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Monday, November 15, 2010

Winless/losing streaks Clarified

Before today's news broke, a got a note from Chris King clarifying/correcting my
winless/losing streak note of last evening.

According to the NHL, the Isles do not have a 10 game losing streak. The NHL
apparently changed how they recognized these streaks last season.  The "loser"
point in San Jose ended the losing (aka "pointless")  streak.  As such, the list
of longest losing streaks that I posted last night is tecnhically incorrect.

Either way, the Isles will sport a 10 game winless streak (0-9-1) and a 1 game
losing streak when Interim Head Coach Jack Capuano leads the Islanders
against Tampa on Wednesday.

SO... for the record,

This is the 12th time in Islander history that they have gone at least 10
without a win (including two multi-season streaks). They need a win on Wednesday
to avoid their first 11-game winless streak of the 21st Century.  Their last 11
game winless streak was the last games Mike Milbury coached for the Islanders. 
Bill Stewart repalced Milbury on January 21, 1999 and defeated Pittsburgh 5-2 to
break that streak.  Capuano will have the opportunity to break the 10-game
winless streak on Wednesday.

Isles winless streaks of at least 10 games:

15- November 21, 1972-December 20, 1972 (12 losses, 3 ties)

14 -February 13, 1990 –March 15, 1990 (11 losses, 3 ties)

12- December 27, 1972- January 16, 1973  (12 losses)
12- February 24, 1974- March 17, 1974 (11 losses, 1 tie; includes 10 straight
losses Feb 28 – Mar 17)
12 -November 22, 1988-December 15, 1988 (12 losses – 8 under Simpson, 4 under
Arbour)

11- March 16, 1996- April 5, 1996 (11 losses)
11 -December 22, 1997- January 12, 1998 (10 losses, 1 tie; includes 10 straight
losses Dec 22 –Jan 10)
11 -December 28, 1998-January 20, 1999 (10 losses, 1 tie)

10- March 27, 1973-October 25, 1973 (0-2-1 to end 72/73; 0-4-3 to open 73/74)
10 -December 4, 2008- December 23, 2008 (9 losses, 1 OT loss)
10 -April 7, 2009 – October 17, 2009 ( 4 losses to end 08/09;  0-3-3 to open
09/10)
10 -October 23, 2010 – CURRENT (9 losses, 1 SO loss -- 10 under Gordon, 0 under
Capuano))

Islander Losing Streaks of at least 10 games

12- December 27, 1972- January 16, 1973  (12 losses)
12 -November 22, 1988-December 15, 1988 (12 losses – 8 under Simpson, 4 under
Arbour)

11- March 16, 1996- April 5, 1996 (11 losses)

10- February 28, 1974- March 17, 1974 (10  losses)
10 -December 22, 1997- January 10, 1998 (10 losses)

I'll have more numbers on the coaching change tonight.
 

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