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Friday, November 13, 2015

The Skinny: Los Angeles 2, Isles 1

"The Skinny"  

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 17
Los Angeles 2, Isles 1
Milan Lucic broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period and the Los Angeles Kings made it stand up for a 2-1 victory over the Islanders, before a sellout crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center.  The Isles have won only twice in their last eight games (2-4-2). 

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
10:41    NYI       Brock Nelson (4) ASST: John Tavares (7), Kyle Okposo (8)         1 - 0 NYI          
16:23    LAK      PPG - Drew Doughty (2) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (5), Anze Kopitar (2) 1 - 1 Tie   
 
2ND PERIOD
03:28    LAK      Milan Lucic (4) ASST: Tyler Toffoli (5), Jeff Carter (9)      2 - 1 LAK         
 
3RD PERIOD
NONE
 
The Skinny:
 
The Isles have scored two goals or fewer in 7 of the last 8 games…The Isles had scored only 7 first period goals this season before scoring three over the last two games…This was the second of four straight games against the West; the Isles are 6-2-1 against the West this season…The Kings have sold out 142 consecutive regular season games (172 including playoffs)…Brock Nelson and John Tavares each have three points in the last two games…Milan Lucic's winning goal gives him 25 points (10-15-25) in 26 career games against the Isles…Marek Zidlicky played in his 799th NHL goal…Jarsolav Halak has lost three straight, despite allowing only 7 goals in that stretch.

The Shots:
Isles               13-7-12=32
Los Angeles   8-10-4=22
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-6-3 overall; 5-3-2 at home and 3-3-1 on the road. 
 
Los Angeles is 10-6-0 overall; 6-5-0 at home and 4-1-0 on the road.  The Kings are 10-3-0 after an 0-3-0 start.

By Division
The Isles are 2-0-2 in Division games and are 6-6-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 3-1-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-1-0 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
Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves but falls to 4-4-1, despite a 1.88 GAA; he is 6-8-2 in his career against Los Angeles.
Jhonas Enroth made 31 saves to improve to 3-0-0 this season; he has allowed only two goals in the three games. He is 2-3-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play (including a 44 second 5-on-3), while Los Angeles was 1-3.   
The Isles are 4-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-4-1 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 7-1-0 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 6-2-1 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 173-154-49 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.

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 376
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 173
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
·         @Jdolan1 Deserved better tonight. Dominated the third period, hit at least 3-4 posts. Tough breaks. Best cure is a win tomorrow #isles
·         @Harry4naris #isles held possession monster kings to 22 shots (with a ton of PK time), this really isnt that bad right now, it will turn
·         @ Scojers Couldn't have had a much better 3rd period. However, great opportunity missed to build some good momentum on the road #Isles
Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 0-2-2 on the front-end and 1-2-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  This back-to-back set will conclude Friday in Anaheim.

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

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:29); Los Angeles: Drew Doughty (25:42).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (4-2-1), 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 a season-high 22:59 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (4-4-2), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Tied (0-1-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 32, Los Angeles 27 (54%)
Frans Nielsen won 9 of 12 for the Isles; Andy Andreoff won 4 of 6 for Los Angeles.
The Isles won 14 of 22 draws in the first period, but only 18 of 37 over the last two periods.
The Isles won 25 of 46 draws at even strength, 4 of 7 on the power play and 3 of 6 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 38, Los Angeles 33.  Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 7 hits.

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic led the team with three.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 62, Los Angeles 55  (including 28-6 in the third period)
Even-Strength: Isles 47, Los Angeles 47. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with a +12 even-strength Corsi rating; Anders Lee had a team-leading 72% of Corsi For events Trevor Lewis led Los Angeles with a +7 rating.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -167 (68 for Toronto and 99 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -152 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey are on injured reserve; Taylor Beck and Thomas Greiss were scratched as Jean-Francois Berube served as the backup goalie.
The Isles have lost 35 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)
·         446 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 5 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         121 goals (19th all-time and 1 behind Duane Sutter)
·         196 assists (17th all-time and 7 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         317 points (18th all-time, 14 behind Ziggy Palffy and 16 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         467 games played (30th among Islander skaters all-time, 3 behind Mariusz Czerkawski, 9 behind Gerry Hart and 12 behind Radek Martinek)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         104 goals (27th all-time, and 1 behind Ed Westfall)
·         203 assists (16th all-time and 30 behind John Tavares)
·         307 points (19th all-time and 10 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         542 games played (18th among Islander skaters all-time, 1 behind Lorne Henning, 6 behind Duane Sutter and 8 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)
·         492 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 1 behind Ed Westfall and 17 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)

Season Series Stats
The Kings lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 0. 
The Isles are 5-13-2 in their last 20 games against Los Angeles, and have scored 3 or fewer goals in each of them.

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
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13th –ISLANDERS AT ANAHEIM 10:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 9:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The road trip concludes in Anaheim on Friday.  The Isles defeated the Ducks on a John Tavares overtime goal in Anaheim last November before the Ducks won the rematch at the Coliseum.
The Isles are 1-4-0 in their last five vs. the Ducks and are 1-3-1 in their last five trips to Anaheim.
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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