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Monday, January 18, 2016
The Skinny: Vancouver 2, Isles 1 (SO)
By Eric Hornick
Vancouver 2, Isles 1(SO)
Ryan Strome scored with 50.8 seconds to play in regulation to earn the Isles a point but Radim Vrbata scored the only goal of the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks earned a 2-1 shootout victory before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center.
The Isles move one point ahead of the Rangers in the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
09:46 VAN Ben Hutton (1) ASST: Daniel Sedin (22), Jared McCann (5) 1 - 0 VAN
19:09 NYI Ryan Strome (5) ASST: Nick Leddy (15), Frans Nielsen (14) 1 - 1 Tie
ROUND ISLANDERS CANUCKS
1 Frans Nielsen (NG) Alexandre Burrows (NG)
2 Kyle Okposo (NG) Radim Vrbata (G/GDG)
3 John Tavares (NG)
Vancouver's Ryan Miller recorded his 55th shootout win (an NHL record) while Radim Vrbata's shootout goal was his 41st, tying Frans Nielsen's NHL record. (Vrbata has had 95 attempts to Nielsen's 78)
The Isles had won three straight shootouts before today.
The Isles are 6-7-1 in their last 14; they have outscored opponents 27-14 in the 6 wins (6-0-0), but have been outscored 25-7 in the 8 losses (0-7-1)…The Isles are 2-12-3 when trailing after two periods…
Ryan Strome's tying goal was his second in the last three games after scoring only three times in his first 31 appearances this season. It was the first 6th attacker goal the Isles have scored this season…John Tavares played 25:19; it is the 10th time in his career he has played at least 25 minutes. Among Islander forwards, only Alexei Yashin (12 times) has done so more often since time on ice has been published…Brock Nelson was held off the board after scoring 10 times in the previous 16 games; Nelson played his 199th NHL game…Ben Hutton's goal was his first in the NHL…The Isles are 1-1-2 in afternoon games this season and 5-7-4 over the past three seasons…The Isles are 3-2-1 in their black third jerseys…Among active goalies, only Henrik Lundqvist (29) and Marc-Andre Fleury (21) have more wins against the Isles than Ryan Miller (18); five of Miller's wins vs. the Isles have come in shootouts…The Isles have sold-out consecutive home games at Barclays for the first time.
Henrik Sedin did not return after he was hit by Mikhail Grabovski late in the first period. Grabovski was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Sedin will be re-evaluated on Monday.
The Isles have started another penalty-killing streak, going a perfect 20-20 over the last five games. Since Matt Read scored on Philadelphia's first power play back on November 25th, the Isles have killed 39 of 40 at home.
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 sixth game of a ten game stretch in which the Isles will play eight times at home. The Isles are 3-2-1 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
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 22 shots in the third period and the 48 shots in the game both were season highs for the Isles.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-15-6 overall; 15-7-3 at home and 9-8-3 on the road.
Vancouver is 19-17-10 overall; 9-8-4 at home and 10-9-6 on the road.
Metropolitan Hockey Club, Inc.
The Isles are 9-3-2 in Division games and are 15-12-4 in games against other divisions. They are 3-8-2 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 25 saves; he is 11-8-4 on the season and 5-5-2 in his career against the Vancouver. Halak is 26-26 in shootouts, including 2-3 this season.
Ryan Miller made a season-high 47 saves and improves to 11-12-6 on the season. Miller is 18-9-3 in his career against the Isles and 55-31 all-time in shootouts.
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play, while Vancouver was 0-4.
The Isles are 14-3-3 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 17-9-5 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 20-2-0 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.
The Isles are 16-3-2 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 189-163-52 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 404
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 189
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 189 wins, five fewer than Bob Gainey and seven fewer than Cecil Hart and Fred Creighton.
They Tweeted It
@KJRowe6 Well my trip has come to end. 5pts out of 6, can't complain n the NYR game was incredible. Thnks for havin me #Isles, see u in Calgary/EDM! (And a mention in The Skinny too!)
@Netminder39 #Isles got something tonight that the Rangers did not....a point. Now in 2nd place in the Metro Division.
@rayraybythebay Doesn't feel like a loss. So many playing great. I'll gladly take those FORTY EIGHT sog and the point and keep looking forward. #isles
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.
Isles: Nick Leddy (26:29); Vancouver: Alexander Edler (25:32)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (14-3-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (1-2-1), Nick Leddy (4-5-2), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 25:19 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (15-11-5), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-2-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (3-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (1-1-0).
Isles 36, Vancouver 33 (52%).
John Tavares won 15 of 25 for the Isles; Linden Vey won 10 of 18 and Henrik Sedin won 4 of 5 for Vancouver.
The Isles won 7 of 16 draws in the first period but won 29 of 53 draws in the final 45 minutes.
The Isles won 28 of 52 draws at even strength, 4 of 7 on the power play and 4 of 10 on the penalty kill.
Isles 28, Vancouver 26. Four Islanders, including Cal Clutterbuck, each had 4 hits.
Matt Martin had 2 hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 215. Martin has recorded at least 200 hits in six straight seasons.
There were no fights. Season total – 10 (Martin-5, Bernier, Boychuk, Leddy, Lee, Okposo).
The Isles were credited with 15 blocked shots; Calvin deHaan led the team with 4.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 96, Vancouver 51. Even-Strength: Isles 65, Vancouver 33.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Brock Nelson led the Isles with a +19 even-strength Corsi rating; Cal Clutterbuck had a club-leading 76% Corsi For percentage. No Canuck had a positive even-strength Corsi rating.
·Nikolay Kulemin -195 (68 for Maple Leafs and 127 for the Isles)
·Brock Nelson -180 (all for Isles)
·Anders Lee -121 (all for Isles)
Jean-Francois Berube, Eric Boulton and Johnny Boychuk are on injured reserve. Scott Mayfield replaced Adam Pelech (upper body) in the lineup; Steve Bernier and Travis Hamonic (upper body) were also scratched.
The Isles have lost 102 games this season due to injury/illness.
Missing a Piece (or two)
The Isles are 11-13-2 over the last two seasons in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 3-3-1 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 Board:
John Tavares has:
·189 goals (11th all-time, 17 behind John Tonelli and 22 behind Derek King)
·243 assists (15th all-time, 6 behind Tomas Jonsson and 16 behind Billy Harris)
·432 points (13th all-time , 11 behind Billy Harris and 56 behind Patrick Flatley)
·474 games played (29th among Islander skaters all-time and 2 behind Gerry Hart)
Kyle Okposo has:
·128 goals (17th all-time and 18 behind Mariusz Czerkawski )
·210 assists (17th all-time , 2 behind Frans Nielsen and 33 behind John Tavares)
·338 points (16th all-time, 2 behind Pierre Turgeon and 31 behind Stefan Persson)
·493 games played (tied -27th among Islander skaters all-time with Ed Westfall)
Frans Nielsen has:
·113 goals (25th all-time, 3 behind Ray Ferraro, and 5 behind Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas)
·212 assists (16th all-time and 31 behind John Tavares)
·325 points (19th all-time, 6 behind Ziggy Palffy, 8 behind Tomas Jonsson and 13 behind Kyle Okposo)
·570 games played (15th among Islander skaters all-time and 24 behind John Tonelli)
Josh Bailey has:
·150 assists (tied-27th all-time with Mariusz Czerkawski and 4 behind David Volek)
·238 points (tied-26th all-time with Ray Ferraro and 11 behind David Volek)
·520 games played (22nd among Islander skaters and 10 behind Pat LaFontaine)
Season Series Stats
Vancouver leads the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 1.
The Isles are 1-4-1 in their last six games against Vancouver; the Isles will visit British Columbia on March 1st to conclude the season series.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 19-19-2-1 after being swept this weekend (twice by Portland and today by Lehigh Valley). The Sound Tigers host St. John's on Wednesday and Hartford on Saturday.
The Isles play their final road game before the All-Star break as they begin a set of 3 games in 4 days by heading to Ottawa for the second time this season.
The Isles had a 2-0 lead in Ottawa on December 5th but the Sens tied the game on goals by Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman, the latter with just 37 seconds to play. Erik Karlsson then scored the winning goal in overtime.
The Isles are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to Ottawa and are 5-2-1 in their last eight visits. Each of the last four games between the teams has been decided by one goal with each team earning a regulation win and an overtime win in that span.
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