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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.

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).

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)

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).

Anders Lee 128, Brock Nelson 105, Mathew Barzal 92

(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

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 

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

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
[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

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