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Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Skinny on Back-to-Backs (and bellies-to-bellies)!

The Isles are off to a great start in back-to-backs this season. The Isles have played five sets of back-to-backs so far, and have gone 9-1-0 in the 10 games.  The loss came in the front-end of the first back-to-back (in Anaheim on October 17).  They have won all five back-ends and have swept the last four back-to-backs.

Sweeping Back-to-Backs
The Isles have swept four back-to-backs for only the 2nd time in franchise history and the 1st time EVER in a single season.

The Stanley Cup Champion Islanders won four straight in 1981:
  • Apr 4/5, 1981  (Washington 4-1, @ Buffalo 7-3)
  • Oct 14/15, 1981 (@ Pittsburgh 4-1, Vancouver 4-1)
  • Oct 23/24, 1981 (@ Washington 4-2, Washington 6-4)
  • Nov 10/11, 1981 (@ Winnipeg 5-3, @ Toronto 4-3)
[in the midst of this stretch Butch Goring won a Conn Smythe Award]

Back Ends
It has been more than a decade since the Isles won the back-end of (at least) five straight back-to-backs--and they did that over two seasons, winning the last two of the 2007-08 season and the first four of the 2008-09 campaign.

The last time the won the back-end of (at least) five straight back-to-backs in a single season was in 2006-07, when the Isles won the first six back-ends.  Like this season, the Isles had a new Jack Adams Award-winning coach behind their bench: Ted Nolan.

The club record for consecutive back-end wins is 8, and that has been done twice:
  • January 22-March 14, 1976
  • March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
Like this season, those teams had a coach who now has 782 career wins behind their bench: Al Arbour.

The next back-to-back is on January 12th vs. the Rangers and January 13th vs. Tampa Bay, with both games in Brooklyn. While the Isles/Rangers game is a 1pm start, Tampa Bay will play at 7pm on January 12th in Buffalo.

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

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 4, Toronto 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 37
Isles 4, Toronto 0
Mathew Barzal scored a second period natural hat trick and Robin Lehner made 36 saves for his 2nd shutout of the season as the Isles blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 before a sellout crowd of 19,514 at Scotiabank Arena.

Barzal now has five goals in the last two games (and seven goals in his last seven games) while Lehner has now gone 127:29 without allowing a goal.

Barry Trotz recorded his 782th coaching victory, matching Isles legend Al Arbour for 4th place on the All-time NHL list.

Isles are 6-1-0 in their last seven games; since the 6:11 mark of the second period on Friday they have outscored the opposition by a 9-0 score.  The Leafs had won five straight games and had gone 9-0-1 in their prior 10 home games.
The Scoring:  
1st Period
Valtteri Filppula (9) Michael Dal Colle, Ryan Pulock 09:35 NYI 1,TOR 0

2nd Period
Mathew Barzal (8) Johnny Boychuk, Anthony Beauvillier 02:49 NYI 2,TOR 0
Mathew Barzal (9) Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson 04:56 NYI 3,TOR 0 PPG
Mathew Barzal (10) Ryan Pulock 10:33 NYI 4,TOR 0

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny    
Mathew Barzal recorded his 2nd career hat trick, his 5th career multi-goal game and his 110th career game with at least three points; the reigning Calder Trophy winner leads the team in both assists (25) and points (35)…Barzal is the first Islander to record a natural hat trick since John Tavares did so on October 28, 2017 in Nashville; it was the 38th natural hat trick in Isles history and the 8th scored in a span of 8 minutes or less...Valtteri Filppula scored his 9th goal in the first period (he had only 11 goals all last season); Michael Dal Colle was credited with his first NHL point on the play… Josh Bailey played his 752nd game as an Islander (tying Mike Bossy)… Anthony Beauvillier recorded an assist for the 2nd straight game …The Isles have an identical record as last season through 37 games; including shootout winners they have scored 22 fewer goals and allowed 28 fewer goals than last year's first 37 games… The Isles are a season-high seven games over NHL-.500 (20-13-4); they were last seven over .500 when they were 20-13-4 last season… The Isles have clinched a winning month for the third straight month (8-4-1 in December); it's the first time since 2015-16 that they have opened the season with three winning months…The Isles snapped point streaks for six Leafs players, including John Tavares who had recorded at least one point in six straight games and had recorded two points in each of his last five games before facing the Islanders for the first time in his NHL career...The Isles have earned 23 points in 20 road games this season; they had only 23 points through 25 road games last season… The Isles have now swept four consecutive sets of back-to-backs this season (@PHL-@CAR, @NJ – Vs. CAR, @COL-@ARI, Vs. OTT-@TOR) and are 5-0-0 on the back-end of back-to-backs.
  
First Times in a Ridiculously Long Time
Mathew Barzal is the first Islander since Mike Bossy (3-20-1986) to record a hat trick against Toronto.

Robin Lehner is the first Islander to record a shutout against the Leafs since Tommy Salo did so on October 4, 1997.

First Time EVER (Regular Season Play*)
Robin Lehner is the first Islander to record a shutout against the Leafs in Toronto and is the first Islander goalie to ever record a shutout in the Province of Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa, and one game in Hamilton).

*I generally don't combine regular season and playoff stats but a couple of readers did point out that the Isles did have a playoff shutout (Garth Snow) in Ottawa in 2003.

Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has won four consecutive decisions for the first time as an Islander and the first time since he closed the 2013-14 season four straight wins (he also won the first two games the following season for a 6-game multi-season streak). Lehner has allowed only seven goals in his last seven games (4-1-2, 1.05 GAA, .961 save percentage).  In seven December appearances, Lehner's GAA is 1.08, which is the best in the NHL among goalies who have appeared in more than two games.

Join the Crowd
Mathew Barzal (21 years, 217 days)  is the 3rd youngest player in club history to record a natural hat trick. Only Bob Nystrom (21 years, 117 days on 1-31-74) and John Tavares (20 years, 117 days on 1-15-11) were younger. (h/t NHL PR)

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Here's where they are this season:

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. ISLES 101
2. Nashville 101
3. Boston 103

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 98
2. Nashville 100
3. Boston 103

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 41
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 88 assists, 120 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 138 career goals, leaving him one goal behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (287).

Catching Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 7821-581-60-138 in 1561 games and has matched Al Arbour for 4th in career wins. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    832 
4. Al Arbour   782
        Barry Trotz   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1561
5. Ken Hitchcock   1553

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: 20-13-4 (44 points), with 111 goals scored and 101 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 20-13-4 (44 points), with 133 goals scored and 129 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 11-5-4 when scoring first and are 9-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    10-10-8=28
Toronto 10-8-18=36
The Isles are 4-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 16-4-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 20-13-4 overall; 9-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 7-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 11-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Toronto is 26-11-2 overall; 12-6-1 at home and 14-5-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 10-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 14-5-4 against the East and 6-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 36 saves for his 10th career shutout; he improved to 8-6-3 on the season and 4-4-0 in his career against Toronto.   

Garrett Sparks made 24 saves but falls to 6-2-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career against the Isles. 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 4:04 of PP time; Toronto was 0-2 on the power play in 3:12 of PP time. 
The Isles are 14-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-12-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-9-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-12-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-4 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 4-1-0 in the front half and 5-0-0 in the back half.   The next back-to-back is January 12th vs. the Rangers and January 13th vs. Tampa Bay.
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 12-13-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (21:29); Toronto: Travis Dermott (21:45)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 17:32 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-6-3), Nick Leddy (6-6-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26,Toronto 37 (41%).  

Josh Bailey won 4 of 5 for the Isles; John Tavares won 15 of 19 for Toronto. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  3/16; 2nd period 13/27; 3rd period 10/20
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 26/57, Power play 0/2, Penalty kill 0/4.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Ryan Pulock-5)  
Toronto 15 (Travis Demott-4)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –11 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee, Matt Martin).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 19 shots (6 players with 2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 55, Toronto 70
5-on-5 Isles 50, Toronto 62

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +10
Toronto: Igor Ozhiganov +14
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 17-12-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 155, Brock Nelson 132, Mathew Barzal 119

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR), (Jordan Eberle-IR), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ),  Luca Sbisa, Tom Kuhnhackl
Total games lost: 69

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 four 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.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 4-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8) and OTT (12.28); all four wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 6-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy and Josh Bailey 752

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 138 ***19. Josh Bailey 132…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 111

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 275

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 407

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 142

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will  finish their head-to-head schedule with a pair of games at Nassau Coliseum: February 28 and April 1. 

The Isles win snaps a 4-game Leaf winning streak vs. the Isles.  It's the first Islander win in Toronto in exactly three years (12-29-2015 by a 6-3 score).  

On the Farm 
The Sound Tigers continue to roll; Travis St. Denis scored an overtime goal on Saturday to beat Hartford 3-2.  Both St. Denis and Otto Koivula had a goal and an assist as the Sound Tigers improved to 2-0-0 on their six-game road trip. Kieffer Bellows had the other Bridgeport goal.
Bridgeport is 21-9-4-1 and has earned points in 21 of their last 25 games (17-4-3-1). The Sound Tigers, who closed out 2018 with three straight wins, next play on Wednesday in Rochester. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Sebastian Aho/Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 28.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 11-5-1 (2.67 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-4-4 (3.06 GAA)

Up Next
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31st – ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO 6:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 5:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles close out 2018 with a New Year's Eve game in Buffalo.

This will be the 6th time that the Isles have provided the opposition for the traditional "Pucks and Tux' game in Buffalo; the Isles are 4-1-0 in the previous five (winning the last four contests, including three years ago before Thomas Greiss).

The Isles won two of three from the Sabres last year, including an overtime winner from Mathew Barzal.

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

The Skinny: Isles 6, Ottawa 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 36
Isles 6, Ottawa 3
Mathew Barzal scored two straight goals to break a 3-3 tie as the Islanders rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits for a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators before a crowd of 13,434 at Barclays Center.
 
The Isles are 5-1-0 in their last six games; it's the fourth time this season that the Isles have won a game that they trailed 2-0 (and all four wins have come in regulation). 

The Scoring:  
1st Period
Mark Stone (17) 16:18 OTT 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Matt Duchene (15) Bobby Ryan, Thomas Chabot 02:47 OTT 2,NYI 0 PPG
Josh Bailey (8) Mathew Barzal 03:11 OTT 2,NYI 1
Cody Ceci (5) Chris Tierney, Mikkel Boedker 06:11 OTT 3,NYI 1
Anders Lee (14) 17:28 OTT 3,NYI 2

3rd Period
Johnny Boychuk (2) Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin 02:57 OTT 3,NYI 3
Mathew Barzal (6) Leo Komarov, Anthony Beauvillier 04:51 OTT 3,NYI 4
Mathew Barzal (7) Josh Bailey 12:24 OTT 3,NYI 5
Casey Cizikas (10)EN Tom Kuhnhackl 19:06 OTT 3,NYI 6

The Skinny    
Josh Bailey scored his first goal in 14 games.  Bailey was playing his 751st game as an Islander (one fewer than Mike Bossy)…Johnny Boychuk's tying goal was his 2nd in the last four games; it was his first game since his wife gave birth to their 3rd child…Casey Cizikas' empty-netter goal set a new career high; it was his 10th goal of the season…Anders Lee extended his team lead in goals (14); the 14 goals have come in 14 different games …Mathew Barzal recorded his 4th career multi-goal game and his 10th career game with at least three points; the reigning Calder Trophy winner leads the team in both assists (25) and points (32) …Anthony Beauvillier's assist on the winning goal was his first in 15 games…The Isles have an identical record as last season through 36 games; including shootout winners they have scored 23 fewer goals and allowed 26 fewer goals than last year's first 36 games… There were three fights in the final 30 seconds; it was the first time since November 17, 1993 that the Isles have had three fights in a game with Ottawa (Mick Vukota -2, Joe Day)… Devon Toews made his home debut and played 18:51. Toews had four shots on goals, six attempts and finished +2..Mark Stone has points in six straight games against the Isles…Cody Ceci's goal came in his 400th NHL game…The Isles improve to 4-5-0 when trailing after one period and 2-9-0 when trailing after two periods…The Isles are a season-high six games over NHL-.500 (19-13-4); they were last six over .500 when they were 20-14-4 last season…The Isles scored four goals in a period for the second time this season (10/18 in Los Angeles); it's the first time they have done so at home since February 9th vs. Detroit (5 goals)…The Isles clinched a winning month for the third straight month (7-4-1 in December); it's the first time since 2015-16 that they have opened the season with three winning months.
 
The Injury
Ottawa's Thomas Chabot left in the second period with an injury and did not return.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 4-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8) and OTT (12.28); all four wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 6-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has won three consecutive decisions  for the first time as an Islander and the first time since February 14-18, 2017.  Lehner has allowed only seven goals in his last six games (3-1-2, 1.24 GAA, .952 save percentage).  In six December appearances, Lehner's GAA is 1.30, which is the best in the NHL among goalies who have appeared in at least two games.

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. Nashville 97
2. Boston 101
        ISLES 101

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. Nashville 96
2. ISLES 98
3. Boston 101

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 41
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 88 assists, 117 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee's goal was the 138th of his career, leaving him one goal behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (287).

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 781-581-60-138 in 1560 games and is now just one win behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    832 
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   781

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1560
5. Ken Hitchcock   1553

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: 19-13-4 (42 points), with 107 goals scored and 101 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 19-13-4 (42 points), with 130 goals scored and 127 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 10-5-4 when scoring first and are 9-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    10-15-14=39
Ottawa 10-11-6=27
The Isles are 4-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 15-4-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 19-13-4 overall; 9-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 7-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 10-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Ottawa is 15-19-4 overall; 11-6-3 at home and 4-13-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 9-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 13-5-4 against the East and 6-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 14 saves before being removed after Ottawa's third goal.  Robin Lehner stopped all ten shots he faced to improve to 7-6-3 on the season and 7-0-3 in his career against Ottawa.   

Mike McKenna made 33 saves but falls to 1-4-1 on the season and 1-2-0 in his career against the Isles. 
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; Ottawa was 1-2 on the power play in 0:42 of PP time. 
The Isles are 13-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-12-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-9-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-12-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-4 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 4-1-0 in the front half and 4-0-0 in the back half. This back-to-back concludes in Toronto on Saturday.  The next back-to-back is January 12th vs. the Rangers and January 13th vs. Tampa Bay.
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 12-13-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (21:46); Ottawa: Cody Ceci (26:07)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:50 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-6-3), Nick Leddy (6-6-1), Scott Mayfield (3-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 37,Ottawa 21 (64%).  

Valtteri Filppula won 9 of 12 for the Isles; Zack Smith won 3 of 5 for Ottawa. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  14/16; 2nd period 13/23; 3rd period 10/19
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 36/55, Power play 0/1, Penalty kill 1/2.

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Matt Martin -4)  
Ottawa 24 (Mark Borowiecki-6)
   
Fights
There were three fights, all in the last thirty seconds of the game (Matt Martin vs. Mark Borowiecki, Christian Jaros vs. Ross Johnston, Ben Harpur vs. Scott Mayfield). Season total –11 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee, Matt Martin).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 14 shots (Scott Mayfield -3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 65, Ottawa 50
5-on-5 Isles 63, Ottawa 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal/Anthony Beauvillier/Josh Bailey all +19
Ottawa: Nick Paul +2
 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 16-12-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 154, Brock Nelson 131, Mathew Barzal 118

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ),  Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 65

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 four 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.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 751

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 138 ***19. Josh Bailey 132…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 111

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 275

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 407

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 142

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will  finish their head-to-head schedule with a home-and-home series in early March.

The Isles have won four of the last five games between the squads.

On the Farm 
The Sound Tigers picked up after Christmas where they left off, beating Hartford on Thursday and Springfield on Friday.  

On Thursday, Scott Eansor scored a paired of goals (giving him four goals in three games) as they beat the Wolf Pack 3-2. Then, on Friday Parker Wotherspoon tied the game at 19:58 of the 2nd period and Otto Koivula scored the winning goal in the third period as the Sound Tigers began 6-game road trip with a 4-3 win in Springfield.  Michael Dal Colle assisted on three of the Bridgeport goals.

Bridgeport is 20-9-4-1 and has earned points in 20 of their last 24 games (16-4-3-1). The Sound Tigers will close out 2018 on Saturday night in Hartford. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 (tied-5th in AHL) ; Assists: Sebastian Aho/Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 28.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 10-5-1 (2.67 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-4-4 (3.06 GAA)

Up Next
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29th – ISLANDERS AT TORONTO 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles close out 2018 with a two-game road trip, beginning on Saturday in Toronto when they face former captain John Tavares and the Maple Leafs.

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams, who will finish their head-to-head schedule with a pair of games at the Nassau Coliseum on February 28th and April 1st.

The Leafs have won the last four games from the Isles, outscoring NY 21-8 (including a SO winner); Fredrik Andersen has been in goal for all four games.

The last Islander win in Toronto came three years ago to the day (12-29-2015) by a 6-3 score. Since then the Leafs have won all four meetings, including twice in shootouts.

The Isles' final game of 2018 will be on New Year's Eve in Buffalo on Monday.

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

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 3, Dallas 1


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 35
Isles 3, Dallas 1
Anders Lee scored a third period power play goal to break a 1-1 tie as the Isles headed to the Christmas break with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars before a crowd of 18,031 at American Airlines Center.
The Isles head to Christmas off a 3-1-0 road trip, and they have the identical record thru 35 games that they had last season: 18-13-4.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Tyler Pitlick (4) Mattias Janmark, Jason Spezza 06:20 NYI 0,DAL 1
Casey Cizikas (9)14:10 NYI 1,DAL 1

3rd Period
Anders Lee (13) Nick Leddy, Mathew Barzal 08:50 NYI 2,DAL 1 PPG
Leo Komarov (4)EN 19:00 NYI 3,DAL 1

The Skinny    
Devon Toews made his NHL debut and played 18:05. Toews had three shots on goals, seven attempts and finished +1…Tyler Pitlick's goal was his first in 17 games…Casey Cizikas' tying goal was his 9th of the season, matching his career high (in 70 games in 2014-15)…The Isles improve to 4-1-0 in their last five games, both on the road and overall …Anders Lee regained the team lead in goals (13); he has seven of the team's 17 power play goals…Mathew Barzal's assist on the winning goal gives him the team lead in both assists (24) and points (29) at the break…Leo Komarov's empty-netter was his first goal in 17 games…The Isles have an identical record as last season through 35 games; including shootout winners they have scored 24 fewer goals and allowed 27 fewer goals than last year's first 35 games…The Isles have earned 21 points in 19 road games this season; they had only 21 points through 24 road games last season…The Isles have allowed 1 goal or fewer nine times this season; they allowed 1 goal or fewer eight times last season.

The Injury
Cal Clutterbuck left in the first period with an injury and did not return.

Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has won consecutive starts for the first time since October 28-November 1, when he suffered an injury against Pittsburgh.  Lehner has allowed only seven goals in his last five games (2-1-2, 1.37 GAA, .948 save percentage)


Most times allowing 0 or 1 goals (excluding shootouts) in first 35 games
1975-76 12
1976-77 11
2001-12 11
2018-19 11
The Isles allowed one goal or fewer only nine times all last season (three times in first 35 games).  They allowed one goal or fewer three times on this road trip.

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals)
1. Nashville 95
2. Boston 96
3. ISLES 98

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. Nashville 94
2. ISLES 95
3. Boston 96

Heading Home for Christmas…After This Four-Game Road Trip
The Isles finish their four-game road trip with a record of 3-1-0:
12/17- Beat COL Avalanche 4-1
12/18- Beat  ARI Coyotes 3-1
12/19- Lost  VEG Golden Knights 2-4
12/22- Beat DAL Stars 3-1

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 41
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 87 assists, 114 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee's winning goal was the 137th of his career, leaving him two goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 780-581-60-138 in 1560 games and is now just two wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    832 
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   780

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1559
5. Ken Hitchcock   1552

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: 18-13-4 (40 points), with 101 goals scored and 98 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 18-13-4 (40 points), with 125 goals scored and 125 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 10-5-4 when scoring first and 8-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    9-9-10=28
Dallas 7-7-6=20
The Isles are 3-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 15-4-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-13-4 overall; 8-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 10-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Dallas is 18-16-3 overall; 11-5-1 at home and 7-11-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 8-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-5-4 against the East and 6-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 19 saves to improve to 6-6-3 on the season and 2-5-1 in his career against Dallas.   

Anton Khudobin made 25 saves but falls to 6-7-2 on the season and 3-5-0 in his career against the Isles. 
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 5:25 of PP time; Dallas was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time. 
The Isles are 13-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-12-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-9-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-12-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front half and 4-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 28th vs. Ottawa and December 29th in Toronto.
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 11-13-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:31); Dallas: Esa Lindell (25:41)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:52 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-6-3), Nick Leddy (6-6-1), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 22,Dallas 29 (43%).  

No Islander who took more than three face-offs won more than he lost; Jason Spezza won 10 of 11 for Dallas. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  9/16; 2nd period 5/16; 3rd period 8/19
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 17/45, Power play 4/5, Penalty kill 1/1.

Hit Count
Isles 11 (Three with 2)  
Dallas 20 (Blake Comeau-4)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –8 (Scott Mayfield -3, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots (Ryan Pulock -2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 59, Dallas 38
5-on-5 Isles 47, Dallas 34

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal +13
Dallas: Tyler Seguin +7
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 15-12-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 153, Brock Nelson 130, Mathew Barzal 117

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Ross Johnston, Johnny Boychuk (paternity)
Total games lost: 61

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 four 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.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 6-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 750

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 137 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 111

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 274

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 405

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 141

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series one game to one (and 2 points to 2).   

Tonight's win broke a three-game losing streak to Dallas in which the Stars had outscored the Isles 16-4. 

On the Farm 
The Sound Tigers closed out the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule by splitting a pair of games in Charlotte against the team with the best record in the AHL.

On Friday, Bridgeport beat Charlotte 6-1 as Steve Bernier scored twice in the first period and Michael Dal Colle added his club-leading (and career-high) 16th goal in the 2nd period. Scott Eansor had Bridgeport's only goal on Saturday in a 3-1 defeat; he also scored on Friday.

Bridgeport is 18-9-4-1 and has earned points in 18 of their last 22 games (14-4-3-1). The Sound Tigers will end 2018 with  3-games in 3-nights beginning on Thursday against Hartford. 

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 (tied-4th in AHL) ; Assists: Sebastian Aho/Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 25.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 9-5-1 (2.71 GAA); Christopher Gibson 9-4-4 (3.07 GAA)

Up Next
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28th –OTTAWA AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles will spend the final weekend of 2018 playing the two teams from Ontario, beginning on Friday when they entertain Ottawa at Barclays Center.

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams, who will finish their head-to-head schedule with a home-and-home series in early March. 

The Isles have won three of the last four games between the teams; the road team won all three games last season.

Following this game, the Islanders will head to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs for the first time this season.

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

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Skinny: Vegas 4, Isles 2


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 34
Vegas 4, Isles 2
William Karlsson and Paul Stastny scored 63 seconds apart in the third period as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied from a 2-1 third period deficit to defeat the Isles 4-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,226 at T-Mobile Arena.  
Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson scored late in the first period to give the Isles a 2-0 lead after the first period.  It was the first time this season (6-1-1) that the Isles lost in regulation in a game that they scored the first two games. .

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Mathew Barzal (5) Josh Bailey 18:30 NYI 1,VGK 0
Brock Nelson (12) Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock 19:38 NYI 2,VGK 0

2nd Period
Brandon Pirri (1) Nate Schmidt, Cody Eakin 08:48 NYI 2,VGK 1 PPG

3rd Period
William Karlsson (14) Shea Theodore, Nate Schmidt 06:22 NYI 2,VGK 2
Paul Stastny (2) Reilly Smith, Nick Holden 07:25 NYI 2,VGK 3
Nate Schmidt (3)EN 19:45 NYI 2,VGK 4

The Skinny    
The Isles saw their 3-game win streaks, both on the road and overall, snapped by the loss … The Isles have allowed a power play goal in four of the last five games....Mathew Barzal led the Isles with four shots (a 5th attempt, which appeared to be stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury, was ruled a missed shot); Barzal's goal tied him for the team lead in points…Brock Nelson scored for the 2nd straight game and extended his point streak to three games; Josh Bailey extended his assist streak to four games while Jordan Eberle's point streak reached three.…The Isles remain just one point off last season's pace; including shootout winners they have scored 23 fewer goals and allowed 23 fewer goals than last year's first 34 games…The Isles have earned 19 points in 18 road games this season; they had only 19 points through 23 road games last season. … Ryan Pulock had an assist for the third straight game (0-5-5) …Brandon Pirri scored in his season debut for Vegas; he has played three games for the Golden Knights and scored four times…William Karlsson, who tonight became the last player to appear in every game in Golden Knight history, scored his 9th goal in 13 games…The Isles have outscored their opponents 33-28 in the first period but have been outscored 36-30 in the third period.

We'll Be Home for Christmas…After This Four-Game Road Trip
The Isles are 2-1-0 on this four-game road trip:
12/17- Beat COL Avalanche 4-1
12/18- Beat  ARI Coyotes 3-1
12/19- Lost  VEG Golden Knights 2-4
12/22- @ DAL Stars

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 41
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 86 assists, 113 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 136 career goals, leaving him three goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 779-581-60-138 in 1558 games and is now just three wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    833
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   779

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1558
5. Ken Hitchcock   1550

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: 17-13-4 (38 points), with 98 goals scored and 97 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 18-13-3 (39 points), with 121 goals scored and 120 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 10-5-4 when scoring first and 7-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    8-5-8=21
Vegas 15-18-14=47
The Isles are 2-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 15-4-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 17-13-4 overall; 8-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 9-8-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Vegas is 20-15-2 overall; 11-3-1 at home and 9-12-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 7-10-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-5-4 against the East and 5-8-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 42 saves but falls to 12-7-1 on the season. It was his first career appearance against Vegas.   

Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves and improves to 20-10-2 on the season and 25-11-5 in his career against the Isles. 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Vegas was 1-2 on the power play in 3:52 of PP time. 
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-12-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-9-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-12-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs 
The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front half and 4-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 28th vs. Ottawa and December 29th in Toronto.
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 11-13-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:59); Vegas: Nate Schmidt (22:25)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:10 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-6-3), Nick Leddy (5-6-1), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 30,Vegas 30 (50%).  The Isles won exactly half of the face-offs in each period.

Josh Bailey won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Paul Stastny won 12 of 17 for Vegas. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  8/16; 2nd period 11/22; 3rd period 11/22
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 26/53, Power play 1/2, Penalty kill 3/5.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Three with 4)  
Vegas 24 (William Carrier -7)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total –8 (Scott Mayfield -3, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 16 shots (Adam Pelech -4).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 49, Vegas 73 (including 34-12 in Vegas' favor in the second period)
5-on-5 Isles 45, Vegas 60

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Ho-Sang +8
Vegas: Brayden McNabb +12
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 14-12-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 152, Brock Nelson 129, Mathew Barzal 116

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Ross Johnston, Devon Toews
Total games lost: 58

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 four 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.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 6-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 749

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 136 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 111

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 274

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 405

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 141

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74

Season Series Stats
Vegas wins the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 0).   

Both season series have ended in sweeps, with the Isles sweeping last season and Vegas doing so this season.
On the Farm 
Former Islander Kevin Czuczman scored the winning goal in overtime as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits for a 4-3 with over the Sound Tigers on Wednesday. Michael Dal Colle scored his team-leading 15th goal while rookie Otto Koivula added two assists.

Bridgeport is 17-8-4-1 and has earned points in 17 of their last 20 games (13-3-3-1). The Sound Tigers will finish their pre-Christmas schedule with a pair of games in Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 15 (tied-4th in AHL) ; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 24.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 8-5-1 (2.83 GAA); Christopher Gibson 9-3-4 (3.13 GAA)

Up Next
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23th – ISLANDERS AT DALLAS 8:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles will look to earn a split of the season series with the Stars as they play the final game before the Christmas break in Dallas.
The Stars defeated the Isles 6-2 in Brooklyn back on November 18th and have outscored the Isles 16-4 in the last three games between the teams (all Dallas victories).

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 3, Arizona 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 33
Isles 3, Arizona 1
Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored second period goals to break a 1-1 tie as  the Isles extended their winning streak to three games with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes before a crowd of 11,640 at Gila River Arena.  

Robin Lehner made 35 saves to record his first win since October 30th; Joshua Ho-Sang scored his first NHL goal in over a year as the Isles improved to five games over .500 for the first time this season.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Mario Kempe (1) Alex Goligoski, Nick Cousins 09:14 NYI 0,ARI 1
Joshua Ho-Sang (1) Ryan Pulock, Valtteri Filppula 17:04 NYI 1,ARI 1

2nd Period
Brock Nelson (11) Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock 03:38 NYI 2,ARI 1
Anthony Beauvillier (11) Josh Bailey 08:29 NYI 3,ARI 1

3rd Period
No Scoring

The Skinny    
The Isles have won three straight on the road for the second time this season…Anthony Beauvillier scored for the fourth time in five games and the tenth time in the last 16 games; he has 28 goals in 2018, matching Anders Lee's total for the calendar-year club lead…Joshua Ho-Sang's goal was his first in the NHL since last Thanksgiving Eve… The Isles killed the opponent's first power play goal for the first time in four games... The Isles are all along in third place, and move within one point of second place Columbus... The Isles won 3 of 6 face-offs on the power play and have won 27 of 38 on the power play over the last six games after winning only 20 of 43 over the prior nine games…Brock Nelson led the Isles with five shots…Luca Sbisa recorded a career-high seven hits…The Isles have now won an NHL-high 15 games when outshot, one more than Toronto for the most in the NHL…The Isles remain just one point off last season's pace; including shootout winners they have scored 22 fewer goals and allowed 21 fewer goals than last year's first 33 games…The Isles have earned 19 points in 17 road games this season; they had only 19 points through 23 road games last season. It's the first time that they have been two games over NHL .500 on the road this late in the season since they ended the 2016-17 season with a 19-17-5 record… Ryan Pulock had two assists for the second straight game; he became the 43rd defensemen in club history to record 50 career points…The Isles have now swept three sets of back-to-backs this season (@PHL-@CAR, @NJ – Vs. CAR, @COL-@ARI) and are 4-0-0 on the back-end of back-to-backs for the first time since 2008.

We'll Be Home for Christmas…After This Four-Game Road Trip
The Isles are 2-0-0 on this four-game road trip:
12/17- Beat COL Avalanche 4-1
12/18- Beat  ARI Coyotes 3-1
12/19- @ VEG Golden Knights
12/22- @ DAL Stars

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 41
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 86 assists, 112 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 136 career goals, leaving him three goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 779-580-60-138 in 1557 games and is now just three wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    833
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   779

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1557
5. Ken Hitchcock   1550

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: 17-12-4 (38 points), with 96 goals scored and 93 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 18-12-3 (39 points), with 118 goals scored and 114 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 10-4-4 when scoring first and 7-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    14-13-5=32
Arizona 10-11-15=36
The Isles are 2-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 15-3-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 17-12-4 overall; 8-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 9-7-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Arizona is 14-17-2 overall; 6-9-1 at home and 8-8-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 7-9-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-5-4 against the East and 5-7-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 35 saves and improves to 5-6-3 on the season and 4-0-0  in his career against Arizona.   

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves but falls to 4-8-2 on the season and 1-2-1 in his career against the Isles. 
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Arizona was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time. 
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-3 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 3-1-0 in the front half and 4-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is December 28th vs. Ottawa and December 29th in Toronto.
 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 11-12-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (20:58); Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (26:38)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:26 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-5-3), Nick Leddy (5-6-1), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 21, Arizona 36 (37%).

Josh Bailey won 4 of 7 for the Isles; Brad Richardson won 15 of 20 for Arizona. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  8/23; 2nd period 8/17; 3rd period 5/17
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 16/46, Power play 3/6, Penalty kill 2/5.

Hit Count
Isles 30 (Luca Sbisa- 7(career high))  
Arizona 28 (Josh Archibald & Lawson Crouse -6)

Fights
Scott Mayfield fought Lawson Crouse in the third period. Season total –8 (Scott Mayfield -3, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 23 shots (Johnny Boychuk -5).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 63, Arizona 75 (including 35-6 in Arizona's favor in the third period)
5-on-5 Isles 53, Arizona 57

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Scott Mayfield +11
Arizona: Jakob Chychrun +10 
 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 14-11-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 151, Brock Nelson 128, Mathew Barzal 115

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), (Thomas Hickey- INJ), Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 55

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 four 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.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 6-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

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 748

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 136 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 110

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 273

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 404

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 140

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 74

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The season series will conclude at the Coliseum on March 24th. 

The Isles are now 6-1-2 in the last ninr games vs. the Coyotes, however this was the Isles' first win in Arizona since a 1-0 shutout behind Jaroslav Halak on November 8, 2014; Frans Nielsen had the only goal in that game. 

On the Farm 
Bridgeport, and reigning AHL Player of the Week Michael Dal Colle get back to action on Wednesday as they begin a three-game road trip Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.

Bridgeport is 17-8-3-1 and has earned points in 16 of their last 19 games (13-3-2-1) overall and in 14 straight home games (11-0-2-1). The Sound Tigers will finish their pre-Christmas schedule with a pair of games in Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 14 (tied-5th in AHL) ; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 23.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 8-5-1 (2.83 GAA); Christopher Gibson 9-3-3 (3.08 GAA)

Up Next
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20th – ISLANDERS AT VEGAS 10:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 9:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles look to earn a split of the season series when they face the Golden Knights in Vegas on Thursday.  Vegas defeated the Isles 3-2 in Brooklyn last week.

It will be the fourth all-time meeting between the teams with the Isles holding a 2-1-0 record.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 4, Colorado 1


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 32
Isles 4, Colorado 1
Johnny Boychuk and Anders Lee scored second period power play goals and Jordan Eberle added a goal and an assist as the Isles defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 before a crowd of 15,066 at Pepsi Center.  

Along the way, the Isles snapped Mikko Rantanen's 14-game point streak and held the Avs to just a single goal; it's only the 4th time this season that the Avs have been held to one goal or fewer (Nashville, Tampa Bay x2)
The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (7) Brock Nelson, Anders Lee 18:20 NYI 1,COL 0

2nd Period
Johnny Boychuk (1) Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey 02:07 NYI 2,COL 0 PPG
Gabriel Landeskog (22) Tyson Barrie, Nathan MacKinnon 06:45 NYI 2,COL 1 PPG
Anders Lee (12) Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle 18:25 NYI 3,COL 1 PPG

3rd Period
Valteri Filppula (8) Ryan Pulock 17:36  NYI 4,COL 1 ENG

The Skinny  
The Isles' power play had scored only five goals since November 1 but has scored three times in the last two games.… The Isles allowed a power play goal on the opponent's first chance for the third straight game... The Isles move back into third place, tying Pittsburgh in points but holding a game-in-hand. The Isles won 3 of 6 face-offs on the power play and have won 24 of 32 on the power play over the last five games after winning only 20 of 43 over the prior nine games…Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with six shots – matching a season high for an Isles defensemen; his game-winning goal was his 1st goal since March 30th…Jordan Eberle scored for the first time in 11 games; Valtteri Filppula scored for the first time in nine games…Mathew Barzal's assist streak ended at four games…Anders Lee drew two penalties; he has drawn 10 penalties this season…The Isles have won 14 games when outshot, tying Toronto for the most in the NHL…The Isles are now just one point off last season's pace; including shootout winners they have scored 19 fewer goals and allowed 21 fewer goals than last year's first 32 games…The Isles have earned 17 points in 16 road games this season; they had only 17 points through 22 road games last season…Thomas Greiss has won three straight, allowing only six goals on 77 shots (92.0%, 1.93 GAA).  Greiss now has 12 wins, one shy of last year's total and has lowered his goals against average to 2.50...The Isles have won two straight and moved to four games over NHL-.500 for the sixth time this season; they are have gone 0-4-1 in their prior five attempts to go to five games over .500.

The Injuries
Thomas Hickey left the game with an upper body injury late in the second period. He did not return.  

Brock Nelson left the game after being kneed by Ian Cole late in the second period. He did not return

We'll Be Home for Christmas…After This Four-Game Road Trip
The Isles are 1-0-0 on this four-game road trip:
12/17- Beat COL Avalanche 4-1
12/18- @ ARI Coyotes
12/19- @ VEG Golden Knights
12/22- @ DAL Stars

Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 40
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.

Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 86 assists, 112 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.

USA Hockey
Anders Lee has 136 career goals, leaving him three goals behind Kyle Okposo.  Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.

Chasing Al
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 778-580-60-138 in 1556 games and is now just five wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    833
4. Al Arbour   782
5. Barry Trotz   778

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour   1607
4. Barry Trotz   1556
5. Ken Hitchcock   1549

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: 16-12-4 (36 points), with 93 goals scored and 92 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 17-12-3 (37 points), with 114 goals scored and 111 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 10-4-4 when scoring first and 6-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    7-7-7=21
Colorado 11-12-8=31
The Isles are 2-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 14-3-3 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-12-4 overall; 8-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 8-7-1 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Colorado is 18-10-6 overall; 7-4-3 at home and 11-6-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 6-9-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-5-4 against the East and 4-7-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 30 saves and improves to 12-6-1 on the season and 7-2-1 in his career against Colorado.   

Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves; he is 11-8-3 on the season and 3-3-1 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 2-4 on the power play in 6:20 of PP time; Colorado was 1-4 on the power play in 7:10 of PP time. 
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-4-1 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-3 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-3 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 3-1-0 in the front half and 3-0-0 in the back half.  This back to back concludes Tuesday in Arizona. The next back-to-back is December 28th vs. Ottawa and December 29th in Toronto.
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 2-0-1 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 11-12-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:41); Colorado: Tyson Barrie (23:52)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 15:48 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-5-3), Nick Leddy (5-6-1), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 30, Colorado 28 (52%).

Casey Cizikas won 12 of 20 for the Isles; Gabriel Landeskog won 5 of 8 for Colorado. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period  11/19; 2nd period 14/25; 3rd period 5/14
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/46, Power play 3/6, Penalty kill 0/6.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Matt Martin & Adam Pelech -3)  
Colorado 12 (Five with 2)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total –7 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 24 shots (Thomas Hickey-4).  Fifteen different players blocked at least one shot.

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 50, Colorado 70
5-on-5 Isles 36, Colorado 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +4
Colorado: Nathan McKinnon +17 
Matinee Isles
The Isles are 13-11-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers. 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 150, Brock Nelson 127, Mathew Barzal 114

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Ross Johnston, Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 47

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 four 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.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.

The Isles are 6-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

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 747

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18.  Anders Lee 136 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 272

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 403

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 140

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 74

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0).  The season series will conclude in Brooklyn on February 9th. 

Prior to tonight, the home team had won the last eight games in the series, including a 6-1 Avs win last New Year's Eve.  This was the first Islander win in Denver since January 10, 2014, when a Michael Grabner overtime goal made Kevin Poulin a winner.

On the Farm 
Sebastian Aho scored the game's only goal and Christopher Gibson did the rest as the Sound Tigers completed a perfect 3-in-3 weekend with a 1-0 shutout over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  

The Sound Tigers played without Michael Dal Colle.  Dal Colle  had a hat trick on Friday in a 4-3 overtime win in Providence and then scored twice in a 5-3 win over Springfield on Saturday, earning him AHL player of the week honors.

Bridgeport is 17-8-3-1 and has earned points in 16 of their last 19 games (13-3-2-1) overall and in 14 straight home games (11-0-2-1). The Sound Tigers begin a three-game road trip at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.

Leaders:  Goals: Michael Dal Colle 14 (tied-5th in AHL) ; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 23.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 8-5-1 (2.83 GAA); Christopher Gibson 9-3-3 (3.08 GAA)

Up Next
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18th – ISLANDERS AT ARIZONA 9:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 8:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles look to sweep the back-to-back when they head to Glendale, Arizona to face the Coyotes.

While the Isles are 5-1-2 in the last eight games vs. the Coyotes, the home team has won the last seven games.  The Isles' last win in Arizona was a 1-0 shutout behind Jaroslav Halak on November 8, 2014; Frans Nielsen had the only goal in that game. 

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