By Eric Hornick
Isles 2, Washington 0
Two words: First Place.
Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck scored 2:26 apart in the third period and Thomas Greiss made 19 saves for his 2nd shutout of the season as the Islanders moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 2-0 victory over the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals before a sellout crowd of 18,605 at Capital One Arena.
The Isles have won four straight games overall, six straight on the road, and seven straight in back-ends of back-to-backs. The Isles are now 13 games over NHL-.500 for the first time since ending the 2015-16 season with a 45-27-10 record.
It's the first time since March 10, 2015 that the Isles have been in first place this late in the season.
Josh Bailey (11) Mathew Barzal, Adam Pelech 05:08 NYI 1,WSH 0
Cal Clutterbuck (4) Casey Cizikas, Adam Pelech 07:34 NYI 2,WSH 0
The Isles are 11-2-0 since Devon Toews joined the lineup and are 14-3-0 in their last 17 games; it's the first time since the 1989-90 season that the Isles have won 14 games in a 17-game stretch… All eighteen skaters played at least 10:16…The Isles are now ten points ahead of last season's pace through 47 games; including shootout winners they have scored 19 fewer goals and allowed 54 fewer goals than last year's first 47 games…With the win the Isles move one point ahead Columbus and Washington for the division lead; Tampa Bay (74) and Toronto (60) are the only other teams in the East to reach 60 points.…The Isles scored first for the fifth straight game…The Isles have outscored the opposition 13-3 in the last four games; it's the first time since March 2006 that the Isles have allowed one goal or fewer in four consecutive games. The Isles have allowed one goal or fewer 15 times this season… The Isles have 31 points on the road and 29 points at home. … The Isles killed both Capital PP's and have killed 14 straight over the last five games. It's the first time since February 15-24, 2018 (five games) that the Isles have gone five games without allowing a power play goal…The Isles have outscored the opposition 7-0 in the first period during their current four-game win streak…The Isles did not allow a goal in the first two periods for the third straight game…The Isles have the best record in the East over the last 10 games (8-2-0); Vegas and San Jose are also 8-2-0 in their last 10 games…The Isles have now had three distinct win streaks of at least four games this season (5, 6, and the current 4)…The Isles are 13 games over NHL-.500 for the first time since they ended the 2015-16 season with a 45-27-10 record.…The Isles are 7-2-0 in January with two games to play; they are assured of a fourth straight month over NHL -.500… The Caps are 3-5-2 since New Year's Eve…Washington has been outscored 49-40 in the third period....It's the 15th time the Isles have blanked the Caps; Buffalo (also 15) is the only other opponent the Isles have blanked at least 15 times.
The Isles are 14-3-0 in their last 17 games, giving them the most wins and the best record in the entire NHL since December 15.
• ISLES 13-3-0
• San Jose 11-3-2
• Tampa Bay 11-3-1
• Calgary 10-3-3
• Columbus 11-4-1
First Time for Everything!
The Isles have held opponents under 20 shots on both ends of a back-to-back for the first time in franchise history. The last time the Isles held consecutive opponents to under 20 shots in consecutive games was November 2-4, 2006.
First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time
The Isles are 7-0-0 in back-ends of back-to-backs this season. It's the first time that the Isles have opened a season with seven straight back-end wins and the first time since 1981 that they have done so at any time.
Longest Winning Streaks in Back Ends:
• 8 -January 22-March 14, 1976
• 8- March 26- November 22, 1978 (over two seasons)
• 7- October 18, 2018- CURRENT
• 7-February 28- November 11, 1981 (over two seasons)
• 7-November 12, 1980 – January 3, 1981
Strength in the Nets
Robin Lehner has allowed only 20 goals in his last 14 games (9-2-2, 1.45 GAA, .947 save percentage). In his four non-wins in that stretch he has allowed only seven goals. Lehner is 10-1-0 in his last 11 decisions.
Most Points Thru 47 Games (Post-Cup Era)
• 65: 2014-15
• 60: 2018-19
Most Points Thru 24 Road Games (Post-Cup Era)
• 32: 2013 (Entire season)
• 31: 2018-19
The Isles have won six straight games on the road; it's their longest road winning streak since a 7-game streak in the 2013-14 season.
The Isles are 9-1-0 in their last ten road games; the 18 points match the most ever for the club in a 10-game stretch of road games (done in two overlapping stretches in 1980-81).
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 119
2. Boston 125
3. Dallas 126
Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 116
2. Boston 125
3. Dallas 126
Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 42
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 94 assists, 129 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.
Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22
• 34 Bryan Trottier
• 18 John Tavares
• 16 Denis Potvin
• 14 Mike Bossy
• 12 Mathew Barzal
• 12 Pat LaFontaine
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 790-583-60-138 in 1,571 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 890
3. Ken Hitchcock 837
4. Barry Trotz 790
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour 1,607
4. Barry Trotz 1,571
5. Ken Hitchcock 1,563
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: 28-15-4 (60 points), with 142 goals scored and 119 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 23-20-4 (50 points), with 161 goals scored and 173 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
First Things First
The Isles are 16-7-4 when scoring first and are 12-8-0 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles won 12 games all last season (12-27-5) when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 7-9-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 21-5-3 when they are outshot. [The club record for wins when being outshot is 25, set in 1983-84 and equaled last season.]
Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-15-4 overall; 13-7-3 at home (4-1-1 on Long Island and 9-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 15-8-1 on the road. The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Washington is 27-15-5 overall; 13-8-3 at home and 14-7-2 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 13-5-1 in Division games and 15-10-3 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 19-7-4 against the East and 9-8-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 19 saves and improves to 14-8-1 on the season and 3-2-1 in his career against Washington.
Braden Holtby made 23 saves but falls to 17-11-2 on the season and 15-5-3 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Washington was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 18-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-14-3 when they do not. The Isles are 10-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 17-5-1 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-3 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 11-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 4-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-2-0 in the front half and 7-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is February 1-2 vs. Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, with both games being played at the Coliseum.
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 3-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 4-0-1 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 17-15-3 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:21); Washington: John Carlson (24:16)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 17:49 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (15-7-3), Nick Leddy (8-7-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).
Isles 25, Washington 22 (53%).
Brock Nelson won 8 of 13 for the Isles; Lars Eller won 7 of 11 for Washington.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/17; 2nd period 10/15; 3rd period 5/15.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 20/40, Power play 2/3, Penalty kill 3/4.
Isles 17 (Matt Martin-4)
Washington 21 (Two with 3)
There were no fights. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).
The Isles blocked 16 shots (Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews-3)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 52, Washington 50
5-on-5 Isles 46, Washington 37
Isles: Adam Pelech +10
Washington: TJ Oshie +5
Night and Day
The Isles are 25-13-4 in night games and 3-2-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 20th vs. Anaheim.
Anders Lee 165, Brock Nelson 142, Mathew Barzal 129
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 95
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)
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.
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.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
The Isles are 5-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8),OTT (12/28) and STL (1/5); all five wins have been in regulation.
The Isles are 11-1-1 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. Josh Bailey 762
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 142 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 135…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 115
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
11. Derek King 288 ***12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom and Josh Bailey 278 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 27. Nick Leddy 146
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 413…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. David Volek 249 *** 26. Anders Lee 243
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 145
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 76
Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (and 2 points to 2). The teams will face-off at the Coliseum on March 1st (also the back-end of a back-to-back for the Isles) and then conclude the regular season in Washington on April 6th.
The Isles are 6-6-3 in their last 15 regular season games in the Nation's Capital.
On the Farm
Bridgeport has won only once in 2019 (1-5-0-1) and has fallen to 22-14-4-2 on the season. The Sound Tigers begin a 5-game homestand on Saturday night as they face Providence.
Leaders: Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Josh Ho-Sang 24; Points: Dal Colle 28. Goalies: Jeremy Smith 12-7-2 (2.92 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-7-4 (2.96 GAA)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th – ANAHEIM AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM 3:00PM
[MSG+(Pre-game at 2:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com]
The Isles will look to extend the winning streak to five games as they face the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.
The Ducks defeated the Isles 4-1 in Anaheim back in October 17th and have won the last three meetings between the teams.
The Ducks broke a 12-game winless streak by shutting out the Wild on Thursday; Anaheim will face New Jersey on Saturday afternoon before heading to Long Island.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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