Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Skinny: Isles 2, Colorado 1 (OT)

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 46
Isles 2, Colorado 1 (OT)
 
Michael Grabner scored 1:46 into overtime and Kevin Poulin made 30 saves as the Islanders finally won a game without scoring three goals, as they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 before a crowd of 17,430 at Pepsi Center. The Isles have won six straight on the road, matching the second longest road win streak in franchise history.  

The Scoring:
1st Period
NONE
 
2nd Period
18:15 COL Nathan MacKinnon (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Andre Benoit (14), Jamie McGinn (6) 1 - 0 COL      
 
3rd Period
04:28 NYI Brock Nelson (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Calvin de Haan (3), Frans Nielsen (19)       1 - 1 Tie           
 
OT Period
01:46 NYI Michael Grabner (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Strait (4) 2 - 1 NYI
 
The Skinny:  
Nathan McKinnon's goal ties him for the NHL's rookie lead, with San Jose's Thomas Hertl. .. Islander rookie Brock Nelson scored his second goal in the last three games to tie the game…Michael Grabner's overtime goal is his second as an Islander; he completed his only Islander hat trick with an OT tally in Buffalo on February 13, 2011…Thomas Vanek (6-9-15 in 10 games) and John Tavares (7-8-15 in 6 games) both had point streaks ended… The Isles have allowed an NHL-high 64 goals in the second period this season… The win moves the Isles within seven points of a playoff spot, with 36 games still to play… The Isles have outscored their opponents 12-3 in the third period over the last seven games…Calvin deHaan had no points in first 17 games this season but is 1-3-4 in his last three games…Jamie McGinn recorded his 100th point for Colorado, who fall to 23-0-2 when leading after two periods.  The Isles win for the 5th time when trailing after 40 minutes (5-16-2), tying several teams for the NHL lead in win when trailing going to the 3rd period.

Most Points in the Eastern Conference since December 19
1 ISLANDERS 11 games, 16 points   
2 Rangers        11 games, 15 points   
3 Flyers              9 games, 14 points
4 Penguins         9 games, 13 points   
(Anaheim -18 points and St. Louis - 17 points are the only NHL teams with more points in that span)

First Time in a Long Time
The Islanders ended consecutive overtime games by scoring a goal for the first time since December 31, 2010-January 8, 2011; PA Parenteau won the New Year's Eve game in Detroit while John Tavares gave Kevin Poulin his first NHL victory in Denver.
The Islanders have won 6 straight road games for the first time since October 2001, when the Isles won their first six road games under Peter Laviolette.

Six Pack
This is only the fifth time in franchise history that the Isles have won at least six straight on the road:
·         8 in 1980-81
·         6 in 1980-81, 1981-82 , 2001-02 and 2013-14

The Shots:
Isles    7- 9-5-3=24
Avs     9-13-7-2=31
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 17-22-7 overall, 7-9-7 at home and 10-13-0 on the road.   The Isles are 9-4-2 in their last fifteen games overall.
The Avs are 27-12-5 overall; they are 16-6-3 at home and 11-6-2 on the road. It's their best record after 44 games since 2003-04 (also 59 points in 44 games).

By Division
The Isles are 3-10-3 in Division games and are 14-12-4 in games against other divisions. They are 6-3-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 5-4-0 vs. Central Division, and 3-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

The Isles have won four straight games against Western Conference opponents.

In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 30 saves and improves to 8-12-0 on the season.  He has won his last four decisions (for the first time in his NHL career) and is 5-1-0 in his last six games.
Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves for Colorado; he is 20-8-5.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-2 while the Avs were also 0-2.
The Isles are 10-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-16-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 8-14-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-8-4 when they do not. 
The Islander special teams have improved as of late.  The power play is 11-34 (32.4%) over the last 12 games while the Isles have killed 29 of 35 (82.9%) over the last 12 games while scoring two shorthanded goals. 

Tale of Three Seasons
The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games.  Since then, the Isles are 11-34 in the last 12 games (including 9-20 in the last six games (45.0%)). 
 
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-18-5 when they do not.  The win ends a 26-game winless streak (0-19-7) when the Isles scored two goals or fewer, dating back to a 2-1 win in Boston last April 11th.

Helps to Score First
The Isles are 9-5-5 when they score first and are 8-17-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Second to The One
Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (241) and wins (101).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 241
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 101
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
Michael Grabner: "That's how we played last year.  If we get down or up, our mood doesn't change."
Thomas Hickey:  "We talked about not getting down after giving up a goal….This was healthy for us to win one, when we don't score five goals.  We had to use the extra time, but we got it done."

They Tweeted It
@JasonYellin #Isles have their own speed demon in @grabs40! Awesome OT win @NYIslanders  6 road wins in a row!
@JamesPiccoli Kudos To Chris King Who Did A Fine Job In His TV Debut Working With @91Butch On @NYIslanders Hockey @MSGNetworks #Kinger
@waybeyondcrazy might be poulin best game as a Pro

The Coach
"We maintained our poise and composure in the third…as the game got going I thought we did a better job…Kevin Poulin really kept us in the game today…Michael's been getting his chances…he had three or four real goal chances before he got that goal."

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-6-0 in the front-end and 4-5-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.
In the eleven sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points twice, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three occasions.
The next set of back-to-backs will be on January 20th-21st as they will host Philadelphia before visiting the Rangers.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 303 career points; he is 72 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.  No other player from that draft is anywhere close.  Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft. Neither player figured in the scoring tonight.

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic played 26:58 to lead the Isles for the 19th time this season.  Erik Johnson led the Avs with 24:11 of ice-time.
The Isles are 10-12-5 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 7-10-2 when Hamonic leads them.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 25 of 60 draws.  John Tavares split 12 draws for the Isles but his teammates won only 19 of 48; Matt Duchene won 12 of 18 for the Avs.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Colorado 33-32.  Calvin deHaan led the Isles with 7 hits, giving him 50 in just 20 games played. Matt Martin added six hits; his 226 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin.  He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons. 
There were no fights.  The Isles have been involved in 15 fights this season: Martin (6), Boulton (4), Carkner (4), McDonald (1). 

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 15 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald left the Isles with five blocks, extending his NHL-leading total to 155. 

Four Over All-Time .500
The Islanders improve to four games over all-time NHL .500 (1388-1384-446 in 3,218 games) for the first time since November 23rd. The Isles have been 1-under all-time .500 after six games this season and have gone 4-0-2 in the following game. 
The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.

Ironmen
Frans Nielsen is the Islanders' reigning ironman.  He has played 176 consecutive games, and is one of five Islanders to have played in every game this season.  Other ironman streaks: Travis Hamonic (116), Matt Martin (107), Andrew Mac Donald (94) and Thomas Hickey (47). 

Century Club
 Travis Hamonic is the only defenseman in Islander history with two streaks in which he played at least 100 consecutive games. Those are two of only 10 streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by a defenseman in Islander history:
1.     Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979  262
2.     Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**)
3.     Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4.     Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
5.     Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
6.     Mark Streit  10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
7.     Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012- CURRENT 116
8.     Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113 (*)
9.     Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
10.  Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
 
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Missing Men
Lubomir Visnovsky, Radek Martinek and Evgeni Nabokov remain on injured reserve. Peter Regin was scratched for the 2nd straight game. Matt Donovan and Colin MacDonald took Matt Carkner's and Eric Boulton's spots in the line-up. The Isles have lost 119 games this season due to injury.

Nobody Beats the Viz
The Isles were 19-12-4 last season and are 3-3-2 this season with Lubomir Visnovsky in the lineup.  They were 5-5-3 last season and are 14-19-5 this season without him in the lineup.

Career Goals as an Islander
15         Mariusz Czerkawski       145
16         John Tavares   132
17         Jason Blake      127
 
34         Kyle Okposo    89
35         Butch Goring     87
36         Tomas Jonsson            84
37         Wayne Merrick  81
37         Dave Scatchard            81
39         Marty McInnis    79
40         Miroslav Satan  78
41         Michael Grabner 77
42         Frans Nielsen   76
42         Claude Lapointe 76
44         Lorne Henning   73
44         J.P. Parise        73
 
Career Assists as an Islander
18         Alexei Yashin    171
18         Duane Sutter     171
18         John Tavares   171
21         Jean Potvin       167
22         Jeff Norton       166
23         Zigmund Palffy 163
24         Frans Nielsen   155
25         David Volek      154
           
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
24         Eddie Westfall  493
25         Radek Martinek            476
25         Gerry Hart         476
27         Mariusz Czerkawski       470
                       
32         Dave Langevin  422
33         Frans Nielsen   413
34         Wayne Merrick  411
35         Jean Potvin       402
36         David Volek      396
37         Bert Marshall     392
38         Travis Green      388
39         Anders Kallur    383
40         Randy Wood     381
41         Josh Bailey      370
42         Kyle Okposo    364
43         Dave Scatchard            347
                       
46         Marty McInnis    337      
47         John Tavares   336
48         Butch Goring     332      
48         Oleg Kvasha     332      

Career Points as an Islander
16         Ziggy Palffy      331
17         John Tavares   303
18         Mariusz Czerkawski       295
                       
27         Kenny Jonsson 232
28         Greg Gilbert      231
28         Frans Nielsen   231
30         Benoit Hogue    229
30         Trent Hunter      229
32         Kyle Okposo    228
33         Matt Moulson    223

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and two points to one). The teams will play again on February 8th at the Coliseum in the final game before the Olympic break.
The Isles are 8-0-3 in their last 11 games against Colorado since Patrick Roy, now the Avs Head Coach, blanked them 1-0 on November 16, 2001.

Happy Anniversary
2 years ago tonight (1-10-12): Matt Moulson scored twice and added an assist as the Islanders pounded the Detroit Red Wings 5-1.  Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 299th career victory.
Overall, the Isles are 8-9-3 on this date, having won their last two.

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 13-19-1-4 on the season after dropping a 4-1 decision Friday in Manchester. Joe Diamond have cut the Monarchs lead to 2-1 late in the contest, but Manchester added two empty-netters for the final margin.
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with 13 goals; Lee also leads current Sound Tigers in both assists (13) and points (26).  Ryan Strome still leads the team in assists (24) and points (33). 
The Sound Tigers are back at Webster Bank Arena for the first time in 2014 to host Portland at 7pm Saturday and Hartford at 3pm Sunday.

Up Next
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12th —ISLANDERS AT DALLAS 6:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 5:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Isles will look to extend their winning streak to four and their road winning streak to seven as they face the Dallas Stars for the second time this week.  Note the unusual start: 6:00 New York time.
The Isles are 2-1-1 in their last four games against the Stars and are 3-1-1 in their last five trips to Dallas.  Their most recent visit was on December 3, 2011 and the Isles defeated Dallas 5-4 behind four goals from Matt Moulson. Al Montoya played the third period of what became Rick DiPietro's final win as an Islander.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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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