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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Loser Point in Buffalo Ironically Makes 2014 Year of the Isles
While the Isles managed to blow a 3-0 lead and 4-3 in Buffalo in a shootout on Saturday, the point was important from a historical standpoint.
The Isles now have 93 points in calendar year 2014 (47 this season and 46 from January-April), which ties 2014 with 2007 for the most points in a calendar year in the post-Cup era.
If they can earn one point in the final two games of 2014, it will give them the most points since 1983 (105).
And one more (with a h/t to @r_gatt for suggesting I check): The loser point Saturday gives the Isles a 6-4-1 record this month, meaning that by NHL accounting the Isles will finish every month of 2014 with at least a .500 record. That last happened in 2004 when they had winning records in January-April and a lockout wiped out the fall.
The last time the Isles played the whole calendar year with at least a .500 mark was in 1985-- a calendar year in which the Isles played either .500 or 1 game over .500 in every month. Of course in those days every game was only worth 2 points.
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