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Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Skinny: Florida 2, Isles 1
By Eric Hornick
Florida 2, Isles 1
Jason Demers broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period and the Islanders could not find the equalizer, falling 2-1 to the Florida Panthers before a crowd of 13,529 at Barclays Center.
Nick Leddy scored the only Islander goal, as he passed last year's total with his sixth of the season
The Isles are 0-1-2 in January, with all three games decided by a 2-1 score.
05:47 Florida Keith Yandle (3) ASST: Jared McCann (3), Vincent Trocheck (13) 1-0
10:47 New York Nick Leddy (6) ASST: Casey Cizikas (10), Cal Clutterbuck (12) 1-1
01:09 Florida Jason Demers (8) ASST: Jonathan Marchessault (14), Jussi Jokinen (7) 2-1
The Isles allowed the first goal for only the 5th time in the last 20 games… The Isles are 9-6-4 in the last 19 games… Florida is 13-1-3 when leading after two periods while the Isles are 0-10-1 when trailing after two periods.…Thomas Greiss is 3-1-2 in his last six and 6-2-2 in his last 10; he has allowed two goals or fewer in six straight games… Florida had only one third period shot, by Jonathan Marchessault, with 11:33 to play…The Isles did not score a second period goal for the first time in 13 games…All three goals were scored by defensemen…Adam Pelech played his first NHL game since being injured on November 28th vs. Calgary…Jussi Jokinen's assist on the winning goal was his 350th NHL assist…The Isles had Jaromir Jagr (61-92-153 in his career vs Isles) without a point…Florida has won five games this season by a 2-1 score...Jiggs McDonald was honored before the game and then called the game for MSG+. He is the only broadcaster to call an NHL game in all 50 seasons since expansion.
Another "1" for the History Books
The Isles has lost three consecutive games (regulation or later) all by 2-1 scores for the first time in franchise history.
Josh Bailey played in his 596th game, tying Garry Howatt for 14th place on the all-time Isles list.
Jack Capuano coached his 480th NHL game, tying Don Cherry and Bob Johnson for 69th place all-time.
Countdown to 500
John Tavares was held pointless. He still needs two points to become the 10th player in Islander history with 500 career points.
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 nine of their 11 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
The Isles have been tied in the third period in 10 of their 16 regulation losses (and 18 of their 24 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)
This was the fifth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play seven out of eight games on the road: The Isles are 1-2-2 in that stretch.
12/29 @ Wild - Lost 4-6
12/31 @ Jets – Won 6-2
1/6 @Avalanche – Lost/OT 1-2
1/7 @ Coyotes – Lost/SO 1-2
1/11 Vs Panthers – Lost 1-2
1/13 @ Panthers
1/14 @ Hurricanes
1/16 @ Bruins
Following this stretch, the Isles will play six straight at home – it will be the final homestand of at least three games this season.
The Isles are 7-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-2-0 when the shots are even but are 7-10-5 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 15-16-8 overall; 11-8-4 at home and 4-8-4 on the road.
Florida is 19-16-8 overall; 10-8-3 at home and 9-8-5 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-5-2 in Division games and 11-11-6 in games versus other divisions (3-6-3 vs. Atlantic, 3-2-1 vs. Central and 5-3-2 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 7-11-5 against the East and 8-5-3 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 22 saves but falls to 9-6-2 on the season and 1-2-1 in his (regular season) career against Florida.
Roberto Luongo made 29 saves as he records his 449th career win. He improves to 13-10-5 on the season and 12-11-3 in his career against the Isles.
The Islanders did not have a power play while Florida was 0-1 It was the first time this season and the 2nd time in Barclays Center history (11/1/15 vs. Buffalo) that the Isles did not have a power play.
The Isles are 6-5-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-11-3 when they do not. The Isles are 4-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-7-3 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-3-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-13-6 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-6-8 in games decided by a single goal including 3-6-0 in regulation. They are 2-5 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 11-4-5 when they score first and are 4-12-3 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 225-191-64 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 480
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 225
3.Terry Simpson 81
4.Peter Laviolette 77
5.Ted Nolan 74
Capuano is tied-69st in NHL games coached with Don Cherry and Bob Johnson; he is 10 games behind Tom Watt and 11 behind Craig Hartsburg. His 225 wins places him 64th all-time, four behind Robbie Ftorek and nine behind Bob Johnson.
The Isles are 2-3-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-2 on the back-end.
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is January 13th in Florida and January 14th in Carolina.
Tired vs. Rested
·The Isles are 1-0-1 when both teams played the night before.
·The Isles are 5-3-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·The Isles are 1-2-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·The Isles are 8-11-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:49); Florida: Michael Matheson (23:14)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (7-12-6), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
Josh Bailey led the Isles forwards with 19:13 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (9-9-6), Josh Bailey (4-5-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-1-0)
Isles 31, Florida 23 (57%).
Casey Cizikas won 12 of 15 for the Isles; Michael Sgarbossa won 6 of 9 for Florida.
The Isles won 11 of 21 draws in the first period and 14 of 20 draws in the third period but only 6 of 13 draws in the middle period.
The Isles won 30 of 53 draws at even strength, 0 of 0 on the power play and 1 of 1 on the penalty kill.
Isles 28, Florida 20. Anders Lee led the Isles with six hits; Colton Sceviour led Arizona with four.
There were no fights. Season total – 6: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots, including four from Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 60, Florida 49 (including 18-2 in the Isles' favor in the final 11 minutes)
5-on-5 Isles 54, Florida 44
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Nikolay Kulemin +12; Nikolay Kulemin 73%
Florida: Aaron Ekblad +5
Jason Chimera – 145 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 106
Anthony Beauvillier, Stephen Gionta, Travis Hamonic (injured)
Total games lost: 62
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 19-19-4 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 3-2-1 this season.
The Isles will look to avoid a season sweep (and score multiple goals for the first time in four games) as they play the back-end of this home-and-home series with Florida. It's also the second game in a stretch that sees the Isles play four games in four cities in six days.
Each of the last four regular season games between the teams in Florida has gone past regulation, with the Isles going 1-0-3 in those four games.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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