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Monday, October 12, 2015

The Skinny: Isles 4, Winnipeg 2

"The Skinny"  

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 3
Isles 4, Winnipeg 2
John Tavares scored a goal and added two assists for his 33rd career 3+ point game as the Isles defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 before a crowd of 11,183 at Barclays Center.  It's the first win of the season for the Islanders and their first in their brand new home.
The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD
19:48    NYI       PPG - Ryan Strome (1) ASST: Kyle Okposo (1), John Tavares (1)            1 - 0 NYI          
 
2ND PERIOD
06:46    NYI       Brock Nelson (1) ASST: John Tavares (2), Johnny Boychuk (2)    2 - 0 NYI          
10:45    NYI       PPG - John Tavares (2) ASST: Anders Lee (1), Marek Zidlicky (1)            3 - 0 NYI          
15:41    WPG    Mark Scheifele (3) ASST: Nikolaj Ehlers (2), Mathieu Perreault (3) 3 - 1 NYI          
 
3RD PERIOD
11:52    WPG    PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (1) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (4), Blake Wheeler (2) 3 - 2 NYI         
19:41    NYI       EN - Josh Bailey (1) ASST: Frans Nielsen (1), Kyle Okposo (2)    4 - 2 NYI

The Skinny
Thomas Greiss made 22 saves to record his first win as an Islander…Strome's goal gave the Isles their first lead of the season…Both Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey recorded 7 shots on goal; it tied a career high for Bailey, and was one shy of a career high for Nelson…Strome's power play goal was the Isles first since April 7th in Philadelphia; they had gone 11 games (4 regular season and 7 playoff games) without a power play goal….The Isles have scored two power play goals in each of their last three games against Winnipeg.

The Penalty Shot
John Tavares was stopped on a penalty shot with 2:15 to play in the game.  It was the second penalty shot, both unsuccessful of his career.  It was the Isles' 4th penalty shot against the Jets franchise; Michael Grabner in 2012 was the only one to score—the only Isles successful penalty shot at home in the last 15 years.

Flatbush's Finest
John Tavares, who scored the Isles' first-ever regular season goal at Barclay's Center on Friday, had the Isles' first penalty shot and first game-winning goal in this building today.

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 0-1-0 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          16-20-8=44
Winnipeg     6-9-9=24
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 1-1-1 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.  
Winnipeg is 2-1-0 overall; 0-0-0 at home and 2-1-0 on the road.  The Jets will play the Rangers on Tuesday before returning to Winnipeg for their home opener on Friday vs. Calgary.

By Division
The Isles are 0-0-0 in Division games and are 1-1-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-0-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 1-1-1 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 22 saves to even his record at 1-1-0.  He is 2-0-1 against Winnipeg.
Ondrej Pavelec made 40 saves but falls to 1-1-0.  He is 4-7-3 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 2-6 on the power play, while Winnipeg was 1-3. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 0-0-0 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. 
This year, the Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including SO winners) and are 0-1-1 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.  The Isles are 1-0 in games in which an empty-net goal is scored.

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

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 166-149-47 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 362
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 166
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@CordLehman   October 12, 1972 - First #Isles win at Nassau Coliseum  October 12, 2015 - First #Isles win at Barclays Center Coincidence? Probably.
@MattSaidman I thought #Isles were outstanding in the final 6-7 minutes today. Can't hope to protect a one-goal lead any better than they just did
@Puckefeller Can honestly say i honked out of #isles 1st @barclayscenter W b4 #LIRR ride home. Thx green cab in front of #atlanticterminal for your horn!

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).

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic 25:44; Winnipeg: Tyler Myers 23:36
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-1-1).
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 21:40 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-0-1), Tied (0-1-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 41, Winnipeg 26 (61%)
Frans Nielsen won 9 of 10; Adam Lowry won 10 of 18.  
The Isles won 30 of 44 in the final 40 minutes after winning only 11 of 23 in the first period. The Isles won 7 of 10 on the power play and 3 of 5 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles were out-hit 42-30.  Matt Martin led the Isles with seven hits.

Fights
None.  Season total - 0

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots; Johnny Boychuk had 4.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 73, Winnipeg 51
Even-Strength: Isles 44, Winnipeg 33. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with a +11 even-strength Corsi rating; Frans Nielsen was on-ice for a team-leading 69% of Corsi For events. Bryan Little led Winnipeg with a +7 rating.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -153 (68 for Toronto and 85 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -138 (all for Isles)
·         Marek ZIdlicky -138 (114 for New Jersey, 21 for Detroit and 3 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 as the Isles used the same roster for the third straight game.
The Isles have lost 6 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         176 goals (12th all-time and 8 behind Billy Harris)
·         229 assists (15th all-time, 20 behind Tomas Jonsson and 30 behind Billy Harris)
·         405 points (13th all-time and 38 behind Billy Harris)
·         435 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 16 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         117 goals (23rd all-time and 1 behind Steve Thomas, Matt Moulson and Mark Parrish)
·         190 assists (18th all-time, 3 behind Pierre Turgeon and 9 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         307 points (18th all-time, 24 behind Ziggy Palffy and 26 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         453 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time and 6 behind Trent Hunter)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         99 goals (tied-28th all-time with Trent Hunter and 2 behind Anders Kallur)
·         199 assists (16th all-time and 30 behind John Tavares)
·         298 points (19th all-time and 9 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         528 games played (21st among Islander skaters all-time, 2 behind Pat LaFontaine and 4 behind Tomas Jonsson)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         137 assists (32nd all-time, 1 behind Greg Gilbert, 2 behind Mark Streit, and 3 behind Steve Thomas)
·         219 points (tied-34th all-time with Mikko Makela and 5 behind Matt Moulson)
·         479 games played (tied-26th among Islander skaters with Radek Martinek and 14 behind Ed Westfall)

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 0.  The series will conclude on March 3rd in Winnipeg.
The Isles are 8-3-1 in 12 games against the Jets since the franchise relocated to Manitoba.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 2-0-0-0 after a 6-1 win over St. John's. Taylor Beck, acquired from Toronto in the Michael Grabner deal is 2-1-3 and +6 through two games while goalies Christopher Gibson and Stephon Williams each own a win in which they allowed only one goal.  Bridgeport hosts Springfield on Tuesday.

Up Next
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15th –NASHVILLE AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles will play their fourth straight game against the Central Division when they host Nashville on Thursday.
The Isles swept a pair of games from the Preds last year and have won three straight over Nashville, matching their best streak all-time against Nashville.

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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