isles used only three lines for most of the third period; Josh Ho-Sang had one shift (1:10) while Alan Quine had none…Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle were both -3; however, Eberle drew two penalties and Barzal drew one.  Barzal has now drawn a team-leading 18 opposing penalties; starting play tonight, only Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk (20) had drawn more. Eberle has drawn 12, second on the team…The Isles were outshot 35-25, but the Isles had 42 other attempts that either went wide or were blocked… The score has been 3-0 at some point of each of the last three Islander games…The Isles improved to 20.2% on the power play; the Isles haven't finished a season with a 20% power play efficiency since the 1993-94 season…Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 114 goals in the first 32 games (most since 1993-94, when they had scored 120)  and allowed 111 goals (tied-highest since 2008-09, when they allowed 119)…The Jackets had never won a game in their history when allowing an opposing hat trick (0-33-0)…The Jackets have scored five 1st period goals in two games against the Isles but only 18 first period goals in their other 30 games this season…The Isles allowed a goal on a delayed penalty for the second straight game and the third time this season…Jack Johnson went +3 in his Blue Jacket game, while Nick Foligno's winner was his 100th goal with Columbus.

Where Have I Heard That Time Before?
Josh Bailey's hat trick was completed at 7:11 of the third period.  As long-time readers know, I tweet a link to The Skinny every morning at exactly 7:11 in honor of Bob Nystrom's Stanley Cup winning goal.  Bailey's goal was the first that the Islanders had scored at 7:11 of any period since January 19, 2010, when Richard Park did so in the third period of a game vs. Pittsburgh.

Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 22
2. Nikita Kucherov 21
3. Anders Lee 19
4. John Tavares 18
5. Sean Monahan 17

Club 19-18
Anders Lee has 19 goals and John Tavares has 18 goals; no Islander had reached 19 goals before Christmas since 2006 when Jason Blake did so.

Tavares and Lee are the first Islander teammates to score 18 goals before Christmas in 25 years (Derek King and Pierre Turgeon in 1992-93) and are the first teammates since Mike Bossy and Brent Sutter in 1984-85 to have scored 18 goals by December 13th.

Lee needs one goal and Tavares needs two goals to reach 20.  The last Islander to score 20 goals before Christmas was Ziggy Palffy in 1996-97; the only time in club history that Islander teammates had 20 goals before Christmas was in 1977-78, when Mike Bossy (then a rookie) and Bryan Trottier did so.

Hello Old Friends
Josh Bailey has 230 career assists, remaining tied with both Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen for 16th place on the all-time Isles list.

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 eleven 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 17-12-3 this season; they were 12-14-6 through 32 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 has 221 career wins; he is tied with Ilya Bryzgalov for 68th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 8-4-2 on the season (8-3-2 in his last 13 decisions). Greiss is 5-2-0 in his last seven decisions and is 6-2-1 in his last 9 decisions.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 41-23-7 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             4-12-9=25
Columbus    16-10-9=35

The Isles are 5-4-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 12-7-1 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 seventh game of a stretch in which the Isles will play eight games in 13 days.  The Isles are 2-4-1 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 L 2-5
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets L 4-6
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 third game of a stretch in which the Isles will play seven out of eight games on home-ice.  The Isles are 1-2-0 in this stretch:
12/11- Vs. Caps W 3-1
12/13- Vs. Stars L 2-5
12/14 - @ Blue Jackets L 4-6
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 17-12-3 overall; 9-2-2 at home and 8-10-1 on the road.  
Columbus is 20-11-1 overall; 12-6-0 at home and 8-5-1 on the road.  

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

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

Most Points Through 13 Home Games
22- 1984-85
22- 1978-79
21- 1974-75
21- 1977-78
20- 2017-18
20- 2014-15
20- 1982-83
20- 1981-82

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 29 saves but falls to 8-4-2 on the season and 5-6-3 in his career against Columbus.  

Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves as he improved to 17-8-1 overall and 14-5-0 against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play in 6:04 of PP time; Columbus was 1-2 in 3:03 of PP time. 
The Isles are 10-6-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-6-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-8-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-4-2 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-4-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-8-2 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 4-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal 
The Isles are 11-0-0 when they score first and are 6-12-3 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-3-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-4-0 on the back-end. 
The next back-to-back set is January 4th in Philadelphia and January 5th vs. Pittsburgh.

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 2-2-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:35); Columbus: Zach Werenski (24:11)

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

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (21:01). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (16-9-3), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-2-0).

Face-offs
Isles 35, Columbus 31 (53%). 

Casey Cizikas won 13 of 20 for the Isles; Boone Jenner won 15 of 26 for Columbus.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/23; 2nd period 13/23; 3rd period 12/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 28/55; Power play 6/7; Penalty kill 1/4

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Calvin deHaan-3)
Columbus 21 (David Savard-4)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 17 shots; Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield and Adam Pelech each had 3.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 67, Columbus 64 (including 52-33 in the Isles favor in the second and third periods)
5-on-5 Isles 55, Columbus 53

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey +12
Columbus: Pierre-Luc Dubois and Josh Anderson +7

Night and Day 
The Isles are 16-12-2 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 – 220 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 183 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 181, Calvin deHaan 117, Nick Leddy 109.

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. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- CURRENT 117
  . Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
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 109
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), (Thomas Hickey-IR), Shane Prince-conditioning, Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 75

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 671 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 619
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 114 *** 27. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 29. Anders Lee 103

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. John Tavares 321
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey 230

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 574
14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17.  Josh Bailey 344

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 142 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 107

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
Columbus leads the season series two games to none (and four points to zero). The teams will conclude the season series with games in Brooklyn on February 3rd and February 13th.

The Isles are swept in Ohio for the second straight season; they have been outscored 24-6 in the four games. 

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 12-10-1-1 on the season heading into a 3-game in 3-day weekend as the Sound Tigers visit Springfield on Friday, host Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday and host Lehigh Valley at 3pm on Sunday.

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.  

Up Next
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th –LOS ANGELES AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970 AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles return home to begin a 5-game home stand as they face the Los Angeles Kings.

It's the second meeting of the season between the squads, and the Isles will be looking for a split of the season series after the Kings beat the Isles 3-2 back on October 15th in Los Angeles. The home team has won all five meetings between the teams over the last three seasons.
While the Isles will be rested, the Kings will be on the back-end of a back-to-back, as they face the Rangers on Friday night.

And Finally …
Congratulations to my son Evan, who was admitted to Vanderbilt University (Class of 2022) today.  I couldn't be prouder of him, or his older brother Adam, who graduates from Cornell this spring!

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, December 14, 2017

The Skinny: Dallas 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 31
Dallas 5, Isles 2
Tyler Pitlick scored two goal and Jamie Benn added a goal and an assist as the Dallas Stars built a 5-0 lead and defeated the Isles 5-2 before a crowd of 10,316 at Barclays Center.

Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves to record his 300th NHL victory; he's the 2nd NHL goalie to do so in two nights (Cam Ward did it Tuesday).  Anders Lee had both goals for the Isles, as he re-took the team goal lead from John Tavares.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
07:37 Dallas Tyler Pitlick (4) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (7), Jamie Benn (15) 0-1
15:46 Dallas Alexander Radulov (10) ASST: Jason Spezza (7), Mattias Janmark (9) 0-2

2ND PERIOD
01:01 Dallas Remi Elie (4) ASST: Devin Shore (11), John Klingberg (22) 0-3
09:21 Dallas Jamie Benn (13) ASST: Julius Honka (1) 0-4

3RD PERIOD
00:21 Dallas Tyler Pitlick (5) ASST: John Klingberg (23), Jamie Benn (16) 0-5
01:06 New York Anders Lee (18) ASST: Josh Bailey (29), John Tavares (15) 1-5
16:28 New York PPG - Anders Lee (19) ASST: John Tavares (16), Josh Bailey (30) 2-5

The Skinny  
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 20th time in 31 games (6-11-3) …The Isles killed the only Dallas  power play, and connected for their first power play goal in four games on Lee's second tally… Jaroslav Halak was pulled after the fourth Dallas goal and suffered his first defeat in a start at Barclays Center this season(5-1-0); it's the first time he has been pulled from a game since December 29, 2016 in Minnesota… Josh Bailey (5-30-35) retained his one point lead over John Tavares (18-16-34) as both players earned two assists; it's the third time in his career that Bailey has recorded at least 30 assists…Bailey's first assist was his team-leading 13th primary assist; with the 2 points he passed Pierre Turgeon for 17th place on the Isles scoring list (341-340).  .. Tavares' two assists allowed him to pass Stefan Persson for 8th place in team assists (318-317)...In addition to recording his 300th win, Lehtonen also passed Miikka Kiprusoff for 1st place on the all-time list of Finnish-born goalies…Anders Lee recorded his team leading 5th multi-goal game…Josh Bailey moved into a tie for the NHL lead in assists (30) and also now leads the NHL in assists/60 minutes (3.26)…Both Bailey and Lee now have three-game point streaks... John Klingberg had two assists; he leads NHL defensemen with 27 points…Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock, who earlier this season passed Al Arbour in wins, recorded his 799th victory.

Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 21
2. Nikita Kucherov 20
3. Anders Lee 19
4. John Tavares 18
5. Sean Monahan 17

Club 19-18
Anders Lee has 19 goals and John Tavares has 18 goals and; no Islander had reached 19 goals before Christmas since 2006 when Jason Blake did so.

Tavares and Lee are the first Islander teammates to score 18 goals before Christmas in 25 years (Derek King and Pierre Turgeon in 1992-93) and are the first teammates since Mike Bossy and Brent Sutter in 1984-85 to have scored 18 goals by December 13th.

Lee needs one goal and Tavares needs two goals to reach 20.  The last Islander to score 20 goals before Christmas was Ziggy Palffy in 1996-97; the only time in club history that Islander teammates had 20 goals before Christmas was in 1977-78, when Mike Bossy (then a rookie) and Bryan Trottier did so.

Hello Old Friends
Josh Bailey's two assists give him 230, tying him with both Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen for 16th place on the all-time Isles list.

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 eleven 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 17-11-3 this season; they were 11-14-6 through 31 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 has 221 career wins; he is tied with 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 is 5-1-0 in his last six decisions and is 6-1-1 in his last 8 decisions.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 41-23-7 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             15-5-14=34
Dallas          14-10-3=27

The Isles are 5-4-2 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 sixth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play eight games in 13 days.  The Isles are 2-3-1 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 L 2-5
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 second game of a stretch in which the Isles will play seven out of eight games on home-ice.  The Isles are 1-1-0 in this stretch:
12/11- Vs. Caps W 3-1
12/13- Vs. Stars L 2-5
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 17-11-3 overall; 9-2-2 at home and 8-9-1 on the road.  
Dallas is 18-13-1 overall; 10-4-0 at home and 8-9-1 on the road.  

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

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

Most Points Through 13 Home Games
22- 1984-85
22- 1978-79
21- 1974-75
21- 1977-78
20- 2017-18
20- 2014-15
20- 1982-83
20- 1981-82

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 16 saves before being pulled after Dallas' fourth goal; Jaro falls to 9-8-1 on the season and 4-7-1 in his career against Dallas.  Thomas Greiss stopped 6 of 7 in relief.

Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves as he improved to 5-4-1 overall and 8-6-1 against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play in 2:37 of PP time; Dallas was 0-1 in 2:00 of PP time. 
The Isles are 10-5-0 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 7-4-2 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 1-8-2 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 11-0-0 when they score first and are 6-11-3 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-3-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-3-0 on the back-end. This set concludes in Columbus on Thursday. The next back-to-back set is January 4th in Philadelphia and January 5th vs. Pittsburgh.

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 9-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:58); Dallas: Dan Hamhuis (23:29)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (10-9-1), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (19:11). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (16-8-3), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-2-0).

Face-offs
Isles 34, Dallas 24 (59%). 

Casey Cizikas won 8 of 12 for the Isles; Jason Spezza won 9 of 13 for Dallas.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 13/21; 2nd period 9/15; 3rd period 12/22.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 30/52; Power play 2/3; Penalty kill 2/3

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Casey Cizikas-5)
Dallas 27 (Three with 4)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots; Calvin deHaan led the team with 4.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 53, Dallas 44 (including 23-7 in the Isles favor in the third period)
5-on-5 Isles 47, Dallas 38

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk & Anthony Beauvillier +8
Dallas: Mattias Janmark +5

Night and Day 
The Isles are 16-11-2 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 – 219 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 182 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 180, Calvin deHaan 116, Nick Leddy 108.

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 116
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 108
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), (Thomas Hickey-IR), Shane Prince-conditioning, Alan Quine, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 73

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 670 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 618
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 Lee 103

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. John Tavares 318
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey 230

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 571
14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 17.  Josh Bailey 341

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 142 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 106

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
Dallas sweeps the season series two games to none (and four points to zero). 

The loss ended an Islander 4-game home winning streak vs. Dallas and was the Stars' first win in New York against the Isles since December 15, 2011.

The Stars, who scored the first ten goals of the season series, earned consecutive regulation wins over the Isles for the first time since October 23, 2008 – January 8, 2010.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 12-10-1-1 on the season heading into a 3-game in 3-day weekend as the Sound Tigers visit Springfield on Friday, host Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday and host Lehigh Valley at 3pm on Sunday.

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.  

Up Next
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th –ISLANDERS AT COLUMBUS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970 AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets in their final road game before Christmas.

It's the second meeting of the season between the squads, and the Isles will be looking for a split of the Ohio portion of the season series after the Jackets beat the Isles 5-0 on Opening Night.  Overall, the Isles have been outscored 18-2 in dropping three straight games in Columbus.

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 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