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The Skinny: Isles 7, Rangers 5

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 18
Isles 7, Rangers 5
Anthony Beauvillier scored three goals in the first 25:13 for his first career hat trick and later added an assist for his first career 4-point game as the Isles rallied from an early 2-0 deficit for a 7-5 victory over the Rangers before a crowd of 13,472 at Barclays Center.

Valtteri Filppula added three assists, including his 300th career helper, as the Isles extended their winning streak over the Rangers to a franchise-record eight games; the Isles have also opened the Metro Division schedule with seven straight wins – it's the first time the Isles have ever opened a season with seven straight wins in their own division.

Cal Clutterbuck's empty-netter cemented matters; it was the first time the Isles had scored seven goals against the Rangers since October 31, 1987 (8-2 win).

The Scoring:

1st Period
Chris Kreider (9) Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad 05:00 NYR 1,NYI 0 PPG
Fredrik Claesson (1) Brett Howden 05:35 NYR 2,NYI 0
Anthony Beauvillier (2) Thomas Hickey, Valtteri Filppula 09:35 NYR 2,NYI 1
Brock Nelson (9) Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle 10:38 NYR 2,NYI 2

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (3) Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov 02:24 NYR 2,NYI 3
Kevin Hayes (4) 03:21 NYR 3,NYI 3 SHG
Anthony Beauvillier (4) Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal 05:13 NYR 3,NYI 4 PPG
Anders Lee (6) Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey 14:04 NYR 3,NYI 5 PPG

3rd Period
Leo Komarov (3) Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier 09:56 NYR 3,NYI 6
Chris Kreider (10) Neal Pionk, Alexandar Georgiev 13:13 NYR 4,NYI 6 PPG
Filip Chytil (2) Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk 17:31 NYR 5,NYI 6
Cal Clutterbuck (2)EN Brock Nelson 19:39 NYR 5,NYI 7

The Skinny  
Thru 18 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (9-6-2) but have allowed ten fewer goals … Brock Nelson is 4-5-9 in the last 8 games and 8-5-13 in the last 12 games…Both Nelson and Mathew Barzal now have four-game point streaks…Barzal played in his 100th consecutive game… The Isles improved to 7-0-0 at Barclays Center against the Rangers…The Isles scored three goals in a period for the third consecutive home game…The Isles have outscored their opponents in each of the three periods: (20-16, 19-13, 20-18)…The Isles improve their overall goal differential to +12, tops among all Metro Division teams…Each team scored twice on the power play; it was the first time that happened in an Islander-Ranger game since October 11, 2010… Anthony Beauvillier is now 6-6-12 in 7 career games against the Rangers; he is the first Islander with a hat trick vs. the Rangers since October 15, 2011 (Tavares)… Beauvillier is the 2nd-youngest player to score a hat trick in the NHL this season (Patrik Laine); over the last 30 seasons the only younger Isles to do so are Mathew Barzal and John Tavares (3x)… Fredrik Claesson's goal was his first in just over a year (11/10/17); both Filip Chytil and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the 2nd straight game after entering the week without a goal…The Isles allowed a SH goal for the first time this season…It's only the second time this season the Isles have allowed five goals (October 13 in Nashville)...The Isles remain two points behind Columbus for the Metro lead.

The Injury
Leo Komarov left the game when he was struck by a high stick; he eventually returned and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
 
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.

Comeback!
The Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win for the first time this season.  The last time it happened was vs. Detroit on February 9, 2018 (7-6 OT win).  The last time the Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win in regulation was on March 14, 2016 (trailed Florida 2-0; won game 3-2).

Moving Up
Thomas Greiss played in his 130th game as an Isle goalie, passing Mark Fitzpatrick for 9th place in club history.  

Home for Thanksgiving
The Isles are beginning a streak of seven consecutive games in the New York area; they are 2-0-0 in this stretch:
Nov 13 vs Van Canucks 5-2 Win
Nov 15 vs NY Rangers 7-5 Win
Nov 18 vs Dallas
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 772-574-60-136 in 1542 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   1542
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: 10-6-2 (22 points), with 61 goals scored and 49 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 10-6-2 (22 points), with 66 goals scored and 59 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-2 when scoring first and 3-5-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles         11-6-7=24
Rangers  14-14-13=41
The Isles are 1-3-0 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 10-6-2 overall; 5-1-2 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.
The Rangers are 9-8-2 overall; 6-3-0 at home and 3-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-0-0 in Division games and 3-6-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 7-2-2 against the East and 3-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 36 saves to improve to 6-2-1 on the season and 4-0-1 in his career against Rangers.  

Hernik Lundqvist made 12 saves before leaving after two periods; Alexandar Georgiev allowed one goal on six shots, but that goal made him the losing goalie.  He is 3-2-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 2-5 on the power play in 7:49 of PP time; the Rangers were 2-4 on the power play in 5:32 of PP time.
The Isles are 9-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-5-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-3-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-0 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 2-5-1 when they do not.  

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 7-6-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:35); Rangers: Neil Pionk (21:42)

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:03 of ice-time.

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

Face-offs
Isles 37, Rangers 34 (52%).

Mathew Barzal won 4 of 6 for the Isles; Scott Howden won 9 of 14 for the Rangers. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  10/21; 2nd period 15/27; 3rd period 12/23.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/51, Power play 5/9, Penalty kill 5/11

Hit Count
Isles 22 (Leo Komarov -5)  
Rangers 25 (Chris Kreider & Fredrik Claesson -3)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 14 shots (Thomas Hickey-3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 41, Rangers 64 
5-on-5 Isles 32, Rangers 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Adam Pelech +2
Rangers: Chris Kreider +13

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 8-6-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Ironmen
Anders Lee 136, Brock Nelson 113, Mathew Barzal 100

Scratches
(Matt Martin -IR, Andrew Ladd – IR, Casey Cizikas- IR), Mathew Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 16

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 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 733

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Josh Bailey and Anders Lee 130

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

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

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9.Thomas Greiss 130

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

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one games to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday before completing the season series with a home-and-home series in January. 

The Isles have won eight straight vs. the Rangers and are 12-1-0 in the last 13 games against the Blueshirts.  They have won all seven games against the. Rangers at Barclays Center.

On the Farm
One day before he suffered his loss to the Isles, Alexandar Georgiev earned the victory as Hartford rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory to snap Bridgeport's five game winning streak.
 
Tanner Fritz scored twice for Bridgeport; goalie Christopher Gibson had a pair of assists.

Bridgeport is now 9-5-2-0 heading into games in Laval on Friday and Belleville on Saturday.
 
Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 14; Points: Devon Toews 16

Up Next
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th –  DALLAS AT ISLANDERS 1:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The homestand concludes as the Islanders and Stars meet for the first time this season. 

The Isles had gone 6-1-1 over a four-season span vs Dallas before dropping two games last season by a combined 10-2 score. The Stars' 5-2 win in Brooklyn last season ended a 4-game Islander home winning streak against the Stars.

It's a Western Conference opponent; Isles are 30-9-7 all-time at Barclays against the West.

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
…It's only the second time this season the Isles have allowed five goals (October 13 in Nashville).

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