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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

All-time .500

The Isles' shutout loss in Pittsburgh dropped their all-time record to .500 (1318-1318-424 in 3,060 games). 

The Isles' all-time record has been .500 or better since they were 178-178-83 on January 16, 1978.  That day, the Isles reached .500 with a 4-2 win over Toronto.  It was their second win in a 6-game winning streak and they remained above .500 for nearly 34 years.

On Wednesday, the Isles will play only their fourth game ever with an even win-loss record.

The others:

10/7/72 -- first game in franchise history.  Lost 3-2 to Atlanta.
10/14/72 -- Having evened all-time record at 1-1-0 two days earlier, Isles fall 7-4 to drop under .500.  It would take over five years for them to get even.
1/18/78 -- 5-2 win at Minnesota raises record to 179-178-83. Rookie Mike Bossy had two goals; Bryan Trottier had three assists in the win.
11/23/2011 -- Isles will bring a 141:45 scoreless streak into game with Flyers as they try to avoid falling below .500.
What was going on in the world on January 16, 1978?

Here's what President Carter was doing: http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/documents/diary/1978/d011678t.pdf
Star Wars was the top movie in America
One Life to Live expanded to 1 hour
Cowboys celebrated their Super Bowl win (over Denver) the previous day

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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