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The Skinny: Winnipeg 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 70
Winnipeg 4, Isles 2
Bryan Little scored a pair of first period goals to erase an early Islander lead and the Winnipeg Jets led the rest of the way, defeating the Isles 4-2 before a crowd of 13,700 at Barclays Center.
 
Adam Pelech had given the Isles an early lead with a first minute goal and Anders Lee's career-best 26th goal, early in the third period were the only Islander tallies.
 
With the loss, the Isles fall one point behind Toronto for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Leads also hold a game in hand. The Isles remain tied with Tampa Bay in terms of points.  Toronto had 13 games to play while the Isles and Lightning each has 12.
 
The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
00:38    New York         Adam Pelech (2) ASST: John Tavares (34), Nick Leddy (28)       -1-0
09:22    Winnipeg          Bryan Little (19) ASST: Nikolaj Ehlers (35), Ben Chiarot (10)       1-1
18:35    Winnipeg          PPG - Bryan Little (20) ASST: Nic Petan (12), Nikolaj Ehlers (36) 1-2
 
2ND PERIOD
03:24    Winnipeg          Mathieu Perreault (8) ASST: Blake Wheeler (37), Mark Scheifele (42)            1-3
11:31    Winnipeg          Adam Lowry (12) ASST: Joel Armia (7), Mark Stuart (1)  1-4
 
3RD PERIOD
01:02    New York         Anders Lee (26) 2-4
 
The Skinny:
The Isles are 16-9-3 (.625) under Interim Coach Doug Weight …Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 27-16-7 in their last 50 games…The Isles are 7-5-1 in the last 13 games... The Isles' top line has 27 goals (and 42 assists) in 28 games under Weight… Joshua Ho-Sang's point streak ended at three games…The Isles failed to score a goal in the second period for the first time in nine games… Bryan Little recorded his 3rd mutli-goal game to reach the 20 goal mark for the fifth time in his career…The Jets had a goal taken away in the second period following a successful Islander challenge for an offsides…John Tavares had 9 shots on goal after having 10 shots on January 22nd; he is the first Islander to have at least 9 shots on goal in multiple games in two different seasons in the last 30 years…Thomas Greiss leads all goalies this month in both games (9) and minutes (459)…Mark Stuart recorded his first assist in 59 games; his last assist was on December 29, 2015 vs Detroit.  It was the 66th assist (and 91st point) of his 662-game NHL career.
 
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 298th assist.  He needs two assists 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.
 
Most points in NHL since January 19th (Weight's First Game)
(x) Excludes STL-SJ tonight

 
 
GP
W
L
OT
Pts
1
Ottawa
27
16
8
3
35
 
Islanders
28
16
9
3
35
 
San Jose (x)
24
15
4
5
35
4
Chicago
23
17
6
0
34
 
Washington
26
16
8
2
34
 
Pittsburgh
25
15
6
4
34
 
Nashville
26
15
7
4
34
8
NY Rangers
25
16
8
1
33
 

Playoff Chase:
(Excludes Buf- LA)
 
Metropolitan
GP
PTS
1.   Washington
70
98
 
2.   Columbus
69
96
 
3.   Pittsburgh
69
95
 
 
 
 
Atlantic
GP
PTS
 
 
1.      MontrĂ©al
70
86
 
 
2.      Ottawa
69
85
 
 
3.      Boston
71
82
 
 
Wild Card
GP
PTS
 
 
1.      NY Rangers
70
90
 
 
2.      Toronto
69
78
 
 
3.      ISLANDERS
70
77
 
 
4.      Tampa Bay
70
77
 
 
5.      Philadelphia
70
72
 
 
6.      Florida
68
71
 
 
7.      Carolina
68
70
 
 
8.      Buffalo
69
68
 
 
Friday's games
Florida @ NY Rangers 7:00
New Jersey @ Pittsburgh 7:00
Buffalo @ Anaheim 10:00
 
Saturday's games
Columbus @ Isles 1:00
NY Rangers @ Minnesota 7:00
Washington @ Tampa Bay 7:00
Chicago @ Toronto 7:00
Montreal @ Ottawa 7:00
Nashville @ Carolina 7:00
 
Sunday's games
Florida @ Pittsburgh 1:00
Columbus @ New Jersey 1:00
Carolina @ Philadelphia 7:30
Ottawa @ Montreal 7:30
 
Monday's games
Boston @ Toronto 7:30
Buffalo @ Detroit 7:30
 
Tuesday's games
NY Rangers @ New Jersey 7:00
Calgary @ Washington 7:00
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo 7:00
Ottawa @ Boston 7:00
Detroit @ Montreal 7:30
Carolina @ Florida 7:30
Philadelphia @ Winnipeg 8:00
 
Wednesday's games
Isles @ NY Rangers 8:00
Toronto @ Columbus 7:00
 
Last 39
The Isles are now 22-12-5 in their last 39 games (since December 20th vs. Boston).  In those games, the PP is 19-111 (17.1%) and the penalty kill is 15-92 (83.7%).
 
In Goal, #1
Thomas Greiss has played in 12 straight games (6-5-1), 31 of the last 35 games (16-11-4 with three shutouts) and 33 of the last 39 games (18-11-4 with three shutouts). Greiss has already appeared in a career high 43 games, and set career highs for both wins (23) and shutouts (3).
 
Weight Lifted
Isles leading scorers since Doug Weight became the Isles' interim coach:
 
 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
+/-
1
John Tavares
28
10
18
28
+4
2
Anders Lee
27
11
10
21
+2
Josh Bailey
28
6
14
20
+8
4
Nick Leddy
28
4
14
18
+4
5
Ryan Strome
28
7
9
16
-1
6
Brock Nelson
27
7
8
15
-4
Andrew Ladd
25
11
4
15
-2
8
Jason Chimera
28
9
3
12
+4
 
A Different Road
The Isles are 11-10-2 in their last 23 road games, after winning only 2 of their first 11 road games (2-6-3).
 
Solid at Home
The Isles have earned points in 11 of their last 13 home games (9-2-2), although they have lost two straight at home by a combined score of 12 to 6.
 
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        11-8-10=29
Winnipeg 7-13-8=28
 
The Isles are 16-8-5 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-3-0 when the shots are even but are 14-16-5 when they are outshot.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 33-26-11 overall; 20-10-6 at home and 13-16-5 on the road. 
Winnipeg is 31-33-7 overall; 16-18-1 at home and 15-15-6 on the road.  
 
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-9-4 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 19-18-7 against the East and 14-8-4 against the West.
 
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 24 saves but falls to 24-16-4 on the season and 4-1-1 in his career against Winnipeg.
Connor Hellebucyk made 27 saves to improve to 23-18-4 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles went 0-4 on the power play; Winnipeg was 1-5.
The Isles are 14-7-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 19-19-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 12-13-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-13-6 when they do not.    
 
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 32-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-19-8 when they do not.
 
One Goal Games
The Isles are 11-9-11 in games decided by a single goal including 5-9-0 in regulation. They are 5-7 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 22-8-7 when they score first and are 11-18-4 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 5-4-2 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 23-19-4 when both teams are rested.
 
Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:44); Winnipeg: Dustin Byfuglien (27:43)
 
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (6-0-0), Nick Leddy (13-19-8), 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 22:11 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (26-18-9), 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 25 Winnipeg 21 (54%). 
 
Alan Quine won 6 of 7 for the Isles; Bryan Little won 10 of 13 for Winnipeg.
 
Face-offs by period: 1st period- 9/14; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 8/14
 
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 16/32; Power play 5/6; Penalty kill 4/8.
 
Hit Count
Isles 20, Winnipeg 34.  Anders Lee led the Isles with four hits; five Jets each had four hits.
 
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total – 11: (Hamonic 3, Mayfield 2, Strome 2, Boychuk 1, Chimera 1, deHaan 1, Hickey 1).
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 105 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic led the Isles with four.
 
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 60, Winnipeg 52
5-on-5 Isles 47, Winnipeg 43
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Brock Nelson +13; Brock Nelson 76%
Winnipeg: Ben Chairot +9

Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 176 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 137, Calvin deHaan 73, John Tavares 70
 
Scratches
Scott Mayfield, Johnny Boychuk (injured), Anthony Beauvillier, Shane Prince (injured)
 
Injured Reserve: Casey Cizikas
Total games lost: 151
 
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 627
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 580
 
Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 233
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 298
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 530
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 17 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 1-3-0 in day games (0-0-0 at home and 1-3-0 on the road) this season with two games 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
·        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 teams split the season series one game to one (and 2 points to 2).
 
The Isles are 10-4-1 in 14 games against the Jets since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg, but are only 3-4-0 on home-ice. 
 
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 37-21-2-1 on the season (and 19-6-1-0 in their last 26) as they begin another 3-in-3 weekend in Providence on Friday.
 
Bracken Kearns leads the Sound Tigers in goals (21) and points (21-22-43). Rookie Devon Toews leads the team in assists with 33.  Ryan Pulock leads the defense with 12 goals (12-23-35 in only 40 games) while Jaroslav Halak leads the team in wins (16-5-3).
 
Up Next
SATURDAY, MARCH 18th –COLUMBUS AT ISLANDERS– 1:00PM
[MSG+2/MSG Go (Isles Pre-Game begins at 12:30), WNYM 970 AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles begin a stretch of three games against the Top 4 teams in the East as they entertain the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2nd time this season in the only afternoon game on the home schedule this season.
 
The Isles are 8-0-3 in their last 11 home games against the Jackets, including a perfect 3-0-0 at Barclays Center. 
 
The home team has won all three games this season, with the Isles winning 4-2 at home on January 24th but dropping the two games in Columbus by a combined 13-2.
 
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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