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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Skinny on Isles postponements

The Isles have played exactly 3,300 regular season games in their history.  Game 3,301 is scheduled to be played against the Rangers on Tuesday at the Coliseum, but Winter Storm Juno may have other ideas.

Only 5 times have the Isles had a game postponed due to weather:

GAMES POSTPONED (due to weather)
SCHEDULED ....................PLAYED................... LOCATION............. SCORE............. REASON
Dec. 26, 1975 . . . .. . . Feb. 6, 1976 . . .. . . . . . . Detroit .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  L 4-3 .  .  . .  . . Snow
Feb. 7, 1978 .  .  .  .  . Mar. 26, 1978 . . . . . . . . . NYI (vs. Minnesota) . .W 6-3 . . .  . . . . Snow
Dec. 31, 1978 . . . . . . Jan. 22, 1979 .  .     .  .  .  Chicago .  .  .  .  .  .  .  W 2-1 . . .  . .   . Snow
Jan. 21, 1979 . . . . . . Feb. 14, 1979 .  .  .  .  .   .  Buffalo . . . . . . . . . .. . L 2-1 .  .     .    . Rain/Fog
Mar. 13, 1993 . . . . . . Mar. 14, 1993 . . . . . . . . . NYI (vs. Pittsburgh) . . L 3-2 .  .  .  .    . Snow

The 1993 storm caused a bunch of reschedulings.  Because the Penguins were in NY, the March 13 game was played March 14, pushing the 3/14 game with the Caps to 3/25, which pushed the 3/25 game with New Jersey to 4/16 and caused 4/15 game with Hartford to be rescheduled to 4/13). 

While no Islander/Ranger game has been postponed due to weather, there have been two blizzard games between the squads in recent years.
Jaro Halak was involved in a blizzard game at the Coliseum in December 2009 (26.3 inches of snow recorded in Brookhaven). Halak blanked the Isles on 40 shots in a 3-0 Montreal win.  Details here: http://www.nyiskinny.com/2009/12/stat-trick-montreal-3-isles-0.html Stat Trick, a predecessor to The Skinny opens with: "Jaroslav Halak wants to be a number one goalie.  The Islanders would tell you that he already is.  Halak made 40 saves as the Canadiens blanked the Islanders in a blizzard at the Coliseum for Halak's third victory of the season over the Isles. "

The Rangers have already had one game postponed this season--their November 21st game in Buffalo was rescheduled to February 20th due to the blizzard in Western NY.  As a result, the Rangers are tied with Florida for the fewest games played in the NHL (44), meaning that they are now scheduled to play their final 38 games in a 75-day span.
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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