Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Isles and All-time .500
The Islanders win on Saturday in New Jersey allowed them to regain all-time .500 approximately 22 hours after falling below it for the first time since 1978.
A couple of people asked me for the extremes -- when were they the most over, and the most under, .500 in their history.
Biggest negative: 71 under .500 Three times in 1973-74 (Arbour's first season) and again once in 1974-75.
On December 28, 1974, a 3-1 loss to Toronto dropped the all-time record to 44-115-33, the final time that they would be 71 games under .500.
Biggest positive: 199 over .500 Twice in 1987-88 and once in 1988-89.
The first time was on December 4, 1987, when a 6-4 win over Washington raised the season record to 17-7-1 and the all-time mark to 616-417-188.
The Isles would get back to 199 over on March 31, 1988 (Denis Potvin's last home game) - a 7-3 win over the Caps raised the season record to 39-29-10 and the all-time mark to 638-439-197. (Ironically a loss in the following game to the Devils would be a huge win that would help get the Devils into the playoffs for the first time.)
Early the following season (October 22, 1988), a 7-3 win over Quebec raised the season mark to 4-2-1 and the all-time mark to 642-443-198.
Since that win, the Isles are 677-876-227 to leave their all-time record at 1319-1319-425
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