By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Rangers 3
The Rangers outshot the Isles 17-1 in the third period, but Josh Bailey made the Isles' shot count as the Isles defeated the Rangers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden before a near-capacity crowd of 17,938.
Bailey's winning goal was the only one that Mathew Barzal (1-2-3) wasn't involved in; Barzal now has 14 points in his first seven career games against the Rangers.
Robin Lehner made 16 saves in the third period to become the fourth goalie in Islander history to record eight straight wins.
The Isles are 10-2-0 in their last twelve games; they have won five straight road games. The teams will complete the home-and-home at Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Strome (6) Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil 01:38 NYI 0,NYR 1 PPG
Mathew Barzal (13) Johnny Boychuk 02:31 NYI 1,NYR 1
Jordan Eberle (9) Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal 08:51 NYI 2,NYR 1 PPG
Kevin Shattenkirk (2) Fredrik Claesson 01:11 NYI 2,NYR 2
Anders Lee (16) Nick Leddy, Mathew Barzal 03:08 NYI 3,NYR 2 PPG
Jesper Fast (7) Neal Pionk, Pavel Buchnevich 08:40 NYI 3,NYR 3
Josh Bailey (9) Cal Clutterbuck, Johnny Boychuk 18:34 NYI 4,NYR 3
One game after having a goal reversed by an offside challenge, Jordan Eberle scored his 9th goal of the season…Mathew Barzal now has 126 points in 126 career NHL games…The Isles are now eight points ahead of last season's pace through 42 games; including shootout winners they have scored 13 fewer goals and allowed 40 fewer goals than last year's first 42 games… With the win the Isles regain the top wild card spot; they remain in 4th place in the Metro, just one point behind Columbus… Captain Anders Lee recorded his 17th assist of the season on the Eberle goal. It was the 100th assist of Lee's career; Lee had career highs in both goals (40) and assists (22) last season…The Isles have won only 55% of the games they scored first (12-6-4); they have won 60% of the games they allowed the opening goal (12-8-0)…Matt Martin finished with eight hits, increasing his team-leading total to 136. It was the sixth time this season that Martin has had at least eight hits (five times in Divisional Games)…The Isles now have 29 points on the road and 23 points at home. Of the top four teams in the Metro, only Pittsburgh has more points on home ice than on the road…Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the first time in 20 games…Devon Toews saw his three-game point streak end… The Isles scored two power play goals for the third time this season (twice against the Rangers); both teams have scored four power play goals in the season series… The Isles (12-8-0) are one of three teams to have won more than half of the games they allowed the opening goal [Tampa Bay (16-6-0) and Winnipeg (13-9-0) are the others…The Isles have now earned 29 points in 23 road games this season; it's only the second time in the post-Cup era that they have had 29 points in the first 23 on the road. They had only 29 points in the first 33 road games last season…The Isles improve to 19-4-3 when they are outshot. The 19 wins lead the entire NHL when outshot…
First Time Ever
The Isles are 6-0-0 this season when they are held to 20 shots or less; it's the first time in Islander history that they have won six straight games when held to 20 shot or less.
Just Sid and The Kid (who won the Calder)
Mathew Barzal now has 14 career points against the Rangers in seven games, including three games with at least three points. Barzal and Sidney Crosby are the only players in the last 30 years to record at least three points in three games against the Rangers prior to his 22nd birthday.
Most 3+ Point Games by an Islander Before Age 22 (h/t NHL.com)
· 34 Bryan Trottier
· 18 John Tavares
· 16 Denis Potvin
· 14 Mike Bossy
· 12 Mathew Barzal
· 12 Pat LaFontaine
Robin Lehner has won a career-high eight straight decisions. Lehner has allowed only 16 goals in his last 11 games (8-1-2, 1.50 GAA, .947 save percentage).
Lehner is the 4th Goalie in Isles history to record at least eight straight wins:
11: Jaroslav Halak (Nov-Dec 2004)
10: Billy Smith (Jan-Feb 1982)
8: ROBIN LEHNER (CURRENT)
8: Mark Fitzpatrick (Dec 89-Jan 90)
Anders Lee's goal was the 140th goal of his career. He has broken a tie with Kyle Okposo for 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (287).
Most Points Thru 42 Games (Post-Cup Era)
· 57: 2014-15
· 52: 2018-19
Most Points Thru 23 Road Games (Post-Cup Era)
· 31: 2013
· 29: 2018-19
The Isles have won five 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 8-1-0 in their last nine road games; the 16 points match the most ever for the club in a 9-game stretch of road games (done also in 1980-81, 1981-82 and 2013-14).
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 114
2. Boston 114
3. Nashville 116
Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 111
2. Boston 114
3. Nashville 115
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 91 assists, 126 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 786-582-60-138 in 1,566 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 890
3. Ken Hitchcock 835
4. Barry Trotz 786
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 1,566
5. Ken Hitchcock 1,560
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: 24-14-4 (52 points), with 128 goals scored and 114 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 20-18-4 (44 points), with 141 goals scored and 154 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
First Things First
The Isles are 12-6-4 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 5-9-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-4-3 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 24-14-4 overall; 10-6-3 at home (3-1-1 on Long Island and 7-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 14-8-1 on the road. The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
The Rangers are 17-19-7 overall; 11-6-5 at home and 6-13-2 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-4-1 in Division games and 13-10-3 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 16-6-4 against the East and 8-8-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 27 saves and improves to 12-6-3 on the season and 3-5-2 in his career against the Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves but falls to 12-12-7 on the season and 30-21-7 in his career against the Isles. He is 1-9-2 in his last 12 decisions against the Isles.
The Isles were 2-3 on the power play in 4:12 of PP time; the Rangers were 1-3 on the power play in 4:27 of PP time (including a :54 5-on-3 in the third period).
The Isles are 16-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-13-3 when they do not. The Isles are 10-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-4-1 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-2-1 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 10-3-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-3 in regulation. They are 3-1 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.
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 16-14-3 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:00); Rangers: Kevin Shattenkirk (24:00)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:05 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (13-6-3), Nick Leddy (7-7-1), Scott Mayfield (4-1-0).
Isles 35,Rangers 24 (59%).
Josh Bailey won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Brett Howden won 5 of 9 for the Rangers.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 16/27; 2nd period 7/12; 3rd period 12/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/51, Power play 2/3, Penalty kill 4/5.
Isles 36 (Matt Martin - 8)
Rangers 37 (Jesper Fast- 6)
Matt Martin fought Cody McLeod in the first period. Season total –12 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).
Martin (88) and McLeod (158) have had more fights than any other active NHL players.
The Isles blocked 20 shots (Scott Mayfield -4)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 42, Rangers 64 (including 37-6 in the Rangers' favor in the 3rd period)
5-on-5 Isles 33, Rangers 48
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck +5
Rangers: Frederik Claesson +12
Night and Day
The Isles are 21-13-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers.
Anders Lee 160, Brock Nelson 137, Mathew Barzal 124
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Thomas Hickey- IR),Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa
Total games lost: 85
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/11- 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 8-1-1 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 757
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Anders Lee 140 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 133…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 114
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 276
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 409
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 143
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 two games to one (and 4 points to 2).
The Isles are 9-1-0 in the last 10 games against the Rangers and are 13-2-0 in the last 15 match-ups.
On the Farm
Bridgeport is winless in their last three games, but they still have a 21-11-4-2 record for the season.
Rookie Otto Koivula leads all current Sound Tigers with 25 points on the season; he is also tied-5th among all AHL rookies in points.
The Sound Tigers return to Upstate New York to face the Utica Comets on Friday.
Leaders: Goals: Michael Dal Colle 16 ; Assists: Sebastian Aho 21; Points: Dal Colle 28. Goalies: Jeremy Smith 11-6-2 (2.70 GAA); Christopher Gibson 10-5-4 (3.06 GAA)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12th – RANGERS AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER 1:00PM
[MSG+2(Pre-game at 12:30pm), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com]
The Isles and Rangers will complete their season series with the back-end of this home-and-home series on Saturday afternoon at Barclays Center. beginning Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
This will be the eighth meeting between the teams in Brooklyn, and the Isles have won the first seven, outscoring the Rangers 25-12 (including one shootout winner). The seven-game home winning streak is the Isles' longest against the Rangers since they beat them eight straight times at the Coliseum in 1991 and 1992.
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.