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The Skinny: Isles 2, New Jersey 1

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick
Game 13
Isles 2, New Jersey 1
Casey Cizikas scored the game-winning goal with 2:12 to play as the Islanders broke a three-game winless streak and defeated the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, before a crowd of 12,122 at Barclays Center.  The Isles played without Captain John Tavares for the 3rd straight game.

The Scoring:
07:23    NYI       Brock Nelson (3) ASST: Anders Lee (4), Marek Zidlicky (4)          1 - 0 NYI          
04:03    NJD      PPG - Travis Zajac (5) ASST: Kyle Palmieri (5), Eric Gelinas (2)    1 - 1 Tie           
17:48    NYI       Casey Cizikas (2) ASST: Matt Martin (3), Brian Strait (2)   2 - 1 NYI

The Skinny:
Brock Nelson scored his first goal in 8 games to give the Isles a 1-0 lead… The Isles have scored only 7 goals over their last four games (1-1-2)…Casey Cizikas recorded his 23rd career goal.  Five of the 23 have been game-winning goals – all scored in the third period, and all in games decided by a single goal…Travis Zajac's goal snapped a string of 29 consecutive penalty kills for the Islanders; it was only the 4th power play goal allowed by the Isles this year and only the 2nd 5-on-4 goal allowed all season…The Isles 4th line has been on the ice for three of the four goals the Isles have scored at even-strength in the last four games…The Isles have had only 18 seconds of power play time in the last two games, combined…The Isles won a game while scoring 2 goals or less (including shootout winners) for the first time this season (1-2-3), and snapped a 13-game winless streak (0-9-4) when scoring 2 goals or less (including shootout winners) dating back to a 2-1 win over Calgary on February 27th.
Put It in the (Record) Books
The Isles recorded 63 hits, the most-ever in an NHL game.  Hits were first recorded in the 2005-06 season.
First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time
The Isles have had a total of only one power play in the last two home games – the first time that has happened since at least the 1980's.  They have also had only one power play in the last two games overall, for the first time since March 14-16, 2013 (1 @ Tampa Bay, 0 @ Florida).
The Shots:
Isles                 12-11-11=34
New Jersey         8-11-5=24

Home and Road
The Islanders are 7-3-3 overall; 5-2-2 at home and 2-1-1 on the road.
New Jersey is 6-5-1 overall; 2-3-1 at home and 4-2-0 on the road. 

By Division
The Isles are 2-0-2 in Division games and are 5-3-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-2-0 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
Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves.  He is 4-1-1 this season, with a 1.66 GAA.  Halak is 8-4-2 in his career against New Jersey.
Cory Schnieder made 32 saves but falls to 6-3-1.  He is 2-3-1 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-1 on the power play, while New Jersey was 1-5.  The Isles began the day with the best penalty killing in the NHL; they have now killed 40 of 44 this season.  The Isles had only 18 seconds of PP time.
The Isles are 4-1-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-2-2 when they do not. 

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-2-3 when they do not.  The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-1-3 in games decided by a single goal including 2-1-0 in regulation. They are 1-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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.

First Goal
The Isles are 5-1-1 when they score first and are 2-2-2 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 172-151-49 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 372
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 172
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@GoodGuySanders I'm not gonna lie, I actually really like the black jerseys #isles
@jborkes16 An #isles win on my birthday and I'm getting on the #LIRR a happy camper
@tricky373 MC2 line best 4th line in hockey #Isles

The Isles are 0-1-2 on the front-end and 1-2-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set will be November 12-13 in Los Angeles and Anaheim.

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 1-1-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Johnny Boychuk (23:39); New Jersey: Adam Henrique (22:01).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (4-1-1), Johnny Boychuk (3-2-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (0-0-1)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 16:26 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), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Tied (0-1-0). 

Isles 26, New Jersey 31 (46%)
Mikhail Grabovski won 9 of 13 for the Isles; Adam Henrique won 11 of 17 for New Jersey.
The Isles won 8 of 14 draws in the first period but only 18 of 43 draws in the final 40 minutes. The Isles won 1 of 1 on the power play and 2 of 6 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 63, New Jersey 26.  Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 9 hits.  The 63 hits are the most recorded in the ten years that the statistic has been tracked by the NHL.

There were no fights.  Season total – 2 (Boychuk, Martin).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 25 blocked shots; Marek Zidlicky and Calvin deHaan led the team with four.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 58, New Jersey 57.
Even-Strength: Isles 49, New Jersey 43. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Steve Bernier led the Isles with a +7 even-strength Corsi rating and had a team-leading 67% of Corsi For events. Jon Merrill led New Jersey with a +6 rating.

·         Nikolay Kulemin -163 (68 for Toronto and 95 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -148(all for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey are on injured reserve; John Tavares missed the game due to illness.  Taylor Beck and Jean-Francois Berube were scratched.
The Isles have lost 27 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)
·         463 games played (30th among Islander skaters all-time, 7 behind Mariusz Czerkawski, 13 behind Gerry Hart and 16 behind Radek Martinek)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         104 goals (27th all-time, and 1 behind Ed Westfall)
·         202 assists (16th all-time and 30 behind John Tavares)
·         306 points (19th all-time and 8 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         538 games played (18th among Islander skaters all-time, 5 behind Lorne Henning, 9 behind Duane Sutter and 12 behind Ken Morrow.)
 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)
·         489 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 4 behind Ed Westfall and 20 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied 1 game to 1; the Isles have earned three points to New Jersey's two.  The season series will continue in Brooklyn on December 13th before concluding February 19th in Newark.
The Isles are 7-0-1 in the last seven vs. New Jersey.  Five of the eight games have been decided in either overtime or shootouts. 

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 8-3-0-0 after a 3-2 OT win over Utica, coached by former Islander Travis Green, on Sunday.  Alan Quine scored his 3rd goal for the overtime winner.
Bridgeport hosts Hershey at 11am on Wednesday and then host Springfield on Saturday.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 7:00), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles head to Montreal to face the Canadiens for the first time this season. Montreal swept the season series last year, winning the three games by a combined 12-6 score.
The Isles and Habs will play their entire season series in the next 2½ weeks.  The teams will play in Brooklyn on November 20th and then in Montreal two nights later.

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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