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Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Skinny: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
By Eric Hornick
Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson scored power play goals in the first 22:50, helping to chase Jaroslav Halak as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Isles 4-1 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena.
Andrew Ladd had the only goal for the Islanders, giving him goals in consecutive games.
08:03 Tampa Bay PPG - Steven Stamkos (8) ASST: Tyler Johnson (3), V Namestnikov (3) 0-1
11:00 Tampa Bay Nikita Kucherov (5) ASST: Victor Hedman (8), Steven Stamkos (8) 0-2
02:50 Tampa Bay PPG - Tyler Johnson (5) ASST: Steven Stamkos (9), Ondrej Palat (4) 0-3
08:04 New York Andrew Ladd (2) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (4) 1-3
01:08 Tampa Bay Brian Boyle (4) ASST: Cedric Paquette (2) 1-4
The Lightning have scored five goals in the first period against the Isles this season (and only four in their other 12 games combined)…Johnny Boychuk assisted on Ladd's goal, giving the Islander defense 12-32-44 this season on the 38 goals the team has scored this season… John Tavares had his point streak stopped at five games (1-4-5) … Every Islander but Alan Quine had a shot on goal… The Isles have allowed five power play goals on John Tavares' eight minor penalties this season…Tampa Bay has outscored the Isles 10-2 this season, and have connected on four power play goals…It's the first time since October 20, 2015 in Columbus that the opponent has had five more power plays (6 to 1) than the Isles. For the season, the Isles have had 38 power plays while the opposition has had 54…Steven Stamkos had points on the first three Lightning goals, giving him 51 career games with at least 3 points; he recorded his 111th career power play goal, which is one shy of Vincent Lecavalier's club record…The Isles did not allow a shot on goal in the final 9:57 of the second period…Andrew Ladd is 10-12-22 in 35 games against Tampa Bay.
Better at Full Strength
The Isles have been outscored 42-38 this season; however, in 5-on-5 play, the Isles have outscored their opponents 31-26. The Isles have been outscored 16-7 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
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
Tampa Bay 10-7-11=28
The Isles are 4-2-1 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-0-0 when the shots are even but are 0-5-1 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 5-7-2 overall; 5-3-2 at home and 0-4-0 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 8-5-1 overall; 5-1-1 at home and 3-4-0 on the road.
The Isles are 0-4-0 on the road to start the season for the first time in their history.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-3-1 in Division games and 5-4-1 in games versus other divisions (1-3-0 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 3-1-1 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 1-6-1 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 13 saves before being replaced after Tampa Bay's third goal. Halak is 3-4-2 on the season and 4-3-0 in his career against Tampa Bay. Thomas Greiss stopped 11 of 12 in relief.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves and improves to 2-1-1 on the season and 1-1-0 against the Isles in his career.
The Islanders were 0-1 on the power play, while Tampa Bay was 2-6.
The Isles are 0-3-1 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 have allowed 12 power play goals in the last eight games (12-32, 62.5% penalty kill). It's the first time since January 19- February 8, 2008 (9 games) that the Isles have allowed a power play goal in at least eight straight games.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-6-1 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 2-3-2 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.
The Isles are 3-0-1 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 215-182-58 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 455
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, 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 3-1-1 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 1-5-1 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Dennis Seidenberg (21:27); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (20:35).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-5-1), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
Cal Clutterbuck led the forwards with 19:08 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (3-5-2), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0)
Isles 29, Tampa Bay 28 (51%)
John Tavares won 14 of 21 for the Isles; Steven Stamkos won 8 of 10 for Tampa Bay.
The Isles won 24 of 44 draws in the first two periods but only 5 of 13 in the third period.
The Isles won 22 of 44 draws at even strength, 1 of 1 on the power play and 6 of 12 on the penalty kill.
Isles 41, Tampa Bay 23. Casey Cizikas led the Isles with 7 hits; Ryan Callahan had six to lead Tampa Bay.
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 20 blocked shots, including seven by Calvin deHaan.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 58, Tampa Bay 59
5-on-5 Isles 53, Tampa Bay 39 (Including 39-17 in the Isles' favor thru two periods)
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Casey Cizikas and Nikolay Kulemin +12; Cizikas 71%
Tampa Bay: Nikita Kucherov +6
Jason Chimera – 119 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 82
JF Berube, Anthony Beauvillier
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock, Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 24.
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 18-18-3 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 2-1-0 this season.
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 482
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. Josh Bailey 257
Season Series Stats
Tampa Bay leads the season series two games to none (and four points to none). The teams will conclude their season series on Monday in Brooklyn.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 6-4-0 on the season, heading into their Friday game in 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).
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th–ISLANDERS AT FLORIDA 7:00PM
[MSG+2 (Pre-game at 6:30), WFAN 660/101.9, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Islanders and Panthers meet for the first time since last year's playoffs as the Isles conclude their road trip in Sunrise, Florida.
This is the first meeting of the teams in South Florida since Alan Quine's double-overtime goal won game five of their series.
The Isles' last regular season game in Sunrise was memorable for a different reason as the first nine shooters all scored in what became a Panther shootout victory. The Isles are 3-1-2 in their last six games in Florida, but then again, so are the Panthers as each team owns two shootout victories in that span.
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