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The Skinny: Edmonton 4, Isles 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 12
Edmonton 4, Isles 3 (SO)
Mark Letestu scored the only goal of the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits for a 4-3 victory over the Isles before a crowd of 13,862 at Barclays Center.
 
Nick Leddy scored just 13 seconds into the game for the Isles; it was the team's earliest goal since John Tavares scored 11 seconds into a 6-5 defeat to the Rangers on February 16, 2015.  It was the 8th straight game that the Isles' defense had scored, establishing a new club record.
 
The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
00:13    New York         Nick Leddy (2) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (5), John Tavares (5)        1-0
05:49    New York         Shane Prince (3) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (3), Calvin de Haan (4)            2-0
08:22    Edmonton         Patrick Maroon (4) ASST: Matthew Benning (1)  2-1
12:13    Edmonton         PPG - Leon Draisaitl (3) ASST: Patrick Maroon (1), Matthew Benning (2)        2-2
 
2ND PERIOD
11:18    New York         Casey Cizikas (2) ASST: Shane Prince (3), Dennis Seidenberg (4)            3-2
16:50    Edmonton         PPG - Milan Lucic (5) ASST: Jordan Eberle (5)   3-3
 
3RD PERIOD
No Scoring
 
OT PERIOD
No Scoring
 
The Shootout:
New York         Missed - Nick Leddy     
Edmonton         Missed - Jordan Eberle 
New York         Missed - Andrew Ladd  
Edmonton         Missed - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 
New York         Missed - Jason Chimera
Edmonton         Goal - Mark Letestu      
 
Nick Leddy is now 0 for 2 in his career in shootouts, Andrew Ladd is 18-46, and Jason Chimera is 2-10.
Mark Letestu improved to 12-28 in shootouts with his 5th game deciding goal
 
As a team, the Isles are 0-6 this season in shootout attempts.
 
The Skinny
The Islander defense had three more points and has combined for 12-27-29 this season on the 33 goals the team has scored this season… Dennis Seidenberg and John Tavares each extended point streaks to four games; Tavares' assist was his first point in the first period this season…It's the Isles' first home loss of any type vs. Edmonton since 12-14-1999, snapping an Islander 9-game win streak…The Isles allowed a season-low 23 shots against, including five in overtime… The Isles are 15-1-3 all-time at Barclays Center against Western Conference teams…The Isles have lost consecutive games, both in shootouts, for the first time in franchise history…A late scoring change gave Shane Prince his third two-point game in the last five games (3-3-6); he leads the Isles in multi-point games this season (3) ...Matthew Benning recorded his first two NHL points…Cam Talbot has started every Oiler game this season.

The Injuries
The Isles' Travis Hamonic and the Oilers' Zack Kassian & Jesse Puljujarvi all suffered injuries in the first period; none returned to the game. 
 
Offense From Defense
The Isles defense has scored at least once in eight straight games, establishing a new franchise record:
 
·        8 – CURRENT
·        7 – March 5-17, 1985
·        7- November 11-27, 1974
·        6- March 11-22, 1979
·        6 – December 12-23, 1978
 
Late Losses
The Isles have been tied in the third period in four of their six regulation losses (and six of their eight overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation three times:
 
·        10/18 – SJ Sharks - Joe Pavelski (17:49)
·        10/26 – Mtl Canadiens - Shea Weber (17:03)
·        10/27 – Pit Penguins - Sidney Crosby (17:35)
 
The Isles have also allowed the tying goal in the final minute on two occasions:
·        10/16 – Ana Ducks – Ryan Getzlaf (19:00); Isles won in OT
·        11/3 – Phi Flyers – Jakob Voracek (19:02/PP) Flyers won in SO
 
Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are 4-4-2 in the first ten games of an 11-game stretch in which they play 10-out of-11 at home for the first time in their history.  This includes two separate five game homestands, separated by a road game in Pittsburgh.  The stretch concludes on Monday vs. Vancouver.
 
The Shots
Isles            9-9-11-4=33
Edmonton   7-4-7-5=23
 
The Isles are 4-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, but are 0-5-1 when they are outshot.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-6-2 overall; 4-3-2 at home and 0-3-0 on the road. 
Edmonton is 8-3-1 overall; 4-2-0 at home and 4-1-1 on the road.
 
By Division
The Isles are 0-3-1 in Division games and 4-3-1 in games versus other divisions (1-2-0 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 2-1-1 vs. Pacific).
 
Last season the Isles went 18-8-4 in Division games and 27-19-6 in games against other divisions. The Isles went 19-7-2 against the Western Conference, including 12-0-2 at home.
 
In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves, including five in overtime. Halak is 2-3-2 on the season and 8-3-2 in his career against Edmonton.  Halak is now 27-28 all-time in shootouts
Cam Talbot made 30 saves and improves to 7-3-1 on the season and 5-1-0 against the Isles in his career.  Talbot is 6-4 all-time in shootouts.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play, while Edmonton was 2-3. 
The Isles are 0-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-3-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-4-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not. 

The Isles have allowed 9 power play goals in the last six games (9-24, 62.5% penalty kill). It's the first time since January 16- February 3, 2015 (7 games) that the Isles have allowed a power play goal in at least six straight games.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-5-1when they do not.  The Isles were 37-4-2 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 2-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 3-0-1 when they score first and are 1-6-1 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 214-181-58 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 453
3.      Mike Milbury 191
4.      Terry Simpson 187
5.      Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.      Al Arbour 740
2.      Jack Capuano 214
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 214 wins places him 67th all-time, 1 behind Brent Sutter and 5 behind Herb Brooks.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-1-0 on the back-end.  Last season, the Isles went 5-5-5 on the front-end and 9-3-3 on the back end of back-to-backs.  
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season, but the next one is not until November 22 in Anaheim and November 23 in Los Angeles.
 
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 3-1-1when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·        The Isles are 0-1-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·        The Isles are 0-4-1 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:16); Edmonton: Connor McDavid (23:26).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-5-1), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the forwards with 23:19 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (2-5-2), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Edmonton 29 (48%)
John Tavares and Casey Cizikas each won 9 of 17for the Isles; Mark Letestu won 7 of 9 for Edmonton.
The Isles won 11 of 16 draws in the first period but only 16 of 40 in the final 45 minutes.
The Isles won 22 of 48 draws at even strength, 2 of 5 on the power play and 3 of 3 on the penalty kill.

Hit Count
Isles 24, Edmonton 31. Anders Lee led the Isles with 6 hits; Adam Larsson also had six to lead Edmonton.

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 23 blocked shots, including eight by Thomas Hickey.  The eight blocks are a season high for an Islander, and a career high for Hickey.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 54, Edmonton 66 (Including 27 to 15 Edmonton in the final 20:50)
5-on-5 Isles 44, Edmonton 42
 
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck +8 and 72%
Edmonton: Eric Gryba +7

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 117 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 80
 
Scratches
JF Berube, Matthew Barzal, Alan Quine  
 
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock
Total games lost: 20.
 
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 17-17-3 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 1-0-0 this season.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1.      Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
13. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 14. Garry Howatt 596 *** 15. John Tonelli 594*** 16. Josh Bailey 569
22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 529*** 24. John Tavares 522

Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 211

Assists
1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. John Tavares 269
23. Jean Potvin 167 *** 24. Jeff Norton 166 *** 25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. Josh Bailey 162

Points
1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 481
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. Josh Bailey 257

Season Series Stats
Edmonton leads the season series one game to none (and two points to one).  The teams will meet again on March 7th in Edmonton.
The Isles fall to 9-0-1 in the last 10 home games vs. Edmonton; this was only the 2nd all-time shootout between the teams, with each team winning one.

On The Farm
Bridgeport split a pair of games this weekend, defeating Hartford 5-4 on Friday on an overtime goal by Adam Pelech, and then dropping a 7-1 decision to Wilkes Barre-Scranton.  The Sound Tigers, 6-4-0 on the season, are off until Friday when they travel to Syracuse.
 
Christopher Gibson has all six wins for the Sound Tigers (6-0-0, 2.52 GAA) while Bracken Kearns leads the team in scoring (5-6-11) and is tied with Michael dal Colle for the goal scoring lead (5).
 
Up Next
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7th–VANCOUVER AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), WNYM AM970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles conclude the homestand as they host the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks are 0-7-1 in their last 8 games, including a 6-3 loss in Toronto on Saturday night.
 
The Isles have lost four straight home games to Vancouver (0-1-3) dating back to a 2-1 shootout win on November 17, 2008.  The last Isles regulation win at home over Vancouver was on December 3, 2002; the Canucks are 5-0-2 in 7 trips since then.
 
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

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