By Eric Hornick
Pittsburgh 4, Isles 0
Sidney Crosby scored a goal and added three assists and Tristan Jarry made 31 saves for his second career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Islanders 4-0 before a crowd of 13,641 at Barclays Center.
The Isles have lost five straight games, all in regulation time and have lost consecutive home games in regulation time for the first time this season.
00:41 Pittsburgh Daniel Sprong (1) ASST: Sidney Crosby (23), Dominik Simon (3) 1-0
03:30 Pittsburgh PPG - Evgeni Malkin (15) ASST: Sidney Crosby (24), Phil Kessel (28) 2-0
15:50 Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby (15) ASST: Daniel Sprong (1), Dominik Simon (4) 3-0
13:28 Pittsburgh Daniel Sprong (2) ASST: Justin Schultz (9), Sidney Crosby (25) 4-0
The Isles got through the first period scoreless but allowed the opening goal for an NHL-high 28th time in 42 games… Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 141 goals in the first 42 games (first time since 1993-94 when they had 152) and allowed 154 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 155)…The Isles allowed a power play goal for the 4th time in 5 games (12-20, 60%) and failed to score on the power play for the sixth straight game (0-18)…The Isles have allowed at least one third period goal in 18 straight games; it's the longest such streak since they allowed a goal in 21 third periods over parts of two seasons (2011-12 & 2012-13).. The Isles are 5-11-2 in their last 18 games…This was only the 3rd time the Isles have been shutout in Brooklyn (April 2016 vs Pittsburgh (Murray) and November 2016 by Tampa Bay (Vasilevskiy)… The Isles are 4-5-1 in their last 10 home games…Daniel Sprong's goals were his first in the NHL since November 6, 2015 (first in 13 games); his assist was the first of his career…Sidney Crosby recorded his 8th game with at least 4 points against the Isles; he is 33-74-107 in his career vs NYI (60 games) and has a point in 12 straight vs. the Isles (8-14-22) … The Isles have been outscored 12-1 in the last four second periods.
The Isles lost Josh Bailey to a lower body injury in the first period; he did not return. Andrew Ladd and Ryan Pulock both left the game in the third period and did not return.
First Times in (Thankfully) a Long Time
The Isles have lost 5 straight for the first time since December 2016 (0-4-1) but have lost 5 straight in regulation for the first time since November 19-29, 2013. It's the first time since March 29-31, 2006 that the Isles have lost consecutive home games by four goals or more.
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and thirteen times overall (12-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner 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 five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1). They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.
First Things First
The Isles have scored first fourteen times this season (13-1-0). 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 13-1-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal.
This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 20-18-4 this season; they were 17-17-8 through 42 games last season and won only 20 of their first 46 games last season (20-17-9). Their 20th win came in Doug Weight's fourth game as Islander head coach.
Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 223 career wins, leaving him two wins shy of Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.
Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 9-6-2 on the season, including 6-4-0 in his last nine decisions.
Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 44-30-8 as an NHL coach. On December 4 in Florida, he reached 40 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:
Fewest Games to 40 Wins by an Islander Coach:
66 – Doug Weight (40-20-6)
80– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (40-28-8-4)
82 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (40-30-12)
86—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (40-31-11-4)
The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 14-11-2 when they are outshot.
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.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 20-18-4 overall; 12-5-3 at home and 8-13-1 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 21-19-3 overall; 12-7-1 at home and 9-12-2 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-6-1 in Division games and 15-12-3 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 10-11-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.
The Isles are 12-5-3 at home; they are 5-4-0 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 34 saves but falls to 11-12-2 on the season and 8-6-2 in his career against Pittsburgh.
Tristan Jarry made 31 saves to record his second career shutout. He is 7-3-2 on the season and 2-0-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 6:44 of PP time (including 1:16 of 5-on-3 time); Pittsburgh was 1-3-in 5:21 of PP time.
The Isles are 12-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-10-3 when they do not. The Isles are 11-13-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-5-2 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-2 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 4-3 in games decided in overtime and are 2-1 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 tonight, the Isles are 4-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-5-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 15th in Montreal and January 16th vs. New Jersey.
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 1-3-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
• The Isles are 2-2-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 11-13-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:19); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (25:14)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (11-15-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).
Mathew Barzal led the forwards in ice-time (21:11). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (17-11-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).
Isles 38, Pittsburgh 30 (56%)
Brock Nelson won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Sidney Crosby won 11 of 21 for Pittsburgh.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/17; 2nd period 14/26; 3rd period 16/25.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 31/52, Power play 5/10; Penalty kill 2/6.
Isles 20 (Jason Chimera -4)
Pittsburgh 13 (Three with 2)
There were no fights. Season total – 7: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey, Eberle 1).
The Isles blocked 9 shots (by 9 different players).
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 61, Pittsburgh 54.
5-on-5 Isles 52, Pittsburgh 43.
Isles: Thomas Hickey and Adam Pelech +6
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby +23
Night and Day
The Isles are 18-18-3 in night games and 2-0-1 in matinees. The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next ones are January 7th vs New Jersey and January 13 at the Rangers (both 1pm).
Jason Chimera 230 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 193 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 191, Nick Leddy 119.
Nick Leddy has joined a select group of defensemen in Islander history who have played at least 100 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 119
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), Sebastian Aho, Tanner Fritz
Total games lost: 106
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 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 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 629
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 257
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 107
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 330
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 587
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 149 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11. Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 111
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***5. Jaroslav Halak 79 *** 6. Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8. Tommy Salo 62 *** 9. Thomas Greiss 58
Season Series Stats
Pittsburgh leads the season series two games to none (and four points to one). The teams will next meet on March 3rd in Pittsburgh. The final meeting of the season will be in Brooklyn on March 20th.
This was the first Islander regulation loss to Pittsburgh in the last five games (2-1-2).
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 16-12-4-1 on the season following a 3-2 overtime loss in Rochester on Friday. Anthony Beauvillier scored nine seconds into the game and later added a sixth attacker goal to force overtime but the Sound Tigers settled for one point for the second straight game.
Tanner Fritz led Bridgeport with 35 points (10-25-35) at the time of his recall; Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 12-6-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts; he has allowed only five goals in his last four starts.
The Sound Tigers visit Toronto on Saturday.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th –NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 1:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]
Two of the leading rookies, both wearing #13, share the ice for the first time as the Isles entertain Nico Hischier and the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils are off to a 22-11-7 start, and lead Pittsburgh by six points for the final playoff spot. The Devils could tie Washington for the Division lead with a win in Brooklyn.
The Isles have done very well against New Jersey in recent years. The Isles have won their last 7 home games vs New Jersey (including all four in Brooklyn) and are 12-1-1 in their last 14 overall against the Devs.
This is the first of two meetings in 10 days between the teams at Barclays.
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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