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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 6, Pittsburgh 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 11
Isles 6, Pittsburgh 3
The Isles scored five times on their first ten shots and scored six goals in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2003 as they defeated the Penguins 6-3 before a sellout crowd of 18,509 at PPG Paints Arena.

The Isles have won three straight games, as they sweep their road trip (all against divisional foes).  The Isles are 4-0-0 against their Metro rivals.  It's their best start against Metro foes since the division was created in 2012-13 and the first time they have won their first four divisional games since 1982-83.

The Isles have earned points in four straight games (3-0-1) and finish October with a 6-4-1 record despite playing eight out of their first 11 games on the road.

The Scoring: 

1st Period 
Andrew Ladd (3) Valtteri Filppula, Ryan Pulock 10:43 NYI 1,PIT 0
Brock Nelson (6) Josh Bailey, Matt Martin 12:28 NYI 2,PIT 0
Dominik Simon (2) Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin 14:24 NYI 2,PIT 1
Sidney Crosby (6) Jamie Oleksiak 17:41 NYI 2,PIT 2

2nd Period
Matt Martin (3) Casey Cizikas 09:32 NYI 3,PIT 2
Jordan Eberle (2) Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy 11:56 NYI 4,PIT 2 PPG
Jordan Eberle (3) Mathew Barzal, Adam Pelech 13:49 NYI 5,PIT 2

3rd Period
Evgeni Malkin (6) Phil Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak 01:23 NYI 5,PIT 3
Tom Kuhnhackl (1) Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock 09:44 NYI 6,PIT 3

The Skinny  
The Isles killed all three Penguin power plays; they went 9-9 on the PK on the road trip…Josh Bailey extended his point streak to six games and his assist streak to five games while Anders Lee saw his point streak end at 4.…Mathew Barzal had two assists, giving him 97 points in 95 career NHL games.  Connor McDavid is the only NHL player in the last decade to record 100 points in his first 100 NHL games...Tom Kuhnhackl is the 371st Islander to score a goal.  It was his first goal since January 2nd…Andrew Ladd has 3 goals in eight games after scoring only three goals after Christmas last season…The Isles' six wins have come by a combined score of 27-8; they have scored at least six goals in three of these wins (all on the road, matching the number of times they scored 6 goals in a road game all last season)…Thomas Greiss appeared in his 125th game as an Isle, in relief of Robin Lehner; it's the 2nd time this season that Greiss has replaced Lehner in the 3rd period of an Isles win …Thru 11 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (6-4-1) but have allowed seven fewer goals…The Isles have won five of their first eight road games and have won five October road games for the first time since 2001-02 (6-0-0)…The Isles have won their last six Metro games (going back to last season) …With the win, the Isles hand the Penguins their first regulation loss since October 6th and move within one point of Pittsburgh for the divisional lead…Evgeni Malkin extended his point streak to eight with his third period goal while Sidney Crosby scored for the 4th straight game; the Isles ended Malkin's assist streak at seven games…The Isles scored six goals in Pittsburgh for the first time since December 31, 2003 (at Mellon Arena)..Nick Leddy had two assists after recording only one in the first ten games… Brock Nelson scored again, giving him five goals in the last five games; 23 of his 105 career goals have come in the 59 games he has played in October.  His 105 goals as an Islander matches Ed Westfall's total in an Isles uniform (29th in Isles history)...The Isles have outscored their opponents 14-7 in the second period… The Isles defense contributed five assists…Jordan Eberle was named the game's 1st star for his two goals; an Isle has been named the star of the game six times this season, and a different player has earned the honor in each game…The Isles finished with 25 shots; it's the fifth straight game they finished with 25 or fewer (4-0-1).

The Injury:
Thomas Greiss replaced Robin Lehner to start the third period.  

Road Warriors
This was the final game of a three-game road trip, and the eighth road game in the first 11 games. 
It's the first time in Isles history they have opened with 8 of 11 on the road.

The Isles now return home for three straight games.  That starts a stretch of 38 of 71 at home, because it all equals out in the end!

Metro Men
The Isles are playing five straight games against Metro opponents.  The Isles are 3-0-0 in this stretch:

10/27 W 6-1 @ Phi Flyers
10/28 W 2-1 @ Car Hurricanes
10/30 W 6-3 @ Pitt Penguins
11/1 Vs. Pitt Penguins 
11/3 Vs. NJ Devils

It's only the 2nd time that the Isles have ever played at least five consecutive games against Metro opponents.  The Isles went 5-1-0 in a six-game stretch of Metro opponents in November 2014.
 
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 6-4-1 (13 points), with 36 goals scored and 28 goals allowed
Last Season: 6-4-1 (13 points), with 39 goals scored and 35 goals allowed  (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 6-0-1 when scoring first and 0-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles          6-11-8=25
Pittsburgh 15-10-13=38
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 6-2-1 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-4-1 overall; 1-1-1 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-3-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Pittsburgh is 6-2-2 overall; 2-2-1 at home and 4-0-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 4-0-1 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 23 saves over the first two periods before being replaced due to injury.  Lehner improved to 4-2-1 this season and 2-3-3 in his career against the Penguins.
Thomas Greiss made 12 saves to earn the "save". 

Matt Murray allowed four goals on the first nine Islander shots; he falls to 4-2-0 on the season and 2-3-0 in his career against the Isles.
Casey Smith allowed two goals on the remaining 16 Islander shots. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play in 7:09 of PP time; Pittsburgh was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 6-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-3-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 2-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Pittsburgh on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 4-4-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (21:47); Pittsburgh: Olli Maatta  (21:29)  

Anders Lee led Isles forwards with 17:16 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (2-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Pittsburgh 28 (47%).

Casey Cizikas won 5 of 8 for the Isles ;Sidney Crosby won 13 of 21 for Pittsburgh. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/17; 2nd period 14/25; 3rd period 4/11.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/41, Power play 3/7, Penalty kill 0/5

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Tom Kuhnhackl-6)  
Pittsburgh 33 (Two with 5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Mayfield -2, Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 20 shots (Adam Pelech and Johnny Boychuk -4).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 40, Pittsburgh 72 
5-on-5 Isles 33, Pittsburgh 55

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Casey Cizikas +1
Pittsburgh: Dominik Simon +21

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 4-4-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Ironmen
Anders Lee 129, Brock Nelson 106, Mathew Barzal 93

Scratches
(Cal Clutterbuck-upper body), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost: 7

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 726

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee 128 ***19. Jason Blake 127 *** 20. Josh Bailey 126 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 263

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 389

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Thomas Greiss 125

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 64

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  This was the front-end of a home-and-home; the team will resume their season series in Brooklyn on Thursday. . 

The Isles are 4-2-3 in their last nine trips to Pittsburgh.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 4-4-1-0 heading into a 3-in-3 set this weekend.

On Saturday, Travis St. Denis and Steve Bernier scored third period goals as Bridgeport rallied from a 4-3 deficit to win in regulation; Sebastian Aho had three assists.  Seth Helgeson had the Sound Tigers' only goal on Sunday.  Michael Dal Colle missed the weekend with an injury.

Leaders:  Goals: Bernier 5; Assists: Aho 6; Points: Dal Colle 8

Bridgeport begins a home-and-home series on Friday vs. Springfield.  Saturday's rematch begins a five game homestand.
 
Up Next
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1st — PITTSBURGH AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
  
The Isles look for their fourth straight win and to complete a sweep of the home-and-home series as they welcome the Penguins to Brooklyn in the first game of a three game homestand.

The Isles have earned points in seven of their last eight games vs. Pittsburgh (4-1-3) and are 5-1-1 in their last seven home games against the Pens.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Skinny on Allowing Fewer Goals

The Isles swept a set of back-to-backs on the road this weekend, and allowed only 1 goal in each game.

It's the first time since 12/31/03 (6-1 W in Pit) & 1/1/04 (0-1 L in Ott) that the Isles have allowed 1 goal or less in each half of a road back-to-back set.  The Isles also allowed 1 goal in back-to-back nights on the road on Apr 3-4, 2002 (1-1 T in Buf; 2-1 W in Bos) but only came up with three points.

To find two road games where the Isles won both games and allowed 1 goal or fewer in each, you have to go back to November 17-18, 1993, when the Isles beat Ottawa and Montreal on consecutive nights, 8-1 and 5-1.  However, even that set has an asterisk as the second game was played in Hamilton ONT as this was one of two seasons that the NHL played two neutral site games.

So to find two games when the Isles went into the other team's building and won on consecutive days, allowing 1 goal or less in each game, you have to go back to March 20-21, 1988.  The Isles won 6-0 in Winnipeg (against the original Jets) and 5-1 in Minnesota (against the North Stars).  The shutout in Winnipeg was the final one of Billy Smith's career.

The Isles have allowed only five goals in their five wins this season.  So what, you say?  It's the first time in over 40 years that has happened:

Fewest Goals Allowed by Isles in First Five Wins
4- 1975-76
5- 1976-77
5- 2018-19

The Isles have allowed one goal or fewer four times in the first ten games. 

Most Times Isles Have Allowed One Goal or Fewer in First Ten Games
5- 1974-75 (4-0-1) 
5- 1975-76 (4-0-1)
4- 1976-77 (4-0-0)
4- 1987-88 (4-0-0)
4- 2018-19 (4-0-0)

Over the first 10 games of the last four seasons (40 games total), the Isles allowed one goal/fewer only four times.

On the season, the Isles have allowed 8 fewer goals in the first ten games than they allowed last season.  If they keep up that pace, the Isles would allow 65 fewer goals than they did last season, which would match the 1996-97 team for the second biggest decrease (315 in 1995-96, 250 in 1996-97).  

The only team with a bigger year-to-year decrease was the 1973-74 squad (Al Arbour's first), which allowed 100 fewer goals than they did in the franchise's first year.

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

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 2, Carolina 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 10
Isles 2, Carolina 1
Thomas Greiss made 38 saves for his 100th career win and Ryan Pulock's first goal of the season was the game-winner as the Islanders completed a sweep of a weekend set of back-to-backs with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes before a crowd of 10,367 at PNC Arena.

The Isles, who have earned points in three straight games (2-0-1), also completed a sweep of the Hurricanes in Carolina, and improve to 3-0-0 in Metro Division matchups this season

Both Islander wins in Carolina were by 2-1 scores; it's the first time in Islander history that they have won two 2-1 road games against the same opponent in one season.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Anders Lee (4) Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy 03:39 NYI 1,CAR 0 PPG

2nd Period
Teuvo Teravainen (3) Sebastian Aho, Trevor van Riemsdyk 01:16 NYI 1,CAR 1
Ryan Pulock (1) Anders Lee, Josh Bailey 14:35 NYI 2,CAR 1

3rd Period
No Scoring

The Skinny  
Anders Lee scored for the second straight game; he has points on the last six Isles goals…Nick Leddy earned his first point on Lee's goal, which came just eight seconds into a power play…. Lee now has seven assists on the season; he finished with a career-high 22 helpers last year.  The Isles killed all three Hurricane power plays; they went 6-6 on the PK this weekend…Josh Bailey extended his point streak to five games with his third multi-point game of the season… The Isles now own two wins by a 2-1 score over Carolina; the other three Isles wins have come by a combined score of 17-3… Lee's goal was the 128th of his career, breaking a tie with Jason Blake for 18th place on the all-time list…Thomas Greiss appeared in his 124th game as an Isle, breaking a tie with Evgeni Nabokov for 11th place all-time…Thru 10 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (5-4-1) but have allowed eight fewer goals…The Isles have won four of their first seven road games for the first time since 2014-15 and have won four October road games for the first time since 2001-02 (6-0-0)…The Isles have won their last five Metro games (going back to last season) and are 3-0-0 in divisional play to start a season for the first time since 2014-15…With the win, the Isles moved within one point of Columbus/Washington for the final playoff spot.

More First Times in a Long Time
It's the first time since 2014-15 (Calgary) that the Isles have recorded two 2-1 wins over the same opponent in one season
It's the first time since January 9-10, 2015 that the Isles have swept a back-to-back set against divisional opponents on the road.

Road Warriors
This was the middle game of a three-game road trip, and the seventh road game in the first ten games. 

It's the first time in Isles history that they have played 7 of the first 10 on the road; the game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday will mark the first time they've opened with 8 of 11 on the road.

The following three games are at home.  That starts a stretch of 38 of 71 at home, because it all equals out in the end!

Metro Men
The Isles are playing five straight games against Metro opponents.  The Isles are 2-0-0 in this stretch:

10/27 W 6-1 @ Phi Flyers
10/28 W 2-1 @ Car Hurricanes
10/30 @ Pitt Penguins
11/1 Vs. Pitt Penguins 
11/3 Vs, NJ Devils

It's only the 2nd time that the Isles have ever played at least five consecutive games against Metro opponents.  The Isles went 5-1-0 in a six-game stretch of Metro opponents in November 2014.
 
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 5-4-1 (11 points), with 30 goals scored and 25 goals allowed
Last Season: 5-4-1 (11 points), with 33 goals scored and 33 goals allowed  (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 5-0-1 when scoring first and 0-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles          5-9-6=20
Carolina   12-19-8=39
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 5-2-1 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 5-4-1 overall; 1-1-1 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 4-3-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Carolina is 6-4-1 overall; 3-2-1 at home and 3-2-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 3-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 3-0-1 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 22 saves to improve to 2-2-0 on the season and 7-3-1 in his career against Carolina.  
Petr Mrazek made 18 saves but falls to 3-3-1 on the season; he is 6-5-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play in 6:09 of PP time; Carolina was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 5-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-3-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 2-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
Including today, the Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. 
The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Carolina on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 3-4-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:58); Carolina: Sebastian Aho (22:13)  

Valtteri Filppula led Isles forwards with 17:23 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (1-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 24, Carolina 36 (40%).

Valtteri Filppula won 13 of 21 for the Isles but his teammates won only 11 of the other 39; Jordan Staal won 12 of 16 for Carolina. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/19; 2nd period 8/24; 3rd period 8/17.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 16/43, Power play 5/9, Penalty kill 3/8

Hit Count
Isles 31 (Leo Komarov -7 )  
Carolina 36 (Jordan Staal -5)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Mayfield -2, Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 20 shots (Ryan Pulock -3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 39, Carolina 74 
5-on-5 Isles 36, Carolina 57

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal/Jordan Eberle +2
Carolina: Dougie Hamilton +17

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 3-4-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  (This was a night game under NHL accounting because it started at 5:00 or later).

Ironmen
Anders Lee 128, Brock Nelson 105, Mathew Barzal 92

Scratches
(Cal Clutterbuck-upper body), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost: 6

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 725

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee 128 ***19. Jason Blake 127 *** 20. Josh Bailey 126 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 262

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 388

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Thomas Greiss 124

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 64

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 1).  The remaining meetings of the season series will be in New York, on November 24th and January 8th. 

The Isles have won 9 of their 12 games in Raleigh.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 4-4-1-0 following a split of their weekend games.  The Sound Tigers won 5-4 in Hartford on Saturday but dropped a 6-1 decision in Providence on Sunday.   

On Saturday, Travis St. Denis and Steve Bernier scored third period goals as Bridgeport rallied from a 4-3 deficit to win in regulation; Sebastian Aho had three assists.  Seth Helgeson had the Sound Tigers' only goal on Sunday.  Michael Dal Colle missed the weekend with an injury.

Leaders:  Goals: Bernier 5; Assists: Aho 6; Points: Dal Colle 8

Bridgeport begins a home-and-home series on Friday vs. Springfield.  Saturday's rematch begins a five game homestand.
 
Up Next
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30th— ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
  
The Isles look to complete a sweep of the road trip and finish October with a winning record as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

The Isles have won only once in their last six trips to Pittsburgh (1-2-3) but are 3-2-3 in their last eight visits to the Steel City.

This is the front-end of a home-and-home series that concludes on Thursday in Brooklyn.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 6, Philadelphia 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 9
Isles 6, Philadelphia 1
Brock Nelson scored twice and Anders Lee earned points on the final four Islander goals for his 2nd career 4-point game as the Islanders earned a one-sided 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers before a sellout crowd of 19,247 at Wells Fargo Center.

It's only the second time that the Isles have ever won a game in Philadelphia by at least five goals (6-0 on 10/15/1987).

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Leo Komarov (2) Adam Pelech, Johnny Boychuk 11:38 NYI 1, PHI 0
Anthony Beauvillier (1)  Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal 13:20 NYI 2, PHI 0

2nd Period
Brock Nelson (4) Joshua Bailey, Anders Lee 4:58 NYI 3, PHI 0
Jori Lehtera (1) Unassisted 6:28 NYI 3, PHI 1

3rd Period
Adam Pelech (1) Anders Lee 8:17 NYI 4, PHI 1
Brock Nelson (5) Anders Lee 8:58 NYI 5, PHI 1
Anders Lee (3) Joshua Bailey, Mathew Barzal NYI 6, PHI 1 PPG 

The Skinny  
Brock Nelson scored twice, giving him four goals in the last three games; 22 of his 104 career goals have come in the 57 games he has played in October…Anders Lee matched a career-high with 4 points; he had a four-assist game in 2015 vs. Columbus…Lee now has six assists on the season; he finished with a career-high 22 helpers last year.  The Isles killed all three Flyer power plays (surrendering 0 shots on goal in 6:00) after allowing six power play goals in the last five games… Jori Lehtera's goal ended the Isles' matinee shutout streak at 86:28; it was the first goal allowed by the Isles in two matinee games this season…Josh Bailey extended his point streak to four; his two assists give him 260 as an Islander, passing Billy Harris for 14th place in club history… Mathew Barzal has ten points in nine games this season…Adam Pelech scored a goal and added an assist; it was the first time in his career he had a goal and an assist in the same game... Pelech and Johnny Boychuk assisted on the opening goal; it was the first time this season that two Isles defensemen had points on the same goal…The last three Isles wins have come by a combined score of 17-3…Anders Lee regained the all-time scoring lead among current Isles with his 127th goal, tying Jason Blake for 18th place on the all-time list.  (Bailey has 126)

The Injury:
Cal Clutterbuck missed the final 33:44 of the game with an upper body injury following a hit from Radko Gudas.

First Times in a Ridiculously Long Time
Each of the last two Islander wins have been on the road, each by five goals.  

It's only the 2nd time in Isles history (and the first time since 1987-88) that the Isles have recorded two wins by at least five goals in their first six road games and the first time since 1987-88 that they have won two October road games by at least five goals.

The second of those two wins in October 1987 was in Philadelphia by a 6-0 score; that's the only other game the Isles have won in Philadelphia by at least five goals, making today's win their most one-sided victory ever at Wells Fargo Center.

The Isles won only one road game by 5+ goals in the last 12 seasons (1/13/2018 at MSG), but have already won two this season.

Road Warriors
The Isles began a three-game road trip, with their sixth road game in the first nine -- that's not terribly unusual as it happened most recently in 2010-11.

However, Sunday in Carolina will make it seven in the first ten and Tuesday in Pittsburgh will make it eight in the first eleven.

It's the first time in Isles history that they have played 7 of the first 10 on the road; that also makes it the first time they've opened with 8 of 11 on the road.

The following three games are at home.  That starts a stretch of 38 of 71 at home, because it all equals out in the end!

Metro Men
The Isles had faced only one Metro opponent (Carolina on Opening Night) before today.  This is the start of five straight games against Metro opponents.  The Isles are 1-0-0 in this stretch:

10/27 W 6-1 @ Phi Flyers
10/28 @ Car Hurricanes
10/30 @ Pitt Penguins
11/1 Vs. Pitt Penguins 
11/3 Vs, NJ Devils

It's only the 2nd time that the Isles have ever played at least five consecutive games against Metro opponents.  The Isles went 5-1-0 in a six-game stretch of Metro opponents in November 2014.
 
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 4-4-1 (9 points), with 28 goals scored and 24 goals allowed
Last Season: 5-3-1 (11 points), with 29 goals scored and 27 goals allowed  (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 4-0-1 when scoring first and 0-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles               7-9-6=22
Philadelphia   8-7-8=23
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 4-2-1 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-4-1 overall; 1-1-1 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 3-3-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Philadelphia is 4-7-0 overall; 2-4-0 at home and 2-3-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 2-0-1 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 22 saves to improve to 3-2-1 on the season and 3-5-0 in his career against Philadelphia.  
Michael Neuvirth made 16 saves in his season debut; he is 7-3-1 in his career against the Isles.  
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 4:32 of PP time; Philadelphia was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 4-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-3-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
Including today, the Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 1-0-0 in the back half. This back-to-back concludes on Sunday in Carolina. 
The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Carolina on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 3-4-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (21:23); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (23:10)  

Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 18:58 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (3-1-1), Leddy (1-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 21, Philadelphia 36 (37%).

Casey Cizikas won 5 of 9  for the Isles; Nolan Patrick won 8 of 10  for Philadelphia. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 9/20; 2nd period 7/19; 3rd period 5/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 18/45, Power play 2/8, Penalty kill 1/4

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Matt Martin -7)  
Philadelphia 31 (Christian Folin -8)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Mayfield -2, Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 20 shots (Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield -4).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 47, Philadelphia 52 
5-on-5 Isles 38, Philadelphia 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey +6
Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov +12

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 2-4-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  (Tomorrow's game is a night game under NHL accounting because it starts at 5:00 or later).

Ironmen
Anders Lee 127, Brock Nelson 104, Mathew Barzal 91

Scratches
Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost: 5

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 724

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Jason Blake and. Anders Lee 127 *** 20. Josh Bailey 126 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 260

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 386

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 &. Thomas Greiss 123

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 63

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The remaining three meetings of the season series will all be in March, beginning on March 3rd at the Coliseum. 

The Isles are 5-2-2 in their last nine games against Philadelphia and have won at least one game at Wells Fargo Center for the fifth straight season.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-3-1-0 heading into their Saturday night game in Hartford.

Leaders:  Goals: Bernier 4; Assists: Dal Colle/Devon Toews 5; Points: Dal Colle 8

Bridgeport has a Sunday matinee in Providence to complete their weekend.
 
Up Next
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th— ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA 5:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 4:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
  
The Isles have only played three games at home, but on Sunday they will visit Carolina for the second (and final) time this year as they face the Canes.

The Canes are off to a great start, going 6-3-1 in their first ten.  The "1" was their 2-1 overtime loss to the Isles on Opening Night. Their 13 points leads the Metro (pending the outcome of the Penguins game in Vancouver Saturday night).

The Isles have done well in Carolina in recent years, earning eight wins in their last 11 trips.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Skinny on All of These Road Games (and All These Metro Opponents)

The Isles begin a three-game road trip, and a set of 5 straight games against Metro opponents on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Saturday will be the Isles' 6th road game in the first 9 -- that's not terribly unusual as it happened most recently in 2010-11.
However, Sunday (Carolina) will make it 7 in the first 10 and Tuesday in Pittsburgh will make it 8 in the first 11.

It's the first time in Isles history that they have played 7 of the first 10 on the road; that also makes it the first time they've opened with 8 of 11 on the road.

The following three games are at home.  That starts a stretch of 38 of 71 at home, because it all equals out in the end.

As for the Metro opponents, the Isles have faced at least five Metro opponents in a row only once before, in November 2014.
The Isles won the first four of that stretch, to improve to 16-6, before splitting a home/home with Washington to end the stretch with a 5-1-0 record.


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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Skinny: Florida 3, Isles 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 8
Florida 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Mike Hoffman scored a power play goal 33 seconds into overtime as the Florida Panthers rallied from a 2-0 third period deficit for a 3-2 win over the Isles before a crowd of 9,743 at Barclays Center.

The Panthers have won all four games that they have played in Brooklyn since the Isles eliminated them in the 2016 playoffs.

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Brock Nelson (3) Josh Bailey 18:36 FLA 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Jordan Eberle (1) Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee 11:42 FLA 0,NYI 2 PPG

3rd Period
Frank Vatrano (3) Nick Bjugstad, Aaron Ekblad 02:46 FLA 1,NYI 2 PPG
Evgenii Dadonov (4) Aleksander Barkov, MacKenzie Weegar 10:35 FLA 2,NYI 2 

Overtime
Mike Hoffman (4) Keith Yandle, Aleksander Barkov 0:33 FLA 3, NYI 2 PPG

The Skinny  
Brock Nelson scored for the 2nd straight game; his 102nd career goal broke a tie with Anders Kallur on the all-time Isles list; 20 of the 102 goals have come in the 57 games he has played in October…After opening with three perfect games on the PK, the Isles have allowed six power play goals in the last five games…Jordan Eberle's goal was his first since March 20th vs. Pittsburgh…Although the Isles won three games in overtime from Florida in the 2016 playoffs, the Isles have not scored a regular season overtime goal vs. the Cats since 2006 (Mark Parrish)…This game ended an Islander streak of five games that had been decided by exactly three goals; seven of Florida's eight games have been decided by one goal…Florida had outscored their first seven opponents by a combined 10-3 score in the first period before the Isles struck for the opening goal. .Mike Hoffman's recorded his 7th career overtime goal…Frank Vatrano's goal ended Robin Lehner's home shutout streak at 102:46; it was the first goal allowed by the Isles at home in 126:04…Josh Bailey extended his point streak to three… Mathew Barzal has eight points in eight games this season.

Different Game, Same Result
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time that the Panthers had erased a 2-goal third period deficit and rallied to win since March 2014, also against the Isles.
 
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 3-4-1 (7 points), with 22 goals scored and 23 goals allowed
Last Season: 4-3-1 (9 points), with 24 goals scored and 24 goals allowed  (includes SO winners)

The Isles are 3-0-1 when scoring first and 0-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles        10-6-6-0=22
Florida   13-13-13-2=41
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-2-1 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-4-1 overall; 1-1-1 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 2-3-0 on the road.  With Wednesday's announcement that the February 27th game has been moved to Long Island, the Isles will play 20 games in Brooklyn and 21 games in Uniondale this season.
Florida is 2-3-3 overall; 0-2-1 at home and 2-1-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-0-1 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 39 saves; he is 2-2-1 on the season and 2-4-3 in his career against Florida.  
James Reimer made 20 saves and improves to 1-2-1 on the season and 6-2-2 in his career against the Isles.  
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 3:39 of PP time; Florida was 2-5 on the power play in 8:29 of PP time.
The Isles are 3-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-3-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The next back-to-back is in Philadelphia and Carolina on October 27-28.The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front half and 1-0-0 in the back half.  
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-1-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-4-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:44); Florida: Keith Yandle (23:45)  

Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 18:31 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (3-1-1), Leddy (0-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 35, Florida 35 (50%).

Mathew Barzal won 11 of 18  for the Isles; Juho Lammikko won 8 of 10  for Florida. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 5/17; 2nd period 18/28; 3rd period 12/23; Overtime 0-2.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/54, Power play 2/6, Penalty kill 4/10

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Four with 3)  
Florida 23 (Five with 3)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Mayfield -2, Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 13 shots (Anthony Beauvillier and Anders Lee -2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 37, Florida 71 
5-on-5 Isles 33, Florida 51

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal +4
Florida: Evgeni Dadonov +17

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 2-4-1 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 126, Brock Nelson 103, Mathew Barzal 90 

Scratches
Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost: 5

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 723

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Anders Lee 126 &. Josh Bailey 126 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Josh Bailey 258

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 384

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 &. Thomas Greiss 123

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 63

Season Series Stats
Florida leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 1).  The remaining meetings of the season series are in Sunrise on November 10th and April 4th.

The Isles are 3-3-2 in their last eight games against Florida. 

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-3-1-0 after a 4-3 shootout win over Lehigh Valley on Sunday.  Chris Bourque scored the only goal of the shootout to make a winner out of Christopher Gibson.  Steve Bernier scored a pair of goals to take over the team lead. 

Leaders:  Goals: Bernier 4; Assists: Dal Colle/Devon Toews 5; Points: Dal Colle 8

Bridgeport heads to Hartford on Saturday and then has a Sunday matinee in Providence.
 
Up Next
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th— ISLANDERS AT PHILADELPHIA 1:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
  
The Isles begin at three-game road trip, all against divisional foes, as they head to Philadelphia to meet the Flyers.

It's the first of four meetings this season and the first of two in South Philadelphia.  The teams have split a pair of games in Philly each of the last four seasons (although the Flyers have earned a point in three of the four Islander wins.

Last season, the Isles swept a pair of games over Thanksgiving, before splitting two other games after the two of the year. Overall, the Isles are 4-2-2-in their last eight regular season games against the Flyers.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.



Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Skinny: San Jose 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 7
San Jose 4, Isles 1
Joonas Donskoi had a goal and an assist while Tomas Hertl added three helpers as the San Jose Sharks earned a split of the season series with a 4-1 win over the Isles before a sellout crowd of 17,414 at SAP Center at San Jose. 

The Isles finish their road trip with a 1-3-0 record, including 1-2-0 in California.

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Timo Meier (4) Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl 07:59 NYI 0,SJS 1
Brock Nelson (2) Josh Bailey, Anders Lee 19:27 NYI 1,SJS 1

2nd Period 
Joonas Donskoi (3) Antti Suomela 04:59 NYI 1,SJS 2
Brent Burns (1) Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi 13:50 NYI 1,SJS 3

3rd Period
Logan Couture (5) Tomas Hertl, Joakim Ryan 04:32 NYI 1,SJS 4

The Skinny  
Brock Nelson's 101st career goal ties him with Anders Kallur on the all-time Isles list; 19 of the 101 goals have come in the 56 games he has played in October…Nelson finished with seven shots, one shy of his career high…Logan Couture's 3rd period goal was his 4th in his last two games. .There were 82 penalty minutes assessed, including 52 against the Isles. It was the most penalty minutes assessed by the Isles since they had 66 penalty minutes vs. New Jersey on March 1, 2014 and their most on the road since February 2, 2011 in Pittsburgh…The Isles had taken only 43 penalty minutes in the first six games combined…Each of the last five games has been decided by 3+ goals; that's the first time that has happened since March 2001…Since the start of the 2003-04 season, the Sharks have 28 more wins and are 33 more points than any other NHL team.
 
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 3-4-0 (6 points), with 20 goals scored and 20 goals allowed
Last Season: 3-3-1 (7 points), with 19 goals scored and 21 goals allowed  (includes SO winners)

The Western World
This was the last of six straight games against the West.  The Isles played their entire season series against both the Predators and Sharks in these six games and finished with a 2-4-0 record:

10/6 Lost to NSH Predators 4-3
10/8 Beat SJ Sharks 4-0
10/13 Lost @ NSH Predators 5-2
10/17 Lost @ ANA Ducks 4-1
10/18 Won @ LA Kings 7-2
10/20 Lost @ SJ Sharks 4-1

Wednesday's game against the Panthers begins a nine-game stretch against Eastern opponents.  The Isles will not play another Western opponent on the road until the week before Christmas.

First Things First
The Isles are 3-0-0 when scoring first and 0-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles           7-7-11=25
San Jose   11-15-15=41
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-2-0 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-4-0 overall; 1-1-0 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 2-3-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Brooklyn and 20 games in Uniondale this season.
San Jose is 4-3-1 overall; 2-1-0 at home and 2-2-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-0-0 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 37 saves but falls to 2-2-0 on the season and 1-5-0 in his career against San Jose.  
Martin Jones made 24 saves and improves to 3-3-0 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.  
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; San Jose was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-3-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-3-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The next back-to-back is in Philadelphia and Carolina on October 27-28.The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front half and 1-0-0 in the back half.  
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-4-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (24:29); San Jose: Erik Karlsson (23:11).  

Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 19:28 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (3-1-0), Leddy (0-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 24, San Jose 30 (44%).

Casey Cizikas won 8 of 10 for the Isles but his teammates won only 16 of 44; Logan Couture won 10 of 11 for San Jose. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 5/15; 2nd period 9/21; 3rd period 10/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/49, Power play 1/2, Penalty kill 1/3

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Matt Martin-7)  
San Jose 16 (Rourke Chartier- 3)

Fights
Scott Mayfield fought Barclay Goodrow in the 2nd period; Anders Lee fought Evander Kane in the third. Season total – 3 (Mayfield -2, Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 15 shots (Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield - 3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 41, San Jose 76 
5-on-5 Isles 36, San Jose 66

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Casey Cizikas +1
San Jose: Marc-Edouard Vlasic +15

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 2-4-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 125, Brock Nelson 102, Mathew Barzal 89. 

Scratches
(Anthony Beauvillier-ill), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost: 5

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 722

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Anders Lee 126 &. Josh Bailey 126 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Josh Bailey 257

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 383

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 &. Thomas Greiss 123

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 63

Season Series Stats
The team split the season series one game to one (and 2 points to 2). 

The loss ended the Isles three-game win streak vs. San Jose. 

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 2-3-1-0 following a split of a home-and-home series with Providence

On Friday, Parker Wotherspoon scored the tying goal with 41 seconds to play and Mike Sislo added the winner 32 seconds into overtime as the Sound Tigers rallied for a 4-3 OT win; it was their first win at Webster Bank Arena this season.  Providence won 5-2 on Saturday; Michael Dal Colle continued his hot start with a goal and Sislo added another one for Bridgeport. 

Leaders:  Goals: Dal Colle/Sislo 3; Assists: Dal Colle/Devon Toews 5; Points: Dal Colle 8

The 3-in-3 weekend concludes at home against Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
 
Up Next
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24th—FLORIDA AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
  
The Isles return home but for just a single game as they host the Florida Panthers.  

It's the first of three meetings this season and the only one on Islander ice.  The Panthers have won all three games they have played in Brooklyn since the Isles eliminated them in the 2016 playoffs.  However, the Isles have won their last two games in South Florida and are 3-3-1 in their last seven regular season games against the Cats.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 7, Los Angeles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Isles 7, Los Angeles 2
Valteri Filppula scored two goals, including a back-breaking shorthanded goal, and added an assist as the Islanders scored goals on four consecutive shots in the third period and defeated the Los Angeles Kings7-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center. 

The seven goals are the most the Islanders have scored in Los Angeles since 1989 and their most ever at Staples Center.  The Isles recorded their most one-sided win against the Kings since 1993.

It's their first regulation win in Los Angeles since February 15, 2003 and only their second in their last nine visits to Staples (2-7-0).

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Casey Cizikas (3) Scott Mayfield  04:55 NYI 1,LAK 0
Tyler Toffoli (2) Drew Doughty, Ilya Kovalchuk 14:56 NYI 1,LAK 1 PPG

2nd Period
Josh Bailey (2) Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal 03:43 NYI 2,LAK 1 PPG
Valtteri Filppula (3) Leo Komarov, Andrew Ladd 12:07 NYI 3,LAK 1

3rd Period
Jeff Carter (2) Alex Iafallo, Drew Doughty 02:54 NYI 3,LAK 2 PPG
Valtteri Filppula (4) Andrew Ladd 03:40 NYI 4,LAK 2 SHG
Matt Martin (2) Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck 04:40 NYI 5,LAK 2
Leo Komarov (1) Valtteri Filppula, Scott Mayfield 09:20 NYI 6,LAK 2
Andrew Ladd (2) Scott Mayfield, Mathew Barzal 11:34 NYI 7,LAK 2

The Skinny  
Casey Cizikas' first period goal, his 2nd in just over five minutes of playing time dating back to Wednesday was only the 2nd scored by the Isles in the first period this season.   Cizikas has as many career goals against Los Angeles (4) as any other opponent… Tyler Toffoli's first period power play goal was the Kings' first this season …Both of Josh Bailey's goals this season have come on the power play…Valtteri Filppula  recorded his 17th game with at least three points and his fifth career 2-point game; the shorthanded goal was the fourth of his career and the second by an Islander this season…Mat Barzal has assists in five of the first six games. …Jeff Carter scored on a 5-on-3 for LA; he now has 47 points in 48 career games against the Isles…Andrew Ladd recorded his first 3-point game as an Islander and went +4...Leo Komarov recorded his first goal as an Islander and added an assist. 

That Will Be 5 and 5
Both Thomas Hickey and Scott Mayfield finished +5, marking the first time a pair of Isles defensemen have done so since March 17, 1990 (Gerald Diduck and Joe Reekie vs. NYR)

Speaking of 5
Scott Mayfield became the first Islander defenseman in nearly 36 years to go +5 in a game he also had three assists.  It marked career highs in both categories for Mayfield.
 
Denis Potvin was the last to do so (10-30-82 vs. NJ); he also did it two other times. Bob Lorimer was the only other Islander defenseman to do so before tonight. 

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 3-3-0 (6 points), with 19 goals scored and 16 goals allowed
Last Season: 2-3-1 (5 points), with 15 goals scored and 18 goals allowed

The Western World
This was the fifth of six straight games against the West.  The Isles are playing their entire season series against both the Predators and Sharks in these six games.  The Isles are 2-3-0 in this stretch:

10/6 Lost to NSH Predators 4-3
10/8 Beat SJ Sharks 4-0
10/13 Lost @ NSH Predators 5-2
10/17 Lost @ ANA Ducks 4-1
10/18 Won @ LA Kings 7-2
10/20 @ SJ Sharks

Following this stretch the Isles will play their next nine games against the East.

First Things First
The Isles are 3-0-0 when scoring first and 0-3-0 when allowing the first tally. 

The Shots
Isles              10-14-8=32
Los Angeles   9-15-11=35
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-1-0 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-3-0 overall; 1-1-0 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 2-2-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Brooklyn and 20 games in Uniondale this season.
Los Angeles is 2-4-1 overall; 1-1-1 at home and 1-3-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 2-3-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-0-0 against the East and 2-3-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 28 saves before being replaced with just over 7 minutes to play; Lehner improves to 2-1-0 on the season and 2-5-0 in his career against Los Angeles.  Thomas Greiss stopped all five shots he saw in relief.
Jonathan Quick made 23 saves before being pulled following the sixth Islander goal. Quick falls to 0-1-1 on the season and 5-2-2 in his career against the Isles.  Jack Campbell made two saves on three shots in relief.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 5:53 of PP time; Los Angeles was 2-4 on the power play in 4:42 of PP time.
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-2-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
This concludes the first back-to-back of the season.  The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front half and 1-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is in Philadelphia and Carolina on October 27-28.
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:40); Los Angeles: Drew Doughty (23:54).  

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:45 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (3-0-0), Leddy (0-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Los Angeles 35 (45%).

Mat Barzal won 6 of 10 for the Isles; Jeff Carter won 16 of 22 for Los Angeles. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 12/25; 2nd period 7/16; 3rd period 10/23.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 24/51, Power play 2/4, Penalty kill 3/9

Hit Count
Isles 13 (Four with 2)  
Los Angeles 16 (Two with 3)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 1 (Mayfield).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 14 shots (Adam Pelech - 3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 52, Los Angeles 63 
5-on-5 Isles 41, Los Angeles 53

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: 3 with +5
Los Angeles: Adrian Kempe/Alex Aifallo +11

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 2-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 124, Brock Nelson 101, Mathew Barzal 88. 

Scratches
Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost:4

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 721

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Anders Lee 126 &. Josh Bailey 126 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Josh Bailey 256

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 382

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 121

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 63

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet at the Coliseum on February 2nd to conclude the season series.

The Isles had scored only 9 goals (plus a shootout winner) in their last eight trips to LA prior to scoring seven goals tonight. 

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 1-2-1-0 to open the season.  The Sound Tigers have a busy weekend upcoming as they will face Providence at Webster Bank Arena on Friday and have a rematch scheduled for Saturday in Providence.  The 3-in-3 weekend concludes at home against Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
 
Up Next
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th—ISLANDERS AT SAN JOSE 10:30PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
  
The Isles wrap up this California swing and look for a split of the four-game road trip as they head into The Tank to battle San Jose.  It's the final matchup of the season between the squads; the Isles will be looking for a sweep after defeating San Jose 4-0 at Barclays on Columbus Day.

The Isles will be looking for their fourth straight win against the Sharks, which would match their longest winning streak against San Jose (done in 1992-94).  The Isles have done well in San Jose in recent years, winning three out of the last five there, and having earned points in four of the last six (3-2-1).

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Minor Club Record Set in Isles Loss in Overtime

The two goals in the final minute came 5.4 seconds apart.   Since the NHL ignores 10th's in their record books, it goes in as two goals in five seconds.

While the Isles have scored two goals in 3 seconds  (Lee & Kulemin vs PIT in Nov 2016 - latter into empty net) and have allowed the opponent to score two goals in 5 seconds twice  (King and Patrick for NYR in 1991 - latter into empty net, Nathan Gerbe-twice for Buffalo in 2011), this is the first time the Isles and their opponents have ever scored in a 5 second span.

The previous record for goals by both teams was 6 seconds:
Bob Bourne (16:34), Wayne Gretzky (16:40)  10/18/80 vs Edmonton 
Daniel Carcillo (14:25), Cal Clutterbuck (14:31) 12/13/14 vs Chicago

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

The Skinny: Anaheim 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 5
Anaheim 4, Isles 1
Ryan Kesler scored twice, and John Gibson made 34 saves as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a crowd of 16,909 at Honda Center.  Casey Cizikas broke the shutout with just 34.8 seconds to play before Hampus Lindholm added an empty-net goal.

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Ryan Kesler (2) Sam Steel, Rickard Rakell 19:54  NYI 0,ANA 1 PPG

2nd Period
Ryan Kesler (3) Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler 08:20 NYI 0,ANA 2

3rd Period
Adam Henrique (3) Max Comtois 00:42 NYI 0,ANA 3
Casey Cizikas (2) Ross Johnston, Scott Mayfield 19:25 NYI 1,ANA 3
Hampus Lindholm (2) Ben Street 19:30 NYI 1,ANA 4  ENG

The Skinny  
The Isles have scored only one goal in the first period so far this season…Ryan Kesler recorded his first multi-goal game since a hat trick on January 1, 2017 vs Philadelphia …Brock Nelson played in his 100th consecutive game…Mat Barzal saw his season-opening point streak end at four while Anders Lee's streak ended at three…The Isles, who had only 42 shots on goal through the first two road games this season, finished with 35 shots…The Isles had 23 shots in the first two periods, more than they had in either of the first two road games…. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Anaheim leads the NHL in standings points (545 pts., 246-118-53) and co-leads in wins with Washington…Max Comtois recorded his 6th point in his first seven games…The Isles PP went 0-4 despite managing 13 shots on goal.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season:  2-3-0 (4 points), with 12 goals scored and 14 goals allowed
Last Season: 2-2-1 (5 points), with 13 goals scored and 15 goals allowed

The Western World
This was the fourth of six straight games against the West.  The Isles are playing their entire season series against both the Predators and Sharks in these six games.  The Isles are 1-3-0 in this stretch:

10/6 Lost to NSH Predators 4-3
10/8 Beat SJ Sharks 4-0
10/13 Lost @ NSH Predators 5-2
10/17 Lost @ ANA Ducks 4-1
10/18 @ LA Kings
10/20 @ SJ Sharks

99'er
Thomas Greiss fails in his second attempt to record his 100th career win.

First Things First
The Isles are 2-0-0 when scoring first and 0-3-0 when allowing the first tally. 

The Shots
Isles         11-12-12=35
Anaheim   11-9-5=25
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-1-0 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-3-0 overall; 1-1-0 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 1-2-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Brooklyn and 20 games in Uniondale this season.
Anaheim is 5-1-1 overall; 2-0-1 at home and 3-1-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 1-3-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-0-0 against the East and 1-3-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 21 saves but falls to 1-2-0 on the season and 3-4-2 in his career against Anaheim.  
John Gibson made 34 saves as he improves to 4-1-1 on the season and 2-0-1 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 8:00 of PP time; Anaheim was 1-3 on the power play in 4:19 of PP time.
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-2-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
This the first back-to-back of the season, and it will conclude Thursday in Los Angeles.  The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front half and 0-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is in Philadelphia and Carolina on October 27-28.
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:32); Anaheim: Hampus Lindholm (24:53).  

Jordan Eberle led Isles forwards with 21:28 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (2-0-0), Leddy (0-3-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26, Anaheim 23 (53%).

Valtteri Filppula won 8 of 10 for the Isles; Ryan Kesler won 11 of 17 for Anaheim. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 5/13; 2nd period 9/16; 3rd period 12/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 20/39, Power play 3/6, Penalty kill 3/4

Hit Count
Isles 13 (Leddy/Pulock -2)  
Anaheim 11 (Four with 2)

Fights
Scott Mayfield fought Maxime Comtois in the first period; it was Comtois' first NHL fight and the Isles' first fight of the season. Season total – 1 (Mayfield).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 11 shots (Thomas Hickey - 3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 69, Anaheim 48 
5-on-5 Isles 49, Anaheim 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anthony Beauvillier and Thomas Hickey +10
Anaheim: Kieffer Sherwood +6

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 123, Brock Nelson 100, Mathew Barzal 87. 

Scratches
Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Martin, Adam Pelech 
Total games lost:4

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 720

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Anders Lee 126 ***20. Josh Bailey 125 

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Josh Bailey 256

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 381

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 121

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 63

Season Series Stats
Anaheim leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet at the Coliseum on January 20th to conclude the season series.

The Ducks have won the last three meetings (once in overtime) after the Isles won the previous four games.
 
Overall, the Isles are 5-2-2 in their last nine regular season games against Anaheim.
 
On the Farm
Victor Olofsson scored the winning goal for the 2nd straight day as Rochester rallied for a 3-2 overtime win in Bridgeport Sunday afternoon. Mike Sislo and Travis St. Denis scored for Bridgeport; Kieffer Bellows added his first professional assist.  Jeremy Smith made 29 saves; he is 1-0-1- on the season.

Bridgeport is idle until Friday when they host Providence in the front end of a home-and-home.  The 3-in-3 weekend concludes at home against Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
 
Up Next
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th—ISLANDERS AT LOS ANGELES 10:30PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
  
The road trip continues as the Isles head to Staples Center to meet the Los Angeles Kings.  

Staples has not been a friendly place for the Isles; their last regulation win in Los Angeles came with Garth Snow in the nets in 2003.  The Isles are 1-7-0 since then in LA, winning only on a Kyle Okposo shootout tally in 2014, and scoring only nine goals (plus that shootout winner in the eight games).

The Kings have had similar trouble vs. the Isles in New York, so the Isles are 6-6-0 over the last 12 games vs. Los Angeles.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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