13:34 NYI John Tavares (33) ASST: Calvin de Haan (12) 3 - 3 Tie
02:46 BUF Brian Gionta (12) ASST: Mark Pysyk (10), Evan Rodrigues (1) 4 - 3 BUF
John Tavares now has goals in four consecutive games (4-5-9); it was his 207th career goal, passing John Tonelli for 10th place on the all-time Isles list… Nikolay Kulemin missed his first game in nearly three seasons, ending his consecutive game streak at 230; Kulemin had played all 162 games since joining the Isles for the start of last season…Anders Lee' s consecutive game streak ended at 156 games. It was the first regular season game he had missed since he was recalled from Bridgeport early last season…Scott Mayfield blocked 8 shots; it was the most blocks by an Islander rookie since the stat has been tracked…The Sabres improved by 27 points from last season (54 to 81)…The Isles finished the season 8-12-4 against Atlantic Division opponents…Former Islander Matt Moulson is now 5-1-6 in 7 games against the Isles… Bracken Kearns wore #38; he's the first Isles to wear that number since Jack Hillen in 2011…Josh Gorges recorded his 100th career assist.
Alan Quine is the first Islander to score in his first NHL game since Anders Lee (4-2-13 vs Winnipeg) and the first NHL player to score shorthanded in his NHL debut since Jordan Eberle (10-7-10 for Edmonton vs. Calgary). Since 1987-88, the only Islander to score shorthanded in any of his first five NHL games was Sean Bergenheim, whose first NHL goal came shorthanded on 10/25/2003 in his 5th NHL game.
Pair of Firsts
Scott Mayfield and Alan Quine are the 353rd and 354th players to score a goal for the Isles. They are NOT the first pair to do so in the same game; while I don't have a complete list, Trent Hunter and Sean Bergenheim did so on October 25, 2003 vs. Pittsburgh.
Trio of Firsts
It's the first time since October 15, 2008 that three players have scored their first NHL goal in the same game. Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones scored for Nashville while Fabian Brunnstrom scored his first three career goals for Dallas.
Firsts For and Against
Since 1987-88, Alan Quine is the 10th Islander to score his first goal in his first NHL game. The Isles have allowed 9 of these goals in that span. (Thanks, Hockey-Reference.com)
Greiss in Record Territory
Player Season SA SV SV% MIN Thomas Greiss 2015-16 1188 1100 .926 2267 Al Montoya 2010-11 585 539 .921 1154 Wade Dubielewicz 2007-08 627 576 .919 1132 Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 984 904 .919 2091 Rick DiPietro 2006-07 1917 1761 .919 3627
The Isles have earned 20 points (7-21-6) in games that they trailed after 2 periods.
The 7 wins:
4-Dec-15 Vs St. Louis (Trailed 1-0, won 2-1 in a shootout)
14-Jan-16 Vs New York (Trailed 1-0, won 3-1)
9-Feb-16 @ Columbus (Trailed 2-1, won 3-2 in a shootout)
25-Feb-16 @ Calgary (Trailed 1-0, won 2-1 in overtime)
14-Mar-16 Vs Florida (Trailed 2-0, won 3-2)
26-Mar-16 @ Carolina (Trailed 3-2, won 4-3 in overtime)
29-Mar-16 Vs Carolina (Trailed 1-0, won 2-1 in a shootout)
Most wins (since 1987-88) by Isles when trailing after 2 periods
10 in 2013-14
7 in 2015-16
(Through games on April 9)
Metropolitan Division Standings (Top 5)
xy Washington 56-17-8=120 points / 81 games (52 ROW) Beat St. Louis 5-1
x Pittsburgh 48-26-8=104 points / 82 games (44 ROW) Lost to Philly 3-1
x NY Rangers 46-27-9=101 points / 82 games (43 ROW) Beat Detroit 3-2
x ISLES 45-26-10=100 points / 81 games (40 ROW Lost to Buffalo 4-3 (OT)
x Philadelphia 40-27-14=94 points/ 81 games (37 ROW) Beat Pittsburgh 3-1
x Clinched Playoff Spot
y Clinched Division Title, Conference Title and President's Trophy
Washington: 4/10 vs. Anaheim
ISLES: 4/10 vs. Philadelphia
Philadelphia: 4/10 @ ISLES
If the Isles beat Philadelphia (in any fashion) they will finish third in the Metropolitan Division and play Pittsburgh.
If the Isles lose to Philadelphia (in any fashion) they will finish fourth in the Metropolitan Division, be the first wild card, and play Florida.
The Isles are playing six of their final eight games at home this season; it's the first time in franchise history that this has happened. The Isles are 5-1-1 in this stretch:
·March 29 vs. Hurricanes (Won 2-1 SO)
·March 31 vs. Blue Jackets (Won 4-3)
·April 2 vs. Penguins (Lost 5-0)
·April 4 vs. Lightning (Win 5-2)
·April 5 @ Capitals (Win 4-3 OT)
·April 7 @ Rangers (Win 4-1)
·April 9 vs. Sabres (Lost 4-3 OT)
·April 10 vs. Flyers
Most Points in The Post-Cup Era through 81 games
·100 in 2015-16
·100 in 2014-15
Home Sweet Home
The Isles are 25-10-5 on home-ice (55 points). It's the first time since 1983-84 and 1984-85 that the Isles have earned at least 52 points at home in consecutive seasons.
Most Home Points in Post Cup Era
·57 in 1984-85 (40 home games)
·55 in 2015-16
·55 in 2003-04
·55 in 1985-86 (40 home games)
The Isles finish their road schedule with a record of 20-16-5. It's the 10th time in franchise history that the Isles have won 20 road games in a season.
Most Road Points in Post Cup Era
·44 1993-94 (42 road games)
The Isles have recorded an above NHL-.500 road record for the 4th straight season, matching the club record (1975-76 to 1978-79).
Home and Road
The Islanders are 45-26-10 overall; 25-10-5 at home and 20-16-5 on the road.
Buffalo finishes 35-36-11 overall; 16-19-6 at home and 19-17-5 on the road.
The Isles are 18-7-4 in Division games and are 27-19-6 in games against other divisions. They are 8-12-4 vs. the Atlantic Division, 9-4-1 vs. the Central Division, and 10-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
How The West Was Won
The Isles went 19-7-2 against the Western Conference, including 12-0-2 at home. The Isles have the most wins of any Eastern Conference team against the Western Conference and are guaranteed to finish with the record of an Eastern team vs. the West.
In the Nets
Christopher Gibson made 22 saves; he is 1-0-1 in his NHL career.
Linus Ullmark made 21 saves to finish his rookie season with an 8-10-2 record, including 2-1-0 against the Isles. It was his first NHL game since January 12th.
The Islanders were 0-1 on the power play, while Buffalo was 0-2.
The Isles are 27-5-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-21-6 when they do not. The Isles are 13-12-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 32-14-7 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 37-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 8-22-8 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 21-6-10 in games decided by a single goal including 10-6-0 in regulation. They are 6-5 in games decided in overtime and are 5-5 in shootouts. The Isles are 6-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 29-6-5 when they score first and are 16-20-5 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 210-174-56 behind the Islander bench. 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 440
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 210
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. His 210 wins places him 67th all-time, 5 behind Brent Sutter and 9 behind Herb Brooks.
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-5-5 on the front-end and 9-2-3 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. This back-to-back set concludes against Philadelphia on Sunday.
Tired vs. Rested
·The Isles are 3-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·The Isles are 6-3-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·The Isles are 6-1-3 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:19); Buffalo: Rasmus Ruotsalainen (23:34)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (24-6-6), Johnny Boychuk (5-3-0), Calvin deHaan (3-3-1), Nick Leddy (11-11-2), John Tavares (0-2-0), Tied (0-1-0)
Ryan Strome led the forwards with 18:20 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (28-18-8), Ryan Strome (2-0-1), Kyle Okposo (3-3-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (8-2-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (1-2-0).
Isles 30, Buffalo 23 (57%)
John Tavares won 8 of 12 for the Isles; Ryan O'Reilly won 13 of 25.
The Isles won at least 50% of the draws in each period, including the only faceoff in overtime.
The Isles won 28 of 44 draws at even strength, 0 of 5 on the power play and 2 of 4 on the penalty kill.
Isles 20, Buffalo 18. Eric Boulton led the Isles with four hits.
Most Hits in a Season (since 2005-06):
1 Matt Martin 2014-2015 NYI 382
2 Matt Martin 2011-2012 NYI 374
3 Matt Martin 2015-2016 NYI 365
4 Matt Martin 2013-2014 NYI 359
5 Cal Clutterbuck 2008-2009 MIN 356
6 Cal Clutterbuck 2014-2015 NYI 343
7 Cal Clutterbuck 2010-2011 MIN 336
8 Cal Clutterbuck 2009-2010 MIN 318
There were no fights. Season total – 23 (Martin-11, Lee-3, Bernier, Boychuk, Cizikas, Hamonic, Leddy, Mayfield, Okposo, Pulock, Strait).
The Isles were credited with 17 blocked shots, including eight (all in the first two periods) from Scott Mayfield.
Most Blocked Shots by an Islander (since 2005-2006)
1 Brendan Witt 2006-2007 207
2 Sean Hill 2006-2007 202
3 Calvin de Haan 2015-2016 198
3 Andrew Mac Donald 2013-2014 198
5 Andrew Mac Donald 2011-2012 185
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 49, Buffalo 55.
5-on-5: Isles 42, Buffalo 46
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Ryan Pulock and Calvin deHaan led the Isles with a +9 5-on-5 Corsi rating; Pulock also led the squad with a 66% Corsi For percentage. Mark Pysyk led Buffalo with a +10 5-on-5 Corsi rating.
Two Islanders have played every game this season:
·Nick Leddy – 91 (all for Isles)
·Frans Nielsen – 81 (all for Isles)
Adam Quine, Bracken Kearns and Adam Pelech were recalled from Bridgeport, replacing Anders Lee, Nikolay Kulemin and Thomas Hickey. Scott Mayfield replaced Marek Zidlicky in the lineup. Other injured players: Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Travis Hamonic., JF Berube, Cal Clutterbuck, Brian Strait and Matt Martin.
Missing a Piece (or two)
The Isles are 16-16-3 over the last two seasons in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 8-6-2 this season. They are 5-4-1, including 2-1-1 this season, when two of the three miss a game.
The Isles and Flyers conclude the regular season with a make-up of their January 23rd snow out.
The Flyers clinched a playoff berth on Saturday; they'll begin a series against Washington this week. It's the 5th meeting of the teams this season; each team has a win and a loss in both New York and Philadelphia, with the Isles win in Philly coming in a shootout.
The game will also be seen on NBCSN outside the New York area, and on SportsNet in Canada.
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 http://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