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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Skinny: Dallas 6, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 19
Dallas 6, Isles 2
Esa Lindell and Alexander Radulov each scored twice, as the Dallas Stars overcame a 1-0 first intermission deficit and defeated the Isles 6-2 before a crowd of 10,650 at Barclays Center.

Lindell's goals, which came 4:59 apart, sandwiched the first NHL goal for Roope Hintz as part of a four-goal second period for Dallas; Radulov scored his 99th and 100th career goal in the 3rd period to put the game away.

The loss, which the Isles' first in regulation at Barclays Center since Opening Night, ended a 7-game point streak (5-0-2) in Brooklyn.

The six Dallas goals was the most a Stars team scored against the Isles since the Minnesota North Stars beat the Isles 6-3 at the Coliseum on October 17, 1989.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anthony Beauvillier (5)  Leo Komarov, Ryan Pulock 03:36 DAL 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Esa Lindell (2) Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn 02:09 DAL 1,NYI 1
Roope Hintz (1) Jason Spezza 04:40 DAL 2,NYI 1
Esa Lindell (3) Julius Honka, Jason Dickinson 07:08 DAL 3,NYI 1
Tyler Seguin (6) Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn 14:07 DAL 4,NYI 1

3rd Period
Scott Mayfield (3) Mathew Barzal  00:24 DAL 4,NYI 2
Alexander Radulov (7) Gavin Bayreuther, Jason Spezza 07:35 DAL 5,NYI 2
Alexander Radulov (8) Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin 09:16 DAL 6,NYI 2

The Skinny  
Mathew Barzal extended his points streak to a season-high five games (1-5-6) but Brock Nelson's streak ended at four…Scott Mayfield played in his 100th game; his three goals lead all Islander defensemen… The Isles allowed four goals in a period for the first time this season…The Isles have outscored their opponents in each of the three periods: (21-16, 19-17, 21-20)… Anthony Beauvillier scored for the 4th time in the last two games; he has 22 goals in 2018 (tied with Anders Lee for the club lead)…The Isles have allowed 11 goals in the last two games (prior to Thursday they had allowed five goals in a game only once)…Barzal had a career-high six shots on goal; 19 of his 34 shots have come in the last four games…Michael Dal Colle played 9:08 in his season debut.. The Isles fall to 30-10-7 all-time at Barclays against the West; however, five of the 10 losses have come in the last eight games (2-5-1)…The Isles set season highs in both shots on goal (39) and face-off percentage (61.1%).

Metro Mavens
The Isles are 7-0-0 on the season against their Metro rivals; it's their best-ever start in their own division (6-0-0 vs. Patrick in 1982-83). It's the first time since November 29, 2014 to February 14, 2015 (11-0-0)
that the Isles have won seven straight divisional games at any point in a single season.  Going back to last season, the Isles have won nine straight Metro Division games.

According to the NHL, the Isles are the first team since the 2012-13 to open the season with at least seven straight divisional wins and only the 11th team in league history to do so.

Milestone Men
For the Isles:
Luca Sbisa played his 500th NHL game
Scott Mayfield played his 100th Isles/NHL game

For Dallas:
Alexander Radulov scored his 100th goal
Jason Spezza recorded his 900th point
Roope Hintz scored his first NHL goal
Gavin Bayreuther recorded his first NHL point

Home for Thanksgiving
The Isles are in the midst of  a streak of seven consecutive games in the New York area; they are 2-1-0 in this stretch:
Nov 13 vs Van Canucks 5-2 Win
Nov 15 vs NY Rangers 7-5 Win
Nov 18 vs Dallas 2-6 Loss
Nov 21 @ NY Rangers
Nov 23 @ NJ Devils
Nov 24 vs Car Hurricanes
Nov 26 vs Was Capitals

The only remaining game this month out of the metro area will be in Boston on November 29th.  That will be the final game before the Isles return to the Coliseum for the first time (in a regular season game) since April 2015.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  Trotz' NHL record is 772-575-60-136 in 1543 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    823
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   772

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1543
5. Ken Hitchcock   1536

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 10-7-2 (22 points), with 63 goals scored and 55 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 11-6-2 (24 points), with 71 goals scored and 62 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 7-2-2 when scoring first and 3-5-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    13-15-11=39
Dallas  13-11-9=33
The Isles are 1-4-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-2-2 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 10-7-2 overall; 5-2-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-5-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Dallas is  11-7-2 overall; 7-3-1 at home and 4-4-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-0-0 in Division games and 3-7-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 7-2-2 against the East and 3-5-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 16 saves before being replaced after the third Dallas goal.  Greiss falls to 6-3-1 on the season and 5-2-0 in his career against Dallas.  Robin Lehner made 11 saves in relief.

Ben Bishop made 37 saves as he improved to 8-5-1 on the season and 8-4-1 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Dallas was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 9-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-6-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-3-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-4-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-6-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-2 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. Carolina on November 23-24. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-1 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 7-7-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:33); Dallas: Esa Lindell (22:58)

Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:17 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (8-2-2), Nick Leddy (2-4-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 33, Dallas 21 (61%).

Brock Nelson won 12 of 19 for the Isles; Tyler Seguin won 6 of 10 for Dallas. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  11/17; 2nd period 14/21; 3rd period 8/16.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/51, Power play 5/9, Penalty kill 5/11

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Anders Lee -6)  
Dallas 17(Radek Faksa -4)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 13 shots (Scott Mayfield -4).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 61, Dallas 51 
5-on-5 Isles 52, Dallas 44

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Thomas Hickey +11
Dallas: Alexander Radulov +4

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 8-6-2 in night games and 2-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on Friday in Newark against the Devils. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 137, Brock Nelson 114, Mathew Barzal 101

Scratches
(Matt Martin -IR, Andrew Ladd – IR, Casey Cizikas- IR), Ross Johnston, Adam Pelech
Total games lost: 19

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.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)

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 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 734

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Josh Bailey and Anders Lee 130…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** Brock Nelson 108

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279***13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 266

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 396

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9.Thomas Greiss 131

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 68

Season Series Stats
Dallas leads the season series one games to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will complete the season series in Dallas on December 23rd. 

Dallas has won the last three games from the Isles by a combined score of 16-4.

On the Farm
The Sound Tigers went to Canada for the weekend and returned with a pair of victories.  On Friday, Devon Toews scored the only Bridgeport goal in regulation and Kieffer Bellows scored the only goal of the shootout as Bridgeport beat Laval 2-1; on Saturday Mitchell Vande Sompel and Scott Eansor had the goals in a 2-1 regulation win in Belleville.
 
Bridgeport is now 11-5-2-0 and has earned points in eight straight games (7-0-1-0).  The Sound Tigers are off until Friday when they host Hartford in the front-end of a home and home.  A home game with Springfield concludes their "3 in 3" weekend.
 
Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle (on recall to Isles) 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 15; Points: Devon Toews 17.  Goalies: Christopher Gibson 6-3-1 (3.70 GAA); Jeremy Smith 5-2-1 (2.80 GAA)

Up Next
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21st –  ISLANDERS AT RANGERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles begin a two-game road trip without getting on a plane as they head to Manhattan to face the Rangers.  It's the second meeting of the teams this season; the Isles won 7-5 on Thursday in Brooklyn. 

The Isles are 12-1-0 in the last 13 games against the Blueshirts, including three straight wins at the Garden. 

This will be the Isles' first game on Broadway since their 7-2 win on January 13th; the five-goal margin matched the Isles' largest ever at MSG.

Both Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and went +5 in that game. Barzal also added three assists for the second of his three 5-point games last season.  

This is the final meeting of 2018 between the rivals; the Isles are 4-0-0 in the calendar year, having outscored the Rangers 19-8.  In those four games, Barzal has ten points (3-7-10) and Beauvillier has nine (6-3-9).

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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