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The Skinny: Isles 5, Ottawa 2

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick

Game 46    
Isles 5, Ottawa 2
Travis Hamonic broke a 2-2 tie with an early third period goal and later added his 100th career assist as the Islanders scored three goals in the third period to extend their point streak to four games with a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators before a crowd of 18,305 at Canadian Tire Center.
Hamonic, playing his first game since January 7th also assisted on a John Tavares in the third period as the Isles rallied from a 2-1 deficit midway through the second period.
The Isles remain one point behind the Rangers in the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD
03:49    NYI       PPG - Nick Leddy (3) ASST: Frans Nielsen (15), Kyle Okposo (23)           1 - 0 NYI          
 
2ND PERIOD
02:05    OTT      Bobby Ryan (16) ASST: Erik Karlsson (41), Mika Zibanejad (19)  1 - 1 Tie           
10:51    OTT      Erik Karlsson (10) ASST: Curtis Lazar (8), Matt Puempel (1)         2 - 1 OTT          
11:10    NYI       Cal Clutterbuck (10) ASST: NONE          2 - 2 Tie           
 
3RD PERIOD
02:58    NYI       Travis Hamonic (3) ASST: John Tavares (17), Mikhail Grabovski (14)        3 - 2 NYI          
07:03    NYI       John Tavares (16) ASST: Travis Hamonic (7)       4 - 2 NYI          
14:00    NYI       Kyle Okposo (12) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (9), Frans Nielsen (16)  5 - 2 NYI
 
The Skinny:
The Isles are 7-7-1 in their last 15; they have outscored opponents 32-16 in the 7 wins (7-0-0), but have been outscored 25-7 in the 8 losses (0-7-1)…Brock Nelson played his 200th NHL game…The Isles have won 3 straight vs. Atlantic Division opponents after opening the season 1-8-2 vs the Atlantic…Kyle Okposo had two points, raising his career total to 340 points, which matched Pierre Turgeon for 15th place on the all-time Isles scoring list…The Isles got goals from both Travis Hamonic and Nick Leddy; while Marek Zidlicky had a 2-goal game last month vs. New Jersey, this was the first time that two Islander defensemen scored in the same game since last February 19th vs Nashville, when Leddy, Johnny Boychuk and Brian Strait all scored.  The last time two Islander defensemen scored in the same game on the road was on October 10, 2014 in Carolina (Hamonic and Boychuk)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 51-38 in the third period this season…Ottawa is now 2-7-0 on the back-end of back-to-backs…Chris Neil's third period slashing penalty raised his career penalty minute total to 2,400…Nick Leddy has points in 8 of the last 11 games (3-5-8)…The Isles have allowed only 6 goals in their last 4 games…The Isles matched their season-high 10 games over NHL-.500 for the first time since December 13th…John Tavares' goal was his first in 7 games…Erik Karlsson has points on all five goals Ottawa has scored against the Isles this season…The Isles have outscored their opponents 9-0 over the last four games; they have scored at least three third period goals seven times this season and are 7-0-0 in those games...Other than holiday and all-star breaks, the Isles had four consecutive off-days for the first time since March 2014.
 
The Injury
Milan Michalek suffered a fractured finger blocking a shot in the second period and did not return.
 
Still Perfect
The Isles are on another penalty-killing streak, going a perfect 22-22 over the last six games.  Ottawa did come close to converting, scoring two seconds after a penalty to Matt Martin expired.
 
Home Sweet Home
 
The Isles are 15-7-3 on home-ice (33 points).  In the past 28 seasons, the Isles have earned more than 33 points in the first 25 home games only twice (38 in first 25 at home last season and 34 in 25 in 2003-04).
 
This was the seventh game of a ten game stretch in which the Isles will play eight times at home.  The Isles are 4-2-1 in this stretch:
 
3-Jan-16            Vs        Stars (Won 6-5)
7-Jan-16            Vs        Capitals (Lost 4-1)
9-Jan-16            @         Flyers (Lost 4-0)
12-Jan-16          Vs        Blue Jackets (Won 5-2)
14-Jan-16          Vs        Rangers (Won 3-1)
17-Jan-16          Vs        Canucks (Lost/SO 2-1)
22-Jan-16          @         Senators (Won 5-2)
23-Jan-16          Vs        Flyers
25-Jan-16          Vs        Red Wings
2-Feb-16           Vs        Wild
 
After February 2nd, the Isles will play 20 of their final 33 games on the road.
 
The Shots:
Isles     10-10-14=34
Ottawa  8-18-4=30
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 25-15-6 overall; 16-7-3 at home and 9-8-3 on the road. 
 
Ottawa is 22-20-6 overall; 11-7-4 at home and 11-13-2 on the road.   The Sens are 10-15-1 since opening the season 12-5-5.

Metropolitan Hockey Club, Inc.
The Isles are 9-3-2 in Division games and are 16-12-4 in games against other divisions. They are 4-8-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-2-1 vs. Central Division, and 6-2-1 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; he is 12-8-4 on the season and 6-6-3 in his career against Ottawa.
Andrew Hammond made 29 saves but falls to 3-5-2 on the season.  Hammond is 1-1-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-4 on the power play, while Ottawa was 0-2.
The Isles are 15-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-12-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-6-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-9-5 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-6 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 10-5-6 in games decided by a single goal including 5-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 5-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 17-3-2 when they score first and are 8-12-4 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 190-163-52 behind the Islander bench; Capuano coached his 400th career game on January 7th vs. the Caps.  Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Yankees' Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano.

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 405
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 190
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

Capuano is the 86th coach in NHL history to coach at least 400 games. He is 75th all-time with 190 wins, four fewer than Bob Gainey and six fewer than Cecil Hart and Fred Creighton.

They Tweeted It
@bobbybrown718 91 played one of his best games of the year. Hopefully the beginning of a big hot streak for JT. #isles
@NomDeGear Convincing 5-2 win at #Sens as #Isles try to beat the snowstorm in order to host the #Flyers tomorrow. #NHL #NYIvsOTT
@0629keijiro2000 Good work guys!! Keep going on tomorrow game!!!!!#ISLES #YesYesYes

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 3-3-3 on the front-end and 5-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  This back-to-back set is scheduled to conclude on Saturday vs. Philadelphia.

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 2-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·         The Isles are 4-2-0 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: Travis Hamonic (22:29); Ottawa: Erik Karlsson (32:45)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (15-3-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (1-2-1), Nick Leddy (4-5-2), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
Kyle Okposo led the Isles forwards with 18:08 of ice-time.   Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (15-11-5), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (1-2-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (3-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (1-1-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 30, Ottawa 28 (52%). 
Casey Cizikas won 6 of 10 for the Isles; Zack Smith won 7 of 11 for Ottawa. 
The Isles won only 7 of 20 draws in the first period but won 23 of 38 draws in the final 40 minutes.
The Isles won 27 of 50 draws at even strength, 2 of 7 on the power play and 1 of 1 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 26, Ottawa 27.  Matt Martin led the Isles with 6 hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 221.  Martin has recorded at least 200 hits in six straight seasons.

Fights
Matt Martin fought Mark Borowiecki in the first period.  Season total – 11 (Martin-6, Bernier, Boychuk, Leddy, Lee, Okposo).

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots; Calvin deHaan led the team with 4.  Cody Ceci blocked 7 shots for Ottawa.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 70, Ottawa 51.  Even-Strength: Isles 59, Ottawa 45.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
 
Travis Hamonic and Calvin deHaan led the Isles with a +16 even-strength Corsi rating; Casey Cizikas had a club-leading 92% Corsi For percentage as he was on-ice for 12 Isles attempts and only 1 for Ottawa. Milan Michalek led Ottawa with a +2 even-strength Corsi rating.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -196 (68 for Maple Leafs and 128 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -181 (all for Isles)
·         Anders Lee -122 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Adam Pelech, Eric Boulton and Johnny Boychuk are on injured reserve. Travis Hamonic replaced Scott Mayfield in the lineup; Steve Bernier was also scratched.  Jean-Francois Berube has been removed from injured reserve; he was assigned to Bridgeport on a conditioning stint.
The Isles have lost 105 games this season due to injury/illness.

Missing a Piece (or two)
The Isles are 12-13-2 over the last two seasons in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 4-3-1 this season.  They are 5-4-1, including 2-1-1 this season when two of the three miss a game.

All-time Islander Leader Boards (Hope you like the new format!):
Games Played (skaters)
1.     Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
12. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 13. Garry Howatt 596 *** 14. John Tonelli 594 *** 15. Frans Nielsen 571
20. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 21. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 22. Josh Bailey 521 *** 23. Dave Lewis 514 *** 24. Mick Vukota 510*** 25. Rich Pilon 509 *** 26. Kyle Okposo 494 *** 27. Ed Westfall 493***28. Radek Martinek 479*** 29. Gerry Hart 476*** 30. John Tavares 475

Goals
1.     Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
….
9. Derek King 211 *** 10. John Tonelli 206*** 11. John Tavares 190
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 129 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 ***19. Duane Sutter 121 *** 20. Alexei Yashin 119 *** 21. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 24. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 25. Frans Nielsen 113

Assists
1.     Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. Billy Harris 259 *** 14. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 15. John Tavares 244 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 214 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 211
25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. David Volek 154 *** 27. Mariusz Czerkawski & Josh Bailey 150

Points
1.     Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. Billy Harris 443 *** 13. John Tavares 434 ***14. Stefan Persson 369 *** 15. Pierre Turgeon and Kyle Okposo 340 ***17. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 18. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 19. Frans Nielsen 327
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. David Volek 249 *** 27. Ray Ferraro & Josh Bailey 238

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied 1 game to 1; the Isles have earned 3 points to Ottawa's 2.  
The Isles are 4-0-1 in their last five trips to Ottawa and are 6-2-1 in their last nine visits.  The final meeting of the teams this season will be on March 23rd at Barclays.
 
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 20-19-2-1 after defeated St. John's 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday; Taylor Beck had winning tally for the Sound Tigers, who had lost six straight. Bridgeport is scheduled to host Hartford on Saturday and visit Hershey on Sunday.

Up Next
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23rd –PHILADELPHIA AT ISLANDERS 7:30PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 7:00), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles return home to begin a three game homestand as they host the Flyers.  It will be the fourth of five meetings on the season between the teams; the Isles have captured two of the first three (Isles 2-1-0; Philadelphia 1-1-1).
 
The Isles will be looking to avenge a 4-0 defeat in Philadelphia two weeks ago.  Since then, the Isles have gone 3-0-1 in their last four games.
 
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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