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From: Eric Hornick <email@example.com>
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Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 11:40:34 PM
Subject: [isles-list] Stat Trick
That was ugly. But ugly games make for interesting stats, like these:
1. The 8-1 loss is the worst in the Ted Nolan era, and the Isles' worst since a loss by the same score to Vancouver at the Coliseum in January, 2006. The Isles hadn't lost a road game by 7 goals since January 30, 1999 (9-2 loss in Ottawa).
2 The seven goal defeat is also the Islanders' worst ever to Toronto. The previous most-lopsided loss to the Leafs was a 7-2 defeat at Maple Leaf Gardens on March 7, 1987.
3. The Leafs lost their previous game (to Carolina) 7-1. Thus, the Leafs improved by 13 goals (6 goal loss to 7-goal win margin) over their previous game. The Isles have never done that -- their best turnaround is 12 goals, happening twice (in 1972, in the 8th and 9th game of their history, and again in 1979).
Perhaps however this was to be expected--
The Isles played their first five games in only seven days -- the first time in their history they've ever started a season with that condensed of a schedule. In October 1980 and January 1995 the Isles opened the season with five games in eight days. (It will be six games in nine days Saturday -- which will equal the most condensed first half-dozen).
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of FSN statistician Eric Hornick. Eric, who has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, celebrated 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 2,920 Fellows of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is the President 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