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Monday, January 23, 2012

Moulson and Tavares

I've been writing about Moulson and Tavares all season, and this current note has been regularly featured in The Skinny:

"Friends, Friends, Friends
Moulson has 22 goals this season; John Tavares has earned assists on 15 of them.  He has now been on-ice for 46 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 31 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. "

Thus, this stat caught me by surprise:

Matt Moulson leads the team in +/- at +11
John Tavares is tied for 2nd at +2

The difference is on the minus side of the ledger.  Moulson has been on ice for 39  Isles (non-PP) goals and only 28 opponents (non-PP) goals;
Tavares had been on-ice for 41 Isles (non-pp) goals and 39 opponents (non-PP) goals.

Nielsen and Grabner were both +13 last season -- the only two Islanders in the past four seasons with at least a +10 rating.

UPDATE:  Keith from Lighthouse Hockey (@KeithLHHockey) raised an interesting point -- how do all the EN goals the Isle have allowed (particularly early this season) affect these numbers?

To be fair, I looked at both the 5 ENG's the Isles have scored as well as the 10 that they have allowed. 

Matt Moulson has been on for 2 ENG for and 5 against, for net of -3. (If you ignore ENs, he'd be +14)
John Tavares has been on for 3 ENG for and 7 against, for net of -4.  (if you ignore ENs, he'd be +6)

Tavares was not on for EN goals allowed to Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Vancouver -- all of those goals were scored with at least two minutes remaining in the game.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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