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Saturday, November 12, 2016
The Skinny: Florida 3, Isles 2 (OT)
By Eric Hornick
Florida 3, Isles 2
Jonathan Marchessault scored the tying goal with 15 seconds to play and rookie Denis Malgin then scored the winning goal in overtime as the Florida Panthers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Isles 3-2 before a crowd of 15,828 at BB&T Center.
Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored for the Islanders, who had a two-goal lead until just before the mid-point of the third period.
19:38 New York Brock Nelson (4) ASST: Calvin de Haan (5), Jason Chimera (4) 1-0
09:54 New York PPG - Nick Leddy (3) ASST: John Tavares (7), Josh Bailey (6) 2-0
19:46 Florida Jonathan Marchessault (8) ASST: Aleksander Barkov (6), Keith Yandle (8) 2-2
04:14 Florida Denis Malgin (3) ASST: Vincent Trocheck (3), Michael Matheson (4) 2-3
The Isles' defense had two points, giving them 13-33-46 on the 40 goals the team has scored this season… Kyle Rau's goal was his 1st NHL goal…When Brock Nelson scored late in the first period it gave the Isles their first lead in any of their five road games this season…Josh Bailey's assist on the 2nd goal got him into the top 25 in Isles history in both assists (tied-25th with Ziggy Palffy) and points (tied-24th with Steve Thomas and Jason Blake) …Johnny Boychuk played a season-high 25:51…Reilly Smith played in his 300th NHL games…The Panthers have alternated losses and wins over the last eight games… The Isles had the game's first power play for only the third time this season; their six power plays matched a season high…Jonathan Marchessault's 8 goals match his career total in 49 games prior to this season.
The Coach's Challenges
Two Coach's Challenges went the Isles' way in the second period. Video upheld the referee's call that Brock Nelson had not interfered with Roberto Luongo (ow.ly/Lw3a306785V) and then reversed the referee's call that Jaromir Jagr had not interfered with Jaroslav Halak (ow.ly/8cic30678a1).
Dennis Seidenberg suffered an apparent upper-body injury on the play leading to Florida's first goal. He did not return.
The Isles have been tied in the third period in four of their seven regulation losses (and seven of their ten 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 three 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
·11/12 – Fla Panthers – Jonathan Marchessault (19:46); Panthers won in OT
Better at Full Strength
The Isles have been outscored 45-40 this season; however, in 5-on-5 play, the Isles have outscored their opponents 32-27. The Isles have been outscored 18-8 in all other situations.
The Isles are in the midst of their first significant road stretch of the season, as five out of seven games are on the road:
11/10 @ Lightning - Lost 4-1
11/12 @ Panthers - Lost 3-2 (SO)
11/14 Vs Lightning
11/18 Vs Penguins
11/22 @ Ducks
11/23 @ Kings
11/25 @ Sharks
Following this stretch the Isles will not play consecutive road games until after Christmas
Slow Road Starts
The overtime point is the first for the Isles in five road games this season (0-4-1).It's the sixth time in Isles history that they have not won at least one of their first five road games:
·1973-1974 14 games (0-10-4)
·2011-2012- 7 games (0-5-2)
·1986-1987- 5 games (0-4-1)
·1996-1997- 5 games (0-2-3)
·2009-2010- 5 games (0-2-3)
·2015-2016- 5 games (0-4-1)
The Isles are 4-2-1 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-0-0 when the shots are even but are 0-5-2 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 5-7-3 overall; 5-3-2 at home and 0-4-1 on the road.
Florida is 7-7-1 overall; 6-3-0 at home and 1-4-1on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-3-1 in Division games and 5-4-2 in games versus other divisions (1-3-1 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 3-1-1 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 1-6-2 against the East and 4-1-1 against the West.
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 38 saves; he is 3-4-3 on the season and 9-3-2 in his career against Florida.
Roberto Luongo made 17 saves and improves to 5-5-0 on the season and 11-11-3 against the Isles in his career. James Reimer played 20 seconds of the third period as Panther coach Gerard Gallant used the goalie change to rest his players; Reimer did not face a shot.
The Islanders were 1-6 on the power play, while Florida was 0-5.
The Isles are 0-3-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-4-1 when they do not. The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not.
The Isles did end a streak which saw them allow power play goals in 8 straight games (12-32, 62.5% penalty kill) for the first time since January 19- February 8, 2008 (9 games).
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-6-2 when 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 2-3-3 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-1 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.
The Isles are 3-0-2 when they score first and are 2-7-1 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 215-182-59 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 456
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 215
3.Terry Simpson 81
4.Peter Laviolette 77
5.Ted Nolan 74
Capuano is the 75th coach in NHL history to coach at least 450 games. His 215 wins places him tied-66th all-time with Brent Sutter, 4 behind Herb Brooks and 6 behind Bob McCammon.
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; the next set is 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 3-1-1 when 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 1-5-2 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Johnny Boychuk (25:51); Florida: Aaron Ekblad (25:29).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-5-1), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (2-0-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the forwards with 21:21 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (3-5-3), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0)
Isles 25, Florida 36 (41%)
Josh Bailey won 3 of 4 for the Isles but no regular center won more than he lost; Derek MacKenzie won 9 of 11 for Florida.
The Isles won less than half of the face-offs in each regulation period before splitting two overtime draws.
The Isles won 17 of 39 draws at even strength, 3 of 12 on the power play and 5 of 10 on the penalty kill.
Isles 31, Florida 23. Nick Leddy led the Isles with 5 hits; Alex Petrovic had four to lead Florida.
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.
The Isles were credited with 27 blocked shots, including five by both Thomas Hickey and Calvin deHaan.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 39, Florida 85 (including 10-0 in overtime)
5-on-5 Isles 24, Florida 56
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Brock Nelson +2; Nelson 55%
Florida: Reilly Smith and Jussi Jokinen +16
The -46 differential was the lowest for the Isles in any game since they were -47 in a 5-3 win in Pittsburgh on March 27, 2012.
Jason Chimera – 120 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 83
JF Berube, Alan Quine
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock, Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 26.
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 18-18-4 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 2-1-1 this season.
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 483
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Josh Bailey, Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258
Season Series Stats
Florida leads the season series one game to none (and two points to one). The teams will conclude their season series with a home-and-home series in January: January 11th in Brooklyn and January 13th in Sunrise.
This was the 5th time in the last seven regular season games between the teams in Florida to go to overtime – Isles are 3-1-3 in those seven games.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers won back-to-back shootouts this weekend to improve to 8-4-0 on the season. Stephon Williams earned his first two victories on the season. Kellen Jones and Connor Jones each had a goal and an assist in Friday's win in Syracuse while Steve Bernier and Carter Verhaeghe each had a goal and an assist in Saturday's win in Hershey.
Christopher Gibson has all six regulation time wins for the Sound Tigers (6-0-0, 2.52 GAA) while Bracken Kearns leads the team in scoring (5-7-12) and is tied with Michael dal Colle for the goal scoring lead (5).
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14th–TAMPA BAY AT ISLANDERS AT 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), WFAN 660/101.9, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Islanders and Lightning conclude their season series as they meet for the third time in two weeks in the first of the a two-game homestand.
The Lightning have outscored the Isles 10-2 in winning the first two games of the season series. Four Tampa Bay goals have come on the power play and the Lightning also have a shorthanded goal.
Pittsburgh will be in Brooklyn on Friday as the homestand features the two teams that battled for the Prince of Wales Trophy last spring.
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