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Sunday, October 30, 2005

By The Numbers: Buffalo 6, Islanders 4

By the Numbers #2 -10/29/05

Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles’ 6-4 loss to Buffalo:

4+3 =7. The Isles allowed four pp goals, including three in the third period. They’ve allowed seven in the last two home games. It’s the first time since December 30, 1999 [Pittsburgh] that the Isles have allowed 4 pp goals in a game; it hasn’t happened at home since March 7, 1998 [Colorado].

8 + 7 = 15 -> 112. With Satan’s 8 goals and Yashin’s 7, they are on a projected pace to combine for 112 goals. The club record for two players is 116, set by Bossy [69] and Trottier [47] in 1978-79.

0. Janne Niinimaa did not take a minor penalty; Alexei Zhitnik however, took 3. 18 -> 134. The Isles have allowed 18 power play goals this season, which is on pace to demolish the club record of 103.

13,226 means that there were over 3,000 empty seats.

3-2-0 Even with the loss tonight, the Isles enjoyed a winning October at home. They had a winning record at home every month in the 2003-04 season.

11:41 The amount of time the Isles spent killing penalties. They had only 6:34 of pp time.

0 The Isles did not have a power play in the second period –the first period all season without an Islander advantage.

1 Robert Nilsson scored his first NHL goal – only 263 behind his dad.

1 Robert Nilsson was named the game’s First Star.

1 time in his NHL career Robert Nilsson has incorrectly been named the game’s First Star.

4 players, two for the Isles [Satan/Zhitnik] and two for the Sabres[Dumont, Connolly] scored against their former team.

2 times this season that Rick DiPietro hasn’t finished what he was started. He was replaced by Garth Snow after allowing the third goal.

20 Snow made his first Coliseum appearance in twenty months [2-29-04]

10 Number of consecutive games that Ryan Miller had started for Buffalo before Marty Biron made his NHL debut tonight.

7 Jay Mc Kee leads the NHL in blocked shots; seven more went to his total tonight.

5-14 A bad win-loss record on face-offs for Mike York tonight.

20-9 A dominant performance by Chris Drury in the same statistic.

4 The Isles’ home winning streak vs. Buffalo, which ended tonight.

5-6-0 The Isles end October below .500

5-6-2 The Isles drop to 5-6-2 on this date; they defeated San Jose 8-4 on this date 14 years ago. It was the first-ever meeting between the teams and the first win by the Isles since their acquisition of Pierre Turgeon.

0200 10302005 Turn back your clock overnight!

1000 10302005 Practice time for the Isles on Sunday; AP reports that the Isles cancelled a previously scheduled day off.

Out of Town: 4 consecutive goals for Dany Heatley in an 8-0 Ottawa romp in Toronto. It’s Toronto’s worst home loss since 1989.

Up Next: Isles-Bruins @ the Coliseum. Tuesday 7pm. The last time these two teams met it was a scoreless tie. Want to bet it doesn’t happen again? Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.

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