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Friday, December 09, 2016

The Skinny: Isles 3, St. Louis 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
Game 26
Isles 3, St. Louis 2
Anders Lee scored two goals, including the game-winner with 7:18 to play, as the Islanders improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games with a 3-2 win over St. Louis before a crowd of 11,178 at Barclays Center.
John Tavares also scored for the Isles, as he and Lee now share the team lead in goals with eight.  The Isles were not shorthanded for the second time in three games; in this game, the Isles did not take a single penalty.
The Scoring:                                                                           
04:36    St. Louis           Robby Fabbri (6) ASST: Vladimir Tarasenko (15)            0-1
06:51    New York         PPG - Anders Lee (7) ASST: Nick Leddy (8), Brock Nelson (11)  1-1
09:31    New York         John Tavares (8) ASST: Travis Hamonic (5)       2-1
03:33    St. Louis           Kyle Brodziak (3) ASST: Robby Fabbri (8), Joel Edmundson (2)  2-2
12:42    New York         Anders Lee (8) ASST: Casey Cizikas (8) 3-2

The Skinny
The Isles allowed the first goal after scoring first in six consecutive games (4-1-1) …The Isles went over NHL-.500 (11-10-5) for the first time this season … JF Berube dressed as the back-up goalie for the ninth straight game… The Isles improved to 7-0-1 when leading after two periods… The Isles defense chipped in 2 assists, raising the season totals to 19-37-56…Anders Lee's first goal was on a first period power play; the Isles have scored power play goals in consecutive games for just the third time this season…Seven of Lee's eight goals have come in the last eight games … Josh Bailey's point streak ended at six games (just one shy of his career best) …The Isles have won three straight from St. Louis for the first time in over 30 years… The Isles are 18-1-3 all-time at Barclays Center against Western Conference opponents…The Isles improve to 39-54-23 all-time in games following a victory over the Rangers…The Isles have scored at least three goals (excluding shootout winners) in five straight games; it's the first time that they have done that since a six-game stretch in October, 2015…Brock Nelson played a season-high 22:43 to lead Islander forwards in ice-time… The Isles have outscored their opponents 20-12 during the current six game point streak (5-0-1), which is their longest streak since a 10-game streak last November/December (8-0-2) …While the Isles won only 23 of 52 draws, two of their wins led directly to Anders Lee's two goals…The Blues suffered a regulation loss for the first time in six games (4-0-1) and lost a 1-goal game in regulation for only the 2nd time this season (9-2-4)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 28-27 in the third period.  11 of Anders Lee's 58 career goals have been game-winners; it's the 7th time in his career he has scored twice in a game.
Cy Lee?
With 2 goals tonight, Lee is now 8-2-10 on the season and 58-45-103 in his career.
December to Remember?
The Isles are 3-0-1 in December.  They went 5-0-1 in their first six games last December.

Milestone Men
Jack Capuano recorded his 221st NHL win, tying Bob McCammon for 64th place on the all-time NHL win list…John Tavares played his 536th Islander game, breaking a tie with Claude Lapointe for 20th place on the all-time club list.
Countdown to 500
John Tavares extended his point streak to four games, and recorded his 492nd career point. He needs just 8 points to become the 10th player in Islander history with 500 career points.
Killing It Off
For the second time in three games the Isles were not shorthanded. The Isles have not allowed a power play goal in their last 8 games, stopping all 19 opponent opportunities; it's the club's longest streak without allowing a power play goal since they were perfect in a club record 15-game stretch from 11/27/15-12/29/15 (killing 42 straight before the Sabres ended the streak on New Year's Eve).  Counting the final Anaheim opportunity on November 22nd, the Isles have killed 20 straight. 
Last Minute Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
·        11/25 – SJ Sharks -- Nick Leddy (19:02); tied game, but Isles lost in regulation
·        11/30 – Pit Penguins – Anders Lee (19:33); Game Winning goal
Fit to Be Tied
The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in seven of their eight games that have gone to overtime this season, including three in the final minute:
·        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
Late Losses
The Isles have been tied in the third period in six of their 10 regulation losses (and 10 of their 14 overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation five 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)
·        11/23 – LA Kings – Dwight King (17:07)
·        11/25 – SJ Sharks – Patrick Marleau (19:37)
Home Til the Holidays
The Isles are in a stretch where they will play 10 out of 14 at home.  By the time the Isles host the Capitals on December 27th, the Isles will have played 22 of their first 34 games at home.
The Isles are 4-0-1 at home and 1-0-0 on the road during this stretch.  The Isles do not play consecutive road games again until after Christmas.

The Shots
Isles         10-9-8=27
St. Louis   11-7-8=26
The Isles are 6-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-1-0 when the shots are even but are 4-6-3 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-10-5 overall; 9-4-4 at home and 2-6-1 on the road. 
St. Louis is 15-8-4 overall; 12-1-3at home and 3-7-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 3-3-2 in Division games and 8-7-3 in games versus other divisions (1-4-2 vs. Atlantic, 2-0-0 vs. Central and 5-3-1 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 4-7-4 against the East and 7-3-1 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
Thomas Greiss made 24 saves to improve to 6-4-0 on the season and 5-1-0 in his career against St. Louis. 
Jake Allen made 24 saves but falls to 13-4-3 on the season and 1-1-0 against the Isles in his career.  This season, Allen is 10-0-2 at home but only 3-4-1 on the road.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-3 on the power play, while St. Louis did not have a power play. 
The Isles are 3-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-6-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-5-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-5-2 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-1-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-9-3 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 5-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 2-4-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 7-1-3 when they score first and are 4-9-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 221-186-60 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 467
3.      Mike Milbury 191
4.      Terry Simpson 187
5.      Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.      Al Arbour 740
2.      Jack Capuano 221
3.      Terry Simpson 81
4.      Peter Laviolette 77
5.      Ted Nolan 74

Capuano ranks 73rd in NHL history with 467 games coached, four behind Ted Nolan and five behind Bob Gainey. His 221 wins places him tied-64th all-time with behind Bob McCammon, and eight behind Robbie Ftorek.

The Isles are 2-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-0 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 December 15th vs Chicago and December 16th in Buffalo.
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 4-1-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·        The Isles are 1-2-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·        The Isles are 5-7-3 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic (23:24); St. Louis: Alex Petrangelo (23:38)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (4-0-0), Nick Leddy (5-7-3), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
Brock Nelson led the forwards with 22:4 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (6-8-3), Josh Bailey (3-1-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0)

Isles 23, St. Louis 29 (44%). 
No Islander won more than he lost; Kyle Brodziak won six of nine for St. Louis.
The Isles won only 14 of 37 face-offs in the first two periods before winning 9 of 15 in the third period. The Isles won 22 of 48 draws at even strength, 1 of 4 on the power play and 0 of 0 on the penalty kill.  The one power play win led directly to Lee's goal.

Hit Count
Isles 23 St. Louis 21.  Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with five hits; Joel Edmundson had four to lead St. Louis.

There were no fights.   Season total – 4: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 12, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 22 blocked shots, including four from Calvin deHaan.

For the Corsi Crowd (Jim Corsi, for whom the stat is named, is the Blues' goaltending coach)
All situations: Isles 52, St. Louis 61
5-on-5 Isles 43, St. Louis 56
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: John Tavares +4; John Tavares 57%
St. Louis: Carl Gunnarsson and Paul Stastny +9
Jason Chimera – 131 (including 105 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 94
Thomas Greiss, Scott Mayfield, Ryan Strome (ill)
Injured Reserve: Adam Pelech
Total games lost: 46
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 19-18-4 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 3-1-1 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 583 *** 17. Ken Morrow 550 *** 18. Duane Sutter 547 *** 19. Lorne Henning 543 *** 20. John Tavares 536

1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 215

1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
10. Derek King 288 *** 11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. John Tavares 277
19. Ed Westfall 181 *** 20. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 21. Duane Sutter & Alexi Yashin 171 *** 23. Josh Bailey 169

1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
9. Bobby Nystrom 513 *** 10. Derek King 499 *** 11. John Tavares 492
21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Josh Bailey 266

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to zero).  The teams will meet in St. Louis on March 11th.
The Isles have won three straight from St. Louis for the first time in over 30 years, dating back to a 5-game win streak from February 23, 1984 to October 26, 1985.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 15-7-0-0 heading into Friday's game in Binghamton.
Bracken Kearns continues to lead the Sound Tigers in scoring (8-11-19), while Kearns and Steve Bernier share the team lead in goals with eight.  Rookie Devon Toews leads the team with 12 assists and is second on the team in points (2-12-14).
Both Christopher Gibson, who hasn't played since an injury November 5th, and rookie Eamon McAdam are 6-0-0 in the Sound Tigers' net.
The Sound Tigers will host Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Sunday at 5pm.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Isles pre-game at 6:30), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles will look to extend their point streak to seven games as they travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets for the first time this season.
The Isles won all five games last season, outscoring the Blue Jackets 19-9.  The Isles also owned at least a point in all four games the previous season, meaning that they are 7-0-2 in the last nine games against the Jackets.
This will be the Isles' 10th road game of the season, and their first against a team that missed the playoffs last season.  However, the Jackets are 15-5-4 heading into their Friday game in Detroit.
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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