Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Skinny: Isles 4, Sabres 0


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
Game 18
Isles 4, Sabres 0

Evgeni Nabokov made 35 saves for his 53rd career shutout and the Islanders got goals from four different players to blank the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 before a sellout crowd of 19,070 at First Niagara Center. It's the 14th time that the Isles have shutout Buffalo – more than any other opponent.  The Isles finish their road trip 2-1-0 and now head home for a crucial seven-game homestand just two points out of a playoff spot. Buffalo, now 0-2-0 under interim coach Ron Rolston, has lost four straight and six of seven.

The Scoring:
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
17:51    NYI       M. Streit (4) Deflected - ASST: M. Moulson (11) AND M. Reasoner (3)     1 - 0 NYI          
18:56    NYI       M. Grabner (7) Wrist - ASST: NONE        2 - 0 NYI          
3rd Period
04:24    NYI       J. Tavares (12) Wrist - ASST: M. Moulson (12) AND B. Boyes (10)           3 - 0 NYI          
19:02    NYI       PPG - C. McDonald (3) Wrist - ASST: C. Cizikas (4) AND M. Streit (6)      4 - 0 NYI
The Skinny:
Matt Moulson’s assist on Streit’s goal was his 200th NHL point… The Islanders have goals from a different defenseman in each of the last three games… Tavares is now tied for the NHL lead in goals with Steven Stamkos, Thomas Vanek and Patrick Marleau.  Only Stamkos, Vanek and Sidney Crosby have more points…Chico Resch had the first three Isles shutouts vs. Buffalo; ten goalies have combined for the other 11… It’s the first time since December 3-11, 2011 (4 games) that the Isles have gotten a goal from the defense in at least three consecutive games.  Six of the seven goals that the Isles defense has scored this season has come on the road…The Isles have outscored their opponents 25-17 in the 2nd period while Buffalo has been outscored 30-15 in the middle frame… Grabner is now 9-2-11 in 10 games vs. Bufalo.

The Shots:
Isles        13-11-8=32
Sabres    9-13-13=35
Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-9-1 overall, 2-6-0 at home and 6-3-1 on the road. 
The Islanders' 6-3-1 road record matches their second best road record through 10 games in the past 28 years:
·         2001-02  7-2-1 15 points
·         2012-13  6-3-1 13 points
·         1997-98  5-2-3 13 points
The Sabres are 6-12-1 overall, 3-6-1 at home and 3-6-0 on the road.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 35 saves as he improves to 8-6-1 on the season. It's Nabokov's 53rd career shutout (third among active players), and third as an Islander.  Nabakov now owns shutouts against 22 different teams, including every team in the Western Conference except San Jose (who he has never faced). 
Ryan Miller made 28 saves for Buffalo.  He is 6-10-1 on the season.

Power Plays
The Isles went 1-4 on the power play while the Sabres were 0-6, ending a streak of six straight games in which the Isles have allowed a power play goal.
The Isles power play is 10-31 (32.3%) on the road this season, while Buffalo is 2-46 on the power play in their last 11 games.

They Said It
Matt Moulson: Solid game all around…penalty kill was great…Nabby was solid.

They Tweeted It
@Kevin Poulin60 It was short but sweet In Buffalo great win tonight !! #Isles

The Coach
Nabby was really good tonight. We were out there for an extended period of time, we had a couple of guys who broke sticks, but he made some big saves. They've got some key weapons on their power play unit and he came up big for us.

Daily Double
With Tavares' goal tonight, he and Matt Moulson have combined for an NHL-leading 21 goals among teammates.
Moulson and Tavares have combined for 44 points this season, third among NHL teammates.  Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have combined for 49 points while Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have combined for 46.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 225 career points; he is 58 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 nine goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on six of them.  Tavares has now been on-ice for 69 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 46 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

112 NHL Goals
Moulson has 112 career goals (106 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
John Tavares has 7 road goals and 14 road points this season. Only Patrick Kane (8 and 18) has more.

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit played 23:18 to lead the Isles.   Andrej Sekera led Buffalo with 23:43.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 28 draws; the Sabres won 32.  Marty Reasoner won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Steve Ott won 8 of 10 for Montreal.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 26-18; Matt Martin led the Isles with six hits; he is now third in the NHL with 72.  There were no fights, raising the season total to 10.

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots, including four each for Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic.  MacDonald now shares the NHL lead in blocks (49).

Back over .500
The Islanders once again are over all-time NHL .500 (1355-1354-433 in 3,142 games).  The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and twice this season. Prior to that, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

3 Usually Enough
The Isles are 8-1-1 when scoring at least three goals and 0-8-0 when scoring two or less.

Tough to Catch
The Isles are 5-1-1 in games that they score first.

Some Stats Make No Sense
The Isles improve to 3-6-1 in games that they are tied after one period.  They are 3-3-0 in games that they trail after one period.

A Tale of Two Months
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, outscoring their opponents 27-23.  The Isles are 4-7-0 in February, and have been outscored 37-26.

Road Tripping
This was the final game of a three game road trip, and the only five days that the Isles are away from the Metropolitan area in February.  The Isles finish the trip 2-1-0 and have now had winning records on both of their multi-game trips this season.

Battling the Northeast
This was the third game of an eight game stretch in which the Isles will play seven Northeast opponents, one Southeast opponent, and no divisional (Atlantic) opponents.  The Isles are 2-1-0 in this stretch with the only Southeast opponent (Carolina) their opponent on Sunday night.

Nobody Beats the Viz
Lubomir Visnovsky has been on ice for 17 of the 23 Islander goals in his seven games with the team.  Being on the ice when is team scores is nothing new for Visnovsky; he led the entire NHL in 2010-11 when he was on-ice for 146 Anaheim goals (13 more than Henrik Sedin).

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 264 games since joining the team.  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. 
Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season.  Tavares extended his streak to 177 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 100.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 264
3. Denis Potvin 262
Missing Men
Radek Martinek, David Ullstrom and Eric Boulton were scratched. Matt Carkner and Brian Strait are on injured reserve. Jesse Joensuu remains suspended after suffering an injury in Europe.

Transaction Wire
Kevin Poulin was recalled from Bridgeport and served as the back-up goaltender; Rick DiPietro cleared waivers and has been assigned to Bridgeport.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 35 goals in their 8 wins (4.38 per game) and 17 goals in their other 10 games (0-9-1; 1.70 per game).  In their 9 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 13 goals (1.44 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
Career Shutouts
19 Bernie Parent      54
19 Ed Giacomin       54
21 Evgeni Nabokov 52
22 Rogie Vachon     51
22 Dave Kerr           51
22 Curtis Joseph     51
Career Goals as an Islander
21
Ray Ferraro
116
22
Matt Moulson
106
23
Benoit Hogue
105
23
Ed Westfall
105
25
Anders Kallur
101
26
Trent Hunter
 99
27
John Tavares
96
28
Mikko Makela
95
28
David Volek
95
Career Assists as an Islander
28
Jason Blake
131
29
Trent Hunter
130
30
John Tavares
129
31
Benoit Hogue
124
31
Mikko Makela
124
31
Mark Streit
124
34
Ray Ferraro
122
35
Frans Nielsen
121
36
Garry Howatt
120








Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
43
Marty McInnis
337
43
Frans Nielsen
337
45
Butch Goring
332
45
Oleg Kvasha
332



58
Gord Lane
304
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
61
Josh Bailey
299
62
Kyle Okposo
289
63
Gord Dineen
287
64
Jeff Norton
282
65
Steve Thomas
275
66
Matt Moulson
264
67
John Tavares
261
67
Blake Comeau
261
67
Andre St. Laurant
261
70
Brad Lauer
259
71
Benoit Hogue
258
72
Mark Streit
256
73
Pierre Turgeon
255



Career Points as an Islander
28
Benoit Hogue
229
28
Trent Hunter
229
30
John Tavares
225
31
Mikko Makela
219



38
Butch Goring
195
39
Matt Moulson
191
40
Jeff Norton
188
41
Lorne Henning
184
42
Frans Nielsen
177
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
49
Kyle Okposo
166
51
Mark Streit
161
52
Oleg Kvasha
158

Season Series Stats
The season series is even at one game to each (two points each).  The final meeting of the season will come in the Islanders' final game, April 26th in Buffalo. 
The Isles are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games against the Sabres, including 4-1 in their last five trips to Buffalo.

Happy Anniversary
16 years ago today (2-23-97):  Tommy Salo made 27 saves and Ziggy Palffy added three assists as the Islanders defeated Pittsburgh, 4-1 in front of a sellout matinee
crowd at the Coliseum.  Rich Pilon scored his sixth (and final) goal as an Islander; each of Pilon's goals came in a different season.
All-time, the Isles are 8-6-2 on this date, with tonight's game being only the third (1-1-1) since that 1997 win.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 22-23-3-3 after a 3-2 loss at home to Manchester on Saturday.  Kenny Reiter made 32 saves for the Sound Tigers.  Bridgeport will look to rebound on Sunday afternoon when they host Wilkes-Barre.

Up Next
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th CAROLINA AT ISLANDERS (7:00PM)
[MSG+2 (Pre-game show at 6:30PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders return home to begin a seven-game home stand as they entertain the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time in two weeks. Carolina defeated the Isles 6-4 in the first meeting, despite allowing the Isles to score four power play goals.  It was the first time since 1978 that the Isles had lost a game in which they scored four times on the power play.

While the Islanders have played more Sunday home games in recent years, most of them have been matinees. 

The Islanders will be looking to get back to NHL .500 with a victory.  An Islander win would also move them into 3rd place in the Atlantic Division and 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

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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