By Eric Hornick
Nashville 5, Isles 2
The Nashville Predators scored three goals in a 4:25 span late in the first period to break open a scoreless game as they defeated the Islanders 5-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,208 at Bridgestone Arena.
15:25 Calle Jarnkrok (1) Assists: Nick Bonino, Ryan Hartman 0-1
16:37 Filip Forsberg (2) Assists: Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson 0-2
19:50 Viktor Arvidsson (3) Assists: Ryan Johansen, Dan Hamhuis 0-3
6:14 Brock Nelson (1) Assists: Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle 1-3
12:02 Andrew Ladd (1) Assists: Mathew Barzal 2-3
4:32 Kyle Turris (1) (Power Play) Assists: Roman Josi 2-4
19:00 Filip Forsberg (3) Assists: Mattias Ekholm 2-5
The Isles have scored only 1 goal in the first period so far this season but have outscored their opponents 6-2 in the second period…Brock Nelson recorded his 100th career goal; he is the 31st player to score 100 with the Isles…Andrew Ladd scored his 246th career goal in his season debut…Kyle Turris' third period goal was the first power play goal scored by the Predators this season and the first allowed by the Isles...Filip Forsberg cemented matters with an empty-net goal; he is 5-4-9 in 10 career games vs. the Isles…Scott Mayfield celebrated his 26th birthday…Mat Barzal had an assist to extend his season-opening point streak to four while Anders Lee extended his point streak to three…The Isles have only 42 shots on goal through the first two road games this season…With Casey Cizikas on Injured Reserve, Stephen Gionta was signed to a two-way contract and played in his first NHL game since April 9, 2017. Gionta, who wore number 24 in his first stint with the Isles, wore #10 tonight.
Calle Jarnkrok's goal was the first allowed by Robin Lehner in 75:25 and the first allowed by the Isles in 98:43 while Brock Nelson's goal stopped a Predator shutout streak at 105:41
Brock Nelson has always been a fast starter; he has 18 goals in 53 October games. He has more goals in October than in any other month, despite playing fewer games in October than any month other than April.
Picking Up Where He Left Off
Mathew Barzal has assists in all four games this season, extending his assist streak over two seasons to eight games (3-9-12).
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 2-2-0 (4 points), with 11 goals scored and 10 goals allowed
Last Season: 1-2-1 (3 points), with 10 goals scored and 14 goals allowed
The season is four games old and the Isles have already had shutout streaks of 58:30 and 98:43.
The Western World
This was the third 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 1-2-0 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 @ ANA Ducks
• 10/18 @ LA Kings
• 10/20 @ SJ Sharks
Thomas Greiss has 99 career wins.
First Things First
The Isles are 2-0-0 when scoring first and 0-2-0 when allowing the first tally.
The Isles are 0-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-1-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-2-0 overall; 1-1-0 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 1-1-0 on the road. The Isles will play 21 games in Brooklyn and 20 games in Uniondale this season.
Nashville is 4-1-0 overall; 2-1-0 at home and 2-0-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 1-2-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 1-0-0 against the East and 1-2-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 24 saves but falls to 1-1-0 on the season and 2-1-2 in his career against Nashville.
Juuse Saros made 20 saves and improves to 2-0-0 on the season and 3-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; Nashville was 1-2 on the power play in 2:44 of PP time.
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-1-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-1-0 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 1-1-0 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.
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 2-2-0 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:24); Nashville: PK Subban (22:42).
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 21:42 of ice-time (his most since 12/8/16).
Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (2-0-0), Leddy (0-2-0).
Isles 29, Nashville 33 (47%).
Valtteri Filppula won 8 of 14 for the Isles; Ryan Johansen won 11 of 17 for Nashville.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/19; 2nd period 8/21; 3rd period 11/22.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/57, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 1/2
Isles 24 (Stephen Gionta & Anthony Beauvillier -3)
Nashville 13 (Ryan Hartman-5)
There were no fights. Season total – 0.
The Isles blocked 11 shots (Scott Mayfield - 3).
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 46, Nashville 52
5-on-5 Isles 41, Nashville 48
Isles: Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle +6
Nashville: Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Kyle Turris +8
The Isles are 1-2-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.
Anders Lee 122, Brock Nelson 99, Mathew Barzal 86.
(Casey Cizikas-IR), Ross Johnston, Luca Sbisa, Tom Kuhnhackl
Total games lost:4
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.
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 719
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
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Josh Bailey 256
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 120
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
Nashville sweeps the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 0).
It's the Isles' first loss in their last three trips to Music City.
On the Farm
Victor Olofsson scored at 19:00 of the 3rd period to give Rochester a 4-3 win in Bridgeport Saturday afternoon, spoiling the Sound Tigers' home opener. Bridgeport had a 3-1 lead midway through the game but couldn't hold it. Steve Bernier scored for the second straight game while Michael Dal Colle recorded an assist for the third straight game to open the season (1-4-5) assisted on both Sound Tiger goals. Christopher Gibson made 24 saves but falls to 0-2-0 on the season. The Sound Tigers will host Rochester in a rematch at 3:00 on Sunday.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17th—ISLANDERS AT ANAHEIM 10:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 9:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com]
The Isles head to California for three games in four days, beginning on Wednesday in Anaheim.
The same team has won both game in each of the last three seasons, with the Isles sweeping in both 2015/16 and 2016/17 while the Ducks swept the series last season, winning 3-2 at the Pond and 5-4 in overtime at Barclays Center.
Overall, the Isles are 5-1-2 in their last eight regular season games against Anaheim, who will play in St. Louis on Sunday before hosting the Isles.
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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