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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Skinny: Isles 3, Columbus 2 (SO)

"The Skinny"  

 
By Eric Hornick
 
Game 52  
Isles 3, Columbus 2 (SO)
 
Anders Lee scored the tying goal in the third period and Cal Clutterbuck had the deciding goal in the 4th round of the shootout as the Isles defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 before a crowd of 14,303 at Nationwide Arena.
The win pushed the Isles back into third place in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Rangers. The Isles do have a game-in-hand on the Rangers.
The Scoring:
 
1ST PERIOD
00:56    NYI       Ryan Strome (6) ASST: John Tavares (22)          1 - 0 NYI          
07:45    CBJ      Cam Atkinson (18) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (20), Dalton Prout (3)          1 - 1 Tie           
11:26    CBJ      Brandon Dubinsky (12) ASST: Cam Atkinson (17)           2 - 1 CBJ         
 
2ND PERIOD
NONE
 
3RD PERIOD
03:05    NYI       PPG - Anders Lee (8) ASST: Kyle Okposo (27), Frans Nielsen (19)           2 - 2 Tie           
 
OT PERIOD
NONE
 
The Shootout:
ROUND COLUMBUS                             NEW YORK ISLANDERS
1          Cam Atkinson   (NG)                 Frans Nielsen    (G)
2          Brandon Dubinsky (NG)             Kyle Okposo     (NG)
3          Alexander Wennberg (G)            John Tavares    (NG)
4          Boone Jenner    (NG)                 Cal Clutterbuck (G/GDG)
 
Frans Nielsen recorded his 42nd shootout goal, breaking a tie with Radim Vrbata for the all-time NHL lead; the Isles extended their NHL record for shootout wins with their 68th win (Pittsburgh/Buffalo 66).
 
The Skinny:
The Isles are 10-10-1 in their last 21; they have outscored opponents 47-22 in the 10 wins (10-0-0), but have been outscored 37-12 in the 11 losses (0-10-1)… The Isles have outscored their opponents 58-42 in the third period this season, including 16-4 over the last ten games… John Tavares is 4-6-10 in his last 7 games… Anders Lee scored for the 2nd time in 4 games…Ryan Strome scored for the first time in 7 games… Kyle Okposo assisted on the tying goal in his 500th NHL game. He remains the team leader in points (42), one ahead of John Tavares (41).  It's the 5th time Okposo has recorded 40 points in a season and the 7th time Tavares has done so.  Tavares is the first Islander since Derek King to record 7 40-point seasons…The Isles have scored 4 power play goals in the last three games…The Isles scored in the first minute of the game for the third time this season; the Isles are 3-0-0 in those games, with 2 of the wins coming in shootouts.  The Isles have not allowed a goal in the first minute of any game this season…The Isles improved to 6-9-3 when trailing after one period and 3-15-3 when trailing after 2 periods.
 
Moving on Up
John Tavares recorded his 249th assist, tying Tomas Jonsson for 14th place on the all-time Isles list. Tavares also recorded his 442nd point, leaving him one point shy of Billy Harris for 12th place.  Frans Nielsen earned an assist on the tying goal; it also tied him with Ziggy Palffy for 18th place on the Isles point list with 331 points.
 
 
First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time
There were 85 face-offs in the game.  It was the most in an Islander game since there were 87 draws in a game vs. Boston on January 27, 2004 and the most face-offs in any regular season NHL game since December 31, 2013 (Carolina/Montreal, also 87). 
 
Most Points in The Post-Cup Era through 52 games
67 in 2014-15
62 in 2015-16
60 in 2001-02
60 in 1985-86
 
Home Sweet Home
 
The Isles are 17-8-3 on home-ice (37 points).  In the past 28 seasons, the Isles have earned more than 37 points in the first 28 home games only twice (42 in first 28 at home last season and 39 in 28 in 2003-04).
 
Road Warriors
 
This was the fourth game of a 22 game stretch in which the Isles will play 16 games on the road.  The Isles are 2-2-0 in this stretch.
 

4-Feb-16           @ Capitals (Lost 3-2)
6-Feb-16           @ Red Wings (Lost 5-1)
7-Feb-16           Vs Oilers (Won 8-1)
9-Feb-16           @ Blue Jackets (Won 3-2 (SO))
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
 
The Shots:
Isles            7-17-15-7=46
Columbus   12-9-5-5=31
 
The Isles have had at least 46 shots four times since last February; in three of those four games Columbus was the opponent.  It's the first time that that Isles have had at least 46 in a road game since they had 57 in a shootout win in Ottawa 11/1/2013.
 
Most Shots on Goal in a road game (since 1994):
 
1-Nov-13           @         Ottawa              5          4          Wso     57         31
17-Mar-04          @         Florida              4          6          L          54         24
28-Jan-06          @         Boston             4          3          W         51         44
13-Oct-05          @         Washington       5          3          W         49         29
9-Feb-16           @         Columbus         3          2          Wso     46         31
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-18-6 overall; 18-8-3 at home and 10-10-3 on the road. 

Columbus is 21-28-6 overall; 9-11-5 at home and 12-17-1 on the road.   

Metropolitan Hockey Club, Inc.
The Isles are 10-4-2 in Division games and are 18-14-4 in games against other divisions. They are 4-10-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 7-2-1 vs. the Central Division, and 7-2-1 vs. the Pacific Division. 
The Isles are 31-10-3 since the start of last season against the Met. 

How The West is Won
The Isles are 14-4-2 against the Western Conference. The Isles have the most wins of any Eastern Conference team against the Western Conference (The Rangers, 13-7-1, have the 2nd highest win total).  The Isles have more wins against the West than 5 Western Conference teams.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves to improve to 13-11-4 on the season. Halak is now 12-4-3 all-time vs. Columbus.  It was his 195th career NHL win, including 27 in shootouts (27-26).
Joonas Korpisalo faced a career high 46 shots and made a career-high 44 saves.  He is now 7-6-3 on the season. He is 2-2 in shootouts.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-2 on the power play, while Columbus was 0-1. 
The Isles are 18-4-3 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 20-10-5 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-2-0 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 11-6-6 in games decided by a single goal including 5-6-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 4-3 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.

First Goal
The Isles are 18-4-2 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 193-166-52 behind the Islander bench.  Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Yankees' Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano.  With 193 wins, Capuano has now won more games than any Islander other than Al Arbour has coached:

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 410
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 193
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 193 wins, one fewer than Bob Gainey and three fewer than Cecil Hart 
and Fred Creighton.

They Tweeted It
@TheJeffHersh #isles get it together and snag 2 huge points! Yes! Yes! Yes! Now beat LA! We need a big time winning streak now!
@Onadroig_ CAL CLUTTERBUCK FOR THE WINNNNNNNNNNNN
‏@SammiXXschwartz  Kyle Okposo playing his 500th career game tonight!

We Tweeted It
@NYIslanders On to the next one. @BlueJacketsNHL pic.twitter.com/eTqHRl3CCl

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-4-3 on the front-end and 6-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set will be on February 18th vs. Washington and February 19th in New Jersey.

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 3-1-0 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: Nick Leddy (24:44); Columbus: Seth Jones (26:44)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (17-3-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (1-3-1), Nick Leddy (5-7-2), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 21:47 of ice-time.   Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (18-14-5), 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). 

Face-offs
Isles 46, Columbus 39 (54%). 
John Tavares won 19 of 26 for the Isles; Alexander Wennberg won 12 of 20 for Columbus. 
The Isles won 28 of 58 draws in the first two periods before winning 18 of 27 in the third period and overtime.
The Isles won 43 of 80 draws at even strength, 2 of 3 on the power play and 1 of 2 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 15, Columbus 25.  Matt Martin led the Isles with 5 hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 247.  Martin has recorded at least 200 hits in six straight seasons.

Fights
There were no fights.  Season total – 13 (Martin-7, Bernier, Boychuk, Leddy, Lee, Okposo, Strait).

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 22 blocked shots, including 4 from Calvin deHaan and Travis Hamonic.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 80, Columbus 62.  5-on-5: Isles 65, Columbus 51.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
 
Anders Lee and Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with a +10 5-on-5 Corsi rating; Lee also had a club-leading 65% Corsi For percentage. Fedor Tyutin led Columbus with a +9 5-on-5 Corsi rating.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -202 (68 for Maple Leafs and 134 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -187 (all for Isles)
·         Anders Lee -128 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Adam Pelech and Eric Boulton are on injured reserve. Marek Zidlicky, Steve Bernier and JF Berube were scratched.
The Isles have lost 120 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.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
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 577
20. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 21. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 22. Josh Bailey 527 *** 23. Dave Lewis 514 *** 24. Mick Vukota 510*** 25. Rich Pilon 509 *** 26. Kyle Okposo 500 *** 27. Ed Westfall 493***28. John Tavares 481

Goals
1.     Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
….
9. Derek King 211 *** 10. John Tonelli 206*** 11. John Tavares 193
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 132 *** 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 114

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 & John Tavares 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 217 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 215
25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. David Volek 154 *** 27. Josh Bailey 152

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 442 ***
14. Stefan Persson 369 *** 15. Kyle Okposo 347 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon 340
17. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 18. Ziggy Palffy 331 and Frans Nielsen 331
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. David Volek 249 *** 27. Josh Bailey 242

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 4 games to 0 and 8 points to 2.  The teams will meet for a 5th and final time on March 31st in Brooklyn.
The Isles swept the three games in Columbus this season after winning only twice in their first 12 visits.

On The Farm
Christopher Gibson made 30 saves as Bridgeport extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 win over Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday night. Bridgeport is 25-19-2-1 on the season; the Sound Tigers visit Hershey on Wednesday.

Up Next
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11th –LOS ANGELES AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they entertain the Los Angeles Kings.  The Kings blasted the Bruins in Boston 9-2 on Tuesday night.
 
The Kings will be the final Western Conference opponent to visit Brooklyn this season; the Isles are 11-0-2 against Western Conference teams this season at home.
 
This is the second and final meeting in the regular season between the teams; Los Angeles defeated the Isles 2-1 back on November 12th as Milan Lucic broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period for the winning goal.
 
If history is a guide, it will be a low-scoring game; neither team has scored more than three goals in any of the last seven meetings between the teams.
 
And Finally…
Rest in Peace, Jim Pickard.  The equipment manager during the Stanley Cup era has passed away at the age of 66.  Pickard won five Stanley Cup rings in his career, four with the Islanders and one with Tampa Bay.
 
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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