Monday, February 04, 2013

The Skinny: Devils 3, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 8
Devils 3, Isles 0
Steve Bernier scored two goals 70 seconds apart late in the third period and David Clarkson added an empty net goal as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Islanders 3-0 before a crowd of 11,558 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 2nd career shutout of the Islanders.

The Scoring:

1st Period
None
 
2nd Period
None

3rd Period
16:06  NJD PPG - S. Bernier (2) Snap - ASST: A. Henrique (1) AND A. Greene (1) 1 - 0 NJD
17:16  NJD  S. Bernier (3) Wrist - ASST: R. Carter (3) AND S. Gionta (3)    2 - 0 NJD
19:38 NJD EN - D. Clarkson (5) Wrist - ASST: A. Greene (2)  3 - 0 NJD
           
The Skinny:  The Devils win ended the Isles two game win streak and three game (2-0-1) point streak as well as the Devils four game losing streak (0-1-3). …Moulson, Tavares, Nielsen and Streit each had point streaks stopped at three games…The Isles are 1-3-3 in games played on Super Bowl Sunday; this was only the third time the Islanders had hosted a game on Super Bowl Sunday (1974 and 1990)…The Isles wore their alternate black jerseys for the first time this season.  The Isles are 3-8-3 all-time wearing their alternate jerseys… It's the 13th time that the Devils have blanked the Isles; only the Rangers (also 13) have shutout the Islanders as often…The Isles went 0-7 on the power play; it's their most failures without a goal since January 6, 2011 in Edmonton.  The Isles are 0-8-1 in their last nine games when they go 0-7
(or worse) on the power play… The Devils blocked 22 shots, equaling the number that the Isles got on net… Bernier 's 2-goal game is his first as a Devil; he has also scored 2 goals in a game for four other teams.

The Shots:
Isles       10-7-5=22
Devils     7-7-13=27
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-3-1 overall, 1-2-0 at home and 3-1-1 on the road.  The Isles have earned at least a point in five of the last seven games (4-2-1).
New Jersey is 4-1-3 overall, 2-0-1 at home and 2-1-2 on the road. 

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves but falls to 4-2-1 on the season.  Nabokov is now 3-7-1 in his career against the Devils.
Johan Hedberg made 22 saves; he is 1-0-1 on the season and has allowed just one goal.  Hedberg, who also blanked the Isles on November 25, 2011 recorded his 2nd consecutive Coliseum shutout.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-7 on the power play while New Jersey was 1-3.  The Isles entered the game with the top-rated power play and the top-rated penalty kill in the NHL.

They Said It
Peter DeBoer: "Even at home the other day, we were fine 5-on-5. They ate us alive with their power play. We fixed that today."

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday: "Replay confirms -- Strait coasted in, hit Gionta hard and clean. Brutal call."

The Coach
"You're not going to generate any offense if you don't go to those hot areas. We stayed on the perimeter way too much."

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 213 career points; he is 54 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.

Friends, Friends, Friends
Matt Moulson has four goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on two of them.  Tavares has now been on-ice for 64 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 42 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

107 NHL Goals
Moulson has 107 career goals (101 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 17 have more goals.

Road Warrior
All four of Matt Moulson's goals this season have come on the road. Scoring on the road is nothing new for Moulson; 23 of his 36 goals last season also came on the road.  Only Steven Stamkos (24) had more.

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 27:43.  Bryce Salvador led New Jersey with 24:37.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 31 draws; the Devils won 27.  John Tavares won 13 of 22 for the Isles; Adam Henrique won 10 of 17 for New Jersey.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit the Devils 24-19.  Matt Carkner fought Krystofer Barch in the second period.  It was the Islanders' 5th fight of the season.

All-time Winners
The Islanders fall to three games over all-time NHL .500 (1351-1348-433 in 3,132 games).  The Isles twice last season fell one game below .500. Prior to that, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 254 games since joining the team.  Moulson's streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era and the 4th longest in club history.  Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record.
Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season.  Tavares extended his streak to 167 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 90.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 254
 
Missing Men
Radek Martinek and Joe Finley were scratched. Colin MacDonald served the second game of a two-game suspension. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended after suffering injuries in Europe. Lubomir Visnovsky has not yet reported.  

List Time
Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 312
 
Career Goals as an Islander
22
Benoit Hogue
105
 
22
Ed Westfall
105
 
24
Matt Moulson
101
 
24
Anders Kallur
101
 
26
Trent Hunter
99
 



 



 
32
Travis Green
92
 
33
John Tavares
88
 
34
Butch Goring
87
 



Career Assists as an Islander – active players
1
John Tavares
125
 
2
Mark Streit
120
 
2
Frans Nielsen
120
 
4
Kyle Okposo
  95
 



 







Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
48
Shawn Bates
330
 
49
Eric Cairns
327
 
49
Frans Nielsen
327
 
51
Alan Kerr
326
 
52
Brad Dalgarno
321
 



 
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
61
Josh Bailey
292
62
Gord Dineen
287
 
63
Jeff Norton
282
 
64
Kyle Okposo
279
 
65
Steve Thomas
275
 



 
70
Pierre Turgeon
255
 
71
Matt Moulson
254
 
72
John Tavares
251
 
73
Jude Drouin
250
 
74
Brad Isbister
247
 
74
Brendan Witt
247
 
76
Sean Bergenheim
246
 
76
Mark Streit
246
 
78
Miroslav Satan
243
 



 
 
 
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
31
Mark Parrish
214
32
John Tavares
213
32
Jean Potvin
213
32
Garry Howatt
213
35
Anders Kallur
211
36
Marty McInnis
198



40
Lorne Henning
184
41
Matt Moulson
178
42
Frans Nielsen
174
43
Randy Wood
172
44
Claude Lapointe
171
44
JP Parise
171
46
Shawn Bates
170
47
Jude Drouin
169
48
Dave Scatchard
168
49
Miroslav Satan
166
50
Kyle Okposo
164
51
Oleg Kvasha
158
52
Mark Streit
156
53
Alan Kerr
154
54
Roman Hamrlik
153

Season Series Stats
The Devils lead the season series two games to one and five points to two.  The teams will meet again on February 16 at the Coliseum before completing the season series in Newark on April 1.
The Isles have scored only three goals in their last five home games against the Devils and New Jersey has held the Isles to two goals or less in eight straight Coliseum games.

Happy Anniversary
36 years ago today (2-3-77):  Richie Hansen becomes the first Long Islander to play for the Islanders as the Isles defeat the Rangers 6-3.
All-time, the Isles are 8-6-4 on this date.
On The Farm
Brock Nelson had his first professional hat trick and Nino Niederreiter added his 20th goal of the season as the Sound Tigers defeat Norfolk 4-1 on Saturday. Bridgeport is now 20-19-2-3.  The Sound Tigers are off until next weekend, when they host Portland on Saturday night and Worcester in Sunday afternoon.

Up Next
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th PITTSBURGH AT ISLANDERS (7:00PM)
[MSG+ (Pre-game show at 6:30PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders conclude the homestand and look to get back to .500 at home as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Isles dominated the Penguins last week in Pittsburgh but the Penguins rebounded this weekend to sweep a pair of games and re-take first place in the Atlantic.

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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