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The Skinny: Isles 4, Carolina 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 22
Isles 4, Carolina 1
Josh Bailey scored a goal and added an assist while Thomas Greiss made 26 saves as the Islanders completed a sweep of their back-to-back weekend with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes before a crowd of 10,015 at Barclays Center.

Greiss held the Carolina Hurricanes to one goal for the third time this season as he became the first Isles goalie to defeat the Canes three times in one season since Chris Osgood in 2001-02.

With the win, the Isles improve to 9-1-0 in their first ten games against the Metropolitan Division this season; they are the only team in the NHL with nine wins in their own division.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Valtteri Filppula (6) Leo Komarov, Scott Mayfield 03:39 CAR 0,NYI 1
Anthony Beauvillier (6) Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal 09:01 CAR 0,NYI 2

2nd Period
Josh Bailey (7) Brock Nelson, Anders Lee 13:17 CAR 0,NYI 3

3rd Period
Adam Pelech (2) Anders Lee, Brock Nelson 08:52 CAR 0,NYI 4
Justin Williams (4) Lucas Wallmark, Dougie Hamilton 13:23 CAR 1,NYI 4 PPG

The Skinny  
Justin Williams' power play goal not only avoided a shutout; it ended Thomas Greiss' 92:08 shutout streak against the Canes. Williams, however, finished with a -4 rating… Greiss has won six straight games against Carolina; he faced Carolina four times in calendar year 2018, winning them all while allowing only three total goals…Valtteri Filppula goal gives him seven points (1-6-7) in six games; Anthony Beauvillier's goal gives him seven points (5-2-7) in five games.…Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal remained tied for the team scoring lead when both earned assists on Beauvillier's goal; Bailey did the scoring lead by himself with his second period goal…The Isles improved to 11-0-2 when leading after two periods…Anders Lee had two assists (as did Brock Nelson); with 11 helpers, Lee is already halfway to his career high in assists (22)…Leo Komarov has 10 points in 22 games after finishing last season with 19 points in 74 games for Toronto…The Isles have been outshot 114-59 by Carolina this season but have won all three games…The Isles were held to a season-low 19 shots; it's the first time they have been held under 20 shots since November 10, 2017 in St. Louis.

First Times in A Long Time
The Isles were held under 20 shots and won for the first time since 12-12-2015 in Columbus (3-2 OT). It was their first win in regulation since 12-13-2013 in Detroit (3-0) and their first win at home since 10-10-2011 vs Minnesota (2-1).

Closing in on 400
Josh Bailey had two points giving him 398 points on his career.  He is two points away from becoming only the 14th player in Islander history with 400 points; like the other 13, Bailey is an Isles draft pick.

Home for Thanksgiving
The Isles are in the midst of  a streak of seven consecutive games in the New York area; they are 4-2-0 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 0-5 Loss
Nov 23 @ NJ Devils 4-3 SO Win
Nov 24 vs Car Hurricanes 4-0 Win
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 on Saturday, December 1st for the first time (in a regular season game) since April 2015.

Coach Trotz
Until Ken Hitchcock came out of retirement earlier this week, Barry Trotz was both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  He is now second to Hitchcock in wins among active coaches. Trotz' NHL record is 774-576-60-136 in 1546 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    824
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   773

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1546
5. Ken Hitchcock   1538

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: 12-8-2 (26 points), with 71 goals scored and 64 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 13-7-2 (28 points), with 82 goals scored and 73 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 9-2-2 when scoring first and 3-6-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles      6-5-8=19
Carolina 5-11-11=27
The Isles are 1-5-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-2-2 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 12-8-2 overall; 6-2-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 6-6-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Carolina is 11-9-3 overall; 7-4-2 at home and 4-5-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 9-1-0 in Division games and 3-7-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 9-3-2 against the East and 3-5-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves and improves to 8-3-1 on the season and 8-3-1 in his career against Carolina.

Scott Darling made 15 saves but falls to 2-4-1 on the season and 3-3-0 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 0:31 of PP time; Carolina were 1-3 on the power play in 3:52 of PP time.
The Isles are 9-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-7-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 4-4-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-4-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-7-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 4-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 2-1 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 
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the front half and 3-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 17th in Colorado and December 18 in Arizona. 
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 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 8-8-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (22:26); Carolina: Sami Vatanen 22:42

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with  18:42 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (8-3-2), Nick Leddy (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 24, Carolina 30 (44%).

No Isle who took more than two face-offs won more than he lost; Sebastian Aho won 10 of 12 for Carolina. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  4/18; 2nd period 11/23; 3rd period 9/13.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/47, Power play 0/1, Penalty kill 2/6

Hit Count
Isles 26 (Cal Clutterbuck -5)  
Carolina 31 (Three with 4)

Fights
Ross Johnson fought Trevor Carrick in the second period. Season total – 4 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston-2, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 20 shots (Mathew Barzal -3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 34, Carolina 66 (including 28-9 in Carolina's favor in the 2nd period)
5-on-5 Isles 33, Carolina 56

5-on-5 leaders: Isles: No Isles had a positive rating
Carolina: Warren Foegele +13 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 9-7-2 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 140, Brock Nelson 117, Mathew Barzal 104

Scratches
(Matt Martin -IR, Andrew Ladd – IR, Casey Cizikas- IR), Stephen Gionta, Luca Sbisa. 
Total games lost: 28

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 three times 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)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), 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 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 737

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee and Joshua Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. 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 267

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 398

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 133

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 70

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series three games to none (and 6 points to 1).  The teams will complete their season series at the Coliseum on January 8th.

The Isles improve to 7-2-0 in their last 9 games vs. Carolina; the Isles are 3-2-2 all-time vs. the Hurricanes at Barclays Center.

On the Farm 
Michael Dal Colle scored his team-leading eighth goal, but the Hartford Wolf Pack ended the Sound Tigers' 9-game point streak with a 3-1 victory in Connecticut's capital. The Sound Tigers finished the night with 43 shots but were swept by the Pack in the home-and-home series.

Bridgeport is 11-6-2-1 and has earned points in nine of their last 10 games (7-1-1-1).  The Sound Tigers host Springfield on Sunday to conclude their "3 in 3" weekend.
 
Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 8; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 16 (tied-2nd in AHL); Points: Devon Toews 17.  Goalies: Christopher Gibson 6-3-2 (3.51 GAA); Jeremy Smith 5-3-1 (2.83 GAA)

Up Next
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26th –  WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

For the first time ever, the Isles will meet the "Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals" as Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn meet the team that they won the Stanley Cup with last spring.

The Champs are hot; they moved into first place in the Metropolitan on Saturday with their victory over the Rangers.

The Isles are 3-3-1 all-time at Barclays Center against Washington; the Isles scored exactly three goals in all four games against Washington last year but went 1-3-0, allowing 17 goals in their three losses.

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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