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The Skinny: Arizona 1, Isles 0

"The Skinny"  
By Eric Hornick
Game 34
Arizona 1, Isles 0
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the game's only goal late in the first period and Louie Domingue made 25 saves for his first career NHL shutout as the Arizona Coyotes earned a split of the season series with the Islanders with a 1-0 victory before a crowd of 11,878 at Gila River Arena.  The Isles have lost three straight games in regulation for the first time this season and remain in third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the New York Rangers.
The Scoring:
17:59 ARI Oliver Ekman-Larsson (7) Slapshot - ASST: Anthony Duclair (9), Tobias Rieder (10) 1 - 0 ARI    
The Skinny:
Arizona had allowed 37 goals in the prior eight games (1-6-1)… The Isles matched their club record, set earlier in 2015, by not allowing a PP goal for the 12th straight game… John Tavares has now gone 12 games without an assist; it's the second-longest streak of his career (13 games, 12-14-09 to 1-8-10)…The Isles were shutout for the first time this season; it was the first time since March 9, 1980 (Sean Burke) that the Coyotes have blanked the Isles… The Isles have gone six straight games without a third period goal – it's one game shy of the franchise record, set in the inaugural 1972-73 season…The Isles have scored only 2 goals in their last three games and will bring a scoreless streak of 95:05 into Monday's game; the Isles have not scored an even-strength goal in their last 7 periods…The last time the Isles were held to two goals in a 3-game span was November 10-13, 2010...The Isles had won 35 straight games when allowing 1 goal or fewer, dating back to a 1-0 OT loss to Carey Price and Montreal on December 14, 2013 on Long Island.
Longest Isles Streaks without Allowing a PP goal:
·         12 games: 3/3-3/28/2015
·         12 games: CURRENT
·         10 games: 2/18-3/7/1978
Christmas Rush
This was the fifth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 6 games in 10 days that will get the team to the Christmas break. The Isles are 2-3-0 in this stretch.
12-Dec-15         @         Blue Jackets  (Win 3-2 OT)
13-Dec-15         Vs        Devils (Win 4-0)
15-Dec-15         Vs        Panthers (Loss 5-1)
17-Dec-15         @         Avalanche (Loss 2-1)
19-Dec-15         @         Coyotes (Loss 1-0)       
21-Dec-15         Vs        Ducks
The Shots:
Isles      8-10-7=25
Arizona  7-7-15=29
Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-11-5 overall; 11-5-2 at home and 7-6-3 on the road. 
 Arizona is 15-15-2 overall; 8-5-1 at home and 7-10-1 on the road.  
By Division
The Isles are 7-0-2 in Division games and are 11-8-2 in games against other divisions. They are 1-7-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 5-2-1 vs. Central Division, and 5-2-0 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 28 saves but falls to 9-6-3; he is 6-3-1 in his career against Arizona.
Louis Dominque made 25 saves for his first career shutout as he improves to 1-1-0  on the season and 2-3-1 in his NHL career. As per the Elias Sports Bureau, at age 23 years, 288 days, he is the youngest Coyote to record a shutout since Robert (Chico) Esche blanked Carolina on 2/16/01.  Esche was 23 years, 25 days old at the time.
Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play while Arizona was 0-2.
The Isles have killed all 28 opponent power plays in their last 12 games; it's the second time this season (October 15- November 1) that the Isles killed all opposing power plays in at least nine consecutive games. 
The Isles are 10-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-9-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 5-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-6-4 when they do not. 
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-9-5 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 8-5-5 in games decided by a single goal including 3-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
First Goal
The Isles are 12-3-2 when they score first and are 6-8-3 when they allow the opening goal.   
Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 183-159-51 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York area 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 393
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 183
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74
I Tweeted It
@ehornick (that's me) @Vallys_View is that Greiss/Halak is "best tandem in the #NHL." #isles
The Isles are 2-2-3 on the front-end and 4-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set will be January 2nd in Pittsburgh and January 3rd vs. Dallas.
Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 1-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·         The Isles are 2-2-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·         The Isles are 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:07); Arizona: Nicklas Grossmann (23:16)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (11-2-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (3-4-1),  John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 19:57 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (12-9-4), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (0-1-0). 
Isles 21, Arizona 31 (40%).
No Isles who took multiple draws won more than they lost; Martin Hanzal won 7 of 10 for Arizona.
The Isles won 8 of 16 draws in the first period but only 13 of 36 in the final 40 minutes.
The Isles won 17 of 43 draws at even strength, 2 of 5 on the power play and 2 of 4 on the penalty kill.
Heavy Hitters
Isles 30, Arizona 25.  Cal Clutterbuck had six hits to lead the Isles.
There were no fights.  Season total – 8 (Martin-4, Boychuk, Bernier, Leddy, Okposo).  
Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots; five Isles each had two.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 54, Arizona 58. Even-Strength: Isles 46, Arizona 51.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with a +8 even-strength Corsi rating; Frans Nielsen had a club-leading 64% Corsi For percentage. Stefan Elliott led Arizona with a +9 rating.
·         Nikolay Kulemin -184 (68 for Toronto and 116 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -169 (all for Isles)
Missing Men
Jean-Francois Berube is on injured reserve; Steve Bernier replaced Kyle Okposo (lower body injury) in the lineup. Eric Boulton and Brian Strait were scratched.
The Isles have lost 67 games this season due to injury/illness.
All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         187 goals (11th all-time, 19 behind John Tonelli and 24 behind Derek King)
·         237 assists (15th all-time, 12 behind Tomas Jonsson and 22 behind Billy Harris)
·         424 points (13th all-time and 19 behind Billy Harris)
·         463 games played (30th among Islander skaters all-time and 7 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         125 goals (18th all-time and 2 behind Jason Blake)
·         206 assists (17th all-time and 2 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         331 points (tied-17th all-time with Ziggy Palffy and 2 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         483 games played (27th among Islander skaters all-time and 10 behind Ed Westfall)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         111 goals (25th all-time, and 5 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         208 assists (16th all-time and 29 behind John Tavares)
·         319 points (19th all-time, 12 behind Ziggy Palffy and 12 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         559 games played (15th among Islander skaters all-time and 35 behind John Tonelli)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         147 assists (27th all-time and 3 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
·         234 points (28th all-time, 3 behind Travis Green and 4 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         509 games played (tied-24th among Islander skaters with Rich Pilon, 1 behind Mick Vukota and 5 behind Dave Lewis)
Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 and 2 points to 2.
The loss snapped an Isles three game win streak vs. the Coyotes, which was the longest since the franchise relocated to the desert.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 16-11-2-1 on the season after suffering an OT loss in Providence on Friday and a 2-1 loss at home to Portland on Saturday.  The Pirates will remain in Bridgeport to face the Sound Tigers again at 5pm Sunday.
Up Next
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles return home for their final game before Christmas as they host the Anaheim Ducks.  The Ducks are already in New York, having defeated the Devils on Saturday night in Newark.
The Isles will be looking to sweep the season series from the Ducks for the first time since 2003-04.  The Isles defeated Anaheim 4-1 at Honda Center as Frans Nielsen scored a pair of third period goals to break open a 2-1 game.
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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