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The Skinny: Isles 5, Boston 1

"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 60 Isles 5, Detroit 1 What a night for Kyle Palmieri! Palmieri scored the earliest hat trick in ...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Stat Trick: Isles 3, Devils 1

1. Bill Guerin's empty-netter gives him 17 goals on the season. Coupled with his first period power play goal, he now has four multi-goal games on the season.

2. The Isles now lead the season series 5-0, and have won six straight over NJ since Wade Dubielewicz poke checked the Isles into the playoffs. Since the lockout, the Isles are 7-2-1 in New Jersey. The six-game winning streak over the Devils is the Isles' longest over NJ since they won 16 straight over the Rockies/Devils (including the first 14 against the Devils) between 1982 and 1984.

3. The Isles have won three straight road games for the first time this season. They won 3 straight on the road over two seasons between games 81 and 82 of last season and the opening game of this season. The Isles had one road winning streak of at least three games last season: 4 between October 11 - November 15, 2006.

...and a bunch more.

4. With the win, the Isles now have 51 points in 46 games. It's only the second time since 1986-87 that they've reach 50 points in the first 46 games.

5. The Isles are now 15-0-0 when leading after two periods -- they've lost (in regulation time) only one game that they've led after 40 minutes under Ted Nolan -- the night Ricky got hurt in Montreal last March.

6. The Isles killed all five Devils power plays, and have now killed 20 of 21 over the last five games, and all 14 Devils power plays this season.

7. DiPietro is now 4-0 against the Devs this season, allowing just five goals (1.22 GAA and a 95.6 save pctg.)

8. With Chris Campoli getting hurt early in the game, Andy Sutton played 26:31 and blocked six shots.

9. In addition to scoring the winning goal, Mike Sillinger went 15-4 on draws. Overall, the Isles won 33 of 50.

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 3,118 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", to the left of Howie and Billy, at most Islander home games. For more on the actuarial profession, visit www.beanactuary.org

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