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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Skinny: Isles 3, Rangers 2

"The Skinny"

 
By Eric Hornick
 
Game 72
Isles 3, Rangers 2
Nikolay Kulemin and Andrew Ladd both scored third period power plays goals as the Isles rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Rangers 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,006 at Madison Square Garden.
 
It's the first time since February 23, 2016 that the Isles have scored two power play goals in a road game, and the first time they have done so at Madison Square Garden since December 22, 2011.
 
The win is the Isles' first in regulation in seven games (3-3-1); the Rangers are winless in their last seven at home (0-5-2).
 
With the win, the Isles move within two points of Boston for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Isles also hold one game in hand. The Isles also move three points ahead of Tampa Bay.  Boston has 9 games to play, the Lightning 10 and the Isles 10.   

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD
No Scoring
 
2ND PERIOD
02:46    NYR     PPG - Mats Zuccarello (15) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (18), Derek Stepan (36)            0-1
03:40    New York Anders Lee (27) ASST: Anthony Beauvillier (12), Nick Leddy (29)         1-1
06:36    NYR     Rick Nash (20) ASST: Oscar Lindberg (12), Nick Holden (22)      1-2
 
3RD PERIOD
05:01    New York PPG - Nikolay Kulemin (12) ASST: Anthony Beauvillier (13), Joshua Ho-Sang (4) 2-2
12:38    New York PPG - Andrew Ladd (20) ASST: Anders Lee (17), John Tavares (35)    3-2

The Skinny:
The Isles are 17-9-4 (.633) under Interim Coach Doug Weight …Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 28-16-8 in their last 52 games…The Isles are 8-5-2 in the last 15 games... Thomas Greiss leads all goalies this month in minutes (580) and is tied with Devyn Dubnyk in games (11) …  Scott Mayfield fought Tanner Glass in the 2nd period; it was the 2nd straight Isles game with a fight, after having gone a month without one. …Anders Lee tied John Tavares for the team lead in goals (27) ….The Rangers suffered their 4th regulation loss (25-4-0) in games they led after two periods; it's the second straight time that the Isles rallied for a third period come-from-behind win against the Rangers in a nationally televised game (also 12-1-15 at Barclays)…John Tavares was charged with three minor penalties for the second time in his career (2-5-11 vs Ottawa); his assist on the winning goal extended his point streak to four games….Nikolay Kulemin and Andrew Ladd had combined for one power play goal this season (by Ladd) prior to tonight…Dennis Seidenberg was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

The Injury
Ryan Strome was injured in a second period collision with Brady Skjei and did not return. Coach Weight noted after the game that Strome "… won't be with us for the weekend and probably longer."
 
Let's Hear It for the Ladd
Andrew Ladd reached the 20-goal mark for the 4th straight season and the sixth straight full season (he had 18 goals in the lockout year).  He is one of 21 players to reach 20-goals in each of the last four seasons and one of only 14 to do so six times in the last seven seasons.  He is six points shy of 500 for his career (230-264-494) and his next goal will tie him with two Original Islanders: Ed Westfall and Billy Harris on the all-time NHL goal list.
 
7-11
Seven-eleven will always be magical to Islander fans; perhaps it's appropriate that Joshua Ho-Sang now has seven points (3-4-7) in his first eleven NHL games.
 
Speaking of 7:11
John Tavares has 234 career goals, leaving him just one goal behind Bobby Nystrom for eighth place on the all-time list.
 
Career goals as an Islander:
7. Bob Bourne 238
8. Bobby Nystrom 235
9. John Tavares 234
 
The 300 Point Club
Josh Bailey remains one point shy of becoming the 6th player from his draft class to reach 300 points:
(Stamkos, Karlsson, Eberle, Doughty, and Stepan have already done so.)  His next point will also be his 50th point of the season.
 
The 300 Assist Club
John Tavares recorded his 299th assist on the winning goal.  He needs just one assist to become just the 10th player to record 300 assists as an Islander.
 
Experience Counts … 17 Times
Jason Chimera is only the second Islander age 36 or over to score 17 goals in a season; Bill Guerin, who turned 37 early in the 2007-08 season, scored 23 times that season.  Guerin also scored 16 times the next season, before being dealt to Pittsburgh.

A Big One Goal Win
The Isles are 12-9-12 in one-goal games, winning only 12 of the 33 games (.364).  That .364 percentage of 1-goal games won is the second lowest in the NHL – just ahead of Toronto (.353).  (The Isles were 21-6-10 in one-goal games last season.)
 
Tough Stretch
This was the second of three straight games against three of the top four teams in the East (and three of the top seven teams in the NHL).  The Isles are 1-0-1 in this stretch:
 
March 18 vs. Blue Jackets (lost 3-2 OT)
March 22 @ Rangers (Won 3-2)
March 24 @ Penguins
 
Like tonight, the Isles will catch both the Penguins on the back-half of back-to-backs for their opponent.
 
Most points in NHL since January 19th (Weight's First Game)

1
Penguins
28
18
6
4
40
2
Blackhawks
26
19
6
1
39
3
Capitals
28
18
8
2
38
Islanders
30
17
9
4
38
Senators
30
17
9
4
38
6
Rangers
29
17
9
3
37

Playoff Chase
 
Metropolitan
GP
PTS
1.      X-Washington
72
102
 
2.      X-Pittsburgh
72
101
 
3.      X-Columbus
72
100
 
 
Atlantic
GP
PTS
 
1.      MontrĂ©al
73
91
 
2.      Ottawa
72
88
 
3.      Toronto
72
83
 
 
 
 
 
Wild Card
GP
PTS
 
1.      NY Rangers
74
94
 
2.      Boston
73
82
 
3.      ISLANDERS
72
80
 
4.      Tampa Bay
72
77
 
5.      Carolina
71
75
 
6.      Philadelphia
72
74
 
7.      Florida
72
73
 
8.      Buffalo
74
72
 
 



Thursday's games
Tampa Bay @ Boston 7:00
Columbus @ Washington 7:00
New Jersey @ Toronto 7:30
Carolina @ Montreal 7:30
Pittsburgh @ Ottawa 7:30
Arizona @ Florida 7:30
Philadelphia @ Minnesota 8:00
 
Friday's games
Isles @ Pittsburgh 7:00
Tampa Bay @ Detroit 7:30
 
Saturday's games
Boston @ Isles 7:00
Philadelphia @ Columbus 2:00
Arizona @ Washington 7:00
Carolina @ New Jersey 7:00
Toronto @ Buffalo 7:00
Ottawa @ Montreal 7:00
Chicago @ Florida 7:00
NY Rangers @ Los Angeles 10:30
 
Sunday's games
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh 7:00
NY Rangers @ Anaheim 9:00
 
Monday's games
Nashville @ Isles 7:00
Detroit @ Carolina 7:00
Florida @ Buffalo 7:00
Chicago @ Tampa Bay 7:30
 
Tuesday's games
Nashville @ Boston 7:00
Detroit @ Carolina 7:00
Buffalo @ Columbus 7:00
Ottawa @ Philadelphia 7:00
Florida @ Tampa Bay 7:30
Dallas @ Montreal 7:30
Washington @ Minnesota 8:00
NY Rangers @ San Jose 10:30
  
52 in 41
The Isles are now 23-12-6 in their last 41 games (since December 20th vs. Boston), which represents a.  104 point pace in that stretch. In those games, the PP is 21-116 (18.1%) and the penalty kill is 16-97 (16.5%).
 
In Goal, #1
Thomas Greiss has played in 14 straight games (7-5-2), 33 of the last 37 games (17-11-5 with three shutouts) and 35 of the last 41 games (19-11-5 with three shutouts). Greiss has already appeared in a career high 45 games, and set career highs for both wins (24) and shutouts (3).
 
Weight Lifted
Isles leading scorers since Doug Weight became the Isles' interim coach:
 
 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
+/-
1
John Tavares
30
11
19
30
+5
2
Anders Lee
29
12
11
23
+1
3
Josh Bailey
30
6
14
20
+7
4
Nick Leddy
30
4
15
19
+3
5
Andrew Ladd
27
12
4
16
-2
 
Ryan Strome
30
7
9
16
-3
7
Brock Nelson
29
7
8
15
-5
8
Jason Chimera
30
9
4
13
+5
 
A Different Road
The Isles are 12-10-2 in their last 24 road games, after winning only 2 of their first 11 road games (2-6-3).
 
Solid at Home
The Isles have earned points in 12 of their last 14 home games (9-2-3), although they are 0-2-1 in their last three home games.
 
Longest Home-Ice Point Streaks in Post -Cup Era
11 – 1/19/17 - 2/19/17 (9-0-2)
10 -  12/16/89 - 01/28/90 (9-0-1)
10 – 3/24/13 - 10/17/13 (7-0-3 – Multi-season Streak)
 
The Shots
Isles        9-12-7=28
Rangers 11-14-11=36
 
The Isles are 16-8-5 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-3-0 when the shots are even but are 15-16-6 when they are outshot.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 34-26-12 overall; 20-10-7 at home and 14-16-5 on the road. 
The Rangers are 45-25-4 overall; 19-16-3 at home and 26-9-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-9-5 in Division games and 23-17-7 in games versus other divisions (9-9-3 vs. Atlantic, 6-4-2 vs. Central and 8-4-2 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 20-18-8 against the East and 14-8-4 against the West.
 
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to improve to 25-16-5 on the season and 3-0-1 in his career against the Rangers.
Antti Raanta made 25 saves but falls to 15-8-2 on the season and 0-2-0 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles went 2-4 on the power play; the Rangers were 1-5.
The Isles are 15-7-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 19-19-6 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-13-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-13-7 when they do not.    
 
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 33-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-19-9 when they do not.
 
One Goal Games
The Isles are 12-9-12 in games decided by a single goal including 6-9-0 in regulation. They are 5-8 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-1 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 22-8-8 when they score first and are 12-18-4 when they allow the opening goal.
 
Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-7-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 5-3-5 on the back-end. 
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is March 24th in Pittsburgh and March 25th vs. Boston.
 
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 4-1-3 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 6-4-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·        The Isles are 1-2-2 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·        The Isles are 23-19-5 when both teams are rested.
 
Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic (24:03); Rangers: Ryan McDonagh (27:27))
 
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (7-0-0), Nick Leddy (13-19-9), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (7-4-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-1-1), Calvin de Haan (3-1-1), Tied (1-0-0).
 
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 22:00 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (27-18-10), 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).
 
Face-offs
Isles 36, Rangers 34 (51%). 
 
Ryan Strome won 4 of 5 for the Isles (all in the third period); Derek Stepan won 14 of 25 for the Rangers.
 
Face-offs by period: 1st period- 13/21; 2nd period 14/28; 3rd period 9/21
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 28/57; Power play 4/5; Penalty kill 4/8.

Hit Count
Isles 25, Rangers 25.  Calvin de Haan led the Isles with four hits; Chris Kreider had five hits for the Rangers.
 
Fights
Scott Mayfield fought Tanner Glass in the 2nd period.  Season total – 13: (Hamonic 3, Mayfield 3, Strome 2, Boychuk 1, Chimera 1, deHaan 1, Hickey 1, Ladd 1).
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic and Scott Mayfield led the Isles with three.
 
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 53, Rangers 71
5-on-5 Isles 41, Rangers 54
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Joshua Ho-Sang +2; Joshua Ho-Sang 54%
Rangers: Mats Zuccarello +17
 
Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 178 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 139, Calvin deHaan 75, John Tavares 72
 
Scratches
Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk (injured), Alan Quine, Shane Prince (injured), Steven Gionta
Total games lost: 155
 
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
 
Games Played (skaters)
1.      Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
9.      Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Derek King 638 *** 10. Josh Bailey 629
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 582
 
Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 234
25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Ed Westfall, Benoit Hogue and Josh Bailey 105
 
Assists
1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 299
16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 194
 
Points
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 532
18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 299
 
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
 
Late Losses
The Isles 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)
 
Fit to Be Tied
The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in 12 of their 18 games that have gone to overtime this season, including four 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
·        3/10 – Van Canucks – Troy Stecher (19:40); Isles won in OT
 
Better at Night
The Isles are 1-3-1 in day games (0-0-1 at home and 1-3-0 on the road) this season with one game to play:
 
·        11/25 - at SJ Sharks (lost 2-3)
·        1/16 – at Bos Bruins (won 4-0)
·        2/11 – at Ott Senators (lost 0-3)
·        3/5 -  at Cal Flames (lost 2-5)
·        3/18 – vs Col Blue Jackets (lost/OT 2-3)
·        4/2 – at Buf Sabres
 
The Isles went 3-4-2 in day games last season (3-1-1 at home and 0-3-1 on the road).
 
Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series three games to one (and 6 points to 2).
 
The Isles are 7-1-0 in their last eight games against the Rangers, including a perfect 4-0-0 at Barclays Center.  The eight games match their all-time best stretch against the Blueshirts October 23 1977- December 23, 1978 (7-1-0); the Isles have also won five of six (and 8 out of 10) at Madison Square Garden.
 
The Rangers' only win in that stretch came on Opening Night of this season, with the Rangers winning 5-3 on Garden ice. 
 
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 39-22-2-1 on the season (and 21-8-1-0 in their last 30) following a 3-1 loss to Hershey on Sunday and a 3-1 win in Albany on Wednesday. 
 
In Sunday's loss, Ross Johnston scored Bridgeport's only goal while Jaroslav Halak stopped 18 of 20 shots.   In Wednesday's win, Ryan Pulock scored the winning goal and Halak made 28 saves. Bracken Kearns scored his team-leading 22nd goal for the Sound Tigers.
 
Kearns leads the Sound Tigers in goals (22) and points (22-24-46). Rookie Devon Toews leads the team in assists with 35.  Pulock leads the defense with 12 goals (13-23-36 in only 44 games, including five game-winning goals – which is tied for the AHL lead among defensemen) while Halak leads the team in wins (17-7-3).
 
Bridgeport plays game two and three of their six-game road trip on Saturday in Hartford and on Sunday in Lehigh Valley.
 
Up Next
FRIDAY, MARCH 24th –ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH– 7:00PM
[MSG+/MSG GO (Isles Pre-Game begins at 6:30), WNYM 970 AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles head to Pittsburgh for their final meeting of the regular season with the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
If it seems like it's been a long time since the teams have met, it has been nearly four months since Anders Lee's late goal gave the Isles a 5-3 win at Barclay's Center to close out November.  Overall the Isles are 1-1-1 against the Penguins this season, and can win the season series with a regulation win.
 
The Isles are 0-2-1 in Pittsburgh since winning the penultimate game of the Coliseum era, back on April 10, 2015.
 
The Isles are 11-26-11 all-time in games following a win at Madison Square Garden, although they are 4-2-1 in their last seven games following a win on Broadway.
 
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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