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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 5, Buffalo 1. Isles clinch playoff berth!

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 79
Isles 5, Buffalo 1    

Clinched.

The Islanders are headed back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Anthony Beauvillier scored twice (despite being stopped on a penalty shot) and Robin Lehner made 31 saves as the Isles defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum. 

The Isles now have 99 points, which is the most through 79 games in the post-Cup era; and they remain three points behind Washington (who beat Tampa Bay). Idle Pittsburgh has 95 points. The Isles and Capitals have three games and Pittsburgh has four games to play.

The Isles' magic number to clinch home-ice is down to five (against Pittsburgh).  It can fall to three on Sunday with a Carolina win over the Penguins.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (18) Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee 07:41 BUF 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (17) Devon Toews 08:20 BUF 0,NYI 2
Michael Dal Colle (3) Adam Pelech, Brock Nelson 19:26 BUF 0,NYI 3

3rd Period
Ryan Pulock (9) Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas 00:30 BUF 0,NYI 4
Anthony Beauvillier (18) Josh Bailey, Leo Komarov 06:07 BUF 0,NYI 5
Victor Olofsson (1) Jack Eichel 13:28 BUF 1,NYI 5 PPG

The Skinny   
The Isles are 32-14-3 in their last 49 games…  The Isles have surpassed last season's win and point total; including shootout winners they have scored 31 fewer goals and allowed 96 fewer goals than last year's first 78 games… The Isles have 52 points at home and 47 points on the road; if they can go 1-0-1 in the final two road games they will have their first 50-50 (points at home and on the road since 1981-82) … The Isles have 24 wins at home and 22 wins on the road; it's only the 5th time in franchise history that the Isles have won at least 22 games both at home and on the road (1976-77, 1980-81, 1983-84, 2014-15)… . The Isles finish 9-7-0 in March; they have been above NHL-.500 every month this season… The Isles move 20 games over NHL-.500 for the first time since March 13, 2015...Victor Olofsson, who earned an assist in his NHL debut Wednesday, extended his point streak to two games when he broke Lehner's shutout with 6:32 to play…Jordan Eberle now has four goals in the last four games…Robin Lehner set a new career high with his 24th win...All eighteen Isles were either +1 or +2; the Isles currently have five players who are +20 or better.  The Isles haven't had five players finish a season +20/better since the 1985-86 season, when they had six…Buffalo was 17-7-3 at the end of November but is only 14-30-7 since…The Isles have scored at least five goals in consecutive games for the 2nd time this season [November 13 (Vs. Vancouver) – November 15 (Vs. Rangers)]…The Isles have won 18 of 30 games decided by 3+ goals; they have also won 18 of 30 games decided by 1 goal (18-5-7)…Anders Lee earned his 50th point on the first goal; it was his 22nd assist (tying career high)…Leo Komarov recorded a career-high 19th assist on the final Isle goal…Anthony Beauvillier recorded his 2nd two-goal game of the season; his penalty shot was the first in an Islander game (for either team) this season.

First Times in a Ridiculously Long Time
It had been 17 years since the Isles clinched a playoff spot with a win on home ice (5-4 vs Washington on April 6, 2002) and 29 years since the Isles clinched a playoff spot in March (March 31, 1990 – Isles beat Philly and Uwe Krupp's OT goal for Buffalo over Pittsburgh knocked Isles into playoffs). 

Metro/Wild Card Playoff Watch 
1.x- Caps 102 points/79 games/43 ROW (Monday @ Florida) 
2..x- Isles 99 points/79 games/42 ROW (Monday vs. Toronto)
3. Penguins 95 points/78 games/40 ROW (Sunday vs. Carolina)

Wild Card Race
WC1. Hurricanes 93 points/78 games/41 ROW (Sunday at Pittsburgh)
WC2. Blue Jackets 92 points/78 games/43 ROW (Sunday at Buffalo)
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WC3. Canadiens 92 points/79 games/40 ROW (Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay)

Magic Numbers:
The Isles Magic Number to clinch the Division is 10.  The Isles will need to earn one more point than Washington does in game 80 and 81 to have a chance to win the division in game 82.

Isles magic numbers to assure home ice :
5 vs. Pittsburgh
3 vs. Carolina
2 vs. Columbus

Since Pittsburgh and Carolina play on Sunday, one of those numbers will decrease after that game.

Tie Breakers:
Head-to-Head
Isles will need a regulation win in Washington on April 6th to tie this tie-breaker.  Isles have tied the season series with Pittsburgh and won the season series from Carolina. 

Goal Differential
Pittsburgh +33
Washington +31
Isles +29

Top and Bottom 
The Isles can still finish anywhere from 1st to 5th place in the Metro Division and 2nd to 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

22-Game Winner
Thomas Greiss has 22 wins. He is only the fourth goalie in club history to have at least three 22-win seasons, joining Glenn Resch (5), Billy Smith (5), and Rick DiPietro (4).

Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has played 271 minutes in his last five appearances, allowing only seven goals, including a shutout.  He has stopped 129 of 136 shots in that span, for a 1.55 GAA and a 94.9 save percentage.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 22 Wins in a Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
1981-82: Billy Smith (32) & Roland Melanson (22)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (24) & Thomas Greiss (22)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.19
3. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
4. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30
5. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.31

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928 (.92757)
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .928 (.92755)
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .926 (.92554)
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
The Isles are 33-15-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  

Most Goals by an Isle With 0 PP goals
22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood (87-88)
21- Garry Howatt (75-76), Brent Sutter (82-83)
20- John Tonelli (85-86), Jason Chimera (16-17), Casey Cizikas (18-19)

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 12-6-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 97.0% of capacity on Long Island (including 13 sellouts).  
 
Most Points Thru 79 Games (Post-Cup Era)
99: 2018-19
98: 2014-15
97: 2015-16
The most points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 101 in 2014-15.

Most Points Thru 39 Road Games (Post Cup Era)
47: 2014-15
47: 2018-19
43: 2001-02
41: 2015-16
The most road points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 49 in 2014-15.

Most Points Thru 40 Home Games (Post-Cup Era)
55: 1984-85
55: 2015-16
54: 2003-04
54: 1987-88
52: 2018-19
51: 1985-86
51: 2014-15
The most home points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 55 (three times).

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 79 Games (Includes SO)
185 1975-76 (no overtime games)
191 1976-77 (no overtime games)
193 2018-19 (186 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.33 goals in regulation and 2.42 goals including OT/SO this season.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 13-6-2 in their last 21 road games and 16-7-2 in their last 25 road games.    

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.   Here's where the Isles are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. ISLES 193 in 79 games
2. Dallas 194 in 79 games 
3. Boston 201 in 79 games 

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 188 in 79 games
2. Dallas 192 in 79 games
3. Boston 198 in 79 games 

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 808-594-60-141 in 1,603 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    848
4. Barry Trotz    808
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   1,603
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,594

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: 46-26-7 (99 points), with 222 goals scored and 192 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 32-36-10 (74 points), with 253 goals scored and 288 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 92 fewer goals, a decrease of 33.3% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 28-9-5 when scoring first and are 17-17-2 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).  

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.472 (17-17-2) 2018-19
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles    16-12-10=38
Buffalo 8-12-12=32
The Isles are 16-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are even and 30-10-6 when they are outshot. [The 30 wins when outshot are a franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]

The Isles lead the NHL in wins when outshot.  Three teams won 30 games last year when outshot, but nobody has won more since 2015-16 when Ottawa won 33.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 46-26-7 overall; 24-12-4 at home (12-6-2 on Long Island and 12-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 22-14-3 on the road.  
Buffalo is 31-37-10 overall; 20-13-5 at home and 11-24-5 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 17-9-1 in Division games and 29-17-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 28-16-5 against the East and 18-10-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 31 saves and improves to 24-12-5 on the season and 3-2-0 in his career against Buffalo.   
Carter Hutton made 33 saves but falls to 17-24-5 on the season and 1-2-0 against the Islanders.   

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 in 2:00 of PP time; Buffalo was 1-2 on the power play in 2:22 of PP time.

The Isles are 24-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 22-24-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 17-15-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 29-11-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 37-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 9-24-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 18-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 8-5 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Greatest Percentage of 1-goal games won 
1981-82 -- .800
1982-83 &1976-77 -- .667
1991-92 -- .619
2014-15 -- .605
2018-19 -- .600

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 6-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 29-25-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:15); Buffalo: Brandon Montour (23:52)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 17:41 of ice-time

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (22-14-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott Mayfield (8-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 23, Buffalo 29 (44%).  

Leo Komarov won 5 of 9 for the Isles; Johan Larsson won 10 of 15 for Buffalo.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/18; 2nd period 9/18; 3rd period 4/16.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/46, Power play 2/4, Penalty kill 0/2.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Casey Cizikas -6)  
Buffalo 26 (William Borgen -6)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –16 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -3, Anders Lee- 2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Thomas Hickey).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 16 shots (Three with 3) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 67, Buffalo 59
5-on-5 Isles 62, Buffalo 53

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Devon Toews +14 
Buffalo: Rasmus Dahlin & Lawrence Pilut +7

Back-to-Backs
The Isle played 13 sets of back-to-backs this season. The Isles went 8-4-1 in the front half and 11-1-1 in the back half. 

The Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 38-22-7 in night games and 8-4-0 in matinees. The remaining games are all at night.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 197, Brock Nelson 174, Mathew Barzal 161.  Four other Isles: Ryan Pulock (134), Josh Bailey (82), Leo Komarov (81 overall, 79 with Isles) and Nick Leddy (79) have appeared in every game this season.

Century Club
Ryan Pulock is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 134 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153
6. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
7. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT (134)
    Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
9. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
10. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
11. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
12. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
13. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
14. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
15. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Valtteri Filppula -INJ), (Andrew Ladd -INJ), Thomas Hickey, (Tanner Fritz- INJ), Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 145

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times 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)
3/29- WPG Jets – Casey Cizikas scored the tying goal (18:14); Jordan Eberle scored the winner (18:47)

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.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
2/28 vs TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 7-8-1 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5), COL (2/9 - OT), and WPG (3/28) while earning a point vs. EDM (2/21 – OTL).

The Isles are 17-1-1 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 794

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 152 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 140…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21.  Brock Nelson 123

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 292 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 432…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Steve Thomas and  Jason Blake 258 *** 27. Anders Lee 257

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 161

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 84

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The teams win the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 2).   

The Isles are 7-2-2 in their last eleven games against Buffalo and have beaten in regulation only three times in the last 20 games between the clubs.

On the Farm  
Jeff Kubiak and Steve Bernier scored third period goals to break a scoreless tie as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers earned a split of a 2-game series with Charlotte with a 2-1 victory over the Checkers.  

The Sound Tigers are 10-0-1-0 in their last 11 games at home; their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now three. The Sound Tigers host Hershey on Sunday afternoon before concluding their eight-game homestand against Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Tuesday morning.

Bridgeport is 12-3-1-0 in their last 16 games, 16-4-2-0 in their last 22 games and 40-21-6-2 on the season.  

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 22; Assists: Chris Bourque 36; Points: Chris Bourque 51; +/-: Jeff Kubiak +16.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 21-10-4 (2.66 GAA); Christopher Gibson 19-11-4 (2.97 GAA)

Up Next
MONDAY, APRIL 1st –TORONTO AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM 7:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles look to complete a sweep of the season series with Toronto Maple Leafs in the regular season home finale.

The Isles have outscored the Leafs 10-1 this season but have not won three straight vs. Toronto, even in multiple seasons, since December 9, 2009 – October 18, 2010.

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

Saturday, March 30, 2019

It Happened at the Coliseum ... on March 30th

It's been a long time since the Isles clinched a playoff spot at the Coliseum... 17 years in fact.  (They also never did it at Barclays).

It can happen tonight with a win over Buffalo  (or a Montreal regulation loss in Winnipeg, or both the Isles and Canadiens earning loser points).

Start this potential clinch day by looking back at this day in Isles history here:
http://www.nyiskinny.com/2015/03/it-happened-at-coliseum-on-march-30th.html

and enjoy the most recent home clinch here:
http://www.nyiskinny.com/2015/04/it-happened-at-coliseum-on-april-6th.html

The Isles look to punch their post-season ticket tonight...and It Will Happen at the Coliseum!


Friday, March 29, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 5, Winnipeg 4 - the Magic Number is 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 78
Isles 5, Winnipeg 4    
The Comeback Kids were at it again.  But this one was different.  The Isles rallied from three separate two-goal deficits and scored two goals in a 33 second span late in the third period as they defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 before a sellout crowd of 15,321 at MTS Place. It is the first game in Islander history that they trailed with two minutes to play and rallied to win in regulation.

Jordan Eberle scored two of the third period goals, including the winner, which came after Casey Cizikas' 20th goal of the season had tied the game at 18:14 of the third period.  Cizikas' goal finally erased a Jets lead in a game that Winnipeg led for 58:01.

The Isles now have 97 points, which is  the most through 78 games in the post-Cup era; idle Pittsburgh has 95 points. The Capitals completed a sweep of Carolina to move to 100 points.  All three teams have four games to play.

The Isles' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to 2.  The Isles can clinch a playoff spot at home on Saturday with a win over Buffalo or a Montreal loss in Winnipeg. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Adam Lowry (10) Brandon Tanev, Nathan Beaulieu 00:13 NYI 0,WPG 1 
Adam Lowry (11) Jacob Trouba, Brandon Tanev 06:11 NYI 0,WPG 2
Mathew Barzal (18) Jordan Eberle 10:19 NYI 1,WPG 2

2nd Period
Brandon Tanev (14) Nathan Beaulieu, Adam Lowry 03:46 NYI 1,WPG 3
Anders Lee (28) Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey 06:06 NYI 2,WPG 3 PPG

3rd Period
Mark Scheifele (36) Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler 06:46 NYI 2,WPG 4 PPG
Jordan Eberle (16) Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech 07:49 NYI 3,WPG 4
Casey Cizikas (20) Anthony Beauvillier, Ryan Pulock 18:14 NYI 4,WPG 4
Jordan Eberle (17) Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee 18:47NYI 5,WPG 4

The Skinny   
The Isles are 31-14-3 in their last 47 games…  The Isles have surpassed last season's win and point total; including shootout winners they have scored 33 fewer goals and allowed 92 fewer goals than last year's first 78 games… The Isles have 50 points at home and 47 points on the road; if they can go 1-0-1 in the final two road games they will have their first 50-50 (points at home and on the road since 1981-82) … Anders Lee's 5-on-3 goal was only the 2nd power play goal of March; they improve to 2-41 on the power play since February 24th … The Isles have 23 wins at home and 22 wins on the road; it's only the 5th time in franchise history that the Isles have won at least 22 games both at home and on the road (1976-77, 1980-81, 1983-84, 2014-15)… . The Isles are 8-7-0 in March with one game to play; they have been above NHL-.500 every month this season…Casey Cizikas is the 8th player in Islander history with at least 20 goals in a season without scoring a power play goal; it was his first goal in 11 games…Mathew Barzal scored his first goal in 20 games… The Isles improve to 18-5-7 in 1-goal games; they are one of four teams this season to win 60% of their one-goal decisions (Tampa Bay, Winnipeg, Columbus)... In the Isles' eight wins this month, Jordan Eberle has two game-winning goals and one shootout-deciding goal.  He is tied with Anders Lee for the team lead in game-winning goals (5)…The Isles are 19 games over NHL-.500 for the 4th time this month.  They lost the next game the three previous times…Tom Kuhnhackl played in his 200th NHL game for the Isles; Ben Chariot played his 300th NHL game for Winnipeg…Six of Adam Lowry's 52 NHL goals have come against the Isles…Ryan Pulock, playing in his home province, had his third 3-assist game of the season; his 1st assist was the 50th of his career…The Isles had 44 shots on goal; it's their most in a road game since January 20, 2018 in Chicago (46).

Metro/Wild Card Playoff Watch 
1. Caps 100 points/78 games/42 ROW ( Saturday at Tampa Bay)
2. Isles 97 points/78 games/41 ROW ( Saturday vs. Buffalo)
3. Penguins 95 points/77 games/40 ROW (Friday vs. Nashville, Sunday vs. Carolina)

Wild Card Race
WC1. Hurricanes 91 points/77 games/40 ROW (Saturday vs. Philadelphia)
WC2. Blue Jackets 90 points/77 games/42 ROW (Saturday at Nashville)
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WC3. Canadiens 90 points/78 games/39 ROW (Saturday at Winnipeg)

Magic Numbers:
The Isles Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 2.  Any Islander win or Canadien regulation loss will clinch a playoff spot.

Tie Breakers:
Head-to-Head
Isles will need a regulation win in Washington on April 6th to tie this tie-breaker.  Isles have tied season series with Pittsburgh and won season series from Carolina. 

Goal Differential
Pittsburgh +33
Washington +30
Isles +25

Top and Bottom 
The Isles can still finish anywhere from 1st to 5th place in the Metro Division and 2nd to 9th place in the Eastern Conference.

Early Goal 
Brandon Tanev's goal was the earliest in an Isles game since Nick Leddy scored 13 seconds into the 11/5/16 game vs. Edmonton (at Barclays Center).

Earliest Goals Allowed by Isles
:08 Alex Semin (WAS) 11/11/2009 – Isles lost 5-4 (SO)
:09 Kevin Hatcher (WAS) 1/27/1991 – Isles lost 5-4 (OT)
:11 Dan Maloney (DET) 12/10/1977- Isles won 7-4
:11 Dave Taylor (LA) 1/19/1985- Isles lost 6-5 (OT)
:12 Cory Sarich (TB) 12/14/2012 – Isles lost 4-3
:12 Nick Harbaruk (STL) 11/17/1973 – Isles lost 4-0
:13 Adam Lowry (WPG) 3/28/2019 – Isles WON 5-4

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 7-8-1 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5), COL (2/9 - OT), and WPG (3/28) while earning a point vs. EDM (2/21 – OTL).

The Isles are 16-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

22-Game Winner
Thomas Greiss has 22 wins. He is only the fourth goalie in club history to have at least three 22-win seasons, joining Glenn Resch (5), Billy Smith (5), and Rick DiPietro (4).

Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has played 211 minutes in his last four appearances, allowing only six goals, including a shutout.  He has stopped 98 of 104 shots in that span, for a 1.71 GAA and a 94.2 save percentage.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 22 Wins in a Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
1981-82: Billy Smith (32) & Roland Melanson (22)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (23) & Thomas Greiss (22)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.22
3. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
4. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30
5. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.31

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928 (.92757)
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .926 (.92648)
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .926 (.92554)
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
The Isles are 32-15-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  

Most Goals by an Isle With 0 PP goals
22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood (87-88)
21- Garry Howatt (75-76), Brent Sutter (82-83)
20- John Tonelli (85-86), Jason Chimera (16-17), Casey Cizikas (18-19)

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 11-6-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 96.8% of capacity on Long Island (including 12 sellouts).  
 
Most Points Thru 78 Games (Post-Cup Era)
97: 2018-19
96: 2014-15
95: 2015-16
The most points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 101 in 2014-15.

Most Points Thru 39 Road Games (Post Cup Era)
47: 2014-15
47: 2018-19
43: 2001-02
41: 2015-16
The most road points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 49 in 2014-15.

Most Points Thru 39 Home Games (Post-Cup Era)
54: 1984-85
54: 2015-16
52: 2003-04
52: 1987-88
50: 2018-19
49: 1985-86
49: 2014-15
The most home points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 55 (three times).

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 78 Games (Includes SO)
183 1975-76 (no overtime games)
186 1976-77 (no overtime games)
192 2018-19 (185 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.33 goals in regulation and 2.42 goals including OT/SO this season.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 13-6-2 in their last 21 road games and 16-7-2 in their last 25 road games.    

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.   Here's where the Isles are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. Dallas 190 in 78 games 
2. ISLES 192 in 78 games
3. Boston 197 in 77 games vs NYR 

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 187 in 78 games
2. Dallas 191 in 78 games
3. Boston 194 in 77 games 

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 807-594-60-141 in 1,602 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    848
4. Barry Trotz    807
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   1,602
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,593

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: 45-26-7 (97 points), with 217 goals scored and 192 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 32-36-10 (74 points), with 250 goals scored and 284 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 92 fewer goals, a decrease of 32.4% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 28-9-5 when scoring first and are 17-17-2 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).  

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.472 (17-17-2) 2018-19
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles        12-20-12=44
Winnipeg 18-8-11=37
The Isles are 15-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are even and 30-10-6 when they are outshot. [The 30 wins when outshot are a franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]

The Isles lead the NHL in wins when outshot.  Three teams won 30 games last year when outshot, but nobody has won more since 2015-16 when Ottawa won 33.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 45-26-7 overall; 23-12-4 at home (11-6-2 on Long Island and 12-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 22-14-3 on the road.  Both of their remaining regular season home games are at the Nassau Coliseum.
Winnipeg is 45-28-4 overall; 25-11-4 at home and 20-17-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 17-9-1 in Division games and 28-17-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 27-16-5 against the East and 18-10-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 33 saves and improves to 23-14-2 on the season and 4-0-0 in his career against Winnipeg.   
Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves but falls 32-22-12 on the season and 3-2-0 against the Islanders.   

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 in 6:28 of PP time, with their goal coming after 1:01 of 5-on-3 time; Winnipeg was 1-4 on the power play in 7:02 of PP time.

The Isles are 24-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 21-24-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 16-15-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 29-11-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 36-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 9-24-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 18-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 8-5 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Greatest Percentage of 1-goal games won 
1981-82 -- .800
1982-83 &1976-77 -- .667
1991-92 -- .619
2014-15 -- .605
2018-19 -- .600

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 6-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 28-25-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (25:50); Winnipeg: Jacob Trouba (25:21)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:03 of ice-time

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (22-14-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott Mayfield (8-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 19, Winnipeg 41 (32%).  

No Islander who took four face-offs won more than he lost; Adam Lowry won 12 of 18 for Winnipeg.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/25; 2nd period 4/18; 3rd period 7/17.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 13/45, Power play 4/9, Penalty kill 2/6.

Hit Count
Isles 17 (Ryan Pulock -3)  
Winnipeg 28 (Ben Chiarot & Brandon Tanev -5)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –16 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -3, Anders Lee- 2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Thomas Hickey).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots (Ryan Pulock -3) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 66, Winnipeg 61
5-on-5 Isles 56, Winnipeg 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +15 
Winnipeg: Bryan Little +5

Back-to-Backs
The Isle played 13 sets of back-to-backs this season. The Isles went 8-4-1 in the front half and 11-1-1 in the back half. 

The Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 37-22-7 in night games and 8-4-0 in matinees. The remaining games are all at night.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 196, Brock Nelson 173, Mathew Barzal 160.  Four other Isles: Ryan Pulock (133), Josh Bailey (81), Leo Komarov (80 overall, 78 with Isles) and Nick Leddy (78) have appeared in every game this season.

Century Club
Ryan Pulock is only the 9th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 130 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153
6. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
7. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
8. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT (133)
9. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
10. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
11. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
12. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
13. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
14. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
15. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Valtteri Filppula -INJ), (Andrew Ladd -INJ), Thomas Hickey, (Tanner Fritz- INJ), Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 142

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times 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)
3/29- WPG Jets – Casey Cizikas scored the tying goal (18:14); Jordan Eberle scored the winner (18:47)

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.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
2/28 vs TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf 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. Josh Bailey 793

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 152 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 140…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21.  Brock Nelson 123

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 291 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 431…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Steve Thomas and  Jason Blake 258 *** 27. Anders Lee 256

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 161

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 84

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2).   

The Isles are 8-1-1 in ten trips to Manitoba since the Jets returned to the NHL, with their only regulation loss coming last season (12/29/17).

On the Farm  
Bridgeport suffered a 4-0 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday, ending their 10-game home point streak (9-0-1-0). The Sound Tigers' magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains seven.  The Sound Tigers will have another shot at Charlotte on Saturday night and then host Hershey on Sunday afternoon before concluding their eight-game homestand against Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Tuesday morning.

Bridgeport is 11-3-1-0 in their last 15 games, 15-4-2-0 in their last 21 games and 39-21-6-2 on the season.  

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 22; Assists: Chris Bourque 36; Points: Chris Bourque 51; +/-: Otto Koivula +17.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 20-10-4 (2.71 GAA); Christopher Gibson 19-11-4 (2.97 GAA)

Up Next
SATURDAY, MARCH 30th –BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles look to clinch a playoff spot as they begin their final homestand with a game against Buffalo. 

The teams have split a pair of games this season in Buffalo, with the Isles winning on New Year's Eve 3-1 and losing on February 12th by the same score.

The Isles are 6-2-2 in their last ten games against Buffalo and have beaten in regulation only three times in the last 19 games between the clubs.

This will be the first Sabres game on Long Island since April 4, 2015 when Jaroslav Halak blanked Buffalo 3-0; it was the Isles' final regular season win at the Coliseum for nearly 44 months.

It has been 17 years since the Isles have clinched a playoff spot with a win on home ice (5-4 vs Washington on April 6, 2002) and 29 years since the Isles clinched a playoff spot in March (March 31, 1990 – Isles beat Philly and Uwe Krupp's OT goal for Buffalo over Pittsburgh knocked Isles into playoffs); both of those streaks could end on Saturday.

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Skinny on the Metro/Wild Card Playoff Race - Magic Number still 5

The Isles lost in Columbus while Montreal beat Florida and Washington beat Carolina.  The most positive part of the evening: no 3-point games)

Metro/Wild Card Playoff Watch 
1. Caps 98 points/77 games/41 ROW (Thursday at Carolina, Saturday at Tampa Bay)
2. Penguins 95 points/77 games/40 ROW (Friday vs. Nashville, Sunday vs. Carolina)
3. Isles 95 points/77 games/40 ROW (Thursday at Winnipeg, Saturday vs. Buffalo)

Wild Card Race
WC1. Hurricanes 91 points/76 games/40 ROW (Thursday vs. Washington, Saturday vs. Philadelphia)
WC2. Canadiens 90 points/77 games/39 ROW (Thursday at Columbus, Saturday at Winnipeg)
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WC3. Blue Jackets 88 points/76 games/41 ROW (Thursday vs. Montreal, Saturday at Nashville)

Magic Numbers:
The Isles Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot remains 5 as the Isles still have 95 points. While either Montreal or Columbus could still get to 100 points by winning all their remaining games, they play each other on Thursday, so one team is guaranteed to finish with 99 or fewer.

There are only 6 unique results for Thursday -- Isles will earn 0, 1, or 2 points  while the MTL/CBJ will either end in regulation or not.

The Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot after Thursday's Games will be:
2: If Isles win in any manner and MTL/CBJ game ends in regulation

3: If Isles win in any manner and MTL/CBJ game is tied after 60 minutes 
                                               OR
    If Isles lose in OT/SO and MTL/CBJ game ends in regulation

4: If Isles lose in regulation and MTL/CBJ ends in regulation
                                                OR
    If Isles lose in OT/SO and MTL/CBJ game is tied after 60 minutes

5: If Isles lose in regulation and MTL/CBJ game is tied after 60 minutes

(The Magic Number after Thursday's game will be against whichever team loses the MTL/CBJ game)

Looking Ahead to Saturday
Saturday will be a potential clinch date for the Isles UNLESS the Isles lose to Winnipeg in regulation while MTL/CBJ is tied after regulation. 

Tie Breakers:
Head-to-Head
Isles will need a regulation win in Washington on April 6th to tie this tie-breaker.  Isles have tied season series with Pittsburgh and won season series from Carolina. 

Goal Differential
Pittsburgh +33
Washington +29
Isles +24

The Skinny: Columbus 4, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 77
Columbus 4, Isles 0
Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for his second straight shutout and eighth shutout of the season as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 4-0 before a crowd of 17,928 at Nationwide Arena. 

The Isles still have 95 points, which is tied for the most through 77 games in the post-Cup era; idle Pittsburgh also has 95 points. The Capitals defeated Carolina to move to 98 points.  All three teams have five games to play; the Isles have fallen into third place in the Metro based on goal differential.

The Isles' magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains 5. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Ryan Dzingel (25) Zach Werenski, Boone Jenner 05:43 NYI 0,CBJ 1 PPG

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period 
Artemi Panarin (26) Cam Atkinson, Matt Duchene 02:38 NYI 0,CBJ 2
Oliver Bjorkstrand (17) 11:14 NYI 0,CBJ 3
Cam Atkinson (39)EN Matt Duchene, Seth Jones 19:33 NYI 0,CBJ 4 

The Skinny   
The Isles are 30-14-3 in their last 47 games…  The Isles have surpassed last season's win and point total; including shootout winners they have scored 34 fewer goals and allowed 91 fewer goals than last year's first 76 games… The Isles have 50 points at home and 45 points on the road … The Isles did not have a power play; they have scored just once in their last 37 attempts… The Isles have 23 wins at home and 21 wins on the road; it's only the 4th time in the post-Cup era that the Isles have won at least 21 games both at home and on the road (2001-02, 2014-15, 2015-16)… Ryan Dzingel's goal was the first for the Jackets against the Isles since Columbus scored the first two goals in the Coliseum re-opener; the Isles outscored Columbus 8-0 and did not allow a Jacket goal in 157:10 between Jacket goals…Artemi Panarin's goal was his first since February 28th…Sergei Bobrovsky tied Marc-Andre Fleury for the league lead in shutouts (8); he is the 4th active goalie with at least three shutouts against the Isles, joining Henrik Lundqvist (10), Fleury (4) and Craig Anderson (3)...Four of the last five games have ended in shutouts with the Isles going 1-3 in those shutouts...There have been a franchise record 14 games ending in shutouts; the Isles have 10 shutouts and have been shut-out 5 times (including the double shutout vs. Tampa, the Isles are 9-4-1 in shutouts)...The Isles have been shutout three times in March; it's the sixth time they have been shut-out at least three times in a month (and the first time since November 2011, when they were blanked four times for the only time in franchise history)... The Isles are 7-7-0 in March with two games to play; they have been above NHL-.500 every month this season.  

Metro/Wild Card Playoff Watch 
1. Caps 98 points/77 games/41 ROW (Thursday at Carolina)
2. Penguins 95 points/77 games/40 ROW (Friday vs. Nashville)
3. Isles 95 points/77 games/40 ROW (Thursday at Winnipeg)

Wild Card Race
WC1. Hurricanes 91 points/76 games/40 ROW (Thursday vs. Washington)
WC2. Canadiens 90 points/77 games/39 ROW (Thursday at Columbus)
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WC3. Blue Jackets 88 points/76 games/41 ROW (Thursday vs. Montreal)

Magic Numbers:
The Isles Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot remain 5. While either Montreal or Columbus could still get to 100 points by winning all their remaining games, they play each other on Thursday, so one team is guaranteed to finish with 99 or fewer.

It could go as low as 2 (with an Islander regulation win and a regulation win by either Montreal or Columbus) on Thursday.
 
Tie Breakers:
Head-to-Head
Isles will need a regulation win in Washington on April 6th to tie this tie-breaker.  Isles have tied season series with Pittsburgh and won season series from Carolina. 

Goal Differential
Pittsburgh +33
Washington +29
Isles +24

22-Game Winner
Thomas Greiss has 22 wins. He is only the fourth goalie in club history to have at least three 22-win seasons, joining Glenn Resch (5), Billy Smith (5), and Rick DiPietro (4).

Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has played 151 minutes in his last three appearances, allowing only two goals, including a shutout.  He has stopped 65 of 67 shots in that span, for a 0.79 GAA and a 97.0 save percentage.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 22 Wins in a Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
1981-82: Billy Smith (32) & Roland Melanson (22)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (22) & Thomas Greiss (22)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.17
3. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
4. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30
5. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.31

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928 (.92757)
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .928 (.92755)
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .926
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
The Isles are 31-15-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  

For the + Column
Casey Cizikas was -1 and is now +21 on the season. Brock Nelson was -1 and is now +20 on the season.  In the last 30 seasons, only five Islander forwards have finished +23 or higher.
1. Marty McInnis 1993-94 +31 
2. Benoit Hogue 1991-92 +30
3. Ray Ferraro 1991-92 +25
4. Ryan Strome 2014-15 +23
        Trent Hunter 2003-04 +23
5. Casey Cizikas 2018-19 +22

Most Goals by an Isle With 0 PP goals
22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood (87-88)
21- Garry Howatt (75-76), Brent Sutter (82-83)
20- John Tonelli (85-86), Jason Chimera (16-17)
19- Steve Tambellini (80-81), Casey Cizikas (18-19)

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 11-6-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 96.8% of capacity on Long Island (including 12 sellouts).  
 
Most Points Thru 77 Games (Post-Cup Era)
95: 2018-19
95: 2014-15
93: 2015-16
The most points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 101 in 2014-15.

Most Points Thru 38 Road Games (Post Cup Era)
46: 2014-15
45: 2018-19
41: 2001-02
40: 2002-03
The most road points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 49 in 2014-15.

Most Points Thru 39 Home Games (Post-Cup Era)
54: 1984-85
54: 2015-16
52: 2003-04
52: 1987-88
50: 2018-19
49: 1985-86
49: 2014-15
The most home points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 55 (three times).

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 77 Games (Includes SO)
182 1975-76 (no overtime games)
183 1976-77 (no overtime games)
188 2018-19 (181 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.33 goals in regulation and 2.42 goals including OT/SO this season.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 12-6-2 in their last 20 road games and 15-7-2 in their last 24 road games.    

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.   Here's where the Isles are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. ISLES 188
2. Dallas 188
3. Boston 194

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 183
2. Dallas 187
3. Boston 191

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 806-594-60-141 in 1,601 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    847
4. Barry Trotz    806
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   1,601
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,591

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: 44-26-7 (93 points), with 212 goals scored and 188 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 32-35-10 (74 points), with 246 goals scored and 279 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 91 fewer goals, a decrease of 32.6% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 28-9-5 when scoring first and are 16-17-2 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).  

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.457 (16-17-2) 2018-19
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles         10-9-7=26
Columbus 7-15-11=33
The Isles are 14-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are even and 30-10-6 when they are outshot. [The 30 wins when outshot are a franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]

The Isles lead the NHL in wins when outshot.  Three teams won 30 games last year when outshot, but nobody has won more since 2015-16 when Ottawa won 33.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 44-26-7 overall; 23-12-4 at home (11-6-2 on Long Island and 12-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 21-14-3 on the road.  Both of their remaining regular season home games are at the Nassau Coliseum.
Columbus is 42-30-4 overall; 21-16-2 at home and 21-14-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 17-9-1 in Division games and 27-17-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 27-16-5 against the East and 17-10-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 29 saves but falls to 22-14-2 on the season and 5-0-0 in his career against Columbus.   
Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves and improves to 33-23-1 on the season and 16-8-0 against the Islanders.  It's his third career shutout over the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles did not have a power play; Columbus was 1-1 on the power play in 1:43 of PP time.

The Isles are 23-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 21-24-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 15-15-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 29-11-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 35-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 9-24-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 17-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 7-5 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 6-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 27-25-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:33); Columbus: Seth Jones (26:38)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:54 of ice-time

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (21-14-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott Mayfield (8-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Columbus 35 (42%).  

Casey Cizikas won 10 of 18 for the Isles; Brandon Dubinsky won 10 of 13 for Columbus.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 11/20; 2nd period 5/18; 3rd period 9/22.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 24/59, Power play 0/0, Penalty kill 1/1.

Hit Count
Isles 18 (Four with 3)  
Columbus 23 (Three with 4)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –16 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -3, Anders Lee- 2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Thomas Hickey).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots (Ryan Pulock -3) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 50, Columbus 55
5-on-5 Isles 45, Columbus 46

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Devon Toews and Jordan Eberle +8 
Columbus: Markus Nuutivaara +10

Back-to-Backs
The Isle played 13 sets of back-to-backs this season. The Isles went 8-4-1 in the front half and 11-1-1 in the back half. 

The Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 36-22-7 in night games and 8-4-0 in matinees. The remaining games are all at night.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 195, Brock Nelson 172, Mathew Barzal 159.  Four other Isles: Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey and Leo Komarov have appeared in every game this season.

Scratches
(Valtteri Filppula -INJ), (Andrew Ladd -INJ), Thomas Hickey, Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 139

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 6-8-1 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT), while earning a point vs. EDM (2/21 – OTL).

The Isles are 16-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Late Heroes
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.

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.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
2/28 vs TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf 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. Josh Bailey 792

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 151 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 140…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21.  Brock Nelson 123

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 290 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 430…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Steve Thomas and  Jason Blake 258 *** 27. Anders Lee 254

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 161

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 84

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The teams win the season series 3 games to 1 (and 6 points to 2).  Three of the four games were decided by shutouts. 

On the Farm  
Bridgeport continues their eight-game homestand on Wednesday against division-leading Charlotte. The Sound Tigers' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is seven and Bridgeport has earned a point in ten straight home games (9-0-1-0).  

Bridgeport is 11-2-1-0 in their last 14 games, is 15-3-2-0 in their last 20 games and 39-20-6-2 on the season.  

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 22; Assists: Chris Bourque 36; Points: Chris Bourque 51; +/-: Otto Koivula +17.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 20-10-4 (2.75 GAA); Christopher Gibson 19-10-4 (2.90 GAA)

Up Next
THURDAY, MARCH 28th –ISLANDERS AT WINNIPEG 8:00PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 7:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles conclude their road trip as they face the Jets in Winnipeg. 

Winnipeg defeated the Isles at Barclays Center back on December 4th by a 3-1 score; however, the Isles have played well in Manitoba since the Jets rejoined the NHL.  The Isles are 7-1-1 in nine trips, losing only on December 29, 2017.

The Isles could reduce their magic number to two if they win this game and the Columbus/Montreal game ends in regulation.

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

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Skinny on the Metro Playoff Race -- MAGIC NUMBER IS 5

The Isles' win Sunday afternoon lowered the magic number to 6.  Montreal's OT Loss Sunday night lowered it to 5.

Here's why:  Both Montreal and Columbus would reach 100 points if they won all of their remaining games.  However, Montreal plays Columbus on Thursday, so one or the other is guaranteed to finish with no more than 99.  

The Isles have 95 already, making the magic number 5  (99 - 95 +1 = 5)


Metro/Wild Card Playoff Watch 
1. Caps 96 points/76 games/40 ROW (Tuesday vs. Carolina)
2. Isles 95 points/76 games/40 ROW (Tuesday at Columbus)
3. Penguins 93 points/76 games/39 ROW (Monday at Rangers)

Wild Card Race
WC1. Hurricanes 91 points/75 games/40 ROW (Tuesday at Washington)
WC2. Canadiens 88 points/76 games/38 ROW (Tuesday vs. Florida)
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WC3. Blue Jackets 86 points/75 games/40 ROW (Tuesday vs. Isles)
WC4. Flyers 80 points/76 games/34 ROW, Wednesday vs. Toronto)

Magic Numbers:
Montreal's overtime loss lowered the Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 5. While either Montreal or Columbus could still get to 100 points by winning all of their remaining games, they play each other on Thursday, so one team is guaranteed to finish with 99 or fewer.

It could go as low as 1(with an Isles regulation win in Columbus and a Montreal regulation loss to Florida) on Tuesday.
Tie Breakers:
Head-to-Head
Isles will need a regulation win in Washington on April 6th to tie this tie-breaker.  Isles have tied season series with Pittsburgh and won season series from Carolina. 

Goal Differential
Pittsburgh +30
Isles +28
Washington +26


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 2, Arizona 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 76
Isles 2, Arizona 0
Robin Lehner made 26 saves for his 5th shutout of the season and the Isles got an early goal from Jordan Eberle and a late goal by Brock Nelson as they defeated the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum.  

The victor gives the Isles a sweep in the final set of back-to-backs this season; the Isles went 11-1-1 in the back-end games.

The win gives the Isles 95 points, which is the most through 76 games in the post-Cup era; It also keeps the Isles within one point of Washington (who defeated Philadelphia 3-1); idle Pittsburgh has 93 points  and will visit Madison Square Garden on Monday.  All three teams have six games to play.

The Isles' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now 5; they could clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday (with a regulation win) in Columbus if the Blue Jackets lose to regulation to Vancouver Sunday night. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (15) Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk 04:37 ARI 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (24) Leo Komarov, Josh Bailey 16:46 ARI 0,NYI 2 

The Skinny   
The Isles are 30-13-3 in their last 46 games; they are once again 19 games over NHL-500, matching the season-high… It's the 10th shutout of the season, tying the club record set in 1975-76…Both Isles goalies have five shutouts; they are the 10th team in NHL history to have two goals with at least five clean sheets…The Isles have surpassed last season's win and point total; including shootout winners they have scored 30 fewer goals and allowed 92 fewer goals than last year's first 76 games… The Isles have 50 points at home and 45 points on the road … The Isles went 0-1 on the power play and have scored just once in their last 37 attempts… The Isles have 23 wins at home and 21 wins on the road; it's only the 4th time in the post-Cup era that the Isles have won at least 21 games both at home and on the road (2001-02, 2014-15, 2015-16)… The Isles played the final 3:14 with a 2-goal lead after doing so over the final 2:34 on Saturday; there are the only times since March 5th (other than following empty-net goals) that the Isles have played with a multi-goal lead…Brock Nelson reached 50 points for the first time in his career…Jordan Eberle's goal was his 40th as an Islander; 11 of the 40 are game-winners. He is the only player in Islander history to score at least 11 GW Goals with as few as 40 career goals. 

Metro/Wild Card Playoff Watch (does not include Sunday night's CBJ-Van game)
1. Caps 96 points/76 games/40 ROW (Tuesday vs. Carolina)
2. Isles 95 points/76 games/40 ROW (Tuesday at Columbus)
3. Penguins 93 points/76 games/39 ROW (Monday at Rangers)

Wild Card Race
WC1. Hurricanes 91 points/75 games/40 ROW (Tuesday at Washington)
WC2. Canadiens 88 points/76 games/38 ROW (Tuesday vs. Florida)
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WC3. Blue Jackets 84 points/74 games/39 ROW (Sunday at Vancouver, Tuesday vs. Isles)
WC4. Flyers 80 points/76 games/34 ROW, Wednesday vs. Toronto)

Magic Numbers:Montreal’s overtime loss lowered the Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 5. While either Montreal or Columbus could still get to 100 points by winning all of their remaining games, they play each other on Thursday, so one team is guaranteed to finish with 99 or fewer.

It could go as low as 4 (with a Columbus regulation loss in Vancouver) on Sunday.
Tie Breakers:
Head-to-Head
Isles will need a regulation win in Washington on April 6th to tie this tie-breaker.  Isles have tied season series with Pittsburgh and won season series from Carolina. 

Goal Differential
Pittsburgh +30
Isles +28
Washington +26

History Lesson
The Isles allowed one goal or fewer for the 26th time this season.  That is a new franchise record; the Isles allowed one goal or fewer 25 times in 1975-76.
22-Game Winner
Thomas Greiss has 22 wins. He is only the fourth goalie in club history to have at least three 22-win seasons, joining Glenn Resch (5), Billy Smith (5), and Rick DiPietro (4).

Streaking Lehner
Robin Lehner has played 151 minutes in his last three appearances, allowing only two goals, including a shutout.  He has stopped 65 of 67 shots in that span, for a 0.79 GAA and a 97.0 save percentage.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 22 Wins in a Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
1981-82: Billy Smith (32) & Roland Melanson (22)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (22) & Thomas Greiss (22)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.17
3. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
4. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.29
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928 (.92757)
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .928 (.92755)
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .926
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
The Isles are 31-14-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  

For the + Column
Casey Cizikas was EVEN and is now +22 on the season. Brock Nelson was +1 and is now +21 on the season.  In the last 30 seasons, only five Islander forwards have finished +22 or higher.
1. Marty McInnis 1993-94 +31 
2. Benoit Hogue 1991-92 +30
3. Ray Ferraro 1991-92 +25
4. Ryan Strome 2014-15 +23
        Trent Hunter 2003-04 +23
6. Casey Cizikas 2018-19 +22

Most Goals by an Isle With 0 PP goals
22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood (87-88)
21- Garry Howatt (75-76), Brent Sutter (82-83)
20- John Tonelli (85-86), Jason Chimera (16-17)
19- Steve Tambellini (80-81), Casey Cizikas (18-19)

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 11-6-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 96.8% of capacity on Long Island (including 12 sellouts).  
Most Points Thru 75 Games (Post-Cup Era)
95: 2018-19
93: 2014-15
93: 2015-16
The most points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 101 in 2014-15.

Most Points Thru 37 Road Games
49: 1976-77
49: 1980-81
45: 1981-82
45: 2018-19
44: 1978-79
44: 2014-15
The most road points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 49 in 2014-15.
The most road points that the Isles have earned in a full season is 53 in 1976-77 and 1980-81 (both were 80-game seasons).

Most Points Thru 39 Home Games (Post-Cup Era)
54: 1984-85
54: 2015-16
52: 2003-04
52: 1987-88
50: 2018-19
49: 1985-86
49: 2014-15
The most home points that the Isles have earned in a full season in the Post-Cup era is 55 (three times).

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 76 Games (Includes SO)
179 1975-76 (no overtime games)
180 1976-77 (no overtime games)
184 2018-19 (177 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.33 goals in regulation and 2.42 goals including OT/SO this season.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 12-5-2 in their last 19 road games and 15-6-2 in their last 23 road games.    

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.   Here's where the Isles are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. ISLES 184
2. Dallas 186
3. Boston 189

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 179
2. Dallas 185
3. Boston 186

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz coached his 1,600th NHL game and 2,000th professional game.
Among active coaches, Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 806-593-60-141 in 1,600 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    847
4. Barry Trotz    806
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   1,600
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,591

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: 44-25-7 (93 points), with 212 goals scored and 184 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 31-35-10 (72 points), with 242 goals scored and 276 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 92 fewer goals, a decrease of 33.3% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 28-9-5 when scoring first and are 16-16-2 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).  

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.471 (16-16-2) 2018-19
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles      10-12-4=26
Arizona  9-11-11=31
The Isles are 15-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are even and 29-9-6 when they are outshot. [The 30 wins when outshot are a franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]

The Isles lead the NHL in wins when outshot.  Three teams won 30 games last year when outshot, but nobody has won more since 2015-16 when Ottawa won 33.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 44-25-7 overall; 23-12-4 at home (11-6-2 on Long Island and 12-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 21-13-3 on the road.  All their remaining regular season home games are at the Nassau Coliseum.
Arizona is 36-33-7 overall; 18-15-4 at home and 18-18-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 17-8-1 in Division games and 27-17-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 27-15-5 against the East and 17-10-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 31 saves as he improves to 22-12-5 on the season and 5-0-0 in his career against Arizona.   
Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves but falls to 24-19-7 on the season and 1-3-1 against the Islanders.  

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; Arizona was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 23-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 21-23-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 15-14-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 29-11-2 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 35-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 9-23-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 17-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 7-5 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 6-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 27-24-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (24:08); Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (24:30)
Cal Clutterbuck led Isles forwards with 17:12 of ice-time

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (21-13-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott Mayfield (8-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 24, Arizona 24 (50%).  

Casey Cizikas won 8 of 13 for the Isles; Brad Richardson won 10 of 13 for Arizona.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 9/20; 2nd period 7/11; 3rd period 8/17.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/44, Power play 1/2, Penalty kill 2/2.

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Matt Martin, Scott Mayfield and Cal Clutterbuck -5)  
Arizona 28 (Oliver Ekman-Larsson -6)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –16 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -3, Anders Lee- 2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Thomas Hickey).  
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 19 shots (Ryan Pulock -6) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 48, Arizona 58
5-on-5 Isles 46, Arizona 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk +8 
Arizona: Brad Richardson and Jason Demers +14

Back-to-Backs
Today was the final game of the final back-to-back of the season. The Isles went 8-4-1 in the front half and 11-1-1 in the back half. 

The Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 36-21-7 in night games and 8-4-0 in matinees. The remaining games are all at night.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 194, Brock Nelson 171, Mathew Barzal 158.  Four other Isles: Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey and Leo Komarov have appeared in every game this season.

Scratches
(Valtteri Filppula), Thomas Hickey, Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 137

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 6-7-1 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT), while earning a point vs. EDM (2/21 – OTL).

The Isles are 16-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Late Heroes
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.

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.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
2/28 vs TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf 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. Josh Bailey 791

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 151 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 140…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21.  Brock Nelson 123

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 290 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 430…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Steve Thomas and  Jason Blake 258 *** 27. Anders Lee 254

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 160

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 84

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The teams sweep the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  

The Isles have won six straight home games from the Coyotes and are 9-0-1 at home vs. the Yotes since the then-Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Isles 3-2 on October 29, 2002.

On the Farm  
Chris Bourque scored a goal and added two assists as the Sound Tigers stretched their home point streak to ten games (9-0-1-0) with a 4-1 win over Syracuse at Webster Bank Arena. Jeremy Smith stopped former Islander Cory Conacher on a penalty shot as he reached the 20-win mark for the 4th time in his career. 

Bridgeport is 11-2-1-0 in their last 14 games, is 15-3-2-0 in their last 20 games and 39-20-6-2 on the season.  

Bridgeport continues their eight-game homestand on Wednesday against division-leading Charlotte. The Sound Tigers' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 7.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 22; Assists: Chris Bourque 36; Points: Chris Bourque 51; +/-: Otto Koivula +17.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 20-10-4 (2.75 GAA); Christopher Gibson 19-10-4 (2.90 GAA)

Up Next
TUESDAY, MARCH 26th –ISLANDERS AT COLUMBUS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles look to sweep the season series (and based on Sunday night's results possibly clinch a playoff spot) as they begin a 2-game road trip in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. 

The Isles have won all three games between the teams, including the last two by shutouts.  Since the Jackets scored the first two goals in the Coliseum re-opener, the Isles have outscored Columbus 8-0 and not allowed a Jacket goal in 151:27.  Thomas Greiss has been in the Islander goal for all three victories.

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