"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 81 Tampa Bay 6, Isles 4 Zdeno Chara scored the Islanders' final goal of the season, th...
Saturday, March 23, 2019
The Skinny: Isles 4, Philadelphia 2
By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Philadelphia 2
Bailey scored two goals in a 1:23 span of the third period to break a 2-2 tie
as the Isles broke a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the
Philadelphia Flyers before a sellout crowd of 19,668 at Wells Fargo Center.
goals were his first since February 26th against Calgary and helped
prevent the Isles from losing three straight games in regulation for the first
time all season.
gives the Isles 93 points, matching the most through 75 games in the post-Cup
era; It also moves the Isles within one point of idle Washington; Pittsburgh also
reached 93 points on Saturday night (the Isles have a game-in-hand on
The Isles’ magic
number to clinch a playoff spot is now 8; they could clinch a playoff spot as
early as Tuesday (with a win on Sunday and a regulation win on Tuesday, coupled
with a Blue Jacket regulation loss in Vancouver on Sunday) in Columbus.
Hagg (5) Radko Gudas, Ryan Hartman 06:39 NYI 0,PHI 1
Nelson (23) Scott Mayfield, Devon Toews 14:27 NYI 1,PHI 1
Leddy (4) Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk 10:58 NYI 2,PHI 1
Gostisbehere (8) Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier 06:16 NYI 2,PHI 2 PPG
Bailey (16) Leo Komarov, Adam Pelech 17:26 NYI 4,PHI 2
Isles are 29-13-3 in their last 45 games but are 8-8-1 in their last 17 games .
The Isles have surpassed last season’s win and point total; including shootout
winners they have scored 34 fewer goals and allowed 89 fewer goals than last
year’s first 75 games… The Isles
have 48 points at home and 45 points on the road … The Isles went 0-5 on the
power play and have scored just once in their last 36 attempts…Josh Bailey now
has 140 goals as an Islander, as he tied and passed Kyle Okposo for 18th
place on the club list…Brock Nelson now has 122 goals as an Islander, passing
Duane Sutter for 21st place on the club list…The Isles have 22 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)…Three of Nick Leddy’s four goals have come
since February 28th…The Isles’ defense combined for 20 shots…The
Isles finished with a season-high 78 attempts after having only 115 in the last
three games combined…Shayne Gostisbehere now has 13 points (3-10-13) in 16
career games against the Isles…Both Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier extended
point streaks to five games…The Isles scored four goals in a game for the first
time since March 7th; the four goals matched their total for the
past four goals…The Isles played the final 2:34 with a 2-goal lead; it was the
first time since March 5th (other than following empty-net goals)
that the Isles have played with a multi-goal lead.
Robert Hagg’s goals was the 10th straight allowed
by the Isles.It’s the first time since
November 19-23, 2011 that the Isles have allowed at least 10 straight goals.The 2011 stretch is one of two in club
history where the Isles had allowed 13 straight goals (it also happened in
Brock Nelson’s goal, the first by the Isles in 134:27,
ended the streak.
Metro Playoff Watch
1. Caps 94 points/75 games/39 ROW (Sunday
2. Isles 93 points/75 games/39 ROW (Sunday
3. Penguins 93 points/76 games/39 ROW (Monday
4. Hurricanes 89 points/74 games/39 ROW (Sunday
5. Blue Jackets 84 points/74 games/39 ROW
(Sunday at Vancouver, Tuesday vs. Isles)
6. Flyers 80 points/75 games/34 ROW, Sunday
Also in Wild Card Race
Canadiens 87 points/75 games/38 ROW (Sunday
The Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff
spot is 8. It could go as low as 4 (with a win over Arizona and a
Columbus regulation loss in Vancouver) on Sunday.
With the Isles losing by four goals tonight,
the Isles now have a +26-goal differential to Washington’s +24. It is this
tie-breaker that had the Isles in first place in the Metro Division earlier in
the week. Pittsburgh now has a +30 differential; for the Isles to
remain in second place following their game on Sunday, they must earn at least
a point. Otherwise they will trail the Penguins by the goal differential
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).
Strength in the Nets
has won 22 games and Robin Lehner has won 21.It’s the 1st time in the last 37 years that two different Isles goalies
have won at least 20 games; Billy Smith won 32 games and Roland Melanson won 22
Best Goals Against Average
by An Islander in a Season
1.Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
Lehner 2018-19 2.23
3.Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
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 (.9276)
Greiss 2018-19 .926 (,9261)
Lehner 2018-19 .926 (.9256)
4.Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925
The Best (Fourth) Line in
Isles are 30-14-6 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
Cizikas was -1 and is now +22 on the season.In the last 30 seasons, only six Islander forwards have finished +22 or
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
Cizikas 2018-19 +22
Most Goals by an Isle With
0 PP goals
·22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood
·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
Isles are 10-6-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 96.6% of capacity on Long
Island (including 11 sellouts).
Most Points Thru 75 Games
Most Points Thru 37 Road
Most Points Thru 38 Home
Games (Post-Cup Era)
Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 75
Games (Includes SO)
Isles are 12-5-2 in their last 19 road games and 15-6-2 in their last 23 road
games. In only one season in club history have the Isles earned more than 32 points in a 23 game stretch -- 2013-14, when they had overlapping stretches of 34 points in 23 games.
Worst to First
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.
Fewest Goals Allowed This Season
(excluding SO goals)
coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken
Hitchcock in wins. Trotz’ NHL record is 805-593-60-141 in 1,599 games.
Most Coaching Wins
Most Games Coached
2.Joel Quenneville 1,636
who will coach his 1,600th game on Sunday, 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: 43-25-7 (91 points), with 210 goals scored and 184 goals allowed
(includes SO winners)
Season: 31-34-10 (72 points), with 242 goals scored and 273 goals allowed
(includes SO winners)
Isles have allowed 89 fewer goals, a decrease of 32.6% as compared to 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 27-9-5 when scoring first and are 16-16-2
when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).
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
Isles are 14-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are
even and 29-9-6 when they are outshot. [The 29 wins when outshot are a
franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]
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
Islanders are 43-25-7 overall; 22-12-4 at home (10-6-2 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.
is 36-31-8 overall; 18-16-4 at home and 18-15-4 on the road.
By Division &
Isles are 17-8-1 in Division games and 26-17-6 in games versus other divisions.The Isles are 27-15-5 against the East and 16-10-2
against the West.
In the Nets
Lehner made 21 saves as he improves to 21-12-5
on the season and 4-6-0 in his career against Philadelphia.
Hart made 36 saves but falls to 15-11-1 on the season and 0-1-0 against the
Isles were 0-5 on the power play in 5:19 of PP time (including 2:41 of 5-on-3
time); Philadelphia was 1-2 on the power play in 2:04 of PP time.
Isles are 23-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 20-23-5 when
they do not.The Isles are 15-14-5 when
they allow at least one power play goal and 28-11-2 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
Isles are 35-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners)
and are 8-23-5 when they do not.
One Goal Games
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 5-0-0when both teams played the night before.
·The Isles are 6-0-1when they are rested, and their opponents
·The Isles are 5-1-1when their opponents are rested, and the
Isles are not.
·The Isles are 27-24-5 when both teams are rested.
Pulock (21:13); Philadelphia: Travis Sanheim (20:53)
Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:51 of ice-time
record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (20-13-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott
Mayfield (8-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal
Philadelphia 36 (36%).
Cizikas won 10 of 20 for the Isles but his teammates won only 10 of 36; Sean Couturier
won 12 of 16 for Philadelphia.
by period: 1st period 5/18; 2nd period 6/20; 3rd
by strength: Even strength: 18/49, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 1/4.
(Ryan Pulock and Cal Clutterbuck -5)
16 (Robert Hagg-5)
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
The Isles blocked 17 shots (Johnny Boychuk -4)
situations: Isles 78, Philadelphia 54 (including 32-18 in the Isles’ favor in
the 2nd period)
Isles 68, Philadelphia 45
Claude Giroux +7
today, the Isles are 8-4-1 in the front half and 10-1-1 in the back half. The
final back-to-back of the season concludes Sunday vs. Arizona.
Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a
new club record for consecutive wins in back ends, but are 1-1-1 in the last three
Night and Day
Isles are 36-21-7 in night games and 7-4-0 in matinees. The final matinee is on
Sunday vs. Arizona (at the Coliseum).
Lee 193, Brock Nelson 170, Mathew Barzal 157.Four other Isles: Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey and Leo Komarov
have appeared in every game this season.
Filppula), Thomas Hickey, Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa, Dennis
Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
games lost: 136
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).
Isles are 15-1-1 when scoring the game’s first two goals.
Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take
NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)
Late Goals Allowed
Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to
either tie or win a game:
CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.
DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles
CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
All-time Islander Leader
Games Played (skaters)
1.Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob
Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 ***
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 429…
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
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 160
1.Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro
130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 84
1.Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16
*** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.Thomas Greiss 10
Season Series Stats
teams split the season series 2 games to 2 (and 4 points to 4). All four games ended in regulation as the
visiting team won all four games by a combined score of 19-6.
On the Farm
Bernier scored his club-leading 22nd goal and Christopher Gibson
made 30 saves as Bridgeport edged Belleville 2-1 at Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport
is 10-2-1-0 in their last 13 games, is 14-3-2-0 in their last 19 games and 38-20-6-2
on the season.
continues their eight-game homestand at 5pm on Sunday against Syracuse. The
Sound Tigers’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 9.
Leaders:Goals: Steve Bernier 22; Assists: Chris
Bourque 34; Points: Chris Bourque 48; +/-: Otto Koivula +15.Goalies: Jeremy Smith 19-11-3 (2.80 GAA);
Christopher Gibson 19-10-4 (2.90 GAA)
SUNDAY, MARCH 24th –ARIZONA
AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM 3:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 2:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] The Isles look to sweep the back-to-back weekend and their season series with the Coyotes as they
host Arizona on Sunday afternoon.
Isles won 3-1 in the Desert just before Christmas with Robin Lehner in goal.
have won five straight home games from the Coyotes and are 8-0-1 at home vs.
the Yotes since the then-Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Isles 3-2 on October 29,
Isles’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 8, but it would fall to 6 with
Eric Hornick has been
the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982.
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