Featured Post

The Skinny: Isles 2, Vegas 1 (OT)

"The Skinny"       By Eric Hornick Game 52 Isles 2, Vegas 1 Mathew Barzal beat Logan Thompson with 31.5 seconds left in overtime t...

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

No comments: