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The Skinny: Arizona 3, Isles 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 49
Arizona 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Nick Cousins scored 2:21 into overtime to complete a three-point game as the Arizona Coyotes overcame a pair of goals by Anthony Beauvillier and defeated the Isles 3-2 before a crowd of 11,707 at Gila River Arena.

Beauvillier now has eight goals in the last seven games (and a career high 12 goals); it's the third time in the last six games that Beauvillier has scored twice in a game.  The Isles are 3-0-1 in their last four road games.
 
The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
12:20 Arizona Nick Cousins (6) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (15) 0-1

2ND PERIOD
00:34 New York Anthony Beauvillier (11) ASST: Josh Bailey (42) 1-1
09:52 Arizona Brendan Perlini (13) ASST: Luke Schenn (5), Nick Cousins (3) 1-2

3RD PERIOD
02:53 New York Anthony Beauvillier (12) ASST: Thomas Hickey (9), Mathew Barzal (34) 2-2

OT PERIOD
02:21 Arizona Nick Cousins (7) ASST: Christian Fischer (9) 2-3

The Skinny 
The Isles are 9-13-3 in their last 25 games … Mathew Barzal assisted on Anthony Beauvillier's second goal to reach the 50- point mark… Jordan Eberle played his 200th consecutive game…. Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 170 goals in the first 48 games (first time since 1992-93 when they had 202) and allowed 179 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 189); the Isles lead the NHL in both goals scored and goals allowed … Josh Bailey recorded his team-leading 42nd assist (22 of which are primary, tops on the team) … Nick Cousins recorded his first career 3-point game; he has 8 points in 8 career games against the Isles (and 29 points in 137 games against the rest of the NHL)…Beauvillier has 12 goals on the season in 38 games; only eight other NHL players have played 38 games or less and scored 12 goals…An Islander player has had 24 multi-goal games this season; they had only 19 all last season.  It's the most multi-goal games they have had since 2010-11 (25) …The Isles are 5-4 in games decided by an overtime goal; Arizona is 6-5…The Coyotes have points in five straight games (2-0-3).

50 in 49
Mathew Barzal has 50 points in 49 games this season; Since 1996-97, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are the only rookies to have reached the 50-point mark in the first 53 games of the season

Barzal is the 14th Islander rookie to have 50 points in a season; however only four have had more than 54 points (Bryan Trottier 95, Mike Bossy 91, David Volek 59, Stefan Persson 56).  Barzal needs only 10 points to become the third highest-scoring rookie in Islander history.

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
  MATHEW BARZAL 34 2017-18 

First Time in a Very Long Time
The Isles have scored 25 goals in the last five road games.  It matches the most goals that they have scored in a span of five road games since January 1990 when they scored 27.

NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 29
2. Anders Lee 27
Nikita Kucherov 27
3. John Tavares 26
Sean Couturier 26

Closing in on Career Highs
Josh Bailey had an assist, giving him four in three games since returning from injury. Bailey is now 12-42-54 on the season, leaving him one assist and two points shy of his career highs.  Bailey is now 2nd in the NHL in assists, being only Jakub Voracek (45).

Bailey's next assist will make him the first Islander winger with multiple seasons of at least 43 assists since Mike Bossy!

One and Done
The Isles are 15-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 19 straight games and are 22-0-1 in their last 23 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and sixteen times overall (15-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Chili
The Isles have scored at least six goals seven times this season.  The Isles have won 44 straight games, dating back to 2005, when they score at least six times. 

Seventh Heaven
The Isles have scored seven goals twice this season. The Isles have won 43 straight games, dating back to a 1991 tie in St. Louis, when they score at least seven times. 

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals six times at home (0-5-1) and thirteen times overall (0-12-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in five of their seven regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first 19 times this season (16-3-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 16-3-0 when they score first and are 8-17-5 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 24-20-5 (53 points) this season; they were 22-18-9 (53 points) through 49 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 226 career wins, He is one win behind former Isles Dwayne Roloson for 66th place on the all-time NHL win list.  

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-6-2 on the season, including 7-4-0 in his last 11 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 48-32-9 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles     3-13-15-3=34
Arizona 14-13-4-2=33

The Isles are 7-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 17-13-2 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged three times and been successful twice.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful 

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

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-20-5 overall; 13-7-3 at home and 11-13-2 on the road.  
Arizona is 12-28-9 overall; 6-14-3 at home and 6-14-6 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-7-1 in Division games and 17-13-4 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-13-1 against the East and 11-7-4 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-7-3 at home; they are 6-6-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves; he is 14-14-3 on the season and 8-3-2 in his career against Arizona. 

Antti Raanta made 28 saves to improve to 8-12-5 on the season and 1-2-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Arizona was 0-2 in 4:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 14-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-12-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-15-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-5-3 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-14-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-4-5 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 5-4 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-6-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 30th vs Florida and January 31st in Toronto.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-1-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-3-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 15-13-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:25); Arizona: Alex Goligoski (24:22).

John Tavares led Isles forwards in ice-time (20:53). 

Face-offs
Isles 23, Arizona 26 (47%) 

Tanner Fritz won 5 of 9 for the Isles: Brad Richardson won 6 of 11 for Arizona.
 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 6/14; 2nd period 8/15; 3rd period 9/18; Overtime 0/2
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 17/40, Power play 4/6, Penalty kill 2/3.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Anders Lee- 4)
Arizona 25 (Luke Schenn-5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 9: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1, Nelson 1, Johnston 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 15 shots (3 with 2).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, Arizona 73.
5-on-5 Isles 39, Arizona 59.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +8
Arizona: Richard Panic +14

Night and Day 
The Isles are 20-20-4 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 237 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 200 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 131, Nick Leddy 126.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 126
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
13. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Casey Cizikas – IR), (Shane Prince- Injured), Dennis Seidenberg, Michael dalColle
Total games lost: 147

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
12/16 – LA Kings – Anze Kopitar (19:47); tied game, but Isles won in overtime
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks won in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen three times this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ, 1/16 vs. NJ) and are 2-1-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-1-0 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 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 684*** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 636

Goals
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 261
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 110

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 333
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 242

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 594
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 360

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 155 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 82 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 59

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series one game to one (the Isles earned three points to Arizona's two).  

The Isles are 2-5-2 in their last nine trips to Arizona, with a Jaroslav Halak 1-0 shutout win in 2014 being their only regulation win in that stretch.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 20-15-4-2 on the season following a 1-0 shootout win over Toronto on Sunday. Kristers Gudlevskis made 25 saves during the actual game and Mitchell van Sompel converted the only goal of the shootout for the victory.  It was the first Sound Tiger game since 2004 to get through overtime without a goal being scored.

Tanner Fritz (on recall to the Isles) leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 14. Christopher Gibson is 15-8-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers host Springfield on Wednesday, visit Springfield on Friday and host Hershey on Saturday before the AHL hits their All-Star Break. 

Up Next
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th – ISLANDERS AT VEGAS 10:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 9:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles look to sweep the season series as they head to T-Mobile Arena to face the Golden Knights in the final game of this 3-game road trip and the final game before the NHL All-Star Break.

The Isles defeated Vegas 6-3 back at Barclays Center on October 30th in the first-ever meeting of the teams as John Tavares scored twice and Josh Bailey added three assists.
 
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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