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Saturday, February 06, 2016
The Skinny: Detroit 5, Isles 1
By Eric Hornick
Detroit 5, Isles 1
Tomas Jurco and Kyle Quincey scored 3:38 apart in the first period as the Red Wings scored the game's first five goals enroute to a 5-1 victory over the Isles before a sellout crowd of 20,027 at Joe Louis Arena.
John Tavares broke up Petr Mrazek's shutout with a third period tally.
The loss, which included a 52 minute 2nd intermission due to an ice issue, dropped the Isles into the 2nd wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
14:25 DET Tomas Jurco (3) ASST: Gustav Nyquist (14) 1 - 0 DET
18:03 DET Kyle Quincey (2) ASST: Dylan Larkin (19), Pavel Datsyuk (19) 2 - 0 DET
07:32 DET PPG - Mike Green (4) ASST: Brad Richards (9), Pavel Datsyuk (20) 3 - 0 DET
10:20 DET Tomas Tatar (15) ASST: Andreas Athanasiou (1), Gustav Nyquist (15) 4 - 0 DET
02:56 DET Dylan Larkin (18) ASST: Brad Richards (10), Tomas Tatar (17) 5 - 0 DET
04:07 NYI PPG - John Tavares (18) ASST: Kyle Okposo (25), Nick Leddy (17) 5 - 1 DET
The Isles are 8-10-1 in their last 19; they have outscored opponents 37-19 in the 8 wins (8-0-0), but have been outscored 37-12 in the 11 losses (0-10-1)… The Isles have outscored their opponents 56-42 in the third period this season, including 14-4 over the last eight games…Mikhail Grabovski saw his goal streak end at three games and his point streak at four games… In the last 6 games the Isles have 419 attempts to their opponents' 294… The Isles had won six straight when scoring at least one power play goal…Detroit rookie Dylan Larkin was +2; he shares the NHL lead at +25 with Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov..Travis Hamonic and Calvin deHaan went -3 for the Isles…This was the 215th consecutive sellout in Detroit…The Isles have allowed the first goal 28 times this season after scoring first in 49 of 82 games last season…The Isles are 4-10-2 in games against the Atlantic Division this season...The Isles are 1-1-2 in afternoon games this season and 5-7-4 over the past three seasons.
Home Sweet Home
The Isles are 16-8-3 on home-ice (35 points). In the past 28 seasons, the Isles have earned more than 35 points in the first 27 home games only twice (40 in first 27 at home last season and 37 in 27 in 2003-04).
This was the second game of a 22 game stretch in which the Isles will play 16 games on the road. The Isles are 0-2-0 in this stretch.
4-Feb-16 @ Capitals (Lost 3-2)
6-Feb-16 @ Red Wings (Lost 5-1)
7-Feb-16 Vs Oilers
9-Feb-16 @ Blue Jackets
11-Feb-16 Vs Kings
13-Feb-16 @ Hurricanes
15-Feb-16 Vs Red Wings
18-Feb-16 Vs Capitals
19-Feb-16 @ Devils
23-Feb-16 @ Wild
25-Feb-16 @ Flames
28-Feb-16 @ Oilers
1-Mar-16 @ Canucks
3-Mar-16 @ Jets
6-Mar-16 @ Rangers
8-Mar-16 Vs Penguins
9-Mar-16 @ Maple Leafs
12-Mar-16 @ Bruins
14-Mar-16 Vs Panthers
15-Mar-16 @ Penguins
17-Mar-16 @ Predators
19-Mar-16 @ Stars
Home and Road
The Islanders are 26-18-6 overall; 17-8-3 at home and 9-10-3 on the road.
Detroit is 26-18-8 overall; 12-10-5 at home and 14-8-3 on the road.
Metropolitan Hockey Club, Inc.
The Isles are 9-4-2 in Division games and are 17-14-4 in games against other divisions. They are 4-10-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 7-2-1 vs. the Central Division, and 6-2-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles are 30-10-3 since the start of last season against the Met.
In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 9 saves before being removed midway through the 2nd period; Halak is 12-11-4 on the season and falls to 6-6-1 in his career against Detroit. JF Berube stopped 6 of 7 shots the rest of the way.
Petr Mrazek made 28 saves to improve to 19-10-4 on the season. Mrazek is 3-2-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Islanders were 1-5 on the power play, while Detroit was 1-3.
The Isles are 16-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-14-3 when they do not. The Isles are 8-8-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-10-5 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-16-6 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 10-6-6 in games decided by a single goal including 5-6-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 5-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 16-4-2 when they score first and are 10-14-4 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 191-166-52 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Yankees' Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano. With 191 wins, Capuano has now won as many as any Islander other than Al Arbour has coached:
Most games coached (Islanders):
1.Al Arbour 1,500
2.Jack Capuano 409
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 191
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 191 wins, three fewer than Bob Gainey and five fewer than Cecil Hart and Fred Creighton.
Including today, the Isles are 2-4-3 on the front-end and 5-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. This back-to-back set will conclude on Sunday vs. Edmonton.
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.
Isles: Calvin deHaan (23:15); Detroit: Danny Dekeyser (22:14)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (16-3-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (1-3-1), Nick Leddy (4-7-2), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 18:37 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (16-14-5), 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).
Isles 24, Detroit 22 (52%).
Casey Cizikas won 7 of 11 for the Isles; Luke Glendenning won 9 of 15 for Detroit.
The Isles won only 4 of 10 draws in the first period but won 20 of 36 draws in the final 40 minutes.
The Isles won 14 of 34 draws at even strength, 5 of 6 on the power play and 5 of 6 on the penalty kill.
Isles 25, Detroit 16. Anders Lee led the Isles with 6 hits. Matt Martin had 4 hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 241. Martin has recorded at least 200 hits in six straight seasons.
There were no fights. Season total – 11 (Martin-6, Bernier, Boychuk, Leddy, Lee, Okposo).
The Isles were credited with 10 blocked shots; Calvin deHaan led the team with 3.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 57, Detroit 40. 5-on-5: Isles 45, Detroit 31.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey led the Isles with a +10 5-on-5 Corsi rating; Anders Lee and Brock Nelson had a club-leading 79% Corsi For percentage. Darren Helm led Detroit with a +1 5-on-5 Corsi rating.
·Nikolay Kulemin -200 (68 for Maple Leafs and 132 for the Isles)
·Brock Nelson -185 (all for Isles)
·Anders Lee -126 (all for Isles)
Adam Pelech and Eric Boulton are on injured reserve. Johnny Boychuk returned from IR and replaced Brian Strait in the lineup; Steve Bernier and Thomas Greiss were scratched.
The Isles have lost 116 games this season due to injury/illness.
Missing a Piece (or two)
The Isles are 13-15-2 over the last two seasons in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 5-5-1 this season. They are 5-4-1, including 2-1-1 this season, when two of the three miss a game.
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. Billy Harris 443 *** 13. John Tavares 438 ***
14. Stefan Persson 369 *** 15. Kyle Okposo 342*** 16. Pierre Turgeon 340
17. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 18. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 19. Frans Nielsen 328
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. David Volek 249 *** 27. Josh Bailey 241
Season Series Stats
Detroit leads the season series 2 games to 0 and 4 points to 0. The teams will meet again on President's Day (February 15) in Brooklyn.
The Isles have lost two straight in Detroit (both on SuperBowl Saturday) after winning five straight in Detroit.
On The Farm
Bracken Kearns' hat trick led Bridgeport to a 6-3 win over Lehigh Valley on Friday night. Bridgeport is 24-19-2-1 after running their winning streak to five games. Kearns leads the team with 16 goals, 38 points and a +16 rating. The Sound Tigers visit Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday night.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th – EDMONTON AT ISLANDERS 2:30PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 2:00), 91.5 WNYE-FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles are back in Brooklyn for just one game, as they entertain the Edmonton Oilers in the first meeting of the teams this season.
The Isles will hope that their home-ice magic against the Oilers continues – the Isles have won eight straight at home over Edmonton. The last Oiler win was on December 14, 1999; Oiler rookie phenom Connor McDavid was a month shy of his third birthday.
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