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It Happened at the Coliseum ... on January 17th

While the Isles have played almost all of their 3,628 NHL games wearing either White or Blue,  they have played games in Orange and in Black...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

It Happened at the Coliseum ... on January 17th

While the Isles have played almost all of their 3,628 NHL games wearing either White or Blue,  they have played games in Orange and in Black.

The first Orange jersey game was played on this date in 2004 and It Happened at the Coliseum.

Follow the link to relive this date in Coliseum history: It Happened at the Coliseum on January 17th

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Skinny on 1600

The Isles will be looking for the 1,600th regular season victory on Thursday when they host the Devils.

Here's a list of their other century mark wins (as well as the number of games it took them to get there)

Games     Win
3/7/1976  @ Pittsburgh 5 3 W 303 100
4/8/1978  Vs New York 7 2 W 475 200
11/15/1980  Vs Buffalo 4 1 W 654 300
10/21/1982  Vs Washington 6 3 W 804 400
12/3/1984  @ Vancouver 5 4 W 980 500
10/8/1987  @ Los Angeles 4 1 W 1197 600
10/27/1990  Vs Philadelphia 5 2 W 1446 700
11/6/1993  Vs Hartford 5 3 W 1694    800
10/16/1997  @ San Jose 5 2 W 1982 900
10/10/2001  @ Pittsburgh 6 3 W 2307 1000
2/3/2004  Vs Vancouver 5 4 Wot 2521 1100
11/24/2007  Vs Boston 2 1 W 2734 1200
2/5/2011  Vs Ottawa 5 3 W 3012 1300
3/29/2014  Vs New Jersey 2 1 Wso 3246 1400
10/23/2016  Vs Minnesota 6 3 W 3424 1500

Each of the last five milestone wins have come at home; the fewest games between milestones was the 150 between wins 300 and 400 (100-30-20); not surprisingly the Isles spent that entire period as Stanley Cup Champions. The longest stretch was the 325 games between wins 900 and 1,000 (100-186-39).

Adrian Aucoin has the only overtime goal in a century win (1,100); Frans Nielsen had the shootout winner for win #1,400.

Win #200 was a special win - it clinched the Isles' first (Patrick) division championship.  If they earn win #1,600 on Thursday it will move them within one point of Columbus and Washington for the division lead.

The Thursday game against New Jersey will be game 3,628; the Isles are 99-78-26 since defeating Minnesota for win #1,500.


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 2, St. Louis 1 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 45
Isles 2, St. Louis 1 (OT)
Valtteri Filppula has had quite an NHL career but on Tuesday night at Barclays Center he did something he had never done in 918 previous regular season (and 158 playoff) games.  Filppula scored 1:37 into overtime for his first career OT tally as the Isles defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 before a crowd of 10,042. 

Robin Lehner made 30 saves to improve to 9-1-0 in his last ten games as the Isles moved 11 games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season.  

Jordan Eberle's 200th career goal gave the Isles a 1-0 lead in the first period; David Perron extended his point streak to 12 games with the tying goal in the third period.
 
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (10) Anders Lee 08:43 STL 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
David Perron (17) Ryan O'Reilly, Jay Bouwmeester 06:07 STL 1,NYI 1

OT
Valtteri Filppula (10) Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier 01:37 STL 1,NYI 2

The Skinny      
Anders Lee assisted on Eberle's goal; it's the 6th assist in the last seven games for the Captain … The Isles "fourth line" played a leading role again. Cal Clutterbuck led all Isles forwards in both ice-time (season-high 17:46) and shots on goal (4); Cal also led all players with six hits.… The Isles remain six points ahead of last season's pace through 45 games; including shootout winners they have scored 22 fewer goals and allowed 46 fewer goals than last year's first 45 games…With the win the Isles move into third place in the Metro Division (tied in points with Pittsburgh but having played one fewer games.  The Isles are three points behind both Columbus and Washington, with the Jackets now holding the top spot via a tie-breaker.  Only three points separate the teams ranked 2nd-8th in the Eastern Conference …The Isles have won only 56% of the games they scored first (14-7-4); they have won 60% of the games they allowed the opening goal (12-8-0)… The Isles have 29 points on the road and 27 points at home. Of the four top teams in the Metro, only Columbus has earned at least more points at home than on the road … The Isles improve to 21-5-3 when they are outshot; the 21 wins lead the entire NHL when outshot…The Isles killed all three Blues PP's and have killed 10 straight over the last three games.  The three straight perfect games on the PK matches a season high. 

The Injuries
Oskar Sundqvist left the game in the first period after colliding with an official while falling; he returned late in the period. Zach Sanford left the game in the third period with an upper body injury; he did not return.

An Unlikely Overtime Hero
Valtteri Filppula began the game as one of four active NHL players to have played at least 900 regular season goals without ever scoring an overtime goal.   However, two of the other three had not only scored playoff overtime goals, they had done so against the Islanders in the same series (Chris Kunitz and Brooks Orpik in 2013).  The only active player who had appeared in more regular season games without ever scoring an overtime goal (regular season or playoffs) was Jay Bouwmeester, who assisted on the goal that forced overtime tonight.  Among active forwards with no overtime goals of any type, the Rangers' Cody McLeod has now played in the most NHL regular season games (763).

The Great Eight
The Isles now have eight players who have scored at least 10 goals.  It's the first time since the 1984-85 season that eight Islanders have scored at least 10 goals in the first 45 games of a season.

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner has allowed only 19 goals in his last 13 games (9-2-2, 1.49 GAA, .947 save percentage). In his four non-wins in that stretch he has allowed only seven goals. Lehner is 9-1-0 in his last 10 decisions.

Lehner lowered his NHL-leading goals against average to 2.16; he also has the best save percentage among all goalies who has appeared in at least 1/3rd of their team's games: .928.

Most Points Thru 45 Games (Post-Cup Era)
61: 2014-15
56: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 23 Road Games (Post-Cup Era)
31: 2013
29: 2018-19

Road Warriors
The Isles have won five straight games on the road; it's their longest road winning streak since a 7-game streak in the 2013-14 season.

The Isles are 8-1-0 in their last nine road games; the 16 points match the most ever for the club in a 9-game stretch of road games (done also in 1980-81, 1981-82 and 2013-14).

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

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. ISLES 118
2. Boston 119
3. Two with 124

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 115 
2. Boston 119
3. Nashville 123

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

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 93 assists, 128 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
 
Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 788-583-60-138 in 1,569 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    836 
4. Barry Trotz   788
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,569
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,562

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 26-15-4 (56 points), with 136 goals scored and 118 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 23-18-4 (50 points), with 158 goals scored and 164 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 14-7-4 when scoring first and are 12-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       11-6-7-1=25
St. Louis 5-18-8-0=31
The Isles are 5-9-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 21-5-3 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 26-15-4 overall; 12-7-3 at home (3-1-1 on Long Island and 9-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 14-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
St. Louis is 20-20-5 overall; 11-13-2 at home and 9-7-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-5-1 in Division games and 15-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 17-7-4 against the East and 9-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 30 saves and improves to 13-7-3 on the season and 6-3-1 in his career against St. Louis.   

Jordan Binnington made 23 saves; he is 3-0-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 4:10 of PP time; St. Louis was 0-3 on the power play in 4:10 of PP time.
The Isles are 17-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-14-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 15-5-1 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-13-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 11-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 4-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 4-2-0 in the front half and 6-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is Thursday vs. New Jersey and Friday at Washington.

Back Ends
The Isles are 6-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season.  It's the first time that the Isles have won six straight back-ends in a single season since  2006-07, when the Isles won the first six back-ends.  Like this season, the Isles had a new Jack Adams Award-winning coach behind their bench: Ted Nolan.

This matches the longest streak since 1981, when the Isles won seven straight back-ends (over two seasons).

The club record for consecutive back-end wins is 8, and that has been done twice:
January 22-March 14, 1976
March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
 
Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 16-15-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:26); St. Louis: Alex Pietrangelo (25:01)
Cal Clutterbuck Isles forwards with 17:44 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (14-7-3), Nick Leddy (7-7-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 18, St. Louis 32 (36%).  

No Isle won more than he lost: Ryan O'Reilly won 14 of 22 for St. Louis.
Face-offs by period: 1st period  5/12; 2nd period 6/21; 3rd period 7/16; Overtime 0/1.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 15/43, Power play 2/3, Penalty kill 1/4.

Hit Count
Isles 18 (Cal Clutterbuck -6)  
St. Louis 17 (Two with 3)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 17 shots (Scott Mayfield -4) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 42, St. Louis 63
5-on-5 Isles 37, St. Louis 51

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Nick Leddy +4
St. Louis: David Perron +15
 
Night and Day
The Isles are 23-13-4 in night games and 3-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 20th vs. Anaheim. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 163, Brock Nelson 140, Mathew Barzal 127

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 91

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

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

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

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

The Isles are 9-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 760

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 140 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 134…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 115

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 277 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 27. Travis Green 145 *** 28. Nick Leddy 144

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 411…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. David Volek 249 *** 26. Anders Lee 241

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 144

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 75

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 1).    

The Isles are 6-1-1 in the last eight games against the Blues and are 3-0-1 against the Blues at Barclays Center; all four Brooklyn meetings have been decided by a single goal.

On the Farm 
Christopher Gibson made 25 saves, but Bridgeport dropped a 1-0 decision in Charlotte on Tuesday.  Bridgeport is 22-13-4-2 on the season and stay in Charlotte to face the Checkers again on Wednesday. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Josh Ho-Sang 22; Points: Dal Colle 28.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 12-7-2 (2.77 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-6-4 (2.96 GAA)

Up Next
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th –  NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM 7:00PM 
[MSG+(Pre-game at 6:30pm), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles conclude the home stand as they return to the Coliseum to face the Devils for the third time this season.  Thomas Greiss already owns two wins this season over New Jersey, shutting out the Devils on November 3rd in Brooklyn and getting Mathew Barzal overtime goal in New Jersey on Black Friday.

The Isles have dominated the Devils on home ice in recent years, winning 9 out of the last 10 (3-0-0 at the Coliseum and 6-1-0 in Brooklyn).  The Devils' last win at the Coliseum was by a 6-1 score on March 1, 2014; Jaromir Jagr scored the deciding goal in Martin Brodeur's last win against the Isles (as a Devil).

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



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

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 5, Tampa Bay 1


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 44
Isles 5, Tampa Bay 1
Brock Nelson scored a power play goal just 81 seconds into play, the first of three Isles goals in the first 4:43, and the Islanders rode that to a 5-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning before a crowd of 11,193 at Barclays Center. 

Thomas Greiss made 38 saves to record his 13th victory of the season and first since December 17th.  

The Isles handed the Lightning only their second regulation loss in the last 21 games (18-2-1) and just their 9th regulation loss of the season as the Isles remained perfect on the back-end of back-to-backs (6-0-0).
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Brock Nelson (16) Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal 01:21 TBL 0,NYI 1 PPG
Cal Clutterbuck (3) Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas 04:27 TBL 0,NYI 2
Devon Toews (3) 04:43 TBL 0,NYI 3

2nd Period
Casey Cizikas (11) Matt Martin, Cal Clutterbuck 11:03 TBL 0,NYI 4
Ryan McDonagh (5) Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat 18:12 TBL 1,NYI 4

3rd Period 
Joshua Bailey (10) Anders Lee, Nick Leddy 19:08 TBL 1, NYI 5 ENG

The Skinny      
Brock Nelson's goal ties him with Anders Lee for the team lead; it was his first power play goal of the season and the first scored by the Isles at Barclays Center since November 15th vs. the Rangers… The Isles "fourth line" each had two points in the game; Matt Martin, the game's #1 star, recorded his 4th career two assist game…Devon Toews capped the Isles' three goals in the first 4:43 with his 3rd goal in his 10-game NHL career (and third in the last six games); Vladimir Malakhov (1992-93) was the last Isles defenseman to score three times in his first 10 games…Josh Bailey extended his point streak to three games with the empty net goal; three of Bailey's 10 goals this season have been scored against the Lightning…The Isles remain six points ahead of last season's pace through 44 games; including shootout winners they have scored 19 fewer goals and allowed 43 fewer goals than last year's first 44 games… With the win the Isles move back into the top wild card spot); they also remain in 4th place in the Metro,  just two points behind Pittsburgh…  Anders Lee has an assist in five of the last six games….Ryan McDonagh has scored six of his 58 career goals against the Isles…The Isles have won only 54% of the games they scored first (13-7-4); they have won 60% of the games they allowed the opening goal (12-8-0)… The Isles have 29 points on the road and 25 points at home.  Each of the top four teams in the Metro has earned at least as many points on home ice as they are on the road… The Isles improve to 20-5-3 when they are outshot; the 20 wins lead the entire NHL when outshot…Tampa Bay did not score on 6:00 of power play time or 5:00 of 6th attacker time; the Lightning's power play is #1 in the NHL but is 0-7 vs. the Isles…Five of the nine Lightning regulation losses have been by three goals or more…Thomas Greiss, playing on the 11th anniversary of his NHL debut, recorded his 75th win as an Islander.

The Injury
Viktor Hedman left the game after colliding with an official in the second period. He did not return.

What A Start!
The Isles held a 3-0 lead at the 4:43 mark.  It's the 5th time in Isles history that they have scored three goals in the first 4:43:

1/26/82 vs Pittsburgh (2:46)
10/20/05 vs. Rangers (2:47)
12/13/83 vs. Edmonton (4:19)
2/22/89 in Buffalo (4:39)
1/13/2019 vs. Tampa Bay (4:43)

That Fourth Line
Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck each had two points.

Third period ice-time:
Cizikas 5:37
Clutterbuck 5:40
Martin 6:07
Only the Barzal line saw more ice-time in the third period.

Back Ends
The Isles are 6-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season.  It's the first time that the Isles have won six straight back-ends in a single season since  2006-07, when the Isles won the first six back-ends.  Like this season, the Isles had a new Jack Adams Award-winning coach behind their bench: Ted Nolan.

This matches the longest streak since 1981, when the Isles won seven straight back-ends (over two seasons).

The club record for consecutive back-end wins is 8, and that has been done twice:
January 22-March 14, 1976
March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner has allowed only 18 goals in his last 12 games (8-2-2, 1.540 GAA, .945 save percentage). In his four non-wins in that stretch he has allowed only seven goals. 

Lehner was the 4th Goalie in Isles history to record at least eight straight wins:
11: Jaroslav Halak (Nov-Dec 2014)
10: Billy Smith (Jan-Feb 1982)
8: ROBIN LEHNER (Dec 2018-Jan 2019)
8: Mark Fitzpatrick (Dec 1989-Jan 1990)

Most Points Thru 44 Games (Post-Cup Era)
61: 2014-15
54: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 23 Road Games (Post-Cup Era)
31: 2013
29: 2018-19

Road Warriors
The Isles have won five straight games on the road; it's their longest road winning streak since a 7-game streak in the 2013-14 season.

The Isles are 8-1-0 in their last nine road games; the 16 points match the most ever for the club in a 9-game stretch of road games (done also in 1980-81, 1981-82 and 2013-14).

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

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. Boston 116
2. ISLES 117
3. Three with 122

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 114 
2. Boston 116
3. Nashville 121

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

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 92 assists, 127 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 787-583-60-138 in 1,568 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    835 
4. Barry Trotz   787
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,568
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,561

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 25-15-4 (54 points), with 134 goals scored and 117 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 22-18-4 (48 points), with 153 goals scored and 160 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 13-7-4 when scoring first and are 12-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       10-14-4=28
Tampa Bay 6-22-11=39
The Isles are 5-9-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 20-5-3 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 25-15-4 overall; 11-7-3 at home (3-1-1 on Long Island and 8-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 14-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Tampa Bay is 35-9-2 overall; 19-4-0 at home and 16-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-5-1 in Division games and 14-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 17-7-4 against the East and 8-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 38 saves and improves to 13-8-1 on the season and 5-3-0 in his career against the Rangers.   

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves but falls to 18-5-2 on the season and 5-3-0 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-1 on the power play in 1:01 of PP time; Tampa Bay was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 17-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-14-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-5-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-13-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 10-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 3-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
Including today, the Isles are 4-2-0 in the front half and 6-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is Thursday vs. New Jersey and Friday at Washington.
Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 3-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 16-15-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (22:12); Rangers: Mikhail Sergachev (23:29)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:57 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (13-7-3), Nick Leddy (7-7-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Tampa Bay 24 (53%).  

Mathew Barzal won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Brayden Point won 11 of 18 for Tampa Bay. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  6/17; 2nd period 13/24; 3rd period 10/20
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 24/42, Power play 0/1, Penalty kill 3/8.

Hit Count
Isles 18 (Matt Martin - 5)  
Tampa Bay 33 (Adam Erne - 7)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 26 shots (Scott Mayfield -7) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 81
5-on-5 Isles 37, Tampa Bay 55

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk +1
Tampa Bay: Ondrej Palat +18
Night and Day
The Isles are 22-13-4 in night games and 3-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 20th  vs. Anaheim. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 162, Brock Nelson 139, Mathew Barzal 126

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 89

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

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

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

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

The Isles are 9-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 759

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 140 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 134…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 115

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 277

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 411

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 144

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 75

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (and 2 points to 2).   The teams will conclude the season series at the Coliseum on February 1st.

It's only the second win for the Isles against the Lightning in the last eight meetings (2-6-0).

On the Farm 
Bridgeport suffered their first regulation home-ice loss since Opening Night on Saturday, falling 4-2 to Hartford.  Bridgeport is 22-12-4-2 on the season and head to Charlotte to face the Checkers on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Josh Ho-Sang 22; Points: Dal Colle 28.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 12-7-2 (2.77 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-5-4 (3.06 GAA)

Up Next
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th –  ST. LOUIS AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 7:00PM 
[MSG+(Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles look to sweep the season series from St. Louis as the Blues visit Barclays Center on Tuesday.

The Isles are 5-1-1 in the last seven games against the Blues and are 2-0-1 in three previous games against the Blues at Barclays Center; all three Brooklyn meetings have been decided by a single goal.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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 12, 2019

The Skinny: Rangers 2, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 43
Rangers 2, Isles 1
Mats Zuccarello scored the winning goal with 5:05 to play as the Rangers earned a split of the home-and-home series with the Isles with a 2-1 victory at Barclays Center before a near-capacity crowd of 15,497. 

After combining for eight power play goals in the first three games of the season series, the teams combined to go 0-10 on the power play, with both teams failing on lengthy 5-on-3 attempts.

Robin Lehner allowed only two goals, but that was enough to cost him his career-best eight -game winning streak. 
 
The Scoring:  
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (12) Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock 08:40 NYR 0,NYI 1
Filip Chytil (7) Boo Nieves 14:09 NYR 1,NYI 1

3rd Period
Mats Zuccarello (5) Tony DeAngelo, Mika Zibanejad 14:55 NYR 2,NYI 1 

The Skinny     
Anthony Beauvillier scored the only Islander goal; he now has a team-leading 10 goals on home-ice (7 in Brooklyn and three on Long Island); Anders Lee is second with seven goals at home…Josh Bailey recorded his 277th assist, leaving him one behind Bob Nystrom and two behind Pat LaFontaine on the all-time Isles list…The Isles are now six points ahead of last season's pace through 43 games; including shootout winners they have scored 17 fewer goals and allowed 42 fewer goals than last year's first 43 games…   With the loss the Isles remain in the top wild card spot (pending night games); they also remain in 4th place in the Metro,  just one point behind Columbus…  Anders Lee's assist streak ended at four games….Filip Chytil has three goals in five career games against the Isles…The Isles have won only 52% of the games they scored first (12-7-4); they have won 60% of the games they allowed the opening goal (12-8-0)… The Isles have 29 points on the road and 23 points at home.  Of the top four teams in the Metro, only Pittsburgh has more points on home ice than on the road… The Isles fall to 19-5-3 when they are outshot; the 19 wins lead the entire NHL when outshot…Alexandar Georgiev (0.87GAA, .967 save percentage) allowed only two goals in 138 minutes against the Isles…While the Isles have done much better in recent years, they fell to 14-27-11 in the game following a win at Madison Square Garden.

Looking Back to Thursday
The Isles scored on their only shot on goal of the third period on Thursday; it's the fourth time in club history that the Isles have scored a goal on their only shot on goal in a period.

Clark Gillies 11/1/1976 – 7:45 of 3rd period vs. Vancouver
Mark Parrish 3/9/2004 – 8:33 of 2nd period at St. Louis
Josh Bailey 12/9/2014—17:17 of 2nd period at Minnesota
Josh Bailey 1/10/2019—18:34 of 3rd period at Rangers

Like Bailey's goal on Thursday, Gillies' tally was also a game-winner.

Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner has allowed only 18 goals in his last 12 games (8-2-2, 1.540 GAA, .945 save percentage). In his four non-wins in that stretch he has allowed only seven goals. 

Lehner was the 4th Goalie in Isles history to record at least eight straight wins:
11: Jaroslav Halak (Nov-Dec 2014)
10: Billy Smith (Jan-Feb 1982)
8: ROBIN LEHNER (Dec 2018-Jan 2019)
8: Mark Fitzpatrick (Dec 1989-Jan 1990)

Most Points Thru 43 Games (Post-Cup Era)
59: 2014-15
52: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 23 Road Games (Post-Cup Era)
31: 2013
29: 2018-19

Road Warriors
The Isles have won five straight games on the road; it's their longest road winning streak since a 7-game streak in the 2013-14 season.

The Isles are 8-1-0 in their last nine road games; the 16 points match the most ever for the club in a 9-game stretch of road games (done also in 1980-81, 1981-82 and 2013-14).

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Here's where they are this season: (pending Saturday night games)

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)  [not including Saturday night games]
1. Boston 114 
2. ISLES 116
3. Nashville 116

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals) [not including Saturday night games]
1. ISLES 113 
2. Boston 114
3. Nashville 115

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

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 91 assists, 126 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
 
Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 786-583-60-138 in 1,567 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    835 
4. Barry Trotz   786
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,567
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,560

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 24-15-4 (52 points), with 129 goals scored and 116 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 21-18-4 (46 points), with 146 goals scored and 158 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles  are 12-7-4 when scoring first and are 12-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       10-8-7=25
Rangers 8-7-11=26
The Isles are 5-9-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-5-3 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-15-4 overall; 10-7-3 at home (3-1-1 on Long Island and 7-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 14-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
The Rangers are 18-19-7 overall; 11-6-5 at home and 7-13-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-5-1 in Division games and 13-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 16-7-4 against the East and 8-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 24 saves but falls to 12-7-3 on the season and 3-6-2 in his career against the Rangers.   

Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves and improves to 6-7-0 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-6 on the power play in 10:36 of PP time (including two 5-on-3s totaling 1:24); the Rangers were 0-4 on the power play in 7:12 of PP time (including a :48 5-on-3 in the second period). 
The Isles are 16-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-14-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-5-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-13-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 10-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 3-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
Including today, the Isles are 4-2-0 in the front half and 5-0-0 in the back half. This back-to-back concludes Sunday vs. Tampa Bay.  The next back-to-back is Thursday vs. New Jersey and Friday at Washington.
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 16-15-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (24:24); Rangers: Mika Zibanejad (22:23)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:21 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (13-7-3), Nick Leddy (7-7-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Rangers 24 (53%).  

Josh Bailey won 4 of 7 for the Isles; Mika Zibanejad won 17 of 29 for the Rangers. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  10/14; 2nd period 8/20; 3rd period 9/17.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 19/36, Power play 6/9, Penalty kill 2/6.

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Matt Martin & Ross Johnston - 3)  
Rangers 27 (Adam Mc Quaid - 5)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 13 shots (Three with 2) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, Rangers 45
5-on-5 Isles 38, Rangers 37

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck, Ross Johnston & Devon Toews +3
Rangers: Tony DeAngelo +11
 
Night and Day
The Isles are 21-13-4 in night games and 3-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 161, Brock Nelson 138, Mathew Barzal 125

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle,  Adam Pelech
Total games lost: 87

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/11- NY Rangers -Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

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

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

The Isles are 8-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 758

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 140 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 133…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 114

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 277

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 410

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 143

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series two games to two (and 4 points to 4).   
 
The Isles fall to 9-2-0 in the last 11 games against the Rangers and 13-3-0 in the last 16 match-ups. It's the Rangers' first win in eight games at Barclays Center; the 7-game home winning streak was the Isles' longest against the Rangers since 1991-1992.

On the Farm 
Bridgeport snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-3 overtime win on Friday in Utica.  Parker Wotherspoon scored the winner for the Sound Tigers; Josh Ho-Sang had a pair of assists in his return to the Sound Tiger lineup.  Bridgeport is 22-11-4-2 record for the season.

The Sound Tigers host Hartford on Saturday night. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Josh Ho-Sang 22; Points: Dal Colle 28.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 12-6-2 (2.71 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-5-4 (3.06 GAA)

Up Next
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13th –  TAMPA BAY AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 7:00PM 
[MSG+(Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles look for their sixth straight win on the back-end of a back-to-back as they entertain the Lightning.

It's the second meeting of the season between the teams; Tampa Bay got a Tyler Johnson goal with 1:26 remaining to break a 2-2 tie on November 8th.

The Lightning (17-1-1 in their last 19 entering Saturday's game vs. Buffalo) have won six of the last seven against the Isles.   

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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, January 11, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 4, Rangers 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 42
Isles 4, Rangers 3
The Rangers outshot the Isles 17-1 in the third period, but Josh Bailey made the Isles' shot count as the Isles defeated the Rangers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden before a near-capacity crowd of 17,938. 

Bailey's winning goal was the only one that Mathew Barzal (1-2-3) wasn't involved in; Barzal now has 14 points in his first seven career games against the Rangers.

Robin Lehner made 16 saves in the third period to become the fourth goalie in Islander history to record eight straight wins.  

The Isles are 10-2-0 in their last twelve games; they have won five straight road games.  The teams will complete the home-and-home at Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Ryan Strome (6) Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil 01:38 NYI 0,NYR 1 PPG
Mathew Barzal (13) Johnny Boychuk 02:31 NYI 1,NYR 1
Jordan Eberle (9) Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal 08:51 NYI 2,NYR 1 PPG

2nd Period
Kevin Shattenkirk (2) Fredrik Claesson 01:11 NYI 2,NYR 2
Anders Lee (16) Nick Leddy, Mathew Barzal 03:08 NYI 3,NYR 2 PPG

3rd Period
Jesper Fast (7) Neal Pionk, Pavel Buchnevich 08:40 NYI 3,NYR 3
Josh Bailey (9) Cal Clutterbuck, Johnny Boychuk 18:34 NYI 4,NYR 3

The Skinny    
One game after having a goal reversed by an offside challenge,  Jordan Eberle scored his 9th goal of the season…Mathew Barzal now has 126 points in 126 career NHL games…The Isles are now eight points ahead of last season's pace through 42 games; including shootout winners they have scored 13 fewer goals and allowed 40 fewer goals than last year's first 42 games…   With the win the Isles regain the top wild card spot; they remain in 4th place in the Metro,  just one point behind Columbus…  Captain Anders Lee recorded his 17th assist of the season on the Eberle goal. It was the 100th assist of Lee's career; Lee had career highs in both goals (40) and assists (22) last season…The Isles have won only 55% of the games they scored first (12-6-4); they have won 60% of the games they allowed the opening goal (12-8-0)…Matt Martin finished with eight hits, increasing his team-leading total to 136.  It was the sixth time this season that Martin has had at least eight hits (five times in Divisional Games)…The Isles now have 29 points on the road and 23 points at home.  Of the top four teams in the Metro, only Pittsburgh has more points on home ice than on the road…Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the first time in 20 games…Devon Toews saw his three-game point streak end… The Isles scored two power play goals for the third time this season (twice against the Rangers); both teams have scored four power play goals in the season series… The Isles (12-8-0) are one of three teams to have won more than half of the games they allowed the opening goal [Tampa Bay (16-6-0) and Winnipeg (13-9-0) are the others…The Isles have now earned 29 points in 23 road games this season; it's only the second time in the post-Cup era that they have had 29 points in the first 23 on the road. They had only 29 points in the first 33 road games last season…The Isles improve to 19-4-3 when they are outshot.  The 19 wins lead the entire NHL when outshot.

First Time Ever
The Isles are 6-0-0 this season when they are held to 20 shots or less; it's the first time in Islander history that they have won six straight games when held to 20 shot or less.

Just Sid and The Kid (who won the Calder)
Mathew Barzal now has 14 career points against the Rangers in seven games, including three games with at least three points.  Barzal and Sidney Crosby are the only players in the last 30 years to record at least three points in three games against the Rangers prior to his 22nd birthday.

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22  (h/t NHL.com)
34 Bryan Trottier
18 John Tavares
16 Denis Potvin
14 Mike Bossy
12 Mathew Barzal
12 Pat LaFontaine
 
Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has won a career-high eight straight decisions. Lehner has allowed only 16 goals in his last 11 games (8-1-2, 1.50 GAA, .947 save percentage).  

Lehner is the 4th Goalie in Isles history to record at least eight straight wins:
11: Jaroslav Halak (Nov-Dec 2004)
10: Billy Smith (Jan-Feb 1982)
8: ROBIN LEHNER (CURRENT)
8: Mark Fitzpatrick (Dec 89-Jan 90)

USA Hockey
Anders Lee's goal was the 140th goal of his career.  He has broken a tie with Kyle Okposo for 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (287). 

Most Points Thru 42 Games (Post-Cup Era)
57: 2014-15
52: 2018-19

Most Points Thru 23 Road Games (Post-Cup Era)
31: 2013
29: 2018-19

Road Warriors
The Isles have won five straight games on the road; it's their longest road winning streak since a 7-game streak in the 2013-14 season.

The Isles are 8-1-0 in their last nine road games; the 16 points match the most ever for the club in a 9-game stretch of road games (done also in 1980-81, 1981-82 and 2013-14).

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

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. ISLES 114
2. Boston 114
3. Nashville 116

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 111
2. Boston 114
3. Nashville 115

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 41
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 91 assists, 126 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 786-582-60-138 in 1,566 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    835 
4. Barry Trotz   786
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,566
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,560

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season: 24-14-4 (52 points), with 128 goals scored and 114 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 20-18-4 (44 points), with 141 goals scored and 154 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles  are 12-6-4 when scoring first and are 12-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       10-9-1=20
Rangers 8-5-17=30
The Isles are 5-9-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-4-3 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-14-4 overall; 10-6-3 at home (3-1-1 on Long Island and 7-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 14-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
The Rangers are 17-19-7 overall; 11-6-5 at home and 6-13-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-4-1 in Division games and 13-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 16-6-4 against the East and 8-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 27 saves and improves to 12-6-3 on the season and 3-5-2 in his career against the Rangers.   

Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves but falls to 12-12-7 on the season and 30-21-7 in his career against the Isles. He is 1-9-2 in his last 12 decisions against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 2-3 on the power play in 4:12 of PP time; the Rangers were 1-3 on the power play in 4:27 of PP time (including a :54 5-on-3 in the third period). 
The Isles are 16-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-13-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-12-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 10-3-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-3 in regulation. They are 3-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 4-1-0 in the front half and 5-0-0 in the back half.   The next back-to-back is January 12th vs. the Rangers and January 13th vs. Tampa Bay.
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 16-14-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:00); Rangers: Kevin Shattenkirk (24:00)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:05 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (13-6-3), Nick Leddy (7-7-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 35,Rangers 24 (59%).  

Josh Bailey won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Brett Howden won 5 of 9 for the Rangers. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  16/27; 2nd period 7/12; 3rd period 12/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/51, Power play 2/3, Penalty kill 4/5.

Hit Count
Isles 36 (Matt Martin - 8)  
Rangers 37 (Jesper Fast- 6)
   
Fights
Matt Martin fought Cody McLeod in the first period. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Martin (88) and McLeod (158) have had more fights than any other active NHL players.

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 20 shots (Scott Mayfield -4) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 42, Rangers 64 (including 37-6 in the Rangers' favor in the 3rd period)
5-on-5 Isles 33, Rangers 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck +5
Rangers: Frederik Claesson +12
 
Night and Day
The Isles are 21-13-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 160, Brock Nelson 137, Mathew Barzal 124

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle,  Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 85

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/11- NY Rangers -Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

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

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 5-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8),OTT (12.28) and STL (1/5);  all five wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 8-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 757

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 140 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 133…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 114

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 276

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 409

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 143

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two games to one (and 4 points to 2).   
 
The Isles are 9-1-0 in the last 10 games against the Rangers and are 13-2-0 in the last 15 match-ups.

On the Farm 
Bridgeport is winless in their last three games, but they still have a 21-11-4-2 record for the season.

Rookie Otto Koivula leads all current Sound Tigers with 25 points on the season; he is also tied-5th among all AHL rookies in points. 

The Sound Tigers return to Upstate New York to face the Utica Comets on Friday.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Sebastian Aho 21; Points: Dal Colle 28.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 11-6-2 (2.70 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-5-4 (3.06 GAA)

Up Next
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12th –  RANGERS AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 1:00PM 
[MSG+2(Pre-game at 12:30pm), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles and Rangers will complete their season series with the back-end of this home-and-home series on Saturday afternoon at Barclays Center. beginning Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
 
This will be the eighth meeting between the teams in Brooklyn, and the Isles have won the first seven, outscoring the Rangers 25-12 (including one shootout winner).  The seven-game home winning streak is the Isles' longest against the Rangers since they beat them eight straight times at the Coliseum in 1991 and 1992.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

"The Skinny"

 

By Eric Hornick

 

Game 42

Isles 4, Rangers 3

The Rangers outshot the Isles 17-1 in the third period, but Josh Bailey made the Isles' shot count as the Isles defeated the Rangers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden before a near-capacity crowd of 17,938.

 

Bailey's winning goal was the only one that Mathew Barzal (1-2-3) wasn't involved in; Barzal now has 14 points in his first seven career games against the Rangers.

 

Robin Lehner made 16 saves in the third period to become the fourth goalie in Islander history to record eight straight wins. 

 

The Isles are 10-2-0 in their last twelve games; they have won five straight road games.  The teams will complete the home-and-home at Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Scoring:  

1st Period

Ryan Strome (6) Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil 01:38 NYI 0,NYR 1 PPG

Mathew Barzal (13) Johnny Boychuk 02:31 NYI 1,NYR 1

Jordan Eberle (9) Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal 08:51 NYI 2,NYR 1 PPG

 

2nd Period

Kevin Shattenkirk (2) Fredrik Claesson 01:11 NYI 2,NYR 2

Anders Lee (16) Nick Leddy, Mathew Barzal 03:08 NYI 3,NYR 2 PPG

 

3rd Period

Jesper Fast (7) Neal Pionk, Pavel Buchnevich 08:40 NYI 3,NYR 3

Josh Bailey (9) Cal Clutterbuck, Johnny Boychuk 18:34 NYI 4,NYR 3

 

The Skinny    

One game after having a goal reversed by an offside challenge,  Jordan Eberle scored his 9th goal of the season…Mathew Barzal now has 126 points in 126 career NHL games…The Isles are now eight points ahead of last season's pace through 42 games; including shootout winners they have scored 13 fewer goals and allowed 40 fewer goals than last year's first 42 games…   With the win the Isles regain the top wild card spot; they remain in 4th place in the Metro,  just one point behind Columbus…  Captain Anders Lee recorded his 17th assist of the season on the Eberle goal. It was the 100th assist of Lee's career; Lee had career highs in both goals (40) and assists (22) last season…The Isles have won only 55% of the games they scored first (12-6-4); they have won 60% of the games they allowed the opening goal (12-8-0)…Matt Martin finished with eight hits, increasing his team-leading total to 136.  It was the sixth time this season that Martin has had at least eight hits (five times in Divisional Games)…The Isles now have 29 points on the road and 23 points at home.  Of the top four teams in the Metro, only Pittsburgh has more points on home ice than on the road…Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the first time in 20 games…Devon Toews saw his three-game point streak end… The Isles scored two power play goals for the third time this season (twice against the Rangers); both teams have scored four power play goals in the season series… The Isles (12-8-0) are one of three teams to have won more than half of the games they allowed the opening goal [Tampa Bay (16-6-0) and Winnipeg (13-9-0) are the others…The Isles have now earned 29 points in 23 road games this season; it's only the second time in the post-Cup era that they have had 29 points in the first 23 on the road. They had only 29 points in the first 33 road games last season…The Isles improve to 19-4-3 when they are outshot.  The 19 wins lead the entire NHL when outshot…

 

First Time Ever

The Isles are 6-0-0 this season when they are held to 20 shots or less; it's the first time in Islander history that they have won six straight games when held to 20 shot or less.

 

Just Sid and The Kid (who won the Calder)

Mathew Barzal now has 14 career points against the Rangers in seven games, including three games with at least three points.  Barzal and Sidney Crosby are the only players in the last 30 years to record at least three points in three games against the Rangers prior to his 22nd birthday.

 

Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22  (h/t NHL.com)

·        34 Bryan Trottier

·        18 John Tavares

·        16 Denis Potvin

·        14 Mike Bossy

·        12 Mathew Barzal

·        12 Pat LaFontaine

 

Streaking Lehner

Robin Lehner has won a career-high eight straight decisions. Lehner has allowed only 16 goals in his last 11 games (8-1-2, 1.50 GAA, .947 save percentage). 

 

Lehner is the 4th Goalie in Isles history to record at least eight straight wins:

11: Jaroslav Halak (Nov-Dec 2004)

10: Billy Smith (Jan-Feb 1982)

8: ROBIN LEHNER (CURRENT)

8: Mark Fitzpatrick (Dec 89-Jan 90)

 

USA Hockey

Anders Lee's goal was the 140th goal of his career.  He has broken a tie with Kyle Okposo for 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (287).

 

Most Points Thru 42 Games (Post-Cup Era)

·        57: 2014-15

·        52: 2018-19

 

Most Points Thru 23 Road Games (Post-Cup Era)

·        31: 2013

·        29: 2018-19

 

Road Warriors

The Isles have won five straight games on the road; it's their longest road winning streak since a 7-game streak in the 2013-14 season.

 

The Isles are 8-1-0 in their last nine road games; the 16 points match the most ever for the club in a 9-game stretch of road games (done also in 1980-81, 1981-82 and 2013-14).

 

Worst to First

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

 

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)

1.      ISLES 114

2.      Boston 114

3.      Nashville 116

 

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)

1.      ISLES 111

2.      Boston 114

3.      Nashville 115

 

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:

1.      John Tavares 84

2.      Anthony Beauvillier 41

Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

 

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:

1.      John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points

2.      Mathew Barzal 91 assists, 126 points

Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

 

Coach Trotz

Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 786-582-60-138 in 1,566 games.

 

Most Coaching Wins

1.      Scotty Bowman  1,244

2.      Joel Quenneville  890

3.      Ken Hitchcock     835

4.      Barry Trotz        786

5.      Al Arbour           782

 

Most Games Coached

1.      Scotty Bowman   2,141

2.      Joel Quenneville 1,636

3.      Al Arbour           1,607

4.      Barry Trotz        1,566

5.      Ken Hitchcock    1,560

 

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

 

This Season vs. Last Season

This Season: 24-14-4 (52 points), with 128 goals scored and 114 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

Last Season: 20-18-4 (44 points), with 141 goals scored and 154 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

 

First Things First                                                                                   

The Isles  are 12-6-4 when scoring first and are 12-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.

 

The Shots

Isles       10-9-1=20

Rangers 8-5-17=30

The Isles are 5-9-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-4-3 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]

 

Home and Road

The Islanders are 24-14-4 overall; 10-6-3 at home (3-1-1 on Long Island and 7-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 14-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.

The Rangers are 17-19-7 overall; 11-6-5 at home and 6-13-2 on the road.  

 

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 11-4-1 in Division games and 13-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 16-6-4 against the East and 8-8-0 against the West. 

 

In the Nets

Robin Lehner made 27 saves and improves to 12-6-3 on the season and 3-5-2 in his career against the Rangers.   

 

Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves but falls to 12-12-7 on the season and 30-21-7 in his career against the Isles. He is 1-9-2 in his last 12 decisions against the Isles.

 

Power Plays

The Isles were 2-3 on the power play in 4:12 of PP time; the Rangers were 1-3 on the power play in 4:27 of PP time (including a :54 5-on-3 in the third period).

The Isles are 16-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-13-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-4-1 when they do not.    

 

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 22-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-12-3 when they do not. 

 

One Goal Games

The Isles are 10-3-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-3 in regulation. They are 3-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

 

Back-to-Backs

The Isles are 4-1-0 in the front half and 5-0-0 in the back half.   The next back-to-back is January 12th vs. the Rangers and January 13th vs. Tampa Bay.

 

Tired vs. Rested

·        The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before.

·        The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.

·        The Isles are 4-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.

·        The Isles are 16-14-3 when both teams are rested.

 

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Nick Leddy (22:00); Rangers: Kevin Shattenkirk (24:00)

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:05 of ice-time.

 

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (13-6-3), Nick Leddy (7-7-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).

 

Face-offs

Isles 35,Rangers 24 (59%).  

 

Josh Bailey won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Brett Howden won 5 of 9 for the Rangers.

Face-offs by period: 1st period  16/27; 2nd period 7/12; 3rd period 12/20.

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/51, Power play 2/3, Penalty kill 4/5.

 

Hit Count

Isles 36 (Matt Martin - 8) 

Rangers 37 (Jesper Fast- 6)

  

Fights

Matt Martin fought Cody McLeod in the first period. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee). 

 

Martin (88) and McLeod (158) have had more fights than any other active NHL players.

 

Blocked Shots

The Isles blocked 20 shots (Scott Mayfield -4)

 

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 42, Rangers 64 (including 37-6 in the Rangers' favor in the 3rd period)

5-on-5 Isles 33, Rangers 48

 

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: Cal Clutterbuck +5

Rangers: Frederik Claesson +12

 

Night and Day

The Isles are 21-13-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers.

 

Ironmen

Anders Lee 160, Brock Nelson 137, Mathew Barzal 124

 

Scratches

(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle,  Luca Sbisa

Total games lost: 85

 

Late Heroes

The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

1/11- NY Rangers -Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

 

Late Goals Allowed

The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)

11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.

12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

 

Offside Challenges

12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge

 

Comeback Kids

The Isles are 5-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8),OTT (12.28) and STL (1/5);  all five wins have been in regulation.

 

The Isles are 8-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

 

Games Played (skaters)

1.      Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 ***

5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 757

 

Goals

1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …

16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 140 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 133

24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 114

 

Assists

1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…

12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 276

 

Points

1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…

12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 409

 

Games Played (Goalies)

1.      Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …

7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 143

 

Wins (Goalie)

1.      Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***

5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

 

Season Series Stats

The Isles lead the season series two games to one (and 4 points to 2).   

 

The Isles are 9-1-0 in the last 10 games against the Rangers and are 13-2-0 in the last 15 match-ups.

 

On the Farm

Bridgeport is winless in their last three games, but they still have a 21-11-4-2 record for the season.

 

Rookie Otto Koivula leads all current Sound Tigers with 25 points on the season; he is also tied-5th among all AHL rookies in points.

 

The Sound Tigers return to Upstate New York to face the Utica Comets on Friday.

 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Sebastian Aho 21; Points: Dal Colle 28.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 11-6-2 (2.70 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-5-4 (3.06 GAA)

 

Up Next

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12th –  RANGERS AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 1:00PM

[MSG+2(Pre-game at 12:30pm), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com]

The Isles and Rangers will complete their season series with the back-end of this home-and-home series on Saturday afternoon at Barclays Center. beginning Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

 

This will be the eighth meeting between the teams in Brooklyn, and the Isles have won the first seven, outscoring the Rangers 25-12 (including one shootout winner).  The seven-game home winning streak is the Isles' longest against the Rangers since they beat them eight straight times at the Coliseum in 1991 and 1992.

 

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