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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Skinny: New Jersey 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 46
New Jersey 4, Isles 1
Damon Severson scored two goals in a 1:26 span of the second period to break a 1-1 tie as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a crowd of 12,695 at Barclays Center.

The loss, which was the Isles' first-ever in Brooklyn to the Devils, dropped the Isles out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
01:39 New York Anders Lee (26) 1-0
15:20 New Jersey PPG - Kyle Palmieri (8) ASST: Sami Vatanen (9), Marcus Johansson (7) 1-1

2ND PERIOD
12:58 New Jersey Damon Severson (5) ASST: Brian Gibbons (11), Stefan Noesen (8) 1-2
14:24 New Jersey Damon Severson (6) ASST: Ben Lovejoy (4), Jesper Bratt (17) 1-3
18:20 New Jersey Taylor Hall (16) ASST: Jesper Bratt (18) 1-4

3RD PERIOD
No Scoring

The Skinny 
The Isles scored the opening goal for the fourth straight game …The Isles are 8-12-2 in their last 22 games … It was only the second time in 18 games (16-2-0) this season that the Isles have lost when scoring first…Long Island native Keith Kinkaid recorded his first-ever victory against the Islanders despite allowing a goal in the opening two minutes for the fourth time in 10 starts… Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 159 goals in the first 46 games (first time since 1993-94 when they also had 159) and allowed 168 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 173) … The Isles held the Devils scoreless in the third period, ending a 21-game streak in which they had allowed at least one third period goals…The win was the Devils' first in the last seven games (1-3-3)…Damon Severson recorded his 2nd career 2-goal game…Taylor Hall scored for the sixth time in 13 games against the Isles; Hall scored for the 4th time in 5 games overall as he extended his point streak to five games.…Kyle Palmieri scored a power play goal for the second straight game…The Isles have allowed a power play goal in three straight games.
 
The (Latest) Injury
Shane Prince left the game in the second period with an upper body injury.  He did not return.

NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 28
2. Nikita Kucherov 27
3. Anders Lee 26
4. Sean Couturier 25
5. John Tavares 24

A Very Helping Hand
Mathew Barzal continues to lead all rookies with 31 assists.  

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
Rk Player A Season
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
5 Pat Flatley 31 1984-85
  MATHEW BARZAL 31 2017-18 

Most Seasons With 30+ Assists (Isles)
1. Denis Potvin 15
2. Bryan Trottier 13
3. Mike Bossy 10
4. JOHN TAVARES 8
       John Tonelli 8

Most Seasons with 24+ Goals (Isles)
Bryan Trottier 12 (11 consecutive)
Mike Bossy 10 (consecutive)
John Tavares 9 (consecutive)

One and Done
The Isles are 14-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 18 straight games and are 21-0-1 in their last 22 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and fifteen times overall (14-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first 18 times this season (16-2-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 16-2-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 23-19-4 this season; they were 20-17-9 through 46 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 225 career wins, tying Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-6-2 on the season, including 7-4-0 in his last 11 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 47-31-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles        9-8-9=26
New Jersey 13-17-12=42

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 17-12-2 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged three times and been successful twice.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful 

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

Home and Road
The Islanders are 23-19-4 overall; 13-6-3 at home and 10-13-1 on the road.  
New Jersey is 23-12-8 overall; 12-6-3 at home and 11-7-5 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-7-1 in Division games and 16-12-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-12-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-6-3 at home; they are 6-5-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves but falls to 13-13-2 on the season and 12-5-2 in his career against New Jersey. 

Keith Kinkaid made 25 saves to improve to 6-3-2 on the season. He is 1-3-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; New Jersey was 1-3 in 5:02 of PP time, including :08 of 5-on-3 time.
The Isles are 13-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-14-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-13-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 5-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-6-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 30th vs Florida and January 31st in Toronto.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 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 2-3-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 14-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:42); New Jersey: Sami Vatanen (21:11)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (14-16-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (21:50). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (20-12-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, New Jersey 28 (49%) 

No Islander who took multiple draws won more than he lost; Brian Boyle won 8 of 12 for New Jersey.
 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/15; 2nd period 14/20; 3rd period 6/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/45, Power play 2/3, Penalty kill 4/7.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Four players with 3)
New Jersey 12 (Miles Wood -3)

Fights
Brock Nelson fought Andy Greene at the end of the first period.  It was the first career fight for both players. Season total – 8: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1, Nelson 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 10 shots (Three players with 2).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, New Jersey 69.
5-on-5 Isles 45, New Jersey 62.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Michael Dal Colle +3
New Jersey: Miles Wood +21

Night and Day 
The Isles are 19-19-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 234 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 197 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 128, Nick Leddy 123.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 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.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 123
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. 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), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Josh Bailey – Injured), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Casey Cizikas – Injured), Tanner Fritz
Total games lost: 130

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times 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
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice 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
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks won in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ, 1/16 vs. NJ) and are 2-1-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-1-0 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 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 633

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 259
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 332
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 591
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 152 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 81 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 59

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (New Jersey has earned three points to the Isles' two).  The remaining two meetings are in Newark (February 24th and March 31st.

This was only the second regulation loss to New Jersey in the last 16 meetings (13-2-1) and was the Isles' first home loss after eight straight wins.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-14-4-2 on the season following a 3-0 loss in Charlotte on Tuesday.  It was the first time that the Sound Tigers have been shutout this season.  The teams will meet again on Wednesday night.

Tanner Fritz leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 14-8-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers will return home to host Providence on Saturday and Toronto on Sunday.  

Up Next
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18th –BOSTON AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Islander pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles conclude the home stand as they play their fourth game in six days as they face the Boston Bruins in the final meeting of the teams this season.

Boston has won each of the first two meetings (3-1 in Boston on December 9th; 5-1 in Brooklyn on January 2nd).

The Bruins are the only Eastern Conference team to have won each of their games at Barclays Center (4-0-0).

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, January 16, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 5, Montreal 4 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 45
Isles 5, Montreal 4 (OT)

John Tavares scored his second goal of the game 1:51 into overtime and Thomas Greiss made a career-high 52 saves as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 before a sellout crowd of 21,302 at Bell Centre.
It was Tavares' franchise-record 10th career overtime goal. He is the 30th player in NHL history to record 10 overtime goals.  Since Tavares entered the NHL in 2009, only Alex Ovechkin has more overtime goals (15).  Max Pacioretty is the only other player with 10 overtime goals in that span.

The Isles have won two straight on the road and have moved back into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
01:24 New York Anthony Beauvillier (8) ASST: Mathew Barzal (30) 1-0
06:29 New York Mathew Barzal (16) ASST: Jordan Eberle (21) 2-0
08:01 Montreal Nicolas Deslauriers (6) ASST: Jakub Jerabek (1) 2-1
12:10 Montreal Paul Byron (12) ASST: David Schlemko (2) 2-2

2ND PERIOD
02:37 New York Adam Pelech (1) ASST: Mathew Barzal (31), Jordan Eberle (22) 3-2
05:36 New York SHG - John Tavares (23) 4-2
19:16 Montreal Jonathan Drouin (6) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (14), Jakub Jerabek (2) 4-3

3RD PERIOD
13:01 Montreal PPG - Max Pacioretty (12) ASST: Jeff Petry (14), Alex Galchenyuk (15) 4-4

OT PERIOD
01:51 New York John Tavares (24) ASST: Thomas Hickey (8) 5-4

The Skinny 
The Isles scored the opening goal for the third straight game (matching a season high) and grabbed a 2-0 lead for the first time since December 23rd vs Winnipeg … Anthony Beauvillier who was playing in his 100th NHL game, scored in his hometown (again) and has four goals in the last three games.… The Isles improved to 8-11-2 in their last 21 games … Isles improved to 16-1-0 when they score first, 14-0-0 when they lead after one period and 16-0-0 when they lead after two periods…Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists (30/31) as he extended his rookie lead over Will Butcher (24). Barzal also extended his lead in rookie points over Brock Boeser (47-40) with was his 5th multi-assist game and 10th multi-point game…. Barzal's 31 assists are the most by an Islander rookie since Bryan Berard had 40 assists in 1996-97; Barzal also passed Tavares for second on the team (30) …Adam Pelech's goal was his first since April 8, 2017 in New Jersey; Pelech also finished with a +4 rating…The Isles allowed at least 35 shots for the 10th time in 11 games (5-5-1)...  Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 158 goals in the first 45 games (first time since 1993-94 when they had 159) and allowed 164 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 169) … The Isles have allowed at least one third period goal in 21 straight games; it's the longest such streak since they also allowed a goal in 21 third periods over parts of two seasons (2011-12 & 2012-13)..Tavares' shorthanded goal was his 2nd this season and third of his career…Jakub Jerabek assisted on the first Montreal goal for his first NHL point; he later added a second assist…Max Pacioretty extended his point streak to five games with the tying goal…Mathew Barzal now has 10 points in the last three goals (3-7-10).  He had points on five straight goals before Tavares' shorty ended the streak…Karl Alzner played in his 584th consecutive game.  With Andrew Cogliano's streak ending due to his suspension, Alzner now has the 4th longest active streak…The Canadiens are 2-0-2 in their last four games.
The (Latest) Injury
Scott Mayfield left the game in the second period with an upper body injury.  He did not return.

What a Line!
Over the last three games:
Mathew Barzal  3-7-10 
Jordan Eberle  0-7-7
Anthony Beauvillier 4-1-5

NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 28
2. Nikita Kucherov 27
3. Anders Lee 25
4. Sean Couturier 25
5. John Tavares 24

Most Shots Allowed by Isles
61 - 11/23/2009 @ TOR
60 - 11/22/1972 @ PHI
57-  4/07/2009 @ CAR
57-  3/05/2007 @ NYR
57-  4/12/1999 @ NJD
57 - 11/11/1973 @ NYR
56 - 1/15/2018 @ MTL

Most Saves by an Islander Goalie
58 – Dwayne Roloson 11/23/2009 @ TOR (OT Win)
56 – Billy Smith 11/22/1972 @ PHI (Loss)
55-  Rick DiPietro 3/05/2007 @ NYR (SO Loss)
55-  Felix Potvin 4/12/1999 @ NJD (Win)
52 – Thomas Greiss 1/15/2018 @ MTL (OT Win)

Islanders with a Shorthanded Goal and an Overtime Goal in the Same Game
Brent Sutter 11/15/90 @ CGY
Chris Campoli 11/3/08 Vs CBJ
Michael Peca 2/12/02 @ PHL (scored SH goal in OT)
John Tavares 1/15/2018 @ MTL

Barzal's Latest History Lesson
Barzal is the first Islander in 40 years to record at least three points five times in his rookie season.

Most 3-Point Games by an Islander Rookie
1. Bryan Trottier 9 (1975-76)
2. Mike Bossy 6 (1977-78)
3. MATHEW BARZAL 5 (2017-18)
4. Stefan Persson 5 (1977-78)
5. Trent Hunter 4 (2003-04)

A Very Helping Hand
Mathew Barzal now has seven assists in the last three games, and leads all rookies with 31 assists.  

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
Rk Player A Season
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
5 Pat Flatley 31 1984-85
  MATHEW BARZAL 31 2017-18 

Most Seasons With 30+ Assists
1. Denis Potvin 15
2. Bryan Trottier 13
3. Mike Bossy 10
4. JOHN TAVARES 8
       John Tonelli 8

Most Seasons with 24+ Goals (Isles)
Bryan Trottier 12 (11 consecutive)
Mike Bossy 10 (consecutive)
John Tavares 9 (consecutive)

One and Done
The Isles are 14-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 18 straight games and are 21-0-1 in their last 22 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and fifteen times overall (14-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first 17 times this season (16-1-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 16-1-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 23-18-4 this season; they were 19-17-9 through 45 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 225 career wins, tying Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-6-2 on the season, including 7-4-0 in his last 11 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 47-30-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles       7-6-7-4=24
Montreal 13-22-19-2=56

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 17-11-2 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged three times and been successful twice.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful 

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

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-18-4 overall; 13-5-3 at home and 10-13-1 on the road.  
Montreal is 18-20-6 overall; 11-8-5 at home and 7-12-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-6-1 in Division games and 16-12-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-11-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-5-3 at home; they are 6-4-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made a career-high 52 saves and improves to 10-6-2 on the season and 3-3-0 in his career against Montreal. 

Carey Price made 19 saves. He is 13-14-4 on the season and 11-5-4 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Montreal was 1-4 in 6:34 of PP time.
The Isles are 13-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-10-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-13-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 5-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-5-0 on the back-end. The Isles will host New Jersey on Tuesday to conclude this back-to-back set. The next back-to-back set is January 30th vs Florida and January 31st in Toronto.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 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 14-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:57); Montreal: Jeff Petry (25:46)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (14-15-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (22:37). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (20-11-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 33, Montreal 39 (46%) 

John Tavares won 15 of 28 for the Isles; Tomas Plekanec won 11 of 20 for Montreal.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 13/23; 2nd period 5/18; 3rd period 14/27; Overtime 1/4.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/58, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 5/11.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Anders Lee -5)
Montreal 25 (Nicolas Deslauriers -6)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 7: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 16 shots (Scott Mayfield, Thomas Hickey and John Tavares -3).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, Montreal 85.
5-on-5 Isles 42, Montreal 67.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal +4
Montreal: Tomas Plekanec +19

Night and Day 
The Isles are 19-18-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 233 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 196 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 127, Nick Leddy 122.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 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.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 122
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. 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), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Josh Bailey – Injured), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Casey Cizikas – Injured), Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 123

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times 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
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice 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
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks 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 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 632

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 259
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 108

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 332
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 591
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 151 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 81 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 59

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one games to none (and two points to one).  The teams will play a home-and-home series February 28th (in Montreal) – March 2nd (in Brooklyn) to complete the season series.

The Isles are 3-0-0 in their last three games against Montreal; that matches their longest winning streak against the Canadiens since 1993-94.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-13-4-2 on the season as they head to Charlotte for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The games with the Checkers will be very important as the teams are currently neck-and-neck for the final playoff spot.

Tanner Fritz leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 14-7-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers will return home to host Providence on Saturday and Toronto on Sunday.  

Up Next
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16th –NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 6:30PM), WMCA 570, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles conclude the back-to-back set as they return home to face the Devils.

The Isles have done very well against New Jersey in recent years.  The Isles have won their last 8 home games vs New Jersey (including all five in Brooklyn) and are 13-1-1 in their last 15 overall against the Devs.

The remaining games of the season series will be played in New Jersey on February 24th and March 31st.

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



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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 7, Rangers 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 44  
Isles 7, Rangers 2
Where to begin?  How about here?  Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal each scored two goals and finished +5 on the afternoon and linemate Jordan Eberle added a career-high four assists as the Islanders defeated the Rangers 7-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,006 at Madison Square Garden.
It's the first time this season that the Islanders have scored 7 goals in a game. Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves as the Islanders extended their winning streak at The Garden to three straight games.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
06:06 New York Anthony Beauvillier (6) ASST: Jordan Eberle (17), Mathew Barzal (27) 1-0
14:25 NYR PPG - Kevin Hayes (10) ASST: Rick Nash (9) 1-1
16:25 New York Shane Prince (1) ASST: Scott Mayfield (9) 2-1

2ND PERIOD
00:37 New York Mathew Barzal (14) ASST: Jordan Eberle (18), Scott Mayfield (10) 3-1
04:11 New York Mathew Barzal (15) ASST: Anthony Beauvillier (4), Jordan Eberle (19) 4-1
06:51 New York Anthony Beauvillier (7) ASST: John Tavares (30), Thomas Hickey (7) 5-1

3RD PERIOD
09:05 NYR Mika Zibanejad (14) ASST: Mats Zuccarello (24), Ryan McDonagh (19) 5-2
16:06 New York Thomas Hickey (2) ASST: Jordan Eberle (20), Mathew Barzal (28) 6-2
18:55 New York Cal Clutterbuck (8) ASST: Jason Chimera (7), Mathew Barzal (29) 7-2

The Skinny 
The Isles scored the opening goal for the second straight game and only the 16th time this season… Shane Prince scored his first goal since December 31, 2016…Anthony Beauvillier recorded his first career multi-goal game and his first career three-point game… The Isles improved to 7-11-2 in their last 20 games with their first road win since December 4th… After being outscored 14-2 in the prior five second periods, the Isles scored three goals in the first 6:51 of the 2nd period to essentially put the game away.…John Tavares won 17 face-offs, one game after winning a season high 18 draws …The Isles improved to 15-1-0 when they score first, 13-0-0 when they lead after one period and 15-0-0 when they lead after two periods…Mathew Barzal had two goals and three assists (27/28/29) as he extended his rookie lead over Will Butcher (24). Barzal also regained the lead in rookie points from Brock Boeser (44-40).  It was his 4th multi-assist game and 9th multi-point game…. In the last 21 years, only one Islander rookie (John Tavares -30 in 2009/10) has had more assists than Barzal… Cal Clutterbuck has 4 goals in the last 4 games… Anthony Beauvillier has three goals in the last two games…Thomas Hickey's goal was his first since December 4th…Jaroslav Halak faced at least 35 shots for the ninth straight start (4-4-1)... Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 153 goals in the first 44 games (first time since 1993-94 when they had 156) and allowed 160 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 165)… The Isles have allowed at least one third period goal in 20 straight games; it's the longest such streak since they allowed a goal in 21 third periods over parts of two seasons (2011-12 & 2012-13) ….John Tavares' assist was his 30th; he has had at least 30 assists in every full season of his career…Scott Mayfield had two assists to match a career high…After Saturday's play, one point separates FIVE  teams in the Metropolitan Division (and five points separates SEVEN teams)…This was only the fourth Ranger regulation loss in their last 18 home games (13-4-1) …Mats Zuccarello's assist was his 200th NHL assist.  He is the first Norwegian to reach that milestone.

Lucky Sevens
The Isles scored seven goals on the road for the first time since they used a 7-goal third period to do so in Vancouver on March 10, 2014.  It is only the 2nd time that they have done so against the Rangers in the last 30 years (12-3-2006, also at MSG) and matches the most goals that an Islander team has ever scored at The Garden.

The 7-2 victory matches the Isles largest win EVER at MSG (7-2 on November 22, 1981).

The(Latest) Injury
Casey Cizikas left the game in the second period with a lower body injury.  He did not return.

These Kids Are Alright
Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal each scored twice, and both were +5.  They are the first Islander teammates under the age of 21 to EVER score multiple goals in the same game.

The Isles have not had a single player score two goals and go +5 in the same game since Niklas Andersson did so against Phoenix on December 10, 1996; Beauvillier and Barzal were born about 6 months later (Barzal 5-26-97, Beauvillier 6-8-97).

Beauvillier and Barzal are the first pair of Isles to go +5 in the same game since November 21, 2002 when Dave Scatchard and Jason Wiemer did so in Tampa Bay. 

Barzal's History Lesson
Mathew Barzal recorded his second five-point game of his rookie campaign.  The only other players in NHL history to do so are:
The three Stastny brothers (all for Quebec in the early 80's) 
Bryan Trottier for the Islanders in 1975-76, and 
Joe Malone and Cy Denneny, who both did it in the NHL's first season (1917-18).

Barzal also tied the Islander rookie record with five points.  He is the first Islander rookie to record five points in a game against the Rangers and is the first Islander of any experience level to have five points in a game at Madison Square Garden.

A Very Helping Hand
Mathew Barzal now has five assists in the last two games, and leads all rookies with 29 assists.  

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
Rk Player A Season
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
5 Pat Flatley 31 1984-85
6 Jeff Norton 30 1988-89
7 John Tavares 30 2009-10
8 MATHEW BARZAL 29 2017-18

Most Seasons With 30+ Assists
1. Denis Potvin 15
2. Bryan Trottier 13
3. Mike Bossy 10
4. JOHN TAVARES 8
       John Tonelli 8

Dal Colle Debut
Michael Dal Colle played 13:33 in his NHL debut.  Dal Colle was the 5th overall pick in 2014 and the third Islander to debut in the last 2 weeks (Tanner Fritz, Sebastian Aho).

Our Swedish Fans
A group of Swedish Islander fans continued a tradition of watching an Islander matinee in a group back in Sweden.  This one had a happier ending, as the Islanders recorded a victory for the first time in the eight games (1-5-2).

One and Done
The Isles are 13-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 17 straight games and are 20-0-1 in their last 21 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and fourteen times overall (13-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first sixteen times this season (15-1-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 15-1-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 22-18-4 this season; they were 19-17-8 through 44 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak recorded his 225th career win, tying Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 9-6-2 on the season, including 6-4-0 in his last nine decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 46-30-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles       14-11-12=37
Rangers 16-10-13=39

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 16-11-2 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 yet challenged an Islander goal due to an offside this season.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-18-4 overall; 13-5-3 at home and 9-13-1 on the road.  
The Rangers are 22-16-5 overall; 15-8-3 at home and 7-8-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-6-1 in Division games and 15-12-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 12-11-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-5-3 at home; they are 6-4-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves and improves to 13-12-2 on the season and 16-7-0 in his career against Rangers. 

Ondrej Pavelec made 15 saves before being chased following the Isles' 5th goal.  He is 3-6-1 on the season and 4-8-3 in his career against the Isles. Henrik Lundqvist made only his 11th career relief appearance; he stopped 15 of 17 shots.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Rangers was 1-3-in 4:54 of PP time (including an :18 5-on-3.
The Isles are 13-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-10-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 12-13-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 8-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 4-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-5-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 15th in Montreal and January 16th vs. Rangers.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 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 13-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:23); Rangers: Ryan McDonagh (24:39

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (13-15-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (20:42). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (19-11-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 30, Rangers 34 (47%) 

John Tavares won 17 of 27 for the Isles; Mika Zibanejad won 14 of 20 for the Rangers.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 12/26; 2nd period 12/22; 3rd period 6/16.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 23/54, Power play 4/4; Penalty kill 3/6.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Rangers 28 (JT Miller & Jesper Fast -4)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 7: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 21 shots (Ryan Pulock-5).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 66, Rangers 78.
5-on-5 Isles 57, Rangers 57.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Nick Leddy +9
Rangers: Ryan Pulock Rick Nash +9

Night and Day 
The Isles are 18-18-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 232 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 195 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 126, Nick Leddy 121.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 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.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 121
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. 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), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Josh Bailey – Injured), (Andrew Ladd-injured), Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 117

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times 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
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice 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
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks 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 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 631

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 257
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 108

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 332
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 *** 5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 589
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 151 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 111

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 *** 5. Jaroslav Halak 81 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 ***  9. Thomas Greiss 58

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two games to none (and four points to one).  The teams will next meet in Brooklyn on February 15th.

The Isles are 5-0-0 in their last five games and 9-1-0 in their last ten games against the Rangers; it's the first time that they have won 9 of 10 in regular season play from the Rangers.  The Isles have also gone 10-2-0 in their last 12 games at Madison Square Garden.  That streak began with a February 14, 2013 shootout win.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-13-4-2 on the season after going 2-0-0-1 this week.  The Sound Tigers lost a shootout to Hartford on Wednesday, before rebounding for back-to-back wins over Providence (the latter also in a shootout.

Tanner Fritz leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 14-7-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers have a busy week ahead of them as they head to Charlotte for games on Tuesday and Wednesday, before hosting Providence on Saturday and Toronto on Sunday.  The games with the Checkers will be very important as the teams are currently neck-and-neck for the final playoff spot.

Up Next
MONDAY, JANUARY 15th –ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL 7:30PM 
[NBCSN (pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles conclude the road trip and open a set of back-to-backs as they travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens. It will be the Isles' appearance on NBCSN this season.

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams.  Last year, the Isles won the final two meetings to capture the season series after dropping the prior seven match-ups between the squads. The Isles won those two games by a combined 6-1 score, including a 3-0 win in Montreal behind a Thomas Greiss shutout and an Anthony Beauvillier tally.

Islander TV voice Brendan Burke will call the game for NBCSN along with Brian Boucher.  It's the first time since February 7, 1998, when Howie Rose and Chico Resch called an Islander-Devil game, that the Islanders' TV voice will call a national telecast of an Islander game. 

The teams will play a home-and-home series February 28th (in Montreal) – March 2nd (in Brooklyn) to complete the season series.

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, January 07, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 5, New Jersey 4 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 43   
Isles 5, New Jersey 4 (OT)
Sebastian Aho scored his first NHL goal and then assisted on Cal Clutterbuck's tying goal as the Islanders rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout before a crowd of 15,136 at Barclays Center.

Brock Nelson converted the only goal of the shootout to give the Isles their first victory since December 27th and snap a 5-game losing streak.  Jaroslav Halak stopped 42 shots during the game, and all five Devils attempts in the shootout to earn the victory.  The Devils are winless in five straight (0-2-3).

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
15:28 New York Anders Lee (25) ASST: Ryan Pulock (6), Thomas Hickey (6) 1-0

2ND PERIOD
04:43 New Jersey Travis Zajac (4) ASST: Marcus Johansson (6), Sami Vatanen (8) 1-1
10:44 New York Anthony Beauvillier (5) ASST: Mathew Barzal (25), Jordan Eberle (16) 2-1
16:25 New Jersey SHG - Travis Zajac (5) ASST: Brian Gibbons (10) 2-2

3RD PERIOD
02:41 New Jersey Miles Wood (11) ASST: Will Butcher (23), Taylor Hall (27) 2-3
03:18 New Jersey Taylor Hall (15) ASST: John Moore (6), Miles Wood (8) 2-4
07:58 New York PPG - Sebastian Aho (1) ASST: John Tavares (29), Mathew Barzal (26) 3-4
15:43 New York Cal Clutterbuck (7) ASST: Sebastian Aho (1), Brock Nelson (5) 4-4

OT PERIOD
No Scoring

The Shootout:
New York Missed - Jordan Eberle  New Jersey Missed - Taylor Hall
New York Missed - John Tavares New Jersey Missed - Jesper Bratt
New York Missed - Mathew Barzal New Jersey Missed - Kyle Palmieri
New York Missed - Anders Lee New Jersey Missed - Brian Boyle
New York Goal - Brock Nelson (Game Deciding Goal) New Jersey Missed - Brian Gibbons

The Isles improve to 74-57 all-time in shootouts, including 3-1 this season.  It was the second shootout winner of Nelson's career (4-13-2014 @ Buffalo).  Only Pittsburgh (75) has more shootout wins than the Isles.

The Skinny 
After an early Devils goal was reversed, the Isles who were outshot 15-1 in the opening six minutes, scored the opening goal for only the 15th time this season… Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 146 goals in the first 43 games (first time since 1993-94 when they had 153) and allowed 158 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 161)…The Isles allowed their 9th shorthanded goal  (most in NHL and most by the Isles since 2007-08); it was the first shorty they have allowed since November 28th vs. Vancouver … The Isles have allowed at least one third period goal in 19 straight games; it's the longest such streak since they allowed a goal in 21 third periods over parts of two seasons (2011-12 & 2012-13) …. The Isles are 6-11-2 in their last 19 games… The Isles are 5-5-1 in their last 11 home games…The Isles have been outscored 14-2 in the last five second periods…John Tavares won 18 face-offs, a season high.  It's the 8th time in his career that JT has won at least 18 draws…The Isles won a game that they trailed by two goals for the third time this season (11/24 @ Philadelphia, 12/14 vs. Los Angeles); all three wins have been in OT/SO…The Isles improved to 14-1-0 when they score first, 12-0-0 when they lead after one period and 4-2-2 when they are tied after two periods…Mathew Barzal had two assists (25/26) as he extended his rookie lead over Will Butcher (23).  It was his 3rd multi-assist game and 8th multi-point game….In the last 21 years only one Islander rookie (John Tavares -30 in 2009/10) has had more assists than Barzal…With their wins this afternoon, the Isles and Flyers tied Carolina for the final playoff spot…Josh Bailey missed his first game since November 8, 2015 (191 games) and Andrew Ladd missed his first in nearly a year (79 games)…Miles Wood had a goal and an assist; he now has 4 points in 5 games against his dad's former team… This was the Isles' first win since December 27th; they had not had a lead at any point in the five games in the interim…Cal Clutterbuck had 3 goals in the last 3 games…The Isles were outshot 21-10 in the first period; they have been outshot 494-418 in the first period this season…Anthony Beauvillier, who scored two goals for Bridgeport on Friday, scored his 5th NHL goal.

Join the Club
Sebastian Aho became the 364th Islander to score a goal.  He later added an assist to become the first Islander with a goal and an assist in one of his first three NHL games since Kael Mouilleriat did so on February 24, 2015 (vs Arizona).  The last Islander defenseman to do so was Vladimir Malakhov (10-17-92 vs NYR)

Look at Me, I'm Anders Lee!
Anders Lee reached 25 goals on the season; it's the third time in his four NHL seasons that he has done so. Only two Islander left wings (Clark Gillies -7 times & John Tonelli -4 times) have done so more often.

It's the earliest an Islander has scored 25 goals since Pat LaFontaine did so in 1989-90.  

One and Done
The Isles are 12-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 16 straight games and are 19-0-1 in their last 20 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and thirteen times overall (12-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first fifteen times this season (14-1-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 14-1-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 21-18-4 this season; they were 18-17-8 through 43 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak recorded his 224th career win, leaving him one win shy of Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 9-6-2 on the season, including 6-4-0 in his last nine decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 45-30-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles            10-12-12-4=38
New Jersey 21-13-12-0=46

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 15-11-2 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.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 21-18-4 overall; 13-5-3 at home and 8-13-1 on the road.  
New Jersey is 22-11-8 overall; 12-5-3 at home and 10-6-5 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-6-1 in Division games and 15-12-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 11-11-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-5-3 at home; they are 6-4-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves and improves to 12-12-2 on the season and 12-4-2 in his career against New Jersey. Jaro is 31-28 in his career in shootouts.

Cory Schneider made 34 saves.  He is 17-9-5 on the season and 3-6-1 in his career against the Isles. He is 15-26 in his career in shootouts.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 5:52 of PP time (but allowed a shorthanded goal); New Jersey was 0-5-in 10:00 of PP time (including 2:00 in overtime). 
The Isles are 13-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-10-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 11-13-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 20-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 8-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 4-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-5-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 15th in Montreal and January 16th vs. New Jersey.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 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 12-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (27:15); New Jersey: Taylor Hall (23:53)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (12-15-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (23:47). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (18-11-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 37, New Jersey 31 (54%) 

John Tavares won 18 of 25 for the Isles; No Devils who took at least more than three faceoffs won more than he lost.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/18; 2nd period 14/22; 3rd period 9/21; Overtime 4/7.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/52, Power play 5/6; Penalty kill 5/10.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Casey Cizikas -6)
New Jersey 16 (Blake Coleman -4)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 7: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 14 shots (Nick Leddy-4).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 65, New Jersey 68.
5-on-5 Isles 52, New Jersey 41.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Alan Quine +15
New Jersey: Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall +3

Night and Day 
The Isles are 18-18-3 in night games and 3-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the remaining ones are January 13th at the Rangers and February 19th vs Minnesota (both 1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 231 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 194 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 125, Nick Leddy 120.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 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.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 120
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. 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), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Josh Bailey – Injured), (Andrew Ladd-injured), Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 112

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times 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
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice 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
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks 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 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 630

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 257
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 108

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 331
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 588
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 150 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 111

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 80 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 58

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one).  The teams will next meet in Brooklyn on January 16th.

The Isles have done very well against New Jersey in recent years.  The Isles have won their last 8 home games vs New Jersey (including all five in Brooklyn) and are 13-1-1 in their last 15 overall against the Devs.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 16-13-4-1 on the season following a 6-1 loss in Toronto on Saturday.  Kyle Burroughs had the only goal for the Sound Tigers.

Tanner Fritz led Bridgeport with 35 points (10-25-35) at the time of his recall; Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 12-7-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers host Hershey on Wednesday.  After the Isles victory, the team returned Tanner Fritz, Sebastian Aho and Anthony Beauvillier to Bridgeport.

Up Next
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13th –ISLANDERS AT RANGERS 1:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

After both the Islanders and Rangers complete their bye weeks, they will meet for the second time this season; like the October 19th meeting, this game will be at Madison Square Garden.

Mathew Barzal will always remember that first meeting; he scored his first NHL goal in that game.

The Isles are 8-1-0 in their last nine games against the Rangers; it's the first time that they have won 8 of 9 in regular season play from the Rangers.  The Isles have also gone 9-2-0 in their last 11 games at Madison Square Garden.  That streak began with a February 14, 2013 shootout win.

The remaining meetings will be in Brooklyn on February 15th and April 5th.

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



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

Saturday, January 06, 2018

The Skinny: Pittsburgh 4, Isles 0

"The Skinny"
By Eric Hornick

Game 42   
Pittsburgh 4, Isles 0
Sidney Crosby scored a goal and added three assists and Tristan Jarry made 31 saves for his second career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Islanders 4-0 before a crowd of 13,641 at Barclays Center.

The Isles have lost five straight games, all in regulation time and have lost consecutive home games in regulation time for the first time this season.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD
00:41 Pittsburgh Daniel Sprong (1) ASST: Sidney Crosby (23), Dominik Simon (3) 1-0
03:30 Pittsburgh PPG - Evgeni Malkin (15) ASST: Sidney Crosby (24), Phil Kessel (28) 2-0
15:50 Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby (15) ASST: Daniel Sprong (1), Dominik Simon (4) 3-0

3RD PERIOD
13:28 Pittsburgh Daniel Sprong (2) ASST: Justin Schultz (9), Sidney Crosby (25) 4-0

The Skinny 
The Isles got through the first period scoreless but allowed the opening goal for an NHL-high 28th time in 42  games… Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 141 goals in the first 42 games (first time since 1993-94 when they had 152) and allowed 154 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 155)…The Isles allowed a power play goal for the 4th time in 5 games (12-20, 60%) and failed to score on the power play for the sixth straight game (0-18)…The Isles have allowed at least one third period goal in 18 straight games; it's the longest such streak since they allowed a goal in 21 third periods over parts of two seasons (2011-12 & 2012-13).. The Isles are 5-11-2 in their last 18 games…This was only the 3rd time the Isles have been shutout in Brooklyn (April 2016 vs Pittsburgh (Murray) and November 2016 by Tampa Bay (Vasilevskiy)… The Isles are 4-5-1 in their last 10 home games…Daniel Sprong's goals were his first in the NHL since November 6, 2015 (first in 13 games); his assist was the first of his career…Sidney Crosby recorded his 8th game with at least 4 points against the Isles; he is 33-74-107 in his career vs NYI (60 games) and has a point in 12 straight vs. the Isles (8-14-22) … The Isles have been outscored 12-1 in the last four second periods.

The Injuries 
The Isles lost Josh Bailey to a lower body injury in the first period; he did not return.  Andrew Ladd and Ryan Pulock both left the game in the third period and did not return.

First Times in (Thankfully) a Long Time
The Isles have lost 5 straight for the first time since December 2016 (0-4-1) but have lost 5 straight in regulation for the first time since November 19-29, 2013.  It's the first time since March 29-31, 2006 that the Isles have lost consecutive home games by four goals or more.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and thirteen times overall (12-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first fourteen times this season (13-1-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 13-1-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 20-18-4 this season; they were 17-17-8 through 42 games last season and won only 20 of their first 46 games last season (20-17-9).  Their 20th win came in Doug Weight's fourth game as Islander head coach. 

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 223 career wins, leaving him two wins shy of Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 9-6-2 on the season, including 6-4-0 in his last nine decisions.

Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 44-30-8 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           8-9-14=31
Pittsburgh 13-19-6=38

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 14-11-2 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.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 20-18-4 overall; 12-5-3 at home and 8-13-1 on the road.  
Pittsburgh is 21-19-3 overall; 12-7-1 at home and 9-12-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-6-1 in Division games and 15-12-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 10-11-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 12-5-3 at home; they are 5-4-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves but falls to 11-12-2 on the season and 8-6-2 in his career against Pittsburgh.

Tristan Jarry made 31 saves to record his second career shutout.  He is 7-3-2 on the season and 2-0-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 6:44 of PP time (including 1:16 of 5-on-3 time); Pittsburgh was 1-3-in 5:21 of PP time. 
The Isles are 12-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-10-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 11-13-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 4-3 in games decided in overtime and are 2-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-5-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 15th in Montreal and January 16th vs. New Jersey.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 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 11-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:19); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (25:14)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (11-15-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).

Mathew Barzal led the forwards in ice-time (21:11). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (17-11-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 38, Pittsburgh 30 (56%) 

Brock Nelson won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Sidney Crosby won 11 of 21 for Pittsburgh.
 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/17; 2nd period 14/26; 3rd period 16/25.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 31/52, Power play 5/10; Penalty kill 2/6.

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Jason Chimera -4)
Pittsburgh 13 (Three with 2)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 7: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey, Eberle 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots (by 9 different players).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 61, Pittsburgh 54.
5-on-5 Isles 52, Pittsburgh 43.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Thomas Hickey and Adam Pelech +6
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby +23

Night and Day 
The Isles are 18-18-3 in night games and 2-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next ones are January 7th vs New Jersey and January 13 at the Rangers (both 1pm).

Ironmen
Jason Chimera 230 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 193 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 191, Nick Leddy 119.

Century Club
Nick Leddy has 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.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 119
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. 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), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), Sebastian Aho, Tanner Fritz
Total games lost: 106

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times 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
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice 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
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks 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 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 629

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 257
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 107

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 330
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 587
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 149 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 111

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***5. Jaroslav Halak 79 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 9. Thomas Greiss 58

Season Series Stats
Pittsburgh leads the season series two games to none (and four points to one).  The teams will next meet on March 3rd in Pittsburgh. The final meeting of the season will be in Brooklyn on March 20th.

This was the first Islander regulation loss to Pittsburgh in the last five games (2-1-2).

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 16-12-4-1 on the season following a 3-2 overtime loss in Rochester on Friday.  Anthony Beauvillier scored nine seconds into the game and later added a sixth attacker goal to force overtime but the Sound Tigers settled for one point for the second straight game.

Tanner Fritz led Bridgeport with 35 points (10-25-35) at the time of his recall; Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 12-6-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts; he has allowed only five goals in his last four starts.

The Sound Tigers visit Toronto on Saturday.

Up Next
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th –NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 1:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

Two of the leading rookies, both wearing #13, share the ice for the first time as the Isles entertain Nico Hischier and the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils are off to a 22-11-7 start, and lead Pittsburgh by six points for the final playoff spot.  The Devils could tie Washington for the Division lead with a win in Brooklyn.

The Isles have done very well against New Jersey in recent years.  The Isles have won their last 7 home games vs New Jersey (including all four in Brooklyn) and are 12-1-1 in their last 14 overall against the Devs.

This is the first of two meetings in 10 days between the teams at Barclays.
 
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