Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Elias (and some Skinny) on the Road Warriors
ISLANDERS EXTEND ROAD WINNING STREAK
From Elias: The Islanders' 3-1 victory at Winnipeg on Tuesday was their fourth consecutive road win. It's the Islanders' longest road winning streak since they won four straight road games in January 2008. The Islanders were winless in their first seven road games this season (0-5-2) but they're 12-6-1 as visitors since then (November 26 to date). The only other NHL teams with at least a dozen road wins since that date are the Rangers (13) and Canucks (12).>>
The Isles will look for their 5th straight road win in St Louis on Thursday.
Al Arbour led the Isles to at least 5 straight road wins on six occasions. The club record of 8 straight road wins was set in March 1981.
Peter Laviolette opened his NHL coaching career by winning six straight in October 2001.
Those are the only times in Islander history that they have won at least five straight on the road.
Put another way, if the Isles were to win on Thursday it would be the first time in 10 years and the second time since a 5 game streak ended on January 19, 1990 that the Isles would have won at least five straight on the road.
The longest road winning streak in the NHL this season is 7, done by the Wild from November 13-December 10. The Devils are the only team with a longer CURRENT road winning streak - NJ has won their last five on the road.
Oh, and just for kicks, the Isles have never missed the playoffs in a season that included five consecutive road wins.
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