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Sunday, January 04, 2009

It wasn't the Isles' year...

2008, that is.

According to statistics compiled by Elias, the Isles finished calendar year 2008 with a record of 27-44-11. The 65 points is the fewest of any team in the NHL (one fewer than Atlanta, who played only 80 games to the Isles' 82). The Isles finished the calendar year with a point percentage of .396, dead-last. (Atlanta was at .413).

The Isles scored 198 goals and allowed 275. (includes six goals for shootout winners and four goals allowed for shootout losers) . Tampa had 196 goals and Columbus 191. The Thrashers allowed 279 goals--the only team that allowed more than the Isles.

The Sharks had the best record in the league in 2008 (55-15-10, for a sterling .750 points percentage).

2008 was a stellar year for Mark Streit. The Canadien-turned-Islanders went 15-55-70 for the year, leading all defensemen in assists and points. Ex-Isle Zdeno Chara led NHL defenders with 19 goals.

One other Islander tied for a league lead -- Richard Park, who had 5 SH goals, equalling the total of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

Evgeny Malkin led the NHL in assists and points, going 47-77-124. Alex Ovechkin led in goals, with 60, and was the only other player to top 100 points (60-53-113).

Bill Guerin and Richard Park, btw, were two of 18 players to play in 82 games (remember, not all teams played 82 games during the year); one player, Phoenix' Zbynek Michalek, played in 83.

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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