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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Skinny: Carolina 4, Isles 2

“The Skinny”

By Eric Hornick

Game 20
Carolina 4, Isles 2
Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before the game was four minutes old to give Carolina a 2-0 lead, and despite a strong 2nd period the Isles could never catch them, as the Hurricanes defeated the Isles 4-2 before a crowd of 11,390 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

The loss snapped an Islander three-game winning streak and deprived the Isles (9-4-1 in their last 14 games) of an opportunity to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Scoring:
01:50 Carolina PPG - Sebastian Aho (4) ASST: Teuvo Teravainen (11), Justin Faulk (3) 0-1
03:40 Carolina Teuvo Teravainen (7) ASST: Sebastian Aho (12), Noah Hanifin (7) 0-2
10:44 New York Nick Leddy (5) 1-2
17:13 Carolina Elias Lindholm (5) ASST: Phillip Di Giuseppe (1), Jeff Skinner (4) 1-3

17:40 Carolina PPG - Teuvo Teravainen (8) ASST: Justin Faulk (4), Sebastian Aho (13) 1-4

13:13 New York PPG - John Tavares (15) ASST: Nick Leddy (11), Mathew Barzal (15) 2-4

The Skinny:
Both Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen finished with three points…Aho now has a goal in four straight games while Teravainen has an assist if four straight…John Tavares’ late tally was the 250th of his NHL career and gave him a share of the team lead in points (with Josh Bailey -23 points)... Mathew Barzal assisted on the tally, as he took over the NHL lead in rookie scoring…The Isles have scored 72 goals (not including shootout goals in their first 20games; it’s their highest goal total through 20 games in 30 years (89 in 1987-88)…Carolina had a 2-0 lead before the Isles had a shot on goal… The Isles are 11-7-2 this season; they were 6-10-4 through 20 games last season and won only 11 of their first 31 games last season (11-14-6)… The Isles allowed three goals in a period for the third straight game…Carolina is the least penalized team in the NHL but the Isles had a season-high seven power plays…Tavares now has 21 career goals against Carolina (his highest total vs. any opponent); among active players only Jaromir Jagr and Alex Ovechkin have more goals against the Canes…Cam Ward recorded his 23rd career win against the Isles and his 298th career win…Jaroslav Halak suffered his third straight loss.

Moving up the NHL Leader Boards
• John Tavares (23 points), Josh Bailey (23) and Anders Lee (21) are all now in the top 20 in points
• John Tavares remains 2nd in goals (15)
• Anders Lee is tied-7th in goals (11)
• Josh Bailey is 5th in assists with 19 and tied for the team lead with 23 points (4-19-23)
• Mathew Barzal now leads all rookies in both points:19 and assists: 15. He has 7 power play points (one shy of Will Butcher’s 8 for the rookie lead).
• Nick Leddy is now tied-8th in defenseman points (16)

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 6-2-2 on the season (6-1-2 in his last 9 games). Greiss has won three straight and is his 4-0-1 in his last 5 games.

Fastest to 35
Doug Weight is now 35-19-6 as an NHL coach. On November 18 in Tampa Bay, he reached 35 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 35 Wins by an Islander Coach:
59 – Doug Weight
71 – Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (35-25-7-4)
73 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (35-27-11)
76—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (35-27-10-4)

The Shots
Isles 6-11-12=29
Carolina 16-6-10=32

The Isles are 2-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 9-4-0 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy Stretch
This was the third game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 6 games in 10 days, changing cities between each game and playing two sets of three games in four days, with the four road games being played in two sets of back-to-backs. The Isles are 2-1-0 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-7-2 overall; 6-0-2 at home and 5-7-0 on the road.
Carolina is 9-6-4 overall; 4-2-3 at home and 5-4-1 on the road.

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-3-0 in Division games and 9-4-2 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 4-3-0 against the East and 7-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 6-0-2 at home, matching their best home start since 1978-79 (7-0-1).

The Isles are 4-0-2 vs. the Western Conference at Barclays Center this season and are 25-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 8 Home Games
15- 1978-79
14- 2017-18
14- 1986-87
14- 1982-83
14- 1976-77

If the Islanders can beat Philadelphia on Wednesday they will match their best-ever record through 9 home games (7-0-2 in 1978-79 and 8-1-0 in 1984-85).

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves but falls to 5-5-0 on the season and 3-5-1 in his career against Carolina.

Cam Ward made 27 saves as he improves to 3-2-0 on the season and 23-4-5 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-7 on the power play; Carolina was 2-5.
The Isles are 7-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when they do not. The Isles are 6-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-3-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-5-2 when they do not.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 0-3 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 7-0-0 when they score first and are 4-7-2 when they allow the opening goal.

Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is November 24th in Philadelphia and November 25th in Ottawa.

Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 0-2-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 3-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
• The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 6-5-2 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:39); Carolina: Jaccob Slavin (24:41)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (5-5-0), John Tavares (1-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

Mathew Barzal led the forwards in ice-time (21:46). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (11-5-2), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Isles 22, Carolina 34 (39%).

No Isles who took more than two draws won more than he lost; Derek Ryan won 9 of 10 for Carolina.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/21; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 7/17.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 10/34; Power play 6/12; Penalty kill 6/10.

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Andrew Ladd & Johnny Boychuk - 3)
Carolina 27 (Brett Pesce -4)

There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots; Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk each had two.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 61, Carolina 56
5-on-5 Isles 38, Carolina 37

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Calvin deHaan +9
Carolina: Brock McGinn +6

Night and Day
The Isles are 11-7-1 in night games and 0-0-1 in matinees. The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season.

Jason Chimera – 208 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 171 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 169, Calvin deHaan 105.

(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg, Cal Clutterbuck (sick)

Total games lost: 45.

Late Hero
The Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout

The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games. Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900

7. Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 659 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 606
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 250

22. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 110

29. Anders Kallur 101*** 30. Trent Hunter 99 ***31. Mikko Makela, David Volek and Anders Lee 95

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 310

15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 219

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tavares 560

17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 329

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282

6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Roland Melanson 136 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 134

11. Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Chris Osgood 103 *** 13. Thomas Greiss 102

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 *** 5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 73

8. Tommy Salo 62… 9. Evgeni Nabokov 57…10. Thomas Greiss 55

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (and two points to two). The teams will meet again on February 16th in Carolina and on March 18th in Brooklyn.

This was only the third regulation loss in the Isles’ last 9 games in Carolina (6-3-0).

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 9-7-0-0 following a 2-1 win over Springfield on Sunday. Devon Toews scored his fourth goal in the last three games while Kristers Gudlevskis came with four seconds of a shutout as Bridgeport improved to 6-2-0 in their last eight games.

Tanner Fritz, added an assist as he continues to lead Bridgeport with 16 points (3-13-16); Scott Eansor and Steve Bernier lead the team in goals with 7.

Bridgeport is off until Friday; the Sound Tigers have a “3-in-3” weekend upcoming, with a home game against Hartford on Friday and road games with Lehigh Valley and Hershey on Saturday and Sunday.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9PM]

The Isles return home to begin a home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers in the first meetings of the season between the long-term rivals.

The Flyers have won four straight games in Brooklyn, including one in overtime and another in a shootout. Overall, the Isles are 1-2-2 all-time against the Flyers at Barclays Center.

The home-and-home series concludes with a Black Friday matinee at 4pm in Philadelphia.

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 www.nyiskinny.com.

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