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The Skinny: Isles 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 21
Isles 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Josh Bailey's scored his 5th career overtime goal and added two assists as the Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 before a crowd of 12,462 at Barclays Center.  Bailey's winner, set up expertly by John Tavares, allowed his to complete his fourth 3-point game of the season.

The Isles have won 4 out of their last 5 games and remain unbeaten in regulation at Barclays Center (7-0-2).  It's only the 2nd time in franchise history that the Isles have gone 9 games into the home season without suffering a regulation loss.

The Scoring:
06:02 Philadelphia Taylor Leier (1) ASST: Travis Sanheim (4), Scott Laughton (4) 0-1
18:53 New York PPG - Mathew Barzal (5) ASST: Josh Bailey (20), Nick Leddy (12) 1-1

00:46 Philadelphia Michael Raffl (1) ASST: Sean Couturier (11), Ivan Provorov (8) 1-2
07:13 New York PPG - Johnny Boychuk (3) ASST: Josh Bailey (21), John Tavares (9) 2-2
11:05 New York Joshua Ho-Sang (2) ASST: Adam Pelech (7), Anthony Beauvillier (3) 3-2
13:54 Philadelphia PPG - Jakub Voracek (7) ASST: Wayne Simmonds (7), Claude Giroux (14) 3-3

No Scoring

00:32 New York Josh Bailey (5) ASST: John Tavares (10), Nick Leddy (13) 4-3

The Skinny: 
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 14th time in 21 games… The Isles converted twice on the power play, including a 5-on-3 goal by Johnny Boychuk…Josh Bailey leads the teams in assists and points (5-21-26) while John Tavares continues to lead in goals and is one point behind Bailey (15-10-25) …  Bailey recorded his team-leading 9th multi-point game while Tavares added his 8th and Leddy chipped in his 7th multi-point game.... Mathew Barzal scored on the power play; he is one point behind Vancouver's Brock Boeser for the NHL rookie point lead…An Islander defenseman earned a point on each goal; Nick Leddy's two helpers improved his totals to 5-13-18…This was the Isles' first overtime win against the Flyers since February 27, 2007; no current Islander was on the roster that night when Trent Hunter scored the overtime winner…Each of the first two Flyer goals were scored by a forward who entered the game with no goals this season; Taylor Leier's goal was his first in 25 games; Michael Raffl scored for the first time in 43 games…Mathew Barzal extended his point streak to four games (2-4-6) while John Tavares extended his to three games (2-4-6)…The Isles improved to 2-3-2 in one-goal games; they are 10-4 in games decided by 2+ goals…The Isles scored twice on the power play; they are 8-32 (25.0% on the power play at home this season.

Most Overtime Goals by an Islander
John Tavares. 9
Kyle Okposo  6
Thomas Hickey 5
Josh Bailey 5
Pierre Turgeon 4

A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 12-7-2 this season; they were 7-10-4 through 21 games last season and won only 12 of their first 32 games last season (12-14-6).

Moving up the NHL Leader Boards 
Josh Bailey (26) and John Tavares (25) are both in the top 15 in points
John Tavares remains 2nd in goals (15)
Anders Lee is tied-10th in goals (11)
Josh Bailey is tied-2nd in assists with 21 and tied-2nd in power play assists with 10.
Mathew Barzal leads all rookies in assists with 15 and is tied for 2nd in points with 20.  He has 8 power play points (one shy of Brock Boeser's 9 for the rookie lead).
Nick Leddy is now tied-3th in defenseman points (18)
Bails Passes Ziggy!
Josh Bailey's three points gives him 332 points as an Islander, passing Ziggy Palffy for 19th place on the all-time Isles list.  Josh is one point behind Kenny Jonsson's 333 point total.

Chasing Patty
John Tavares' two assists give him 562 points, just four points behind Pat LaFontaine for 6th place on the all-time Isles list.

Leddy(ing) the Way
Nick Leddy now has recorded at least 7 multiple point games in each of his four seasons as an Islander.  He is the first Islander defensemen since Denis Potvin to do so in at least four seasons.   Leddy's two assists give him 141 points as an Islander, tying Dave Lewis for 10th place on the all-time Islander defensemen scoring list.  He also now has 110 Islander assists, tying Roman Hamrlik for 10th place on the all-time defense Iist.

With 18 points in 21 games this season, Leddy is averaging .86 points/game.  The last Islander defensemen to have that high of an average was Marc Andre-Bergeron (21 points/ 23 games =.91 in 2006-07).  No Islander defenseman has had an average as high as Leddy over a full season since Jeff Norton (53 points/ 60 games =.88) in 1989-90.

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 7-2-2 on the season (7-1-2 in his last 10 games).  Greiss has won four straight and is his 5-0-1 in his last 6 games.

Fastest to 35
Doug Weight is now 36-19-6 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             16-13-8-2=39
Philadelphia 12-10-16-0=38

The Isles are 3-2-2 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 fourth 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 3-1-0 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 12-7-2 overall; 7-0-2 at home and 5-7-0 on the road.  
Philadelphia is 8-9-5 overall; 4-4-3 at home and 4-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 3-3-0 in Division games and 9-4-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 5-3-0 against the East and 7-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 7-0-2 at home, matching their best-ever record through 9 home games (7-0-2 in 1978-79 and 8-1-0 in 1984-85).

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 9 Home Games
16- 2017-18
16- 1978-79
16- 1984-85

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 35 saves as he improves to 7-2-2 on the season and 4-2-2 in his career against Philadelphia.

Brian Elliott also made 35 saves; he is 6-5-4 on the season and 5-1-5 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 2-5 on the power play; Philadelphia was 1-2.  
The Isles are 8-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-4-0 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 12-2-0 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 2-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 0-3 in regulation. They are 1-1 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 5-7-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

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 4-0-0 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 (24:12); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (23:32))

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (6-5-0), John Tavares (1-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

Josh Bailey led the forwards in ice-time (20:54). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (11-5-2), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Isles 35, Philadelphia 32 (52%). 

Casey Cizikas won 12 of 15 for the Isles; Valtteri Filippula won 8 of 12 for Philadelphia.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 9/21; 2nd period 13/27; 3rd period 12/18; Overtime 1/1.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 28/54; Power play 4/9; Penalty kill 3/4.

Hit Count
Isles 10 (Cal Clutterbuck -4) 
Philadelphia 19 (Four with 3)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 10 shots; Mathew Barzal and Adam Pelech each had two. 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 72, Philadelphia 57
5-on-5 Isles 58, Philadelphia 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal and Andrew Ladd +12
Philadelphia: Travis Sanheim +8

Night and Day 
The Isles are 12-7-1 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 – 209 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 172 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 170, Calvin deHaan 106. 

(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), Thomas Hickey, Alan Quine, Ryan Pulock

Total games lost: 47.

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 660 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 608
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 111
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 312
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 221

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 562
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Josh Bailey 332

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 and Thomas Greiss 103

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 56

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one).  The teams will meet again on Friday in Philadelphia.

The Isles improve to 2-2-2 all-time vs. Philadelphia at Barclays Center.  Both Islander wins have come on Thanksgiving Eve (2015 and 2017).
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 9-7-0-0 heading into a Friday game at home against Hartford; the Sound Tigers are 6-2-0-0 in their last eight games. 

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

Friday's game is the first of a "3-in-3" weekend, with road games in Lehigh Valley and Hershey on Saturday and Sunday completing the weekend.
Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 3:30PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

The Isles complete the home-and-home series with the Flyers in a Black Friday Matinee.  This is the first home-and-home series between the teams since 2005 and the 19th all-time between the squads.

The Isles are 6-7-0 in their last 13 visits to Philadelphia, including four Islander shootout wins.  A win would give them only their second home-and home sweep of the Flyers and their first in nearly 36 years (1/7-1/9/1982).

The Isles will return to Philadelphia on January 4th and then will host the Flyers during the final week of the regular season 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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