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The Skinny: Chicago 3, Isles 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"  

 By Eric Hornick
Game 1
Chicago 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Patrick Kane scored the winning goal on a power play 1:49 into overtime as the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Isles 3-2 in the first-ever regular season game at Barclays Center. Kane's winning goal came with Nick Leddy in the penalty box, serving a slashing penalty.

The Scoring:

13:28    CHI       SHG - Artem Anisimov (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE 1 - 0 CHI         
05:22    NYI       John Tavares (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Johnny Boychuk (1), Casey Cizikas (1) 1 - 1 Tie       
15:11    CHI       Patrick Kane (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (2), Duncan Keith (1)   2 - 1 CHI       
01:18    NYI       Marek Zidlicky (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brock Nelson (1), Nikolay Kulemin (1)  2 - 2 Tie        
01:49    CHI       PPG - Patrick Kane (2) Tip-in - ASST: Marian Hossa (2), Duncan Keith (2) 3 - 2 CHI          

The Skinny
Thomas Greiss made 32 saves in his Islander debut.  He is the Isles' seventh different goalie in the last eight season openers (Rick DiPietro-Joey MacDonald-Dwayne Roloson-Al Montoya-Evgeni Nabokov-Evgeni Nabokov-Jaroslav Halak- Thomas Greiss)…John Tavares' goal was his 175th NHL tally… For the second straight season, a newly acquired defenseman (Johnny Boychuk last year, Mark Zidlicky this year) scored in the season opener...Zidlicky (38 years, 249 days) is the oldest Islander to score a goal since Brian Rolston (38, 311 on 12/29/11 vs. Calgary) and the oldest Islander defenseman to ever score a goal…The Isles are 11-21-11 all-time in openers (3rd worst among current NHL teams) and are 25-12-6 in road openers…This was the first time the Isles have ever allowed an overtime goal in a season opener and only the second time that the Isles have allowed an overtime goal in a home opener (Detroit - 2001)…This was the first Islander home opener on any day but Saturday since 1999…Kane has 6 goals in nine career games vs. the Isles.

The Big 3
Since the start of last season, the Isles are 39-18-7 in the 6 games that they have had Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic all in the lineup.  They are 8-10-1 in the 19 games that one or two have been missing.

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
·         The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·         The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
The Shots:
Isles          12-11-12-1=36
Chicago    12-10-10-3=35
The Isles (2,771) finished second to Chicago (2.777) in the NHL in shots on goal last year

Home and Road
The Islanders are 0-0-1 overall; 0-0-1 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.  
Chicago is 1-1-0 overall; 0-1-0 at home and 1-0-0 on the road.

By Division
The Isles are 0-0-0 in Division games and are 0-0-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-0-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 0-0-1 vs. Central Division, and 0-0-0 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 32 saves in his Isles debut.  He is 0-1-0 in his career vs. Chicago.
Corey Crawford made 34 saves to improve to 1-1-0 on the season.  He is 4-0-1 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-2 on the power play, while Chicago was 1-3.  The Isles also allowed a shorthanded goal to Artem Anisimov -- the first regular season goal in 
Barclays Center history
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-0-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 0-0-1 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
Last season, the Isles went 40-8-4 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and 7-20-3 when they do not. 

One Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. 

First Goal
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they score first and are 0-0-1 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 165-148-45 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 360
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 165
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74
They Tweeted It
@AriBZ90 Greiss had an exceptional game. Very happy to have him on the team #isles
@4Isles4Life Man do I LOVE my #isles. Played well, tough OT loss. Get em in Chitown. #LGI
@mannymanalastas Not the desired outcome but it was pretty cool seeing 3 on 3 OT although it was short lived  #Isles

The Isles are 0-0-1 in the front-end and 0-0-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic 26:59; Chicago Duncan Keith 26:56
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (0-0-1).
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 18:41 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (0-0-1). 

Isles 40,Chicago 27 (60%)
Frans Nielsen won 13 of 19; no Hawk won more than he lost.  
The Isles won 15 of 20 in the second period. The Isles won 3 of 4 on the power play and 3 of 5 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Chicago 42-22.  Matt Martin led the Isles with seven hits.

None.  Season total -0

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots; four players each had 2.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 70, Chicago 57
Even-Strength: Isles 64, Chicago 47. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Calvin deHaan and Travis Hamonic led the Isles with a +15 even-strength Corsi rating; deHaan was on-ice for a team-leading 66% of Corsi For events. Bryan Bickell led Chicago with a +7 rating.

·         Nikolay Kulemin -151 (68 for Toronto and 83 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -136 (all for Isles)
·         Marek ZIdlicky -136 (114 for New Jersey, 21 for Detroit and 1 for Isles)

Missing Men
Thomas Hickey is on injured reserve. Jaroslav Halak missed the game with an injury.  Ryan Pulock and Steve Bernier were scratched.
The Isles have lost 2 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         175 goals (12th all-time and 9 behind Billy Harris)
·         227 assists (15th all-time, 22 behind Tomas Jonsson and 32 behind Billy Harris)
·         402 points (13th all-time and 41 behind Billy Harris)
·         433 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 18 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         117 goals (23rd all-time and 1 behind Steve Thomas, Matt Moulson and Mark Parrish)
·         188 assists (18th all-time, 5 behind Pierre Turgeon and 8 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         305 points (18th all-time, 26 behind Ziggy Palffy and 28 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         451 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time and 8 behind Trent Hunter)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         99 goals (tied-28th all-time with Trent Hunter and 2 behind Anders Kallur)
·         198 assists (16th all-time and 29 behind John Tavares)
·         297 points (19th all-time and 8 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         526 games played (21st among Islander skaters all-time, 4 behind Pat LaFontaine and 6 behind Tomas Jonsson)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         137 assists (32nd all-time, 1 behind Greg Gilbert, 2 behind Mark Streit, and 3 behind Steve Thomas)
·         218 points (35th all-time, 1 behind Mikko Makela and 5 behind Matt Moulson)
·         477 games played (27th among Islander skaters)

Season Series Stats
Chicago leads the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 1.  The season series concludes on Saturday in Chicago.
The Isles are 5-0-2 in their last 7 home games vs. Chicago; the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times since defeating the Isles 3-2 on December 10, 2002 at Nassau Coliseum.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 0-0-0-0.  Their home, and season, opener is on Saturday vs. Wilkes-Barre –Scranton.

Up Next
[MSG+2 (Pre-game at 8:00), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The season series concludes on Saturday in Chicago.
The Isles are 0-3-1 in their last four games in Chicago. Their last win came in Peter Mannino's NHL debut on March 15, 2009.

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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