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Sunday, November 20, 2005

By the Numbers: Isles 5-Panthers 3.

By the Numbers #7 -11/19/05

Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles’ 5-3 win in Florida:

3 wins in four games on this road trip

5 wins in eight games in a stretch in which the Isles played only once at home. In the final seven games, the Isles won five times and lost in the final minutes twice. The Isles dressed the same twenty players for each of the eight games.

11 straight losses for Florida, including four in overtime/shootouts. The club record is 13.

2-6-0 The Isles win for only the second time after allowing the game’s first goal.

9:56 The amount of power play time for the Islanders, who scored twice in 6 chances. Florida had 12:00 of pp time and went 0-6.

2 more goals for Shawn Bates; Bates left with an upper leg injury late in the game. He has scored at least one goal in all six of the Islanders’ November victories; the Isles are 7-0 when he scores at least one goal. Jason Blake earned primary assists on both tallies, as Bates reached double digits in goals on the season, surpassing his 2003-04 total. 400 NHL goals for the venerable Gary Roberts

450 NHL games for Oleg Kvasha, who recorded his third goal of the season.

17 seconds between Kvasha’s goal and Bates’ second tally of the game

1:44 was all it took for the Islanders to score three goals in a third period flurry.

2 assists for Chris Campoli – his second two-assist game on the road trip

5 assists for the Islander defense tonight

36-46-8 career record for winning goalie Rick DiPietro

86-147-33 career record for losing goal Roberto Luongo

5-27, 23-23 power play and penalty kill stats for the week on the road

6 consecutive games without the Islanders allowing a power play goal, covering 33 times short in those games.

36 consecutive successful pk’s for the Isles, including the final three at New Jersey on November 8.

34 minutes for Eric Godard, who saw 3:17 of ice-time and fought former mate Eric Cairns in the third period after drawing a roughing penalty in the second period. He now has 34 penalty minutes on the season, which exactly matches his season ice-time—34:00. He’s also gone 34 games – the longest streak of his career-- without a point. His only point in 65 NHL games came on November 20 2003 in Tampa.

6-3 A solid win-loss record on face-offs for Jason Blake tonight. Trent Hunter [2-7] didn’t fare as well.

+2 Trent Hunter was the only player on either team with a crooked positive number. -2 x 3: Sopel, Zhitnik and Parrish were all -2.

31 of the game’s 57 shots came in the third period; the Isles outshot Florida 16-15 in the period and were outshot 29-28 in the game.

11-10-0 The Isles climb back above .500 as the season hit the quarter-pole.

5-1-3 The Isles’ record in their last nine trips to Sunrise, FL. Their only defeat in that stretch was in March 04, when they dropped a 6-4 decision.

9-0-0 the Islanders’ perfect record when leading after two periods

61 games without a loss [53-0-8] when the Isles have led after two periods, dating back to December of 2002

0-6-2 the Panthers’ near-perfect record when trailing after two periods

1-10-0 the Panthers’ near-perfect record when they don’t score at least one power play goal

$0.00 the price for GROWL, the Panthers’ game magazine

6-4-0 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.

4 November road wins for the Isles; they haven’t won more November road games since they won 6 while defending their first Stanley Cup championship in 1980.

12 points on the road, compared to 10 at home. It’s the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Isles have had at least two more points on the road than at home this late in the season. [The Isles have played five more road games than home games]

Finally—

Take this number with a grain of salt—remembering that there are more points awarded per game this season than any year in NHL history.

22 in 21. The Isles have 22 points in their first 21 games. Only once in the last 17 seasons have the Isles had more points through 21 games [they had 29 points in 21 games in 2001-02].

Up Next: Isles vs. Buffalo. Wednesday 7pm. The Islanders and Sabres meet for the third time this season. Buffalo has won the first two games by an identical 6-4 score. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.

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