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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Post Ranger letdown

The Isles will battle the dreaded "Post Ranger letdown" tomorrow
in Boston.

By now you know the story,

The Isles are 7 wins, 20 losses, 4 ties, and 3 ot losses in
their last 34 games following a game against the Rangers. (This
includes a 1-2 record in the back-end of home/homes with the

In their last 13 games following a win against the Rangers,
dating back to 1999, the Isles are 1-9-3, with the only win
coming in the back-half of the home and home in October, 2005.

They haven't beaten anyone other than the Rangers since December
27, 1999, when they beat the Bruins 3-0 on Roberto Luongo's only
shutout as an Islander after beating the Rangers 4-2 four nights

through 12/26 win over Rangers (and 12/27 loss to Ottawa)

Isles are:

29-40-21 after win vs. Rangers including 4-13-3 since start of
Milbury era (25-27-18 pre-Mike)
They are 8-25-4 since the start of 1989-90 season after going
21-15-17 before that.

Isles are:
79-90-34 in game following a game vs. Rangers including
17-34-8 since start of Milbury era (62-56-26 pre-Mike).
They are 7-15-6 since start of Laviolette era.

All-time: Isles are 50-50-13 in games following a non-win vs.

[all records consider OT/SO loser points in final column]

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of FSN statistician Eric Hornick.

Eric, who has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, will celebrate his 25th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2007. Often referred to on-air as an actuary, he is one of 2,890 Fellows of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is the President-Elect of the Casualty Actuaries of Greater NY.

You can find him in the "Best Seat in the House", about six feet to Howie and Billy's left, at most Islander home games.

For more on the actuarial profession, visit www.beanactuary.org

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