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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.

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).

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)

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).

Anders Lee 127, Brock Nelson 104, Mathew Barzal 91

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

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 

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

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
[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

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