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The Skinny: Montreal 4, Isles 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 14
Montreal 4, Isles 3 (SO)
Joel Armia scored the only goal in a five-round shootout as Montreal rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 9,402 at Barclays Center.

The shootout loss snaps the Isles' five-game winning streak; the Isles have, however, earned points in seven straight games (5-0-2) as they extend their lead in the Metro Division to three points.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Casey Cizikas (4) Adam Pelech, Ross Johnston 04:04 MTL 0,NYI 1
Jonathan Drouin (4) Max Domi, Noah Juulsen 05:59 MTL 1,NYI 1
Valtteri Filppula (5) Leo Komarov 07:44 MTL 1,NYI 2
Casey Cizikas (5) Cal Clutterbuck 14:58 MTL 1,NYI 3

2nd Period
Max Domi (8) Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia 15:36 MTL 2,NYI 3 PPG

3rd Period
Artturi Lehkonen (2) Noah Juulsen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi 07:43 MTL 3,NYI 3

No Goals

The Shootout
NYI  Jordan Eberle (no goal)
MTL Tomas Tatar (no goal)
NYI Brock Nelson (no goal)
MTL Jonathan Drouin (no goal)
NYI Josh Bailey (no goal)
MTL Max Domi (no goal)
NYI Mathew Barza l(no goal)
MTL Jesperi Kotkaniemi (no goal)
NYI Valtteri Filppula (no goal)
MTL Joel Armia (goal/game deciding goal)

The Skinny  
All three of the Isles goals were scored by "bottom 6" forwards; Josh Bailey's point streak ended at eight… Casey Cizikas recorded his second career 2-goal game (10/7/17 vs BUF); he now has 49 career goals… Thru 14 games, the Isles are one poins ahead of last season (8-4-2 to 8-5-1) but have allowed twelve fewer goals; the 18 points in the first 14 games match the most points an Islander team has had since the 2001-02 squad opened 11-1-1-1 in the first 14. … Mathew Barzal was held without a point for the second straight game, leaving him with 97 points in 98 career NHL games.  Connor McDavid is the only NHL player in the last decade to record 100 points in his first 100 NHL games… Ryan Pulock played a career-high 29:00; Nick Leddy is the only Isle to have played more in a game over the last two seasons – he did it twice…The Isles have earned a point in seven straight games for the first time since January 2017 when they did so in Jack Capuano's final game and Doug Weight's first six games behind the bench…Max Domi's power play goal ended an 0-16 skein for the Habs' power play…Ross Johnston has two assists in his three appearances this season…Valtteri Filppula has scored his five goals on twelve shots…The Isles fall to 1-1 in the shootout; their 75 all-time wins remain tied with Pittsburgh for the most in NHL history.

Greiss the Great
Thomas Greiss has stopped 134 of 140 shots over his last four starts (95.7 save percentage, 1.44 GAA) 

Greiss appeared in his 128th game, passing Garth Snow for 10th place among Islander goalkeepers.  

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 8-4-2 (18 points), with 45 goals scored and 34 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 8-5-1 (17 points), with 54 goals scored and 46 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 7-0-2 when scoring first and 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles        8-6-7-3=24
Montreal  8-15-10-2=35
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 8-2-2 when they are outshot. 

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

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

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 32 saves; he is 4-2-1 on the season and 3-3-1 in his career against Montreal.  

Antti Niemi made 21 saves  and improves to 3-1-0 on the season and 4-1-1 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 8:00 of PP time; Montreal was 1-3 on the power play in 4:20 of PP time.
The Isles are 7-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-3-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-1 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 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

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 Montreal and at home vs. Montreal 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 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 6-4-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (Career High 29:00); Montreal: Jeff Petry (28:41)

Anders Lee led Isles forwards with 20:25 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (6-1-2), Nick Leddy (2-3-0).

Isles 28 Montreal 26 (52%).

Casey Cizikas won 9 of 10 for the Isles; Philip Danault won 14 of 24 for Montreal. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  9/17; 2nd period 8/17; 3rd period 10/18; Overtime ½.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 23/42, Power play 4/8, Penalty kill 1/4

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Johnny Boychuk-5)  
Montreal 29 (Noah Juulsen -5)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 23 shots (Scott Mayfield -5).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 50, Montreal 70 
5-on-5 Isles 35, Montreal 55

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Valtteri Filppula +4
Montreal: Tomas Tatar +14

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 6-4-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Anders Lee 132, Brock Nelson 109, Mathew Barzal 96

(Matt Martin -injured), Luca Sbisa, Tom Kuhnhackl
Total games lost: 10

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 729

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee 129 ***19. Jason Blake and Josh Bailey 127 

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 265

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 392

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Thomas Greiss 128

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy and Thomas Greiss 66

Season Series Stats
Montreal leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet at the Coliseum on March 14th before playing on March 21st at the Bell Centre.

The Isles are 4-11-2 in their last 17 games against Les Habitants.

On the Farm
Michael Dal Colle and Kieffer Bellows each scored twice and Joshua Ho Sang added four assists as Bridgeport built an 8-2 lead enroute to an 8-5 victory over the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins.

The four-point outing concluded an eight-point weekend for Ho Sang as the Sound Tigers went over AHL-.500 with the victory.

Bridgeport is now 6-5-1-0; the third game of their five-game homestand is on Wednesday morning (10:30AM) vs. Binghamton.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier/Michael Dal Colle 6; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 11; Points: MIchael Dal Colle 13

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:00pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles head to Florida for a pair of games in the Sunshine State, as they face the Lightning for the first time this season.

Tampa Bay won two of three for the Isles last season and have taken five of six games from the Isles over the last two seasons, outscoring the Isles 30-15.

The road trip concludes on Saturday in Sunrise, Florida against the Panthers.

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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