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Friday, January 16, 2009

Fw: Stat Trick: Boston 2, Isles 1

It's beginning to look a lot like.... December.  6 losses in a row to begin the new year.  On to the trick...

1.  With DiPietro and MacDonald hurt, and Dubielewicz not here, Yann Danis got the start and generally played well.  Danis finished with 25 saves.  The two he didn't get were enough to beat him: Marc Savard scored early in the second and Mark St. Pierre netted the winner early in the third.

2.  Bill Guerin scored the Islanders' only goal -- a 6th attacker tally.  The Isles have scored six 6th attacker goals in their last 10 games, but have netted only one point from them- a loser point in Buffalo.

3. Each team went 0-3 on the pp.  The Isles' pp has gone right into the dumper since the injury to Doug Weight.  They're 1-16 in 2009, with Comeau's goal in Edmonton the only tally.  One area that's gone well is the penalty kill: 28-30 over the last 7 games.

...a few more

4.  The Isles fall to 85-100-35 all-time in the game they play after they play the Rangers.  Really.

5.  The Isles fall to 0--2 on the season to Boston. They've lost four straight overall to Boston (and two straight at home) -- both last done in 2000-01.

6. It's the first time in nearly 10 years (March 1999) that the Isles have lost consecutive 2-1 games.  It's only the third time that the Isles have lost consecutive 2-1 games, both at home.  The other two times both happened in the 1998-99season.

7.  Fewest points thru 44 games (Isles history):
1972-73  12
1999-00  27
1988-89  28
2008-09  28  <=== 
1998-99  29
2000-01  30

8.  Attendance was announced as 15,548.  Watching on TV, it didn't seem like 1/2 that amount was actually in the building.

9.  Frans Nielsen was the only Isle without a shot; Hutner had 6 and Comeau had 5.  The Isles out-hit Boston 35-17 with Witt, Tambellini, and Hunter each having 5.  Witt was on for the empty-netter.  He's been a minus player in all 6 games in 09 (-12 in that stretch)

10.  Looking ahead:  The Devils finally make it to Long Island on Saturday for the first time this season.  The Devils have beaten the Isles twice in New Jersey.  I wonder if we'll see 2004 Hobey Baker fianlist Zach Parise face 2004 Hobey Baker finalist Yann Danis.  The winner: Junior Lessard, acquired by the Isles earlier this week.

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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