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The Skinny: Toronto 5, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 52
Toronto 5, Isles 0
Rookie defensemen Travis Dermott and Justin Holl each scored their first NHL goal and Fredrik Andersen made 28 saves for his 14th career shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped the Isles' 5-game road point streak with a 5-0 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 19,267 at Air Canada Centre.

The Isles, who finished January with a 5-7-1 record, were shutout for the 4th time this season.  

The Scoring: 
05:37 Toronto Kasperi Kapanen (3) 0-1
13:39 Toronto Auston Matthews (23) ASST: Zach Hyman (18), Jake Gardiner (27) 0-2

10:32 Toronto Mitchell Marner (8) ASST: Nazem Kadri (12), Connor Carrick (4) 0-3
18:59 Toronto Travis Dermott (1) ASST: William Nylander (27) 0-4

03:42 Toronto Justin Holl (1) ASST: Auston Matthews (16), Travis Dermott (2) 0-5

The Skinny 
The Isles are 10-15-3 in their last 28 games … Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 173 goals in the first 52 games (first time since 1993-94 when they also had 176) and allowed 189 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 202) …Thomas Greiss has faced 104 shots in his last two stars… The Isles, who allowed at least 50 shots for the second time this month,  have allowed the most shots in the NHL (1,826); the Isles had won the last three games that they allowed at least 50 shots…It was the 135th career win for Andersen, matching Garth Snow's career total…John Tavares played his 639th Islander game, passing Derek King for 10th place on the all-time Isles list…Auston Matthews recorded his 63rd career goal; since he entered the NHL last season only Nikita Kucherov (67) has more goals…Jake Gardiner assisted on Matthews' goal; he has a six-game assist streak (10 assists)…The Leafs have won three straight for the first time since early December...The Isles have scored only five goals in the last four games and have been held to two goals or fewer in six of the last seven games.

First Time for Everyone
Justin Holl is the 2nd player to score in his NHL debut against the Isles this season. Columbus' Pierre Luc-DuBois did so in the season opener.  Holl is the first defenseman to score against the Isles in his NHL debut in the last 30+ seasons.

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 

Hey Josh, You're an All-Star
Josh Bailey is 12-43-55 on the season, matching his career high in assists and leaving him one point shy of his career high.  

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.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals six times at home (0-5-1) and fourteen times overall (0-13-1).  

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.

First Goa
The Isles are 17-3-0 when they score first and are 8-19-5 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 25-22-5 (55 points) this season; they were 24-18-10 (58 points) through 52 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak is tied with former Isles Dwayne Roloson for 66th place on the all-time NHL win list. Each have 227 NHL wins, one shy of Antti Niemi's total.  

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-7-2 on the season, including 7-5-0 in his last 12 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 49-34-9 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     3-11-14=28
Toronto 13-19-18=50

The Isles are 7-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 18-15-2 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 25-22-5 overall; 13-8-3 at home and 12-14-2 on the road.  
Toronto is 29-18-5 overall; 14-8-2 at home and 15-10-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-7-1 in Division games and 18-15-4 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-15-1 against the East and 12-7-4 against the West.  

Our House
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
Thomas Greiss made 45 saves but falls to 10-7-2 on the season and 4-3-1 in his career against Toronto. 
Frederik Andersen made 28 saves to improve to 25-14-4 on the season and 4-1-1 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; Toronto was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 14-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-14-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-15-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-7-3 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 2-16-3 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 tonight, the Isles are 5-5-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-7-0 on the back-end. The Isles will play two sets of back-to-backs in February (February 8 in Buffalo – February 9 vs. Detroit; February 15 vs Rangers – February 16 in Carolina)

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 2-4-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 16-14-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Dennis Seidenberg (20:34); Toronto: Jake Gardiner (23:14).

Josh Bailey led Isles forwards in ice-time (19:03). 

Isles 28, Toronto 39 (23%) 

No Islander won more draws than he lost: Auston Matthews won 8 of 11 for Toronto.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 9/20; 2nd period 7/23; 3rd period 12/24.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 28/61, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 1/3.

Hit Count
Isles 39 (Casey Cizikas-7)
Toronto 19 (Andrea Borgman-5)

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 16 shots (Dennis Seidenberg-5)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 62, Toronto 85.
5-on-5 Isles 59, Toronto 75.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Ryan Pulock and Jordan Eberle +8
Toronto: Travis Dermott and Connor Brown +16

Night and Day 
The Isles are 21-22-4 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 240 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 203 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 134, Nick Leddy 129.

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 129
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), (Shane Prince- IR), Dennis Seidenberg, Alan Quine, Ryan Johnston
Total games lost: 162

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

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 687*** 10. John Tavares 639

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 113

Wins (Goalie)
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
Toronto leads the season series one game to none (and two points to zero).  The Isles will return to Toronto on February 22nd before the series shifts to Brooklyn on March 30th.

The Isles have been outscored 12-1 in the last two games against Toronto; it's the first time since 2011-12 that Toronto has beaten the Isles in consecutive games.

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.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

February begins with the Isles playing six of their first seven games on home-ice; the Islanders begin the stretch as they host Columbus.

The Blue Jackets won the first two games of the season series in Columbus, but the Isles are 8-0-4 on home-ice in their last 12 home games against the Jackets.  Columbus hasn't won a regulation game in New York since November 29, 2002; current Islander assistant coach Luke Richardson played 23:46 in that game for the Jackets.

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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