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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

The Skinny: Edmonton 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 3
Edmonton 5, Isles 2 
It was a night to remember for Noah Dobson as he recorded an assist in his NHL debut but Edmonton's James Neal stole the show with his first career 4-goal game, including a natural hat trick, as the Oilers defeat Isles 5-2 on Coliseum ice before a crowd of 10,985. 

Josh Bailey became the first non-dynasty Islander to appear in 800 games, but the Isles suffered a regulation home loss to Edmonton for the first time since 1999 (10-0-2 overall, and 8-0-0 at the Coliseum).
The Scoring: 
1st Period
Anthony Beauvillier (2) Leo Komarov 14:14 EDM 0,NYI 1 SHG
James Neal (3) 17:53 EDM 1,NYI 1
James Neal (4) Connor McDavid, Darnell Nurse 19:29 EDM 2,NYI 1 PPG

2nd Period
James Neal (5) Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid 06:31 EDM 3,NYI 1 PPG
Zack Kassian (3) Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid 08:46 EDM 4,NYI 1 

3rd Period
James Neal (6) Tomas Jurco, Oscar Klefbom 06:51 EDM 5,NYI 1
Matt Martin (1) Noah Dobson, Casey Cizikas 13:32 EDM 5,NYI 2 

The Skinny  
Anthony Beauvillier got the Islanders started with his first career shorthanded goal; it was his 50th career goal.  Beauvillier is the youngest Islander since Ryan Strome (12-2-14 vs. Ottawa) to score a shorthanded goal…  Leo Komarov assisted on the tally as both players extended their season-opening point streak to three games.…Connor McDavid had three assists…Brock Nelson set a career high with six penalty minutes and leads the team with 10 PIM this season; he had only 28 all last season.

Big Game James Neal
Neal now has seven career hat tricks, and his league-leading six goals this season are one shy of last season's total. Neal has now recorded a hat trick for four different teams (DAL-PIT-NSH-EDM).  He has 16 of his 276 career goals against the Isles; only Winnipeg had allowed more Neal goals (19).

Neal is the first opponent to have a natural hat trick against the Isles since Evgeni Malkin (11/26/2008) and the first opponent to score four goals against the Isles since Patrick Elias did so for New Jersey (3/30/2001). Neal is also the first opponent to score four goals in an Islander home game since Radek Dvorak did so for the Rangers (3/29/2001).

Dobson's debut
Noah Dobson had an assist, went +1, had three shots on goal and eight attempts in his NHL debut.  He is the first Islander defenseman since Mark Katic (2/24/2011 vs. Philadelphia) to record an assist in his first game; it was Katic's only NHL point.  Dobson is also the first teenage Islander defenseman to record an assist since Mathieu Biron recorded his final point as a teenager on 2/28/2000.

Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career.  He is 24-21-45 in 63 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month.  Nelson came close to figuring in the scoring tonight, but his apparent third period goal was reversed after video review determined that he directed the puck using a direct kicking motion.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 1-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout).  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 811-597-60-141 in 1,609 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  891
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    811
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,639
3. Barry Trotz        1,609
4. Al Arbour   1,607
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,598

First Things First
The Isles are 1-1-0 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles          6-11-10=27
Edmonton 13-11-3=27

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 1-1-0 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 1-2-0 overall; 1-2-0 at home (1-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 0-0-0 on the road.  
Edmonton is 3-0-0 overall; 2-0-0 at home and 1-0-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-1-0 in Division games and 1-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 0-1-0 against the East and 1-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 15 saves before being removed after Edmonton's 4th goal.  Varlamov is 0-2-0 on the season and 9-12-1 in his career against Edmonton.   Thomas Greiss made 7 saves in relief.
Mikko Koskinen made 26 saves in his season debut; he is 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Edmonton was 2-5 on the power play in 8:11 of PP time.

The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 1-0-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (21:03); Edmonton: Oscar Klefbom (26:44)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 18:45 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (1-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0).

Isles 29, Edmonton 21 (58%).  
Mathew Barzal won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Riley Sheahan won 7 of 12 for Edmonton.  

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Anders Lee-4)
Edmonton 12 (Darnell Nurse & Zach Kassian -3) 
There were no fights. Season total: 0.
Blocked Shots
Isles 16 (Adam Pelech -5)
Edmonton 17 (Joel Persson -4)  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 52, Edmonton 55
5-on-5 Isles 48, Edmonton 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Noah Dobson +8 
Edmonton: Three with +2

The Isles will play 11 sets of back-to-backs this season. The first back-to-back will be on October 11th in Carolina and on October 12th vs. Florida. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 1-2-0 in night games and 0-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on Columbus Day against St. Louis.

Anders Lee 203, Brock Nelson 180, Mathew Barzal 167, Ryan Pulock 140, Josh Bailey 88, Leo Komarov (87 in total; 85 with Isles) and Nick Leddy (85).

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 140 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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT (140)
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

(Andrew Ladd -INJ), Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Johnny Boychuk
Total games lost: 3

Late Heroes
The Isles have not scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have not allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

Isles: 0 - 0
Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failure (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM)

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 800

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 153 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 141…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21.  Brock Nelson 125

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 294 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 435…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 259

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 164

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 86

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
Edmonton leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).   

While the Oilers have won five of the last seven meetings (5-2-0), this was the first time in those seven games that the Isles failed to own a point (2-1-4).

The teams will complete the season series on March 20th in Alberta. 

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers opened their season with a regulation loss Saturday in Springfield and an overtime loss in Hartford on Sunday. Oliver Wahlstrom had a goal and an assist on the weekend.

The Sound Tigers are off until Friday, when they begin a weekend series in Charlotte.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles return to Raleigh for the first time since being eliminated by the Canes in last year's playoffs.

The Canes are off to a 4-0-0 start, including their win in Florida on Tuesday.

While Carolina won both home playoff games against the Isles last season, the Isles have won three straight regular season games in Raleigh, including a pair of 2-1 wins there last October.

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

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