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The Skinny: Philadelphia 4, Isles 0

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick
Game 42    
Philadelphia 4, Isles 0
Matt Read scored a goal and added two assists while Steve Mason made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Islanders 4-0 before a crowd of 19,874 at Wells Fargo Center. 
The Isles are now tied for second place with the Rangers.   

The Scoring:
01:27    PHI       Michael Raffl (6) ASST: Sean Couturier (11), Matt Read (8)          1 - 0 PHI          
08:33    PHI       Evgeny Medvedev (3) ASST: Matt Read (9), Michael Del Zotto (8)           2 - 0 PHI          
10:58    PHI       Matt Read (6) ASST: Mark Streit (7), Scott Laughton (8)  3 - 0 PHI          
15:14    PHI       Sean Couturier (9) ASST: Radko Gudas (3), Michael Raffl (5)       4 - 0 PHI
The Skinny:
The Isles have trailed 5-0 and 4-0 in their two road games this month… The Isles are 0-3-0 in Division games in 2016 after starting the season 7-0-2 in Divisional games… Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth are the first pair of Flyer goaltenders to each have three shutouts since Jeff Hackett and Robert Esche did so in 2003-04…Mason joins Roman Cechmanek and Ron Hextall as the only Flyer goalies with at least three shutouts in three straight seasons...Six of the Isles' next seven games are at home…The Isles are 1-1-1 this season and 5-7-3 over the last three seasons in afternoon games…Matt Read is 11-7-18 in 21 games vs. the Isles…Nick Schultz played in his 999th NHL game…The Flyers have now shutout the Isles 16 times (2 of which have been won 1-0 by Isles in shootouts); this was the Isles first shutout loss in Philadelphia since  February 1, 2001.
The Isles have lost 7 of their last 11 games (4-7-0).  The Isles have been outscored 24-6 in those seven losses.

Home Sweet Home
This was the third game of a ten game stretch in which the Isles will play eight times at home.  The Isles are 1-2-0 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
14-Jan-16          Vs        Rangers
17-Jan-16          Vs        Canucks
22-Jan-16          @         Senators
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                 2-8-10=20
Philadelphia 11-11-10=32
The Isles had allowed at least 38 shots in four straight games.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-15-5 overall; 13-7-2 at home and 9-8-3 on the road. 
Philadelphia is 18-15-7 overall; 10-5-4 at home and 8-10-3 on the road.   The Flyers have rebounded from three straight losses to record three straight wins.

By Division
The Isles are 7-3-2 in Division games and are 15-12-3 in games against other divisions. They are 3-8-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-2-1 vs. Central Division, and 6-2-0 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 27 saves but falls to 10-8-3 on the season; he is 9-4-0 in his career against Philadelphia. 
Steve Mason made 20 saves and improves to 9-10-5 on the season.  Mason 6-2-3 in his career against the Isles, including 2 shutouts.

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-5 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 10-5-5 in games decided by a single goal including 5-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 15-3-2 when they score first and are 7-12-3 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 187-163-51 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 401
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 187
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 tied-75th all-time with Ted Nolan and Johnny Wilson with 187 wins.

They Tweeted It
@bferdinandsson  Annual gathering in Gothenburg for Swedish Islanders fans. 22 of us #isles pic.twitter.com/Saqjhy9wat  (Hope you guys had fun, despite the result!)

Isles are 2-3-3 on the front-end and 5-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set is January 22nd in Ottawa and January 23rd vs. Philadelphia.

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 2-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·         The Isles are 3-2-0 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: Calvin deHaan (23:00); Philadelphia: Michael Del Zotto (23:57)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (14-3-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-2-1), Nick Leddy (4-5-1), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
Kyle Okposo led the Isles forwards with 17:33 of ice-time.   Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (14-11-4), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-2-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (2-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (1-1-0). 

Isles 22, Philadelphia 34 (61%).
Mikhail Grabovski won 4 of 7 for the Isles; Sean Couturier won 11of 16 for Philadelphia.
The Isles won less than 50% of the draws in each period, including only 6 of 18 in the third period.
The Isles won 14 of 41 draws at even strength, 4 of 7 on the power play and 4 of 8 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 42, Philadelphia 25.  Matt Martin led the Isles with 10 hits.

Anders Lee fought Brandon Manning in the third period (they also fought twice in the AHL).  Season total – 10 (Martin-5, Bernier, Boychuk, Leddy, Lee, Okposo).

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 18 blocked shots; Adam Pelech led the team with 4. 

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 45, Philadelphia 66.  Even-Strength: Isles 34, Philadelphia 49.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Matt Martin led the Isles with a +3 even-strength Corsi rating and a club-leading 67% Corsi For percentage. Michael Del Zotto led Philadelphia with a +15 rating.

·         Nikolay Kulemin -192 (68 for Maple Leafs and 124 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -177 (all for Isles)
·         Anders Lee -118 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Jean-Francois Berube, Eric Boulton and Johnny Boychuk are on injured reserve. Steve Bernier, Travis Hamonic (injured) and Marek Zidlicky were scratched.  Scott Mayfield was recalled from Bridgeport and played 14:55.
The Isles have lost 87 games this season due to injury/illness.

Missing a Piece (or two)
The Isles are 9-13-1 over the last two seasons in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 1-3-0 this season.  They are 3-4-0, including 0-1-0 this season when two of the three miss a game.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         189 goals (11th all-time, 17 behind John Tonelli and 22 behind Derek King)
·         241 assists (15th all-time, 8 behind Tomas Jonsson and 18 behind Billy Harris)
·         430 points (13th all-time , 13 behind Billy Harris and 58 behind Patrick Flatley)
·         471 games played (29th among Islander skaters all-time and 5 behind Gerry Hart)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         127 goals (tied-17th all-time with Jason Blake and 18 behind Mariusz Czerkawski )
·         209 assists (17th all-time , 2 behind Frans Nielsen and 32 behind John Tavares)
·         336 points (16th all-time,  4 behind Pierre Turgeon and 33 behind Stefan Persson)
·         490 games played (27th among Islander skaters all-time and 3 behind Ed Westfall)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         113 goals (25th all-time,  3 behind Ray Ferraro, and 5 behind Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas)
·         211 assists (16th all-time and 30 behind John Tavares)
·         324 points (19th all-time, 7 behind Ziggy Palffy, 9 behind Tomas Jonsson and 12 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         567 games played (15th among Islander skaters all-time and 27 behind John Tonelli)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         149 assists (28th all-time, 1 behind Mariusz Czerkawski and 5 behind David Volek)
·         237 points (tied-27th all-time with Travis Green, 1 behind Ray Ferraro and 12 behind David Volek)
·         517 games played (22nd among Islander skaters and 13 behind Pat LaFontaine)

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 1 and 4 points to 3.  The teams have two meeting left, both in Brooklyn (January 23 and March 21).
Despite the loss today, the Isles are 6-2-0 in their last eight games against Philadelphia.

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 19-15-2-1 after a 5-4 loss to Providence on Friday; Jared Gomes scored twice for Bridgeport.
The Sound Tigers play Saturday night in Hartford.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Columbus Blue Jackets visit Brooklyn for the first time on Tuesday.  The Isles have won both games between the teams this season, including one in overtime.  The Isles are also 5-0-3 in their last eight home games vs. the Blue Jackets, but it was the Blue Jackets late rally and eventual shootout goal in the Coliseum regular season finale that cost the Isles home ice last season.
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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