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The Skinny: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 15
Tampa Bay 4, Isles 2
Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal with 1:26 to play to break a 2-2 tie and Steven Stamkos completed matters with an empty netter as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame two goals by Josh Bailey to defeat the Islanders 4-2 before a crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena.

The loss snaps the Isles' seven-game (5-0-2) point streak and their three-game road winning streak.

The Scoring:
1st Period 
Josh Bailey (4) Brock Nelson 03:40 NYI 1,TBL 0

2nd Period
Mathieu Joseph (2) Alex Killorn, Anton Stralman 05:58 NYI 1,TBL 1
J.T. Miller (5) Mikhail Sergachev, Steven Stamkos 11:12 NYI 1,TBL 2

3rd Period
Josh Bailey (5) Adam Pelech, Mathew Barzal 08:43 NYI 2,TBL 2
Tyler Johnson (6) Nikita Kucherov, Yanni Gourde 18:34 NYI 2,TBL 3
Steven Stamkos (6)EN J.T. Miller, Ryan McDonagh 19:50 NYI 2,TBL 4

The Skinny  
Josh Bailey now has at least a point in nine of the last ten games; his first period goal was his 128th, breaking a tie with Jason Blake for 19th place on the all-time Isles list while his third period goal tied him with Anders Lee for the active club lead. … Thru 15 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (8-5-2) but have allowed ten fewer goals … Mathew Barzal assisted on Bailey's second goal, giving him 98 points in 99 career NHL games.  Connor McDavid is the only NHL player in the last decade to record 100 points in his first 100 NHL games…The Isles lost for the first time this season when scoring first (7-1-2)…Casey Cizikas was on-ice for 16 Isles attempts at 5-on-5 and only one Tampa Bay attempts…The Lightning have outscored their opponents 23-16 in the third period…Former Rangers combined for a goal and three assists for Tampa Bay, including both assists on the empty net goal.. . Tampa Bay has won four straight games and is 8-0-0 vs. the East this season…Mathieu Joseph's goal was the first allowed to Tampa Bay by a Barry Trotz coached team in 185:23, dating back to last year's playoffs…The Isles scored first for the 10th time in 15 games.

Season Highs
The Isles set season highs in shots in both a period (16 in the 1st) and game (37); they also had five power plays for the first time this season.

Coach Trotz
When the Blackhawks relieved Joel Quenneville of his duties on November 6th, that made Barry Trotz both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach.  Trotz' NHL record is 770-573-60-136 in 1539 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    823
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   770

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1539
5. Ken Hitchcock   1536

Trotz, who passed Hitchcock in games coached on November 3rd vs the Devils, will catch Al Arbour on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in November 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 8-5-2 (18 points), with 47 goals scored and 38 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 8-5-2 (18 points), with 55 goals scored and 48 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

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

The Shots
Isles           16-10-11=37
Tampa Bay  7-11-9=27
The Isles are 0-3-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 8-2-2 when they are outshot. 

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

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-0-0 in Division games and 2-5-2 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 6-1-2 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 26 saves but falls to 4-3-1 on the season and 3-7-1 in his career against Tampa Bay.  

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves as he improves to 9-2-1 on the season and 5-2-0 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-5 on the power play in 8:22 of PP time  (including a :47 5-on-3 to start the third period); Tampa Bay was 0-4 on the power play in 6:59 of PP time.
The Isles are 7-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-4-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-2 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 6-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-4-1 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 0-1 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 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 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 6-5-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy  (26:18); Tampa Bay: Ryan McDonagh (24:44)

Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:26 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (6-1-2), Nick Leddy (2-4-0).

Isles 22 Tampa Bay 30 (42%).

Anders Lee won 3 of 5 for the Isles; Brayden Point won 8 of 12 for Tampa Bay. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  6/16; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 8/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 18/40, Power play 1/6, Penalty kill 3/6

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Thomas Hickey-4)  
Tampa Bay 21 (Adam Erne -5)

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

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 12 shots (3 with 2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 62, Tampa Bay 45 
5-on-5 Isles 43, Tampa Bay 28

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk +16
Tampa Bay: Tyler Johnson +4

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 6-5-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Anders Lee 133, Brock Nelson 110, Mathew Barzal 97

(Matt Martin -injured), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 11

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 730

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

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 394

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 *** 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
Tampa Bay leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet at Barclays on January 13th before completing season series as the Coliseum on February 1st.

Tampa Bay has won six of the last seven games from the Isles, outscoring New York 34-17.

On the Farm
On Wednesday, Travis St. Denis scored twice while Devon Toews and Joshua Ho-Sang each had a pair of assists as Bridgeport scored four times on the power play and cruised to a 7-3 School Day matinee win over the Binghamton Devils.

Ho-Sang, who now has 10 points in the last four games, including four consecutive multi-point games, leads all AHL forwards with 13 assists.

Bridgeport is now 7-5-1-0 with three straight wins to start their homestand, which concludes with games on Saturday vs. Providence and Sunday vs. Charlotte.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 13; Points: Ho-Sang/Dal Colle 14

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles head to Sunrise, Florida to face the Panthers on Saturday night. 

The Panthers will be honoring Bill Torrey as part of their Legacy Night series as the franchise is celebrating their 25th anniversary. 

It's the second meeting of the season between the teams; the Panthers rallied for a 3-2 overtime win in Brooklyn 2 ½ weeks ago.

The Isles have had more (regular season) success against the Panthers in Florida in recent years, earning points in six straight games (3-0-3)  The Isles are 6-2-3 in their last 11 regular season games in South Florida.
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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