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The Skinny: Isles 4, Anaheim 1

"The Skinny"  

 By Eric Hornick
Game 18
Isles 4, Anaheim 1
Brock Nelson scored the game's first goal for the second straight game and Frans Nielsen scored twice in the third period as the Islanders made it 2 wins out of three in California with a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, before a sellout crowd of 17,174 at Honda Center.  The Isles improve to 3-4-2 in their last nine games after having gone 6-2-1 in their first nine games.

The Scoring:
06:36    NYI       Brock Nelson (5) ASST: Kyle Okposo (9), Mikhail Grabovski (5)  1 - 0 NYI          
09:35    NYI       Cal Clutterbuck (4) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (6), Calvin de Haan (3)           2 - 0 NYI          
11:23    ANA     PPG - Corey Perry (5) ASST: Rickard Rakell (5), Ryan Kesler (5)  2 - 1 NYI          
02:47    NYI       Frans Nielsen (6) ASST: Josh Bailey (4), Anders Lee (5)  3 - 1 NYI          
16:28    NYI       Frans Nielsen (7) ASST: Anders Lee (6), Josh Bailey (5)  4 - 1 NYI

The Skinny:
The Isles had scored only 7 first period goals this season before scoring four over the last three games… Josh Bailey recorded two assists, snapping an eight-game pointless streak while linemate Andres Lee snapped a 4-game pointless streak with two helpers…This was the third of four straight games against the West; the Isles are 7-2-1 against the West this season (including 7-1-0 in their last 8)…Brock Nelson extended his point streak to three games (2-2-4)…Nikolay Kulemin played in his 100th Islander game, and 168th consecutive game overall…The Isles snapped Anaheim's 6-game point streak (4-0-2)…Frans Nielsen's two goals allowed him to both tie and pass Ed Westfall and Benoit Hogue on the all-time goal list.  Nielsen is now tied for the team lead in goals with John Tavares…Corey Perry's goal was his 301st as a Duck, breaking a tie with Paul Kariya for 2nd place on the all-time Duck list…The Ducks have been outscored 23-6 in the 2nd period this season…The Isles have now outscored their opponents 21-15 in the third period. Only Dallas (24) and Montreal (23) have scored more third period goals…Andrew Cogliano, the NHL's ironman, extended his consecutive game streak to 639 games (7th all-time)…The Isles power play went 0-10 in California, including failures on two lengthy 5-on-3s…The Isles have now allowed 3 5-on-3 goals this season (tied with Boston for most in the NHL)…The Isles recorded two regulation wins on a California trip for the first time since 2003 (2-0-1).
Welcome to The Show
Adam Pelech made his NHL debut, going +1 in 13:19 of ice-time.  Pelech was taken 65th overall in the 2012 Entry Draft.  He is the 2nd Islander pick from that draft to make his NHL debut (Griffin Reinhart was the other).  Pelech is only the 2nd Islander to wear #50, joining Scott Scissons, who wore it for only one game (3-30-1991 vs Boston).
No Need for Paraskevidekatriaphobia
This was the 2nd Friday the 13th game for the Isles in 2015 (also on March 13th).  The Isles improve to 4-2-1 all-time in regular season play on Friday the 13th.  This was the only Friday the 13th game the Isles will play this regular season.
The Shots:
Isles         14-5-10=29
Anaheim   7-9-9=25
Home and Road
The Islanders are 9-6-3 overall; 5-3-2 at home and 4-3-1 on the road. 
Anaheim is 5-8-4 overall; 4-3-3 at home and 1-5-1 on the road.  The Ducks are 4-1-2 after a 1-7-2 start.

By Division
The Isles are 2-0-2 in Division games and are 7-6-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 3-1-1 vs. Central Division, and 4-1-0 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 24 saves to improve to 5-1-2; he is 2-3-2 in his career against Anaheim. This was the first time that Greiss had allowed only one goal; he has allowed no more than three in any game this season.
Anton Khudobin made 24 saves to but falls to 2-3-0 this season; he is 1-4-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-5 on the power play (including a 1:53 of 5-on-3), while Anaheim was 1-3, converting on a 5-on-3 of their own.   
The Isles are 4-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-4-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-2-2 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-5-3 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 3-3-3 in games decided by a single goal including 2-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 7-2-1 when they score first and are 2-4-2 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 174-154-49 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, who will celebrate his 5th anniversary as the Islander coach on Sunday.

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 377
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 174
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@ob1moroney This was the @NYIslanders most complete game this season. Complete effort and the rook looked good. Ducks are strong/having #Isles puck luck
@Islanders1932 #isles played a fantastic game tonight.  That is what we need to see.   Lee with a beast of a game
@HollywoodTM Pelech played well, very poised #isles

Including tonight, the Isles are 0-2-2 on the front-end and 2-2-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set will be on November 27th in Florida and November 28th in Tampa Bay.

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 0-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·         The Isles are 2-1-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·         The Isles are 2-1-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic (23:50); Anaheim: Cam Fowler (23:30).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-2-1), Johnny Boychuk (4-2-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (0-1-1), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 20:11 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (5-4-2), 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, Anaheim 34 (43%)
Mikhail Grabovski won 7 of 12 for the Isles; Ryan Kesler won 11 of 17 for Anaheim.
The Isles won 16 of 26 draws in the first period, but only 10 of 34 over the last two periods.
The Isles won 22 of 44 draws at even strength, 3 of 10 on the power play and 1 of 6 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 31, Anaheim 36.  Matt Martin led the Isles with 5 hits.

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 20 blocked shots; Calvin deHaan and Johnny Boychuk led the team with four each.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 70, Anaheim 63 (including 33-17 in the first period)
Even-Strength: Isles 46, Anaheim 48. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Kyle Okposo led the Isles with a +9 even-strength Corsi rating and a team-leading 64% of Corsi For events. Chris Stewart led Anaheim with a +8 rating.

·         Nikolay Kulemin -168 (68 for Toronto and 100 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -153(all for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey are on injured reserve; Taylor Beck, Marek Zidlicky and Jean-Francois Berube were scratched.
The Isles have lost 37 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         182 goals (12th all-time, 2 behind Billy Harris and 24 behind John Tonelli)
·         233 assists (15th all-time, 16 behind Tomas Jonsson and 26 behind Billy Harris)
·         415 points (13th all-time and 28 behind Billy Harris)
·         447 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 4 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         121 goals (19th all-time and 1 behind Duane Sutter)
·         197 assists (17th all-time and 6 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         318 points (18th all-time, 13 behind Ziggy Palffy and 15 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         468 games played (30th among Islander skaters all-time, 2 behind Mariusz Czerkawski, 8 behind Gerry Hart and 11 behind Radek Martinek)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         106 goals (25th all-time, and 10 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         203 assists (16th all-time and 30 behind John Tavares)
·         309 points (19th all-time and 9 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         543 games played (tied-17th among Islander skaters all-time with Lorne Henning, 5 behind Duane Sutter and 7 behind Ken Morrow.)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         142 assists (29th all-time and 3 behind Travis Green)
·         226 points (33rd all-time and 3 behind Trent Hunter and Benoit Hogue)
·         493 games played (tied-26th among Islander skaters with Ed Westfall and 16 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 0.  The series will conclude on December 21st in Brooklyn.
The Isles are 4-3-2 in their last 9 games in Anaheim.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 11-4-0-0 after a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Providence on Wednesday. Bracken Kearns and Alan Quine had third period goals to give Bridgeport the win. The Sound Tigers visit Hershey on Saturday in their only game in the next week.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles return home to entertain Arizona on Monday in the first game of a two-game homestand.  The Isles are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against the Coyotes, dating back to a then-Phoenix Coyote win on Long Island in October of 2002.
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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