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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Skinny: Isles 4, Columbus 0

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick
Game 6
Isles 4, Columbus 0
The Islanders exploded for three goals in the third period to break open a 1-0 game and hand the Columbus Blue Jackets their 7th straight loss to open the season, defeating the Jackets, 4-0 before a crowd of 14,295 at Nationwide Arena.  The Isles, who moved back into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division, have won four straight games and are off to their 2nd-best start through six games in the Post-Cup era (5-0-0-1 in 2001-02).

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
18:58    NYI Nikolay Kulemin (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (2), Travis Hamonic (2) 1 - 0 NYI         
2ND PERIOD
NONE
3RD PERIOD
11:20    NYI Thomas Hickey (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE    2 - 0 NYI          
13:36    NYI Cal Clutterbuck (2) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (3)        3 - 0 NYI          
16:46    NYI EN - John Tavares (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Martin (1), Anders Lee (3)        4 - 0 NYI
The Skinny
The Isles have won four straight for the first time since last February…John Tavares, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson now have points in four straight games...The Isles have now outscored their opponents 11-3 in the third period this season…The Isles have outscored their opponents 18-8 in their four game winning streak…Marek Zidlicky assisted on the first Islander goal for his 40th point in 50 career games against Columbus…The Blue Jackets have been outscored 34-13 this season… Nine Isles recorded points while 13 players (led by Travis Hamonic's +3) were plus players.

Easy as Pi?
John Tavares' empty-net goal, the Isles 2nd this season, came with 3:14 to play.

Put It in the Books
Jaroslav Halak recorded his 37th career shutout (and 7th as an Islander), making 37 saves.  It's the most shots Halak has faced in a shutout as an Islander.  Halak now owns a shutout vs. 22 opponents.

The Shots:
Isles           14-10-5=29
Columbus  12-13-12=37

Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-1-1 overall; 3-0-1 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.  Isles are 3-0-1 on Barclays Center ice; it's their best start at home since 1984-85 (4-0-0).
Columbus is 0-7-0 overall; 0-3-0 at home and 0-4-0 on the road.  The Blue Jackets are the first team since the 1997-98 Blackhawks to lose their first seven games.

By Division
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and are 3-1-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-0-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 2-1-1 vs. Central Division, and 1-0-0 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
Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves to improve to 2-0-0 and record his 37th career shutout.  He is 10-4-3 in his career against Columbus.
Curtis McIlhenney made 25 saves to fall to 0-2-0.  He is 3-2-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-1 on the power play, while Columbus was 0-6. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 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 3-0-0 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-1 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 1-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 1-0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-0 in games in which an empty-net goal is scored.

First Goal
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score first and are 2-1-1 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 169-149-47 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 365
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 169
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@martorano4 Just putting this out there every time the @NYIslanders win so do the @Mets..... Coincidence???? #isles #mets #postseason
@Mavericknyc1980 Capps is doing a good job, looks like has the guys playing a good aggressive game plan. #Isles
@Jdolan1 Jaro/PK win that game. Great effort by those guys #isles

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-0-1 in the front-end and 0-1-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  Their next back-to-back will be on October 23rd (home vs. Boston) and 24th (at St. Louis).

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 0-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·         The Isles are 1-0-0 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.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic (25:38); Columbus: Jack Johnson (25:03).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (3-1-1), Johnny Boychuk (1-0-0).
Frans Nielsen led Isles forwards with 16:25 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-0-1), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Frans Nielsen, Tied (0-1-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 20, Columbus 32 (38%)
No Islander won more than he lost; Ryan Johansen won 15 of 20 for Columbus. The Isles won 10 of 19 in the middle period but only 10 of 33 in the other periods. The Isles won 1 of 2 on the power play and 2 of 12 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 26, Columbus 39.  Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 5 hits.

Fights
Johnny Boychuk fought Scott Hartnell in the first period; it was the third time that they have fought in their careers and Boychuk's first fight as an Islander.  Season total – 1 (Boychuk).   13 of the Isles' fights last season were in divisional matchups; 1 of 1 this season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 28 blocked shots; Calvin deHaan and Travis Hamomic each had 5.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 47, Columbus 79 (including 30-6 Columbus in the third period).
Even-Strength: Isles 33, Columbus 55. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Marek Zidlicky led the Isles with a +6 even-strength Corsi rating and a team-leading 64% of Corsi For events. Fedor Tyutin led Columbus with a +21 rating.
The Isles went over 10 minutes (late in the second period to midway through the third) without an attempt on goal.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -156 (68 for Toronto and 88 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -141 (all for Isles)
·         Marek Zidlicky -141 (114 for New Jersey, 21 for Detroit and 6 for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton is on injured reserve; Jean Francois-Berube, Brian Strait and Steve Bernier were scratched.
The Isles have lost 10 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         178 goals (12th all-time,6 behind Billy Harris and 28 behind John Tonelli)
·         232 assists (15th all-time, 17 behind Tomas Jonsson and 27 behind Billy Harris)
·         410 points (13th all-time and 33 behind Billy Harris)
·         438 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 13 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         119 goals (tied-19th all-time with Alexei Yashin and 2 behind Duane Sutter)
·         192 assists (18th all-time, 1 behind Pierre Turgeon and 8 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         311 points (18th all-time, 20 behind Ziggy Palffy and 22 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         456 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time, 3 behind Trent Hunter and 12 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         100 goals (28th all-time, 1 behind Anders Kallur and 5 behind Ed Westfall)
·         200 assists (16th all-time and 32 behind John Tavares)
·         300 points (19th all-time and 11 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         530 games played (20th among Islander skaters all-time, 1 behind Tomas Jonsson and 4 behind Claude Lapointe)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         138 assists (tied-31st all-time with Greg Gilbert, 1 behind Mark Streit, 2 behind Steve Thomas and 7 behind Travis Green)
·         221 points (34th all-time and 2 behind Matt Moulson and 8 behind Trent Hunter and Benoit Hogue)
·         482 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 11 behind Ed Westfall and 27 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 0.  This is one of two teams (Philadelphia) that the Isles will face five times this season.
 The teams will next meet on December 12th in Columbus.
The Isles are 3-0-2 in their last five games against Columbus.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are an AHL-best 5-1-0-0 heading into a pair of games this weekend (Saturday 6pm ET, Sunday 2:30pm ET) in St. John's against the Ice Caps.
Joe Whitney and Alan Quine share the scoring lead with seven points each while Taylor Beck is a team-leading +9.  Stephon Williams is 3-1-0-0 to lead the Sound Tigers between the pipes.

Up Next
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd –BOSTON AT ISLANDERS 7:30PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 7:00), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles return home for the front-end of back-to-backs as they face the Boston Bruins.  The Bruins took two of three from the Isles last season but the Isles are 4-3-0 in their last seven against Boston.
This is the first of two meetings of the season at Barclays Center.  The Bruins will also visit Brooklyn on November 8th.
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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