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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Skinny: Florida 4, Isles 1
By Eric Hornick
Florida 4, Isles 1
Harri Sateri made 32 saves for his first NHL win as the Florida Panthers built a 3-0 lead and defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a crowd of 10,423 at Barclays Center.
The Isles have lost 3 straight home games and finish January 1-5-0 at home.
08:57 Florida Michael Matheson (5) ASST: Mark Pysyk (5), Colton Sceviour (7) 0-1
14:40 Florida Evgenii Dadonov (11) 0-2
04:14 Florida Keith Yandle (5) ASST: Vincent Trocheck (27) 0-3
05:09 New York Adam Pelech (2) ASST: Josh Bailey (43), Jason Chimera (8) 1-3
18:49 Florida EN - Jonathan Huberdeau (17) ASST: Vincent Trocheck (28) 1-4
The Isles are 10-14-3 in their last 27 games and are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games … Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 173 goals in the first 51 games (first time since 1993-94 when they also had 173) and allowed 184 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 196)…Adam Pelech scored a goal in his 100th NHL game…Josh Bailey recorded his 43rd assist, matching a career high; Bailey is the first Islander winger with multiple 43-assist seasons since Mike Bossy…Mathew Barzal's assist streak ended at four games…The Isles have allowed 35 shots in nine straight home games (all with Jaroslav Halak in goal); it's the first time in at least 30 years that this has happened…The Isles were not shorthanded for the first time since March 18, 2017 (vs Columbus) and matched the team record with 0 penalty minutes.. Evgenii Dadonov has three goals in two career games against the Isles…Florida is 12-0-0 when leading after two periods…The Isles have allowed the most shots in the NHL (1,776) while Florida has allowed the most shots per game (35.2) …Vincent Trocheck has five assists in two games against the Isles…Keith Yandle played his 681st consecutive game; it is the longest active streak and the 7th longest streak in NHL history.
Barzal Closing in on All-time Top 3 in Isles Rookie Scoring.
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 9 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
MATHEW BARZAL 35 2017-18
NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 30
2. Anders Lee 27
Nikita Kucherov 27
William Karlsson 27
5 John Tavares 26
Sean Couturier 26
Evgeni Malkin 26
Hey Josh, You're an All-Star
Josh Bailey recorded his fifth assist in five games since returning from injury. Bailey is now 12-43-55 on the season, matching his career high in assists and leaving him one point shy of his career highs. Bailey is now tied-2nd in the NHL in assists, behind only Jakub Voracek (47)).
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.
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.
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 20 times this season (17-3-0). 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.
The Isles are 17-3-0 when they score first and are 8-18-5 when they allow the opening goal.
This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 25-21-5 (55 points) this season; they were 23-18-10 (56 points) through 51 games last season.
Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak remains tied with 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 49-33-9 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 Isles are 7-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 18-14-2 when they are outshot.
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 25-21-5 overall; 13-8-3 at home and 12-13-2 on the road.
Florida is 20-22-6 overall; 11-8-3 at home and 9-14-3 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-7-1 in Division games and 18-14-4 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 13-14-1 against the East and 12-7-4 against the West.
The Isles are 13-8-3 at home; they are 6-7-0 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 36 saves but falls to 15-15-3 on the season and 10-4-2 in his career against Florida.
Harri Sateri made 32 saves to improve to 1-3-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; Florida did not have a power play.
The Isles are 14-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-13-4 when they do not. The Isles are 14-15-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-6-3 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 2-15-3 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 10-4-5 in games decided by a single goal including 2-4 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.
Including today, the Isles are 5-5-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-6-0 on the back-end. This back-to-back set concludes 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 16-14-5 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:01); Florida: Mike Matheson (22:49).
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards in ice-time (18:55).
Isles 21, Florida 28 (43%)
John Tavares won 9 of 17 for the Isles: Vincent Trocheck won 8 of 12 for Florida.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/16; 2nd period 7/15; 3rd period 6/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/48, Power play 0/1, Penalty kill 0/0.
Isles 19 (Scott Mayfield -4)
Florida 19 (Vincent Trocheck -4)
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).
The Isles blocked 11 shots (3 with 2).
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 56, Florida 62.
5-on-5 Isles 51, Florida 59.
Isles: Thomas Hickey +3
Florida: Mike Matheson +10
Night and Day
The Isles are 21-21-4 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).
Overall: Jason Chimera 239 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 202 (including 151 for the Oilers:
As Isles: Jason Chimera 133, Nick Leddy 128.
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 128
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
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Shane Prince- Injured), Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 158
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
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 686*** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 638
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
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 243
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 361
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 157 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11. Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 83 *** 6. Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8. Tommy Salo 62 ***
9. Thomas Greiss 59
Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (Florida has earned three points to the Isles' two).
The road team has had some success in this series in recent years. The Isles are 2-5-0 in their last seven (regular season) home games against the Cats while they are 3-0-3 in their last six trips to Sunrise.
On the Farm
Bridgeport reached the All-Star Break with a 22-16-4-2 record. The Sound Tigers are currently tied with Charlotte for the last playoff spot in their division.
Tanner Fritz (on recall to the Isles) leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 16. Christopher Gibson is 16-8-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.
The Sound Tigers host Springfield on Friday and host Belleville on Saturday.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31st –ISLANDERS AT TORONTO 7:30PM
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 7:00PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]
The Isles close out January with their first meeting of the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. While the Isles will be on the back-end of a back-to-back, Toronto will be playing their first game since the All-Star Break. The Isles will need a victory to end January at NHL-.500 as they are 5-6-1 this month.
Last season, the Isles won twice in Brooklyn, including a wild 6-5 overtime game, before dropping a 7-1 defeat in Ontario on Valentine's Day.
The Isles will return to Toronto on February 22nd before welcoming the Leafs to Brooklyn on March 30th.
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