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Thursday, November 24, 2005

By the Numbers: Buffalo 4, Islanders 3 [shootout]

By the Numbers #8 -11/23/05 Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles’ 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo:

3 reasons you might have thought the Isles would win this game: 1. Buffalo played last night while the Isles were idle 2. The Sabres were missing JP Dumont and Daniel Briere 3. The Islanders led 3-1 early in the second period

231 consecutive games that Briere had played—the fourth-longest current NHL streak 6 games out of the last eight in which the Isles have gained a point [5-2-1]

3 games out of the last eight where a late opposition goal has cost the Isles at least a point.

101 career goals for Mike York, including three this season.

8:54 The amount of power play time for the Islanders, who scored once in 5 chances. Buffalo had 6:52 of pp time and went 1-4.

6-0-0 The Isles record this month when Shawn Bates scores a goal 0-4-1 The Isles record this month when Bates doesn’t score

1 This was the first game Bates missed due to his injury 12/26 Projected return date if Bates misses five weeks

1 NHL game for Jeremy Colliton, who played 1:57, was credited for a hit, and split 2 face-offs in his NHL debut

1985 birth year for Colliton—the youngest active Islander. [Nokelainen in born in 1986]

52 seconds between Sopel’s goal and Blake’s goal gave the Isles a 3-1 lead

2:18 was the time it took for the teams to combine for three goals in the second period

22 minutes of pine time for Robert Nilsson, who didn’t play again after an early third period shift

11:19 without a shot for the Isles after Blake’s goal

17:42 without a shot to end regulation and through overtime for the Islanders

5 assists for Chris Campoli in the last four games

0-3 Yashin’s record in shootouts; Jason Blake was also stopped in the shootout while Miro Satan never got a chance to shoot

2 goals on three shots for the Sabres in the shootout.

16-16 Home team records in the shootout, including losses by the Isles and Caps on home-ice tonight

3-0 record of the road team in shootouts involving the Islanders

13,212 attended on Thanksgiving Eve. It was the ninth time in the last ten seasons that the Isles, who did not play a single Wednesday home game in their first eighteen regular seasons, hosted a Thanksgiving Eve game.

1,1,1,1,1 One win, one tie, one shutout loss, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss on the last five Turkey Eves.

6 game point streak ended for Alexei Yashin—Yashin has also had a 5-game and 7-game point streak earlier this season

9 starts in 10 game for Rick DiPietro

8-0 points for the Isles and Sabres, respectively, in the 2003-04 season series

6-1 points for the Sabres and Isles, respectively, in the 2005-06 season series

13 points swing between last season and this season [Isles vs. Sabres]

6 points that Isles finished ahead of Sabres in 2003-04 season

37 consecutive successful pk’s for the Isles before Drury’s power play goal ended the streak.

12-6 A solid win-loss record on face-offs for Oleg Kvasha tonight. Alexei Yashin [4-11] didn’t fare as well. Overall the Isles went 32-26.

-2 Thomas Vanek was the only player on either team with a crooked +/-. 26 shots on goal for the Isles 27 blocked shots for the Sabres, including six for Jay McKee

11-10-1 The Isles stay above NHL .500 …barely.

9-0-1 a blemish to the Islanders’ previous perfect record when leading after two periods

61 The end of the Isles’ unbeaten streak [53-0-8] when the Isles have led after two periods, dating back to December of 2002

62 An unofficial streak—the Isles have gained points in the last 62 games they’ve led after 2 periods [53 wins, 1 ot loss, eight ties]

6-4-1 the Islanders’ record in November; they’ve had only one winning November since going 6-5-2 in 1990.

6 November wins for the Isles; they haven’t won more November games since they won 9 for Terry Simpson in 1987.

Up Next: Isles vs. Ottawa. Friday 2pm. The Islanders and Senators meet for the second time this season. The Islanders swept a pair of home games form the Sens in 2003-04 but Ottawa slaughtered the Isles 6-0 in Kanata on November 5th. It’s the second straight year that the Isles are scheduled to host a post-Turkey day matinee—the lockout cancelled last year’s game against Pittsburgh. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.

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