By Eric Hornick
Tampa Bay 4, Isles 0
JT Brown and Ryan Callahan scored 42 seconds apart late in the first period as the Tampa Bay Lightning broke open a scoreless game and went on to blank the Isles 4-0 before a crowd of 12,498 on Military Appreciation Night at Barclays Center.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves to record his third career shutout.
18:58 Tampa Bay J.T. Brown (2) ASST: Cedric Paquette (4), Braydon Coburn (3) 0-1
19:40 Tampa Bay Ryan Callahan (1) ASST: Andrej Sustr (3), Victor Hedman (9) 0-2
14:24 Tampa Bay Nikita Kucherov (6) ASST: Steven Stamkos (10) 0-3
17:02 Tampa Bay Vladislav Namestnikov (3) ASST: Steven Stamkos (11), Nikita Kucherov (12) 0-4
Scott Mayfield was involved in his 3rd fight in 12 career NHL games…The Isles are winless in 3 games (0-1-2) and have only one win in their last five home games (1-2-2)…Both of JT Brown's goals have come against the Isles; four of Nikita Kucherov's six goals are also against the Isles…Tampa outscored the Isles 7-0 in the first period of the three games; the Lightning have 4 first period goals in their other 13 games…Tampa Bay has alternated losses and wins in their last 8 games…The Isles have 13 points in the first 16 games; it's the first time since 2012-13 (a playoff year) that the Isles have had only 13 points in 16 games… Since acquiring him from the Rangers, Tampa Bay is 31-5-2 when Ryan Callahan scores a goal…It's the first time this season that the Isles have been shut out.
The Isles dressed seven defensemen for the first time since April 7, 2012, when Mark Streit, Steve Staios, Travis Hamonic, Matt Donovan, Dylan Reese, Andrew MacDonald and Milan Jurcina all dressed in a season-ending 7-3 loss to Columbus. They had used six defensemen in 309 consecutive regular season games.
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 – Lost 4-0
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
Tampa Bay 10-17-4=31
The Isles are 4-3-1 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 5-8-3 overall; 5-4-2 at home and 0-4-1 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 9-6-1 overall; 5-2-1 at home and 4-4-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-3-1 in Division games and 5-5-2 in games versus other divisions (1-4-1 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 3-1-1 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 1-7-2 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 27 saves but falls to 3-5-3 on the season and 4-4-0 in his career against Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves and improves to 4-1-1 on the season and 2-1-0 against the Isles in his career. It was his 3rd career shutout.
The Islanders were 0-4 on the power play, while Tampa Bay was 0-5. Three of the four Islander power plays came after Tampa Bay had a 4-0 lead.
The Isles are 0-3-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-5-1 when they do not. The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-3-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-7-2 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 2-8-1 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 215-183-59 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 457
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 1-6-2 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:46); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (25:27).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-6-1), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (2-0-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the forwards with 22:06 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (3-6-3), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0)
Isles 30, Tampa Bay 29 (51%)
John Tavares won 15 of 26 for the Isles; Tyler Johnson won 11 of 18 for Tampa Bay.
The Isles won only 16 of 36 face-offs over the first two periods before winning 14 of 23 in the third period. The Isles won 24 of 43 draws at even strength, 4 of 10 on the power play and 2 of 67 on the penalty kill.
Isles 27, Tampa Bay 15. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 8 hits; JT Brown and Ryan Callahan each had three to lead Tampa Bay.
Scott Mayfield fought JT Brown after taking exception to a hit on John Tavares. Season total – 3: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 1, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots, including three by Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic and Adam Pelech.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 64, Tampa Bay 55 (Including 34-5 in the Isles' favor in the 3rd period)
5-on-5 Isles 45, Tampa Bay 32
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk +12; Anthony Beauvillier 85%
Tampa Bay: Slater Koekkoek +2
Jason Chimera – 121 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 84
JF Berube, Alan Quine, Shane Prince
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 28
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.
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 573
22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 529*** 24. John Tavares 526
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 212
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. John Tavares 271
23. Jean Potvin 167 *** 24. Jeff Norton 166 *** 25. Josh Bailey and Ziggy Palffy 163
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
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
Tampa Bay wins the season series three games to none (and six points to none), outscoring the Isles by a margin of 14-2.
Tampa Bay led by a 3-0 score at some point of each game as they sweep the season series, all in regulation, for the first time since 1995 (also 0-3-0).
It's the 5th time that the Lightning have blanked the Isles and the first time since 2009.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 8-4-0 after sweeping a pair of shootout games this past weekend. Bridgeport is off until Friday, when they begin a 3-game in 3-day weekend on Friday in Wilkes Barre-Scranton before hosting Lehigh Valley on Saturday night and Binghamton at 5pm on Sunday.
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).
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18th–PITTSBURGH AT ISLANDERS - 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Islanders conclude their two-game homestand as they face the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
The teams split a pair of games in Brooklyn last season; Jaroslav Halak recorded his 200th win in a 2-1 win that Thomas Greiss "saved" in March while Matt Murray blanked the Isles 5-0 in April.
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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