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The Skinny: Isles 4, New Jersey 1 - Isles clinch a Playoff Spot!

"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 81 Isles 4, New Jersey 1    They're in! Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Palmieri scored goals 4...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Streaking Isles... but in the wrong direction

1. Isles are 0-6-1 in their last 7 -- it's their worst stretch since suffering 7 straight regulation losses in Nov/Dec 2003 -- that team recovered to make the playoffs. The Isles have gone eight straight without a win and made the playoffs that season only once in their history. The 1989-90 suffered through a 14 games winless streak in February/March but squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season ... costing them Jaromir Jagr in the process.

2. Isles do not have a home win in 2008 -- going 0-5-2 in that stretch. It's only the second time in their history that they've lost seven straight (regulation/ot/so) games at home. They were 0-4-2 in January; their first winless month at home since going 0-6 in March 2001.

3. Isles have allowed at least three goals in 10 straight games, matching a simlar stretch suffered under Brad Shaw in Jan/Feb 2006. The Isles haven't allowed at least three goals in 11 straight games since October/November 2002.

4. How long has it been without an Islander home win? Consider that the Patriots beat the Giants that same night (December 29). When the Isles face the Flyers Tuesday, it will be 45 days since their last home victory. This ties the club record for calendar days between home wins (November 4 -December 19, 1999). Of course, the Giants have more victories in February (1) than the Isles (0).

5. The Isles are 0-3 vs. the Flyers this season and are 8-11 vs. Philly since the lockout. There has not been an overtime game between the two teams in that span, which contributes to the Isles earning fewer points since the lockout against the Flyers than any other divisional rival. Five of the Isles' next 23 games are against the Flyers.

6. The Isles have not led at any point of their last four home games. They led Carolina 2-0 after two periods on January 21st before losing in OT. That followed the Jan 19th home game that the Isles led the Flyers 3-1 after the first period but lost 5-3.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick. Eric has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, and celebrated his 26th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2008.

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