By Eric Hornick
Carolina 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Ron Hainsey scored 2:21 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes won a game that they never led, defeating the Islander 3-2 before a crowd of 11,494 at Barclays Center. The Isles do earn a point, their 14th, tying the Rangers for first place in the Metropolitan Division with identical 6-2-2 records. The Isles are 6-1-1 in their last eight games and their overall 6-2-2 record is their 2nd best through ten games in the Post-Cup era (8-0-1-1 in 2001-02).
08:56 NYI Matt Martin (1) Tip-in - ASST: Nick Leddy (2), Casey Cizikas (3) 1 - 0 NYI
15:00 CAR Brock McGinn (2) Snap shot - ASST: Jay McClement (2), Nathan Gerbe (2)1 - 1 Tie
12:50 NYI PPG - Frans Nielsen (4) Backhand - ASST: Nick Leddy (3), Thomas Greiss (1) 2 - 1 NYI
14:56 CAR Chris Terry (2) Snap shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (1), Eric Staal (3) 2 - 2 Tie
02:21 CAR Ron Hainsey (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (2) 3 - 2 CAR
The Isles' penalty killers are 23-23 over the last seven games and have now killed 91.7% of opponents' opportunities… Matt Martin's goal, his 33rd in 368 NHL games (and his first since February 24th) came on the 5th anniversary of his first NHL goal (10/29/10 vs. Alex Auld of Montreal)…Frans Nielsen now has three goals in the last two games…Thomas Greiss recorded his first career assist…Brock McGinn's goal was only the second scored by Carolina in the 1st period this season and ended an 88:09 Islander shutout streak …Jordan Staal recorded his first point of the season on the tying goal…The Isles had been 4-0-0 when leading after two periods…The 19 shots are the fewest for the Isles in a home game against Carolina since November 5, 1998...Ron Hainsey's goal was the first allowed by the Isles 3-on-3; Chicago's Patrick Kane has the other overtime goal vs. the Isles, but that came on a power play…Carolina captain Eric Staal celebrated his 31st birthday (he was born on Denis Potvin's 31st birthday); Staal recorded his 748th point on the tying goal—69 points more than any other player drafted in 2003…The Isles have scored power play goals in 4 straight games (4/10, 40%) for the first time since January 16-27, 2015.
First Time in a Long Time
In each of the last four games, the Isles have scored a power play goal and killed all of the penalties against them. They last did that in four consecutive games in March 2012 and have not had a longer streak of scoring PP goals while being perfect on the penalty kill since a 5-game stretch in February 1993.
The Isles have been held to 26 or fewer shots on goal in four of their last five games. The 19 shots are the fewest for the Isles since December 9, 2014 in Minnesota (also 19) and their fewest in a home game since they also had 19 on March 1, 2014 vs. New Jersey.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-2-2 overall; 4-1-2 at home and 2-1-0 on the road. It's only the second time in the Post-Cup era that they have earned at least 14 points in their first ten games (18 in 2001-02).
Carolina is 4-6-0 overall; 0-2-0 at home and 4-4-0 on the road. The Canes concluded their season-long 7-game road trip with a 4-3-0 record.
The Isles are 1-0-1 in Division games and are 5-2-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 3-1-1 vs. Central Division, and 2-0-0 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles finished last season 21-6-3 against the Met and 26-22-4 against other Divisions.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves to earn a point in his fifth straight star (3-0-2). He is 1-1-1 in his career against Carolina.
Eddie Lack made 17 saves as he improves to 1-2-0 for his first win as a Hurricane. He is 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Islanders were 1-2 on the power play, while Carolina was 0-2. The Isles began the night as the only NHL team that had killed at least 90% of their penalties; they have now killed 33 of 36 this season.
The Isles are 4-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-1-1 when they do not. The Isles are 1-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-1-1 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-2 when they do not. The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least goals (including SO winners) last season.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 2-0-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-0-0 in regulation. They are 1-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 4-0-1 when they score first and are 2-2-1 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 171-150-48 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York teams, only the Giants' Tom Coughlin and the Yankees' Joe Girardi have led their respective teams longer than Capuano.
Most games coached (Islanders):
1. Al Arbour 1,500
2. Jack Capuano 369
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Jack Capuano 171
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
They Tweeted It
@Isles24Seven Points are points. Collect as many as you can. #isles
@justincusano With that said I'll take 6-2-2 in the first ten. 14/20 points keep that pace up and it's gonna be a great year #isles #YesYesYes
@tbone31592 I'll take the 6-2-2 start, probably should be better than that, but it's a marathon, not a sprint. All teams have issues that pop up. #Isles
The Isles are 0-1-1 in the front-end and 1-1-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. Their next back-to-back set will be next weekend, when they visit New Jersey on Saturday and host Buffalo on Sunday.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 0-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
· The Isles are 2-0-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
· The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: Calvin deHaan (23:15); Carolina: John Michael-Liles (22:30).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (4-1-1), Johnny Boychuk (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1).
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 19:54 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (3-1-2), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Tied (0-1-0).
Isles 30, Carolina 24 (56%)
Frans Nielsen won 12 of 16 for the Isles; Victor Rask won 6 of 8 for Carolina.
The Isles won at least 50% of the draws in all three periods and in the overtime. The Isles won 2 of 4 on the power play and 1 of 4 on the penalty kill.
Isles 30, Carolina 22. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 6 hits.
There were no fights. Season total – 2 (Boychuk, Martin).
The Isles were credited with 11 blocked shots; Calvin deHaan led the team with three.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 39, Carolina 50 (including 42-24 Carolina after the first period).
Even-Strength: Isles 33, Carolina 42. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Kyle Okposo led the Isles with a +3 even-strength Corsi rating; and a team-leading 58% of Corsi For events. Noah Hanifan and Kris Versteeg led Carolina with a +7 rating.
· Nikolay Kulemin -160 (68 for Toronto and 92 for the Isles)
· Brock Nelson -145 (all for Isles)
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey are on injured reserve; Jaroslav Halak and Ryan Strome both missed the game due to illness.
The Isles have lost 18 games this season due to injury/illness.
All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
· 180 goals (12th all-time, 4 behind Billy Harris and 26 behind John Tonelli)
· 232 assists (15th all-time, 17 behind Tomas Jonsson and 27 behind Billy Harris)
· 412 points (13th all-time and 31 behind Billy Harris)
· 442 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 9 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
· 120 goals (19th all-time and 2 behind Duane Sutter)
· 194 assists (17th all-time and 8 behind Frans Nielsen)
· 314 points (18th all-time, 17 behind Ziggy Palffy and 19 behind Tomas Jonsson)
· 459 games played (tied 30th among Islander skaters all-time with Trent Hunter and 9 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
Frans Nielsen has:
· 103 goals (27th all-time, and 2 behind Ed Westfall)
· 202 assists (16th all-time and 30 behind John Tavares)
· 305 points (19th all-time and 9 behind Kyle Okposo)
· 533 games played (19th among Islander skaters all-time and 1 behind Claude Lapointe)
Josh Bailey has:
· 140 assists (tied-29th all-time with Steve Thomas and 5 behind Travis Green)
· 224 points (tied-33rd all-time with Matt Moulson and 5 behind Trent Hunter and Benoit Hogue)
· 486 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 7 behind Ed Westfall and 23 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)
Season Series Stats
The Hurricanes lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 1. The season series will continue in Carolina on February 13th and conclude with a home-and-home series in late March.
The Isles are 4-1-1 in the last six vs. Carolina, but are 1-5-1 in their last 7 at home against Carolina.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 6-3-0-0 after a 5-1 loss to Springfield on Wednesday. Justin Vaive scored Bridgeport's only goal.
Bridgeport visits Albany on Friday before coming home to play Utica on Sunday.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st – ISLANDERS AT NEW JERSEY 1:00PM
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The Isles travel to New Jersey for their first meeting of the season with the Devils on Saturday.
The Isles won all four games last season (including one in overtime and another in a shootout and have won 9 of the last 11 meetings between the teams. The Isles have won every game played in New Jersey the last three seasons, winning six straight games (with four of the six wins coming in overtime/shootouts).
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 & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.
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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