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"The Skinny" … on the Openers By Eric Hornick The NHL released the schedule for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday.  It'...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Skinny: Up Next (and the snow's effect on the schedule)

Up Next
MONDAY, JANUARY 25th –DETROIT AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
It's back to Barclays as the Isles host Detroit in the first meeting of the teams this season.

The Isles have dominated the Red Wings head-to-head in recent years, winning two of three in each of the last two seasons.  Longer term, the series favors the Isles even more as the Islanders are 8-2-0 in their last 10 and 9-2-1 in the last 12 against the Red Wings since the 2004-05 lockout.  

In the 10 games since 2009 (when the Isles defeated the reigning champs 2-0 behind 42 saves from Joey MacDonald) the Isles have outscored the Wings 33-22 (including 1 Isle shootout winner). 

This is the 2nd of two games that the Isles are playing in 15 days between January 18th and February 1st; excluding Olympic breaks and the 1992 NHL strike, this is the first time in Isles history that they are playing only twice in a 15-day stretch.

The Isles will play 8 games in the first 14 days after the All-Star game.  Including the (to be scheduled) make-up game with Philadelphia, the Isles will match the club record by playing 35 times in the final 68 days of the regular season; that's the shortest span for games 48-82 since 1994 (also 68 days); they also played the final 35 of the 1975-76 season in 68 days.


 
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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