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Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Skinny on Mastering the Metro

The Isles have opened 2018-19 with 4 straight divisional wins (Two with Carolina, one with Philly and Pittsburgh).

It's only the fourth time in club history that they have opened the season 4-0-0 in their division

1982-83 Patrick - Won first 6
1981-82 Patrick - Won first 4
1975-76 Patrick - Won first 4  (and went 6-0-1 in first 7)

However, all four of these games have been on the road.

Peter Laviolette's 2001-02 team won their first three divisional road games, went 4-0-1-0 before suffering an OT loss in game 6, and earned points in their first nine games (7-0-1-1)

Al Arbour's 1977-78 team tied their first divisional road game, then won three straight divisional games before tying two more for a 3-0-3 road start in divisional games.

Barry Trotz' 2017-18 squad is the FIRST TEAM IN ISLANDER HISTORY TO WIN THEIR FIRST FOUR DIVISIONAL ROAD GAMES.


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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