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Friday, November 17, 2017
The Skinny: Isles 6, Carolina 4
By Eric Hornick
Isles 6, Carolina 4
second goal of the season broke a 4-4 tie with 4:25 to play and Mathew Barzal
scored a goal and added two assists as the Isles rallied for a 6-4 victory
before a crowd of 11,188 on Military Appreciation Night at Barclays Center.
was on-ice for all five even strength/shorthanded goals scored by the Isles as
he became the first Islander in 15 years to go +5 in a game. The Isles remain unbeaten in regulation this
season in Brooklyn (6-0-2).
16:21 New York
Mathew Barzal (4) ASST: Andrew Ladd (5), Nick Leddy (10) 1-0
16:57 New York
SHG - Cal Clutterbuck (3) 2-0
PPG - Elias Lindholm (4) ASST: Sebastian Aho (11), Teuvo Teravainen (8) 2-1
19:31 New York
Nick Leddy (4) ASST: Anders Lee (9), Josh Bailey (16) 3-1
Noah Hanifin (2) ASST: Jordan Staal (8), Jeff Skinner (3) 3-2
Sebastian Aho (2) ASST: Teuvo Teravainen (9), Jordan Staal (9) 3-4
07:22 New York
PPG - Josh Bailey (4) ASST: Anders Lee (10), Mathew Barzal (12) 4-4
15:35 New York Johnny Boychuk (2) ASST: Casey
Cizikas (3), Cal Clutterbuck (4) 5-4
18:42 New York EN - Jordan Eberle (7) ASST: Mathew
Barzal (13) 6-4
The Isles scored the first goal for the second straight
game; the Isles are 6-0-0 when they score first and 6-0-0 when they lead after
one period…This was the Isles’ first in this season when trailing after two
periods (1-6-1).. Carolina has won only three of the six games they have led
after two periods (3-1-2)… Jordan Eberle scored for the 7th time in 7
games… In addition to Johnny Boychuk’s +5, Casey Cizikas was +3… Boychuk is +8
in the last two games and is now +7 on the season... The Canes had scored only 11
goals in the 2nd period this season, before scoring three tonight… The Isles
have scored at least five goals eight times in the first 18 games and have
scored at least six goals five times; that’s the most times they have scored 5
goals in the first 18 games since doing so 12 times in 1984-85; the Isles
scored 6 goals six times in the first 18 games in 1987-88…Mathew Barzal had his
second 3+ point game of the season; he is the first Isles rookie to do so since
Michael Grabner in 2011. Barzal’s 17
points are the most by an Islander rookie through 18 games since Pat LaFontaine
had 24 in 1984-85.…The Isles scored three first period goals in consecutive
games for the first time since December 6-9, 2014…Anders Lee now had 11 points
in the third period this season…Cal Clutterbuck recorded his first shorthanded
goal of the season, his 8th shorthanded goal as an Islander and his
14th career short; Clutterbuck also assisted on the winning goal in
his final game before turning 30 on Saturday…Teuvo Teravainen recorded his 100th
and 101st career points…The Isles ended Carolina’s 5-game point
streak (3-0-2) as they moved ahead of Washington, and into 4th place
in the Metro…The Isles have scored 66 goals in their first 18 games; it’s their
highest goal total through 18 games in 30 years (81 in 1987-88).
Times in Ridiculously Long Times – Johnny Boychuk edition
·Johnny Boychuk is the first Islander to go +5 in a game
since both Jason Wiemer and Dave Scatchard went +5 against Tampa Bay on
November 21, 2002.
·Boychuk is the first Islander defenseman to go +5 since Joe
Reekie went +5 against Toronto on March 28, 1990.
·Boychuk is the first Islander to go +5 and score the
game-winning goal since Mike Bossy did so on October 20, 1984 vs. Los Angeles
with Game Winning Goal and +5 Rating
10-11-1975 vs. LA Kings (3-2-5, +5)
11-26-1983 vs. Chicago (3-2-5, +6)
3-3-1984 vs. Toronto (1-0-1, +5)
10-20-1984 vs. Los Angeles (4-3-7, +5)
·Johnny Boychuk 11-16-2017 vs. Carolina
First Times in Ridiculously Long Times –
·The Isles scored six
goals against the Hurricanes for the first time since January 22, 2008 in
·The Isles scored six
goals against the Hurricanes franchise in New York for the first time since
April 11, 1997 – the final road game before the Hartford Whalers moved to Carolina.
Lots of First Round Picks (Thanks,
Elias Sports Bureau)
·The Isles dressed
eight of their own first round picks (Pulock, Bailey, Barzal, Nelson, deHaan, Ho-Sang,
Beauvillier, Tavares) for the first time since the final game of the 1985-86 season
when they dressed nine. This was the
final regular season game of Al Arbour’s first stint as Islander coach.
·The Isles dressed 12
first round picks for the first time in franchise history (Leddy, Eberle,
Hickey and Ladd in addition to the eight players above)
Moving up the NHL Leader Boards
·Josh Bailey is now
tied for 7th in assists :16
·Nick Leddy is now
tied for 11th in defenseman points: 14
·Mathew Barzal is now
2nd in rookie points:17 is tied-1st in rookie assists:13
(with NJ’s Will Butcher) and is tied-1st in 3-point games by a
rookie: 2 (also Will Butcher, Nico Hischier and Brock Boeser)
the 2nd Century
Thomas Greiss appeared in his 101st game as an
Islander, and improved to 54-31-11 for the Isles. He is the 13th Islander goalie to
appear in 100 games.
Doug Weight is now 34-18-6 as an NHL coach. On October 28
in Nashville, he reached 30 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:
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
Isles are 2-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are
even, and 8-3-0 when they are outshot.
Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
Ana Ducks -- successful
opponents have not challenged so far this season.
was the first 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 1-0-0 in
Home and Road
Islanders are 10-6-2 overall; 6-0-2 at home and 4-6-0 on the road.
is 7-6-4 overall; 3-2-3 at home and 4-4-1 on the road.
By Division &
Isles are 2-2-0 in Division games and 8-4-2 in games versus other
divisions. The Isles are 3-2-0 against
the East and 7-4-2 against the West.
Isles are 6-0-2 at home, matching their best home start since 1978-79 (7-0-1).
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
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
Greiss made 28 saves as he improves to 5-2-2 on the season and 4-3-1 in his
career against Carolina.
Darling made 30 saves but falls to 5-4-4 on the season and 2-2-0 in his career
against the Isles.
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play; Carolina was 1-3 but
allowed a shorthanded goal.
Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when
they do not. The Isles are 6-3-0 when
they allow at least one power play goal and 4-3-2 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
Isles are 10-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners)
and are 0-4-2 when they do not.
One Goal Games
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 3-0 in games in which an
empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
Isles are 6-0-0 when they score first and are 4-6-2 when they allow the opening
The Isles are 1-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-1-0
on the back-end. The next back-to-back
sets are November 18th in Tampa Bay and November 19th in
Carolina and November 24th in
Philadelphia and November 25th in Ottawa.
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
·The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the
Isles are not.
·The Isles are 5-5-2 when both teams are rested.
Leddy (22:02); Carolina: Jordan Staal (22:13)
record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (4-4-0), John
Tavares (1-1-0). Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).
Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (20:40). Isles record by Forward ice-time
leaders: John Tavares (10-5-2), Brock Nelson (0-1-0).
Carolina 33 (48%).
Cizikas won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Elias Lindholm won 7 of 10 for Carolina.
by period: 1st period 12/26; 2nd period 8/19; 3rd
by strength: Even strength: 27/54; Power play 2/3; Penalty kill 2/7.
(Cal Clutterbuck -4)
24 (Jordan Staal -4))
were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).
The Isles blocked 17 shots; Johnny Boychuk led the way with
situations: Isles 60, Carolina 57
Isles 45, Carolina 49
Sebastian Aho +10
Night and Day
Isles are 10-6-1 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.
Chimera – 206 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 169 (including
151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 167, Calvin deHaan 103
Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg, Alan Quine
games lost: 39
Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a
STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
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.
LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John
22. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas
118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh
Mikko Makela & David Volek 95***33. Randy Wood 94*** 34.Greg Gilbert, Garry
Howatt & Anders Lee 93
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
15. Tomas Jonsson 249
*** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 216
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 556
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19.
Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh
Games Played (Goalies)
1.Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch
Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Roland Melanson 136 *** 8.Jaroslav Halak 133
11. Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Chris Osgood
103 *** 13. Thomas Greiss 101
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 54
Season Series Stats
teams lead the season series one game to none (and two points to 0). The teams will meet again on Sunday in
was the Isles’ first regulation win against Carolina at Barclays Center (2-0-3)
and only their second regulation win in their last 11 home games against
The Isles have now won three straight against Carolina.
On the Farm
is 7-7-0-0 following a 2-1 overtime win in Hartford on Wednesday. Devon Toews scored both goals for his first
2-goal game as a professional; Christopher Gibson made 35 saves to improve to 4-4-0
on the season.
Fritz, who assisted on both goals, leads Bridgeport with 14 points (3-11-14)
while Scott Eansor and Steve Bernier lead the team in goals with 7.
will host Charlotte on Saturday (7pm) and Springfield on Sunday (3pm).
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
–ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY 7:00PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]
The Isles begin a weekend back-to-back set with their first
matchup in over a calendar year against the NHL’s best team in the first 6
weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning (15-2-2).
The Isles and Lightning meet three times each season, and
last season all three games were contested in the first 14 days of November. Tampa Bay won them all by a combined score of
Prior to last season the Islanders had gone 8-2-2 in over
four seasons against Tampa Bay.
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.