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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
The Skinny: Tampa Bay 6, Isles 1
By Eric Hornick
Tampa Bay 6, Isles 1
Nikita Kucherov scored two power play goals and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning scored three times in each of the first two periods as they defeated the Islanders 6-1 before a crowd of 10,822 at Barclays Center.
Dennis Seidenberg scored the only Islander goal as the defense connected for a goal for the sixth straight game – the longest streak by the Isles' defense in over 30 years!
03:21 Tampa Bay PPG - Nikita Kucherov (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (5), Victor Hedman (5) 0-1
12:18 Tampa Bay PPG - Nikita Kucherov (3) ASST: Victor Hedman (6), Alex Killorn (2) 0-2
13:34 Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos (7) ASST: Slater Koekkoek (1), Nikita Kucherov (8) 0-3
06:17 Tampa Bay Brian Boyle (2) ASST: Ryan Callahan (1), Valtteri Filppula (3) 0-4
09:30 Tampa Bay SHG - J.T. Brown (1) 0-5
11:19 Tampa Bay Valtteri Filppula (4) ASST: Nikita Kucherov (9), Slater Koekkoek (2) 0-6
19:30 New York Dennis Seidenberg (3) ASST: Calvin de Haan (2), John Tavares (4) 1-6
Nikita Kucherov recorded his second 4-point game of the season, both on the road, as the Lightning broke a 3-game losing streak… The Islander defense scored a goal for the 6th straight game, giving them nine goals in that span. The defense has combined for 10-13-23 this season; it's the first time the Isles defense has scored in 6 straight games since the 1980s… Anthony Beauvillier played in his 9th game of the season; the Isles must make a decision before he plays another whether to return him to Junior or activate the first year of his entry level contract…Jaroslav Halak made his first relief appearance for the Isles after starting 100 games…The Isles allowed six goals at Barclays Center for the first time. It was the most one-sided loss to Tampa Bay since a 6-0 loss on March 3, 2001...The Isles allowed a shorthanded goal for the first time this season…With the score 1-0, the Isles successfully challenged a Lightning goal due to an offsides.
The Injury…and First Time in the NHL
Calvin deHaan was assessed an interference major for a hit on Jonathan Drouin; Drouin left the game and did not return. Ryan Callahan instigated a fight with deHaan on the same play; it was deHaan's first NHL fight. According to hockeyfights.com, it was deHaan's first fight at any level since a 2011 fight in the Ontario Hockey League.
Offense From Defense
The Isles defense has scored at least once in six straight games; it's the longest streak for the club in over 31 years and the second longest streak in the post-Cup era.
·7 – March 5-17, 1985
·6 – CURRENT
·5- March 16-24, 2013
·5- January 15-24, 2002
·5- October 21-30, 1997
·5-October 16-26, 1993
Casey Cizikas played in his 300th game, while both Calvin deHaan and Ryan Strome played in their 199th NHL games.
The Isles have been tied in the third period in four of their six regulation losses. In each of the last three games, the Isles have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation:
·10/18 – SJ Sharks - Joe Pavelski (17:49)
·10/26 – Mtl Canadiens - Shea Weber (17:03)
·10/27 – Pit Penguins - Sidney Crosby (17:35)
Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are 4-4-0 in the first eight 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.
Tampa Bay 14-16-6=36
The Isles are 4-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, but are 0-5-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-6-0 overall; 4-3-0 at home and 0-3-0 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 6-4-0 overall; 3-1-0 at home and 3-3-0 on the road.
The Isles are 0-3-0 in Division games and 4-3-0 in games versus other divisions (1-2-0 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 2-1-0 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
Thomas Greiss made 8 saves before being replaced after the third Tampa Bay goal. Greiss is 2-3-0 on the season and 3-2-0 in his career against Tampa Bay. Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 of 25 in relief.
Ben Bishop made 26 saves and improve to 4-3-0 on the season and 6-4-1 against the Isles in his career.
The Islanders were 0-4 on the power play, while Tampa Bay was 2-7.
The Isles are 0-3-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-3-0 when they do not. The Isles are 1-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not.
The Isles have allowed 6 power play goals in the last four games (6-16, 62.5% penalty kill).
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-5-0 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 2-3-0 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 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 3-0-0 when they score first and are 1-6-0 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 214-181-56 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 451
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.
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 3-1-0 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 0-4-0 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Johnny Boychuk (22:27); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (22:49).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-5-0), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-0-0)
John Tavares led the forwards with 19:07 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (2-5-0), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).
Isles 28, Tampa Bay 21 (57%)
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 13 and John Tavares won 11 of 16 for the Isles; Brian Boyle won 4 of 6 for Tampa Bay.
The Isles won 24 of 38 draws in the first two periods but only 4 of 11 in the third.
The Isles won 20 of 29 draws at even strength, 5 of 7 on the power play and 3 of 13 on the penalty kill.
Isles 19, Tampa Bay 23. Anders Lee led the Isles with 4 hits; Matt Martin had 4 hits for Tampa Bay.
Calvin deHaan fought Ryan Callahan in the first period; Travis Hamonic fought Brian Boyle in the second period. Season total – 2: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.
The Isles were credited with 13 blocked shots, including three by Travis Hamonic and Johnny Boychuk.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 49, Tampa Bay 58
5-on-5 Isles 38, Tampa Bay 27
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk +16; Josh Bailey 79%.
Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos +3
Jason Chimera – 115 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 78.
JF Berube, Matthew Barzal, Alan Quine
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock
Total games lost: 18.
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.
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 479
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. Josh Bailey 256
Season Series Stats
Tampa Bay leads the season series one game to none (and two points to none). The teams will complete their three game season series in a two-week span, meeting again November 10th in Tampa and November 14th in Brooklyn.
This was the Isles' first regular season regulation loss to Tampa Bay since November 17, 2010, going 8-0-1 in that span.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 4-3-0 on the season heading into their school day matinee at 11am Wednesday against Albany.
Christopher Gibson has all four wins for the Sound Tigers (4-0-0, 2.00 GAA) while Bracken Kearns leads the team in scoring (4-4-8).
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd–PHILADELPHIA AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The homestand continues with the first of four meetings this season between the Isles and the Philadelphia Flyers. Both teams have seen a lot of goals from their defense; the Isles have 10 goals from their defenders while the Flyers have 8.
Philadelphia is 4-5-1 on the young season, and will host Detroit on Wednesday before heading up to Brooklyn for the game on Thursday.
The Isles won the first two meetings last season (once in a shootout) before the Flyers came back to win the last three.
The Isles will be looking for their first victory against a divisional opponent (0-3-0) after going 18-8-4 in divisional games last season.
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