Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Skinny: Devils 3, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 80
Sens 5, Isles 1
Travis Zajac scored a power play goal early in the second period to break a 1-all tie and the New Jersey Devils made it stand up as they defeated the Islanders 3-1 before 15,482 at Prudential Center. Since winning 5 out of 7 to get to NHL-.500, the Isles have dropped three straight.

The Scoring:
1st Period
1:18 EV N.J 26 P.ELIAS(26) 15 P.SYKORA(23) 29 M.FAYNE(13)
3:57 EV NYI 26 M.MOULSON(35) 2 M.STREIT(39) 91 J.TAVARES(48)
 
2nd Period
0:22 PP N.J 19 T.ZAJAC(2) 9 Z.PARISE(36) 26 P.ELIAS(50)
 
3rd Period
19:05 EV-EN N.J 17 I.KOVALCHUK(35) 9 Z.PARISE(37)
 
The Skinny Zajac's goal was his first since returning from injury. The Devils lost Jacob Josefson to injury; he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Kovalchuk's empty-netter was his 337th career goal, tying Alex Ovechkin for the most since the start of the 2003-04 season; he has 51 points in 2012 – only Malkin (62) and Stamkos (52) have more. Moulson is the first Islander since Jason Blake to score 35 goals in a season; Tavares' assist was his 200th NHL point – he is only one assist behind Parenteau for the club lead.  Mark Streit's assist was his 150th point as an Islander. The Isles finish the season 8-13-3 in Atlantic Division games.

The Shots:
Isles              8-8-4=20  
Devils            6-8-6=20 
 
The Isles did not have a shot in the first 16 minutes of the third period.  It's the first time since March 25, 2004 that both the Isles and the opposition were held to 20 shots on goal or fewer.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 33-36-11 overall and are 17-18-5 on the road.   The Isles will finish below NHL-.500 for the fifth consecutive season.
New Jersey is 46-28-6 overall and 23-13-4 at home. New Jersey is 20-10-2 since the All-Star break.

In the Nets
Al Montoya stopped 17 shots but falls to 8-10-5 on the season. 
Johan Hedberg made 19 saves for New Jersey as he improves to 17-7-2.

Power Plays
The Islanders did not have a power play (for the 4th time this season) while New Jersey was 1-4. The Isles are 6-25 in the last nine games and 9-36 in the last 12 games with the extra man.  The Isles have killed 21 of their last 25.   The Isles did not score on the power play vs. New Jersey this season (0-17) and are 0-20 in the last eight games vs. the Devils.

They Said It
Matt Donovan: "Overall it was a pretty good game for me. I was just trying to get the jitters out. I want to improve every game.  It's a dream come true being here."

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday "Also, Matt Donovan not exactly easing in here -- out against Kovalchuk every time. Good stick breaking up 2-on-1 against just now. #Isles"

The Coach
"I thought we played well defensively, so did they. ... Neither team generated a whole lot.  They had some power plays and we didn't."

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit led the Isles with 23:05; Marek Zidlicky led New Jersey with 26:08.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 draws; the Devils won 18.  Kyle Okposo won 4 of 5 for the Isles; Travis Zajac won 9 of 18 for the Devils.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 22-21.  Nino Niederreiter led the Isles with five hits.  Matt Martin had four hits, extending his NHL-record total to 365 hits (hits have only been recorded since 2005-06).  Martin has also recorded 13 of the team's 24 fighting majors this season; Haley, playing in just his 12th game of the season, has six of the other 11.

Lots of Blocks
The Isles were credited with 12 blocks, led by Matt Donovan, who had three.  They lead the NHL with 1,338.  Donovan was playing in his first NHL game.

O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A
Matt Donovan is the 4th Oklahoma native to play in the NHL, joining:
 
Tyler Arnason (88-157-245 in 487 NHL games in 2000's)
Burr Williams (0-1-1 in 19 NHL games in 1930's)
Dan Woodley (2-0-2 in five NHL games in 1988)
 
Williams is the only defender in the group, so Donovan is the first Oklahoman defenseman to play in the NHL in 75 years.  Williams last appeared in an NHL game in the 1936-37 season.  He didn't score a goal, so Donovan could be the 1st Oklahoman defensemen to ever do so.  He has 10 goals and 32 assists for Bridgeport, leading all Sound Tiger defensemen in points.

Lucky 13
The Isles had 13 draft picks in the 2008 draft.  Donovan (96th overall) is the ninth of the 13 to play in the NHL.  All but Jared Spurgeon has done so for the Islanders.
 
Pick                        NHL games
9          Joshua Bailey  289
148       Matt Martin        151
53         Travis Hamonic  133
156       Jared Spurgeon  123
102       David Ullstrom              29
126       Kevin Poulin      16
40         Aaron Ness       9
175       Justin DiBenedetto 8
96         Matt Donovan  1
 
Goals by Period (Season)
Isles:           63-63-59-3 = 188
Opponents: 71-73-89-7 = 242
 
Third period goals include 10 empty net goals for the Islanders and an NHL-leading 14 empty-net goals against the Isles.

All-time Winners
The Islanders drop to two games over all-time NHL .500 (1346-1344-432 in 3,121 games).  The Isles have twice this season been one game below .500. Prior to this season, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 108 goals in their 33 wins (3.27 per game) and 81 goals in their other 47 games (0-36-11; 1.72 per game).  In their 36 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 49 goals (1.36 per game).

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 200 career points; he is 51 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.  No other player in that draft is anywhere close.  Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player in that draft.

Youngest Islanders to Record 200 Points (as seen on MSG+)
YR DAY
21 125 Bryan Trottier
21 260 John Tavares
22  55 Mike Bossy
22 112 Denis Potvin
22 217 Brent Sutter
22 235 Pat LaFontaine

Longest Point Streaks in NHL, Last 2 Seasons
·         Sidney Crosby, 25 games (11/5/10-12/28/10)
·         Pascal Dupuis, 15 games (CURRENT)
·         Eric Staal, 12 games (2/8/12-3/6/12)
·         John Tavares, 12 games (12/29/11-1/21/12)
·         Ilya Kovalchuk 12 games (2/1/11-2/25/11)

Friends, Friends, Friends
Moulson has 35 goals this season; John Tavares has earned assists on 23 of them.  He has now been on-ice for 59 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 39 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

102 NHL Goals
Moulson has 102 career goals (96 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 18 have more goals.

Road Warrior
23 of Moulson's 35 goals have come on the road.  Moulson is tied with Marian Gaborik for the NHL lead in this department.

Powerful
14 of Moulson's goals have come on the power play.  Only James Neal (18) and Scott Hartnell (16) have more.  Moulson is the first Islander since Jason Blake (14 in 2006-07) to have 14 power play goals in a season.

30-30-30
Matt Moulson is the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy (1995-96 to 1997-98) to have at least three consecutive 30-goal seasons.  Only 4 players in Islander history have had more thirty goal seasons: Trottier (11), Bossy (10), Gillies (6), LaFontaine (6). Moulson has 95 goals as an Islander – the most by any Islander since the lockout. Moulson has opened the scoring an NHL-leading 11 times this season and the Isles are 9-1-1 when he does so.  He is the first Islander with at least 11 opening goals since Alexei Yashin had 12 in 2001-02.

35-Goal Club
Moulson is the first Islander to score at least 35 goals since Jason Blake, who tallied 40 goals in 2006-07. With one more goal, Moulson will become only the second Islander since Ziggy Palffy (1997-98) to record at least 36 goals.

30-30
Tavares and Moulson give the Isles two 30-goal scorers for the second straight season (Grabner 34, Moulson 31 last year). Prior to last year, the Isles had not had two 30-goal scorers since 2001-02 (Alexei Yashin & Mark Parrish).  It's the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94 that the Isles have had multiple 30-goal scorers in consecutive seasons (4 in both 92-93 and 93-94).

20-20-20 x 2
Moulson and Tavares are the first Islander teammates to record at least twenty goals in three straight seasons since Mark Parrish and Jason Blake did so in 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2005-06.  Tavares is the fifth player to score at least 20 goals for the Islanders in each of his first three NHL seasons, joining:
·         Billy Harris (first six seasons: 1972-73 through 1977-78),
·         Clark Gillies (five: 1974-75 through 1978-79),
·         Bryan Trottier (13: 1975-76 through 1987-88) and
·         Mike Bossy (all 10 seasons: 1977-78 through 1986-87).
 
Leaning on #91
John Tavares has 79 points (32-47-79) on 188 Islander goals this season (42.0%).  Zigmund Palffy (41.0% in 1997-98) is the only Islander to record points on over 40% of the team's goals in a complete season.   Tavares is the first Islander since Palffy (87 in 1997-98) to record 79 points in a season.

Highest Percentage of Team's Points by Club Scoring Leader (Isles history)
·         John Tavares
2011-12
42.0%
·         Ziggy Palffy
1997-98
41.0%
·         Pierre Turgeon
1992-93
39.4%
·         Mike Bossy
1982-83
39.1%
·         Mike Bossy
1981-82
38.2%
 
 
 
Most Points, Islanders, Since 1993-94
·         Pierre Turgeon
1993-94
94
·         Ziggy Palffy
1996-97
90
·         Ziggy Palffy
1997-98
87
·         Ziggy Palffy
1995-96
87
·         John Tavares
2011-12
79
·         Alexei Yashin
2001-02
75
·         Steve Thomas
1993-94
75
 
Royalty
Tavares is the third player in Islander history to record at least 79 points at age 21 or younger.  The others have banners hanging at the Coliseum: Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier.  (Denis Potvin had 76 points as a 21-year old.)

Parenteau's Helping Hands
PA Parenteau has 49 assists – most by any Islander since Pierre Turgeon had in 1993-94.  He now has 67 points on the season.  His next assist will make him the first Islander to reach 50 in the last eighteen seasons.

Most Assists, Islanders, Since 1989-90
·         Pierre Turgeon 1992-93 74
·         Pierre Turgeon 1993-94 56
·         Pat Lafontaine 1989-90 51
·         Steve Thomas 1992-93  50
·         PA Parenteau 2011-12 49
·         Pierre Turgeon 1991-92 49
·         Jeff Norton 1989-90 49
·         John Tavares 2011-12 48

New York 67's
The Isles now have three players with at least 67 points (Tavares, Moulson, Parenteau).  It's the first time since 1993-94 that the Isles have at least three players with 67 points.

Captain, My Captain
 
Mark Streit has 46 points.  He joins a select group of Islander defensemen to record 46 points at least three times in his career, and the 1st to do so that frequently in nearly a quarter-century:
·         Denis Potvin -13 times (1973-74 to 1987-88, except 1979-80 and 1986-87)
·         Tomas Jonsson - 4 times (1982-83 to 1984-85, and 1987-88)
·         Stefan Persson - 3 times (1977-78 to 1980-81, except 1979-80)

Only three other Islander defenders have recorded 40 points in the 2000s:  Tom Poti (2006-07), Adrian Aucoin (2003-04) and Roman Hamrlik (2000-01 and 2002-03).

Streit has 39 assists this season, which is one more than he recorded in 2009-10. Streit also joins D. Potvin and Persson as the only Isles defenders to have at least 3 seasons with at least 38 assists (Potvin -10x, Persson - 3x)  He is two assists shy of becoming the first Islander defenseman since Vladimir Malakhov (47 in 1993-94) to record 41 assists in his season. Both Streit and Bryan Berard have had a 40-assist season for the Isles.

Ironman
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 244 games since joining the team.  He has now passed JP Parise for the fourth longest streak in club history. Moulson's streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era.   Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record.
Frans Nielsen and John Tavares have also played in every game this season while Mark Streit is the only Islander defender to do so.  The Isles have not had as many as four players play in every game since 1986-87.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 244
5. JP Parise 240
 
Okposo in the Groove
Kyle Okposo has scored 19 of his 21 goals since the start of December.  Okposo has scored 56 of his 65 career goals from December-April.  It's the first time in his career that Okposo has recorded 20 games in a season.

Missing Men
Casey Cizikas (upper body), Milan Jurcina (healthy), Steve Staios (healthy) and Evgeni Nabokov (injured) were scratched. Rick DiPietro is on injured reserve.  The Isles have lost 345 man-games to injury so far this season. Newly-signed John Grahame served as the back-up.

Career Years
·         Matt Moulson: 35 goals, 33 assists and 68 points are new career highs.
·         PA Parenteau: 49 assists and 67 points are new career highs. He has 18 goals, two shy of his career best.
·         John Tavares: 32 goals, 47 assists and 79 points are new career highs.
·         Frans Nielsen: 17 goals are a new career-high.  He has 44 points, matching his career best.
·         Travis Hamonic: He has 21 assists, matching a career high.
·         Andrew MacDonald: 5 goals are a new career-high.
·         Matt Martin: 7 goals are a new career high.  He has 14 points, two shy of his career best.
·         Kyle Okposo: 21 goals is a new career high.
·         Josh Bailey has 13 goals, 18 assists and 31 points.  His career highs are 16-19-35.

List Time
Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 310
 
Most First Goals of Game (NHL This Season)
1
Matt Moulson
11
1
Ilya Kovalchuk
11
3
Steven Stamkos
10
 
Career Goals as an Islander
25
Trent Hunter
99
 
26
Matt Moulson
96
 
27
Mikko Makela
95
 
27
David Volek
95
 



 
32
Travis Green
92
 
33
Butch Goring
87
 
34
Tomas Jonsson
84
 
34
John Tavares
84
 
36
Wayne Merrick
81
 
36
Dave Scatchard
81
 



Career Assists as an Islander – active players
1
Mark Streit
117
 
2
John Tavares
116
 
3
Frans Nielsen
110
 
4
Kyle Okposo
  93
 



 








Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
51
Brad Dalgarno
321
 
52
Frans Nielsen
317
 
53
Steve Webb
316
 
53
Ray Ferraro
316
 
53
Richard Park
316
 



 



 
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
61
Josh Bailey
289
62
Gord Dineen
287
 
63
Jeff Norton
282
 
64
Steve Thomas
275
 
65
Kyle Okposo
269
 
66
Blake Comeau
261
 
66
Andre St. Laurent
261
 



 
72
Brad Isbister
247
 
72
Brendan Witt
247
 
74
Sean Bergenheim
246
 
75
Matt Moulson
244
 
76
Miroslav Satan
243
 
77
Bryan Berard
242
 
78
John Tavares
241
 
79
JP Parise
240
 
80
Mark Streit
236
 
81
Adrian Aucoin
235
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
34
Anders Kallur
211
35
John Tavares
200
36
Marty McInnis
198



44
Shawn Bates
170
45
Jude Drouin
169
45
Matt Moulson
169
47
Dave Scatchard
168
48
Miroslav Satan
166
49
Frans Nielsen
164
50
Oleg Kvasha
158
50
Kyle Okposo
158
52
Alan Kerr
154
53
Roman Hamrlik
153
54
Mark Streit
150
 
 
 

Season Series Stats
The Devils win the season series four games to two (8 points to 4), outscoring the Isles 13-7.  All but one of the games was settled by an empty net goal or less.  The Isles scored only three goals total in the final four games.

Happy Anniversary
5 years ago tonight (4-3-07):  Miro Satan scores the shootout winner as the Islanders avoid elimination with a 3-2 win over the Rangers.  Wade Dubielewicz picked up the victory; five days later he would poke check the Islanders into the playoffs.
All-time, the Isles are 4-5-3 on this date, despite going 0-4-2 on the road.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers have won five straight games (all at home) and are 37-24-3-6 overall. They have three games remaining on their eight game homestand.  Bridgeport has 83 points, three ahead of Connecticut for the division lead, and also holds the tie-breaker. Each team has six games to play. Bridgeport hosts Springfield at 11AM on Wednesday and can clinch a playoff berth with a victory.

Up Next
THURSDAY, APRIL 5th WINNIPEG AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+2 (Islanders Game Night at 6:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders conclude their home schedule on Thursday when they entertain Winnipeg. The Isles lead the season series two games to one, but the road team has won all three games (with one Islander win coming in a shootout).  The Isles are 21-11-6 in home finales but are 0-2-2 over the past four seasons.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.
 
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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