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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Skinny on Mathew Barzal's November

Mathew Barzal had an impressive November, going 3-14-17 as the Isles went 8-3-1 for the month.

Barzal had 7 assists in the first three games of month, including an Islander-rookie 5 assists vs. Colorado.  After being held pointless in the Isles' trip to Dallas and St. Louis, Barzal has had points in the last 7 games  (3-7-10), marking the first 7+ game point streak by an Islander rookie since Kyle Okposo (8 games) in 2009.  Barzal also had points in all 5 home games this month (2-9-11) and will carry a 6-game home-ice point streak into Friday's game.

Barzal's biggest competition is likely to be Chicago's Alex DeBrincat (10-4-14 in 13 games this month) and Vancouver's Brock Boeser (11-5-16 in 15 games this month).

Longest Isles Rookie point streaks Last 30 years (As seen on NHL Network)
8 - Kyle Okposo 2008-09   (10 points)
8 - Niklas Andersson 1995-96 (8 points) (First 8 games as an Islander)
7 - Mathew Barzal CURRENT (10 points)
7- Derek King 1987-88  (9 points)

Islander Rookies of the Month (since 1983-84)
Pat LaFontaine   March, 1984
David Volek       December, 1988
Trent Hunter      December, 2003
Michael Grabner February, 2011
Anders Lee       February, 2015

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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