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The Skinny: Ottawa 3, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
Game 53
Ottawa 3, Isles 0
Craig Anderson, in his first NHL game since December 5, made 33 saves (for his 36th career shutout) as the Ottawa Senators blanked the Islanders 3-0 before a crowd of 18,211 at Canadian Tire Centre.

Mark Stone, Zach Smith, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, who have outscored the Isles 9-2 this season.

The Islanders, who were shutout for the 2nd time this season (November 14 vs. Tampa Bay), fall to 7-2-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight.  Ottawa is 9-4-2 in their last 15.
The loss drops the Isles three points behind Ottawa and four points behind Boston, who hold the 2nd wild card spot.  The Isles hold three games in hand on Ottawa and four games in hand on Boston.

The Scoring:
04:10    Ottawa Mark Stone (20) ASST: Erik Karlsson (37)          0-1
04:35    Ottawa Zack Smith (13) ASST: Kyle Turris (19), Dion Phaneuf (15)         0-2
07:12    Ottawa Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6) ASST: Tom Pyatt (11)  0-3
No Scoring

The Skinny:
It's only the 7th time all season that the Isles were not at least tied at some point in the third period and only the third time that the Isles trailed by at least three goals entering the final period…The Isles hadn't been blanked on the road since last March 19th in Dallas...The shutout ended several Islander scoring streaks: Anders Lee (4 games), Casey Cizikas and Dennis Seidenberg (three games) …Mark Stone has 4 goals in six games (and 4 points vs. the Isles this season; it's the third straight season he's reached 20 goals….Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 18-9-6 in their last 33 games… The Isles had scored at least 2 goals in 13 consecutive games and 30 of their last 33 games (interrupted by three consecutive 2-1 losses).
Most Career Shutouts vs. Isles (Active goalies)
1.      Henrik Lundqvist 5 (54 starts)
2.      Marc-Andre Fleury 4 (38 starts)
3.      Craig Anderson 3 (17 starts)

Playoff Chase: (includes afternoon games Sat)

Wild Card
1NY Rangers
4NY Islanders
6New Jersey
8Tampa Bay

Last 22
The Isles are now 13-5-4 in their last 21 games (since December 20th vs. Boston).  In those games, the PP is 13-67(19.4%) and the penalty kill is 6-49 (87.8%).  The only NHL teams with better records in that span are Washington (19-3-3, including 0-2-0 vs. the Isles) and Minnesota (18-4-2).
#1 is #1 (aka The Greiss is Right)
Thomas Greiss has started 16 of the last 18 games (9-4-3) and 18 of the last 23 games (11-4-3).  In the last 16 games that he started he has allowed only 38 goals, with 17 of those coming in just three games.  He has allowed two goals or less in 13 of his last 18 games.
50-50 to Begin February
The Isles are beginning February with a 10 game stretch that features five home games and five road games, all in a span of 17 days. The Isles are 2-2-1 in this stretch (1-0-1 at home and 1-2-0 on the road).
2/3 at Red Wings (Lost 4-5)
2/4 vs. Hurricanes (Lost 4-5 OT)
2/6 vs. Maple Leafs (Won 6-5 OT)
2/9 at Flyers (Won 3-1)
2/11 at Senators (Lost 3-0)
2/12 vs. Avalanche
2/14 at Maple Leafs
2/16 vs. Rangers
2/18 at Devils
2/19 vs. Devils
The Isles play 22 of their final 34 on the road and do not have a homestand longer than two games. Following this 10-game stretch the Isles will play nine straight road games for the first time in franchise history.

The Shots
Isles       10-14-9=33
Ottawa   12-5-7=24
The Isles are 12-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-2-0 when the shots are even but are 10-12-5 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-19-10 overall; 17-8-6 at home and 7-11-4 on the road. 
Ottawa is 29-18-6 overall; 16-8-6 at home and 13-10-0 on the road.  
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-6-4 in Division games and 17-13-6 in games versus other divisions (7-8-3 vs. Atlantic, 4-2-1 vs. Central and 6-3-2 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 14-14-7 against the East and 10-5-3 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 21 saves but falls to 17-9-3 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against Ottawa.
Craig Anderson made 33 saves in his return from a two-month leave of absence necessitated by his wife's illness as he improves to 13-6-1 on the season and 8-6-3 in his career against the Isles.  It was his third career shutout against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles went 0-2 on the power play, while Ottawa was 0-3.
The Isles are 10-6-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 14-13-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 8-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 16-10-5 when they do not.    
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-5-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-14-7 when they do not. 
One Goal Games
The Isles are 8-7-10 in games decided by a single goal including 4-7-0 in regulation. They are 3-7 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game (including one game that they allowed a goal after scoring an empty-netter).
First Goal
The Isles are 18-6-6 when they score first and are 6-13-4 when they allow the opening goal.
Including today, the Isles are 4-5-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-3-4 on the back-end. 
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. This back-to-back set concludes on Sunday against Colorado.
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 1-1-3 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 17-13-4 when both teams are rested.
Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Johnny Boychuk (23:40); Ottawa: Erik Karlsson (24:09)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (11-14-8), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (4-4-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-1), Calvin de Haan (1-0-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 19:17 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (17-11-8), Josh Bailey (4-5-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-2-0), Shane Prince (1-0-0).
Isles 26, Ottawa 31 (46%). 
Casey Cizikas won 10 of 14 for the Islanders; but his teammates won only 16 of 43. Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 11 of 14 for Ottawa.
Face-offs by period: 1st period- 11/23; 2nd period 6/16; 3rd period 9/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 23/48; Power play 1/3; Penalty kill 2/6.
Hit Count
Isles 27, Ottawa 27.  Jason Chimera led the Isles with five hits; Mark Borowiecki had four for Ottawa.
There were no fights.  Season total – 9: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1, Hickey 1, Strome 1, Chimera 1).
Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 17 blocked shots, including four from Calvin deHaan.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 68, Ottawa 50 (including 38-20 in the Isles' favor after the 3rd Ottawa goal.
5-on-5 Isles 56, Ottawa 43
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +17; Anders Lee 81%
Ottawa: Erik Karlsson +6
Jason Chimera – 159 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 120
Scott Mayfield, Stephen Gionta, Cal Clutterbuck (injured)
Injured Reserve: Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 98
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1.      Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
10. Billy Harris 623 *** 11. Stefan Persson 622 *** 12. Josh Bailey 610
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 562

1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 227
25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Ed Westfall and Benoit Hogue 105 *** 28. Josh Bailey 104
1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. Derek King and John Tavares 288
16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Josh Bailey 183
1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9.  John Tavares 515
20. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Josh Bailey 287
Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes 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
·        2/6 – Tor Maple Leafs – Andrew Ladd (18:31); Isles won in overtime
Fit to Be Tied
The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in 10 of their 14 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 12 of their 19 regulation losses (and 22 of their 29 overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation seven times (including one game they rallied to win):
·        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)
·        2/3 – Det Red Wings – Danny DeKeyser (19:32)
·        2/6 – Tor Maple Leafs – Michael Nylander (17:59) (Isles won game in OT)
Season Series Stats
Ottawa leads the season series two games to none (and four points to zero).  The teams will meet in Brooklyn in the regular season finale on April 9th to conclude the season series.
This was the Isles' first regulation loss in 6 trips to Ottawa (4-1-1); the Isles had not been shutout by the Sens since February 20, 2012 (6-0 at the Coliseum) and had not been shutout in Ottawa since December 27, 2006 (Ray Emery).
On The Farm
Ryan Pulock scored the game's only goal as the Sound Tigers improved to 8-1-0-0 in their last nine games with a 1-0 win in Providence.  Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves for his 2nd AHL shutout of the season as Bridgeport improves to 28-16-1-1 on the season.
The scoring on the only goal should bring a smile to both fans and scouts and three former 1st round picks combined for the goal: Ryan Pulock (10) ASST: Josh Ho-Sang (18), Michael Dal Colle (12)
Bracken Kearns leads the Sound Tigers in points (16-20-36) and is tied with Steve Bernier for the goal-scoring lead with 16.  Rookie Devon Toews leads the team with 24 assists.  Pulock leads the defense with 10 goals (10-9-19 in only 25 games) and tied for the AHL defense lead with 4 game-winning goals (all in the last 2 ½ weeks).  Halak leads the team in wins (9-1-2).

The Sound Tigers host Providence in the back-end of the home-and-home on Saturday night and also host Hershey on Sunday afternoon.
Up Next
[MSG+ (Isles Game Night begins at 5:30), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles head home for just as a single game as they entertain the Colorado Avalanche.
Both teams will be on the back-end of back-to-backs as Colorado visits the Rangers on Saturday night.
The Isles dropped a 2-1 overtime game on a Nathan McKinnon goal in January but on home-ice it's been a different story.
Since October 10, 1999, the Isles are 8-1-0 in home games vs. the Avs, with all eight wins coming in regulation.  The game that began that streak was Butch Goring's home debut as Islander coach.
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

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