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The Skinny: Edmonton 2, Isles 1 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 15
Edmonton 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Connor McDavid scored his third career overtime goal 38 seconds into the extra session to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 12,281 at Barclays Center.

Leon Draisaitl and Jordan Eberle traded second period goals but those were the only regulation tallies of the evening.  Josh Baily saw his assist streak end at 8 games (one shy of the club record) and his point streak end at a career-best nine games.

The Scoring:
No Scoring

01:59 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (4) ASST: Milan Lucic (5) 0-1
04:43 New York Jordan Eberle (5) ASST: Mathew Barzal (11) 1-1

No Scoring

00:38 Edmonton Connor McDavid (6) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (7) 1-2

The Skinny: 
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 11th time in the first 15 games …Jordan Eberle has three goals in the last two games … Mathew Barzal now has 14 points in the last ten games; he is the first Isles rookie in at least 30 years to have 14 points in the first 15 games of a season. Barzal also now has a 6-game point streak (2-9-11) …The Isles' power play failed on three opportunities after going 9-16 (56.3%) in the prior four games …Jordan Eberle's four previous goals as an Islander had come in two 2-goal games… The Isles were held scoreless in the third period, ending a streak of scoring goals in 17 consecutive periods. The 17-period streak is the longest since the Isles scored in 18 straight periods from December 15-29, 1992...The Isles were held without a power play goal, ending a streak of scoring at least twice with the extra man in four consecutive games…The Isles scored a second period goal for the 11th straight game…Connor McDavid's winning goal was Edmonton's 8th goal in 5 road games this season; he is the first Oiler since Glenn Anderson (11-11-86) to score an overtime goal against the Isles in New York…Josh Bailey played his 164th consecutive Islander game (equivalent of two complete seasons) while Calvin deHaan played his 100th consecutive game…The Isles are 6-2-2 in the last 10 games…Cam Talbot played in his 199th NHL game…Ryan Strome had three shots on goal in 12:58 of ice-time in his return to Brooklyn.

From B to B
With Josh Bailey's point streak ending at 9 games, Mathew Barzal now has a share of the longest point current point streak in the NHL (6) with Alexander Radulov and Mike Hoffman.  Barzal is now 2nd amongst rookies in both assists (11, to Will Butcher's 12) and points (14, to Clayton Keller's 17).

The Injury
Nikolay Kulemin suffered an upper body injury in the second period; he did not return.  Drake Caggiula left the game injured for Edmonton.

Fastest to 30
Doug Weight is now 32-17-6 as an NHL coach. On October 28 in Nashville, he reached 30 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 30 Wins by an Islander Coach:
51 – Doug Weight
60 – Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (30-20-7-3)
61 – Ted Nolan 30-23-8

Tied with Travis
Anders Lee has 92 goals as an Islander, tied with Travis Green for 36th on the team's all-time list. 

The Shots
Isles         13-11-13-0=37
Edmonton 13-9-2-1=25

The Isles are 1-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 7-2-0 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 so far this season.

Go West, Young Men
This was the 13th game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 13 of 15 games against Western Conference opponents.  The Isles are 7-4-2 in this stretch; the only Eastern Conference opponents they will face during this stretch are the Rangers (4-3 SO Win) and Capitals (4-3 Loss).

Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-5-2 overall; 5-0-2 at home and 3-5-0 on the road.  
Edmonton is 5-8-1 overall; 3-5-0 at home and 2-2-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-2-0 in Division games and 7-3-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 2-2-0 against the East and 6-3-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 5-0-2 at home, matching their best home start since 1982-83 (7-0-0).  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.

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 35 saves; he is 3-2-2 on the season and 4-0-3 in his career against Edmonton.

Cam Talbot made 36 saves and improves to 2-3-0 on the season; he is 7-2-0 in his career against the Isles.

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-2 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 2-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they score first and are 4-5-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

The Isles are 1-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-1-0 on the back-end.  The next back-to-back set is November 10th in Dallas and November 11th in St. Louis.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-1-0 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 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 4-4-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:38); Edmonton: Connor McDavid (24:28)

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

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (21:27). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (8-5-2).

Isles 36, Edmonton 19 (65%). 

Brock Nelson won 6 of 7 for the Isles; Mark Letestu won 2 of 4 for Edmonton.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 13/18; 2nd period 12/20; 3rd period 10/16; Overtime 1/1.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 30/43; Power play 3/5; Penalty kill 3/7.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Thomas Hickey, Scott Mayfield, and Casey Cizikas -3) 
Edmonton 21 (Adam Larsson -5)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 15 shots; four players each had 2. 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 57, Edmonton 46 
5-on-5 Isles 52, Edmonton 34

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Calvin deHaan +15
Edmonton: Darrel Nurse +3

Night and Day 
The Isles are 8-5-1 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 – 203 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 166 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 164, Calvin deHaan 100

(Shane Prince-IR), Adam Pelech (injured), Alan Quine-Conditioning, Dennis Seidenberg

Total games lost: 31

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 654 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 14. John Tavares 602
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 247
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 109
36. Travis Green 92 and Anders Lee 92

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 308
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 215

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 555
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 324

Season Series Stats
Edmonton leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will meet in Alberta on March 8th to complete the season series.

The Oilers have now won the last two games in Brooklyn (once in overtime and once in a shootout); the Isles have earned points in their last 11 home games against Edmonton (9-0-2).

On the Farm
Bridgeport is coming off a three-win in three-day weekend, including a pair of shutouts (one each for Christopher Gibson and Kristers Gudlevskis).

Tanner Fritz leads Bridgeport with 11 points (3-8-11) while Scott Eansor continues to lead the team in goals with 7.

The Sound Tigers (6-5-0) host Lehigh Valley at 10:30 Wednesday in a school day matinee. It's the first of six straight games in Connecticut for Bridgeport, including a game in Hartford next Wednesday.

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

The Isles begin a two-game road trip (and a set of back-to-backs) in Dallas against the Stars.

The Isles are 6-1-1 in the last four seasons against Dallas 

The Isles will face the Stars in Brooklyn on December 13th to complete the season series.

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.

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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