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The Skinny: Isles 2, Carolina 1 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 1
Isles 2, Carolina 1 (OT)       
On a night the Isles debuted a new General Manager, a new Coach and a new Captain it was the longest-tenured Islander, Josh Bailey, who scored the winning goal at 0:43 of overtime as the Isles opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes before a sellout crowd of 18,680 at PNC Arena.

It was the 6th career overtime goal for Bailey, who has now scored an overtime goal in four straight seasons. The Isles won on Opening Night for the first time in four seasons.

The Scoring: 
No Goals Scored

9:27 Valtteri Filppula (1) Assists: Brock Nelson 1-0

18:25 Jordan Staal (1) Assists: Dougie Hamilton, Sebastian Aho 1-1

0:43 Josh Bailey (1) (Power Play) Assists: Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock 2-1

The Skinny  
Valtteri Filppula scored the season's first goal in his Isles debut.  He is the 369th player to score a goal for the Islanders…Bailey's winning goal makes him the leading goal scorer among all active Islanders (125, one more than new Captain Anders Lee) …The Isles won their final three games last season, so they have now won four straight over two seasons…Carolina's goal came with a 6th attacker on the ice, and followed a lengthy video review…Thomas Greiss recorded his 63rd win as an Isle, breaking a tie with Tommy Salo for 8th place on the all-time club list…Greiss has been in nets for the last three Isles wins over Carolina, including consecutive 45 save effort; the Isles had a -50 Corsi differential in both of those games…Jordan Staal's tying goal was the first allowed by Greiss in his last 158:19 of play in Carolina…The Isles allowed 46 shots on goal; the most on any Opening Night in their history. 

Most Regular Season Overtime Goals by an Islander:
11 – John Tavares
6- Josh Bailey
6-Kyle Okposo
5-Thomas Hickey

The Debutantes
Three players made their Isles debuts: Luca Sbisa, Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov, making 499 skaters that have appeared in Islander games.  Robin Lehner dressed for the Islanders as the back-up goalie but did not play; he will become the 51st goalie in Islander hockey upon his debut.  

New Coach Barry Trotz
The Isles improved to 8-10-2 in their first game for a new coach, including 3-6-2 in season openers. Trotz is the first Islander coach to win his debut in a season opener since Peter Laviolette.  It's Trotz' 763rd coaching win, which ranks 5th all-time (19 behind Al Arbour).

New Captain Anders Lee
The Isles named Anders Lee their 15th Captain today. All-time, the Isles are 7-7-1 in their first game under a new captain, including 5-6-1 when the new captain starts a season.  

Lee is only the seventh Islander captain to be drafted by the team.  Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Brent Sutter, Patrick Flatley, Bryan McCabe and John Tavares are the others, and all but Tavares served in succession from 1977-1998.  

Lee also becomes the 3rd American to Captain the squad, joining Bill Guerin and Doug Weight (who did so in succession).

12 for 1212
Bailey's overtime goal gave General Manager Lou Lamoriello his 1,212th career win.  Perhaps fitting that Bailey wears "12".

For Openers
The Isles improve to 32-2-1 on Opening Night over the last six years; however, they are only 4-9-3 in their last 16 Openers.  Overall, the Isles are 12-23-11 on Opening Night (10-19-8 on the road). The Isles are 12-25-9 in their first road game of the season.  The Isles now own as many Opening Night wins in Raleigh (2) as they had had in Uniondale and Brooklyn combined.

Carolina is now 9-21-9 all-time (including Hartford) on Opening Night.  Only Anaheim has a worse record on opening night. 

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first. Last season, the Isles were 23-10-5 when they scored first and were 12-27-5 when they allowed the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles          7-7-4-2=20
Carolina  16-15-15-0=46
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are outshot.  Last season, the Isles were 10-15-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 25-21-5 when they are outshot.  (The 25 wins while being outshot tied the club record, set by the 1983-84 team)

Home and Road
The Islanders are 1-0-0 overall; 0-0-0 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 1-0-0 on the road.  
Carolina is 0-0-1 overall; 0-0-1 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.  

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

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 45 saves to improve to 1-0-0 on the season and 6-3-1 in his career against Carolina.  
Petr Mrazek made 18 saves; he is 0-0-1 on the season and 6-4-2 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 4:47 of PP time; Carolina was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-0-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 1-0-0 when they do not.    

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

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 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.

The Isles will play 13 back-to-backs this season.  The first back-to-back is in Anaheim and Los Angeles on October 17-18.
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 1-0-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:30); Carolina: Sebastian Aho (21:30).  

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:07 of ice-time.

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

Isles 22, Carolina 33 (40%).

Casey Cizikas won 6 of 11 for the Isles; Jordan Staal won 19 of 27 for Carolina. 

Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/18; 2nd period 2/16; 3rd period 9/20; Overtime 1/1.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 18/44, Power play 1/4, Penalty kill 3/7.

Hit Count
Isles 32 (Anders Lee-6)  
Carolina 29 (Jordan Staal-8)

There were no fights. Season total – 0.  The Isles had 15 fights last season; Ross Johnston led the team with four.

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 22 shots (Johnny Boychuk-4).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 39, Carolina 89 
5-on-5 Isles 32, Carolina 71

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck -3
Carolina: Justin Williams +23

Night and Day 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in night games and 0-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee of the season is Monday vs. San Jose (1:00)

Anders Lee 119, Brock Nelson 96, Mathew Barzal 83. 

(Andrew Leddy-IR), Scott Mayfield, Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl
Total games lost:1

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored 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 716

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Josh Bailey 125 **** 20. Anders Lee 124 

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Josh Bailey 252

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 377

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 119

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 1). 

The Isles are 4-1-0 in their last five trips to Raleigh and are 5-2-0 in their last seven games against the Canes. The Isles return to Carolina on October 28th.
On the Farm
Bridgeport will open their season on Saturday in Lehigh Valley and Sunday in Hershey.  The home opening weekend features matinees against Rochester on both October 13 and 14.
Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The Islanders play their 46th home opener as they entertain the reigning President's Trophy Champion Nashville Predators.  It's the first game of a two-game homestand and the first game of a six-game stretch against Western Conference opposition.  

It will be the first time that the Isles have faced Nashville in a home opener.  The Isles are 27-12-6 all-time in home openers (2-0-1 at Barclays Center) and have gone 3-0-2 in their last 5 home openers.

The Isles went 1-0-1 against the Preds last season, with the road team winning both games.  Overall, the Isles have points in their last three games against Nashville (2-0-1).

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

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