Friday, February 03, 2012
We're #1 ..at least in one category
Isles begin play in Ottawa tonight with the best road PP in the NHL. The Isles are 17-66 on the road this season (25.8%). The 66 pp's are tied with Buffalo for the fewest in the NHL.
The Isles were 3-21 on the pp during their first 7 games (0-5-2) but are 14-45 (31.1%) in the last 16 (9-6-1) away from the Coliseum.
The Isles are 5th overall on the powerplay; among Eastern teams only Philadelphia has been more successful.
The Isles PP is at 20.3% overall; they haven't finished above 20% since 1993-94 (20.1%).
To put Sam Gagner's amazing night into (an Islander) perspective: Gagner has never had a 50-point season in the NHL. Even after last night, he only has 30 points this season, his 5th in the league. John Tavares already has three 50-point seasons.
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