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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Skinny: Los Angeles 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 23
Los Angeles 4, Isles 1
On Monday afternoon, it was a 17-game point streak.  By late Wednesday night it was a 2-game losing streak and a 3-game winless streak.  

Jeff Carter scored a power play goal late in the second period to give the Kings the lead and Los Angeles defeated the Isles 4-1 before a crowd of 16,082 at STAPLES Center.

The Isles are winless in three straight for the first time this season and scored only two goals in three games in California. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Derick Brassard (7) Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson 08:42 NYI 1,LAK 0
Dustin Brown (6) Alex Iafallo, Ben Hutton 09:46 NYI 1,LAK 1

2nd Period
Jeff Carter (8) Michael Amadio, Sean Walker 16:17 NYI 1,LAK 2 PPG

3rd Period
Matt Roy (2) Blake Lizotte 10:19 NYI 1,LAK 3
Alex Iafallo (5)EN Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown 17:53 NYI 1,LAK 4

The Skinny     
Derick Brassard's goal ended an Isles scoreless drought of 104:07 but they scored only once in the final 155:25 of this road trip… Jeff Carter is now 22-26-48 in 50 career games against the Isles…Brock Nelson played his 200th consecutive game while Ryan Pulock played his 150th consecutive game…The Isles had led for only 5:26 in the last six games (1:04 tonight and 4:22 vs. the Penguins in the third period on Thursday), yet are 3-2-1 in those six games…It's the first time since October 10, 2006 that the Isles played before a non-sellout crowd in Los Angeles…The Isles' power play went 0-11 in California…It's the first time since November 5-10, 2018 that the Isles have gone winless in three games (also 0-2-1) and is only the second time under Barry Trotz that the Isles have gone three games without a win….This was the 600th "loss" of Trotz' career.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 7-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won six straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 3-0-1 at Barclays Center.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 826-600-60-143 in 1,629 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  902
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    826
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,660
3. Barry Trotz        1,629
4. Al Arbour 1,607

The Rotation
The Islanders are first team since the Sharks in 2006-07 to alternate starting goalies for each of the first 23 games of the season. (The Sharks used Vesa Toskala in the odd games and Evgeni Nabokov in the even games before Nabokov started games 36 and 37 around the Christmas break)

This matches the second-longest streak in Isles history:
24 games (Hrudey/Smith) in 1985-86; Smith played games 24 and 25.
23 games (Smith/Melanson) in 1982-83; Smith played games 23 and 24.
23 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 7-2-1 when scoring first and are 9-3-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles             8-10-7=25    
Los Angeles  12-10-8=30

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-3-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-5-2 overall; 10-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 3-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 6-3-1 on the road.  
Los Angeles is 10-13-2 overall; 8-5-1 at home and 2-8-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-2-1 in Division games and 11-3-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-2-1 against the East and 4-3-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves but falls to 7-3-2 on the season and 9-6-3 in his career against Los Angeles.

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves to improve to 7-9-1 on the season and 6-3-2 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 4:58 of power play time; Los Angeles was 1-4 on the power play in 6:42 of PP time.

The Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-4-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-2-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 2-1-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 12-3-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 52-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 4-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-5-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (22:24); Los Angeles: Drew Doughty (28:07)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:21 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-1-0), Ryan Pulock (6-1-2), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Los Angeles 28 (51%).  
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 138 for the Isles; Anze Kopitar won 14 of 20 for Los Angeles.  

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Johnny Boychuk -5). 
Los Angeles 11 (Kurtis MacDermid -4)
   
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 6 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Three with 2)
Los Angeles 16 (Two with 3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 56, Los Angeles 59
5-on-5 Isles 42, Los Angeles 47

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +9
Los Angeles: Kyle Clifford +9

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front-half and 3-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be December 2nd in Detroit and December 3rd in Montreal. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-1-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 14-5-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 223, Brock Nelson 200, Mathew Barzal 187, Ryan Pulock 150 and Josh Bailey 108. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 150 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 150
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), (Nick Leddy-INJ), Otto Koivula, Ross Johnston).
Total games lost: 68.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.
11/19 @ PIT – Ryan Pulock scored at 18:38 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed one goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
11/21 vs. STL – Patric Hornqvist scored at 19:30, but the Isles won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures (offside-11/19 vs PIT)
Opponents: 1 successful, 2 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs SJ)

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.  Josh Bailey 820…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 516 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 504 *** 30. Brock Nelson 503

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon and Josh Bailey 147
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 132

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 300 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 158

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 447…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 268 *** 26. Brock Nelson 261

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 174

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 94

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

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
9. Steve Stirling 124 *** 10. Doug Weight 122 *** 11. Barry Trotz 105
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Scott Gordon and Barry Trotz 64

Season Series Stats
Los Angeles leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude the season series on February 6th in Brooklyn.

The Isles had won three straight against Los Angeles, but they fall to 2-8-0 in ten all-time trips to Staples Center.

On the Farm   
Arnaud Durandeau scored the winning goal at 6:47 of the third period as Bridgeport stretched its winning streak to three games with a 3-2 win in Springfield on Wednesday Christopher Gibson made 37 saves for the win.

 Bridgeport is 7-11-3-1 on the season and will host Springfield on Friday.

Up Next
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30th —  COLUMBUS AT ISLANDERS ( BARCLAYS CENTER) – 7:00 PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6;30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 

The Isles just finished a stretch where they played five out of six on the road; they'll start a similar stretch on Monday in Detroit.  In between, it's just a single home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the final game to be played at Barclays Center in 2019.

It will be the 2nd meeting of the teams this season; the first of Brock Nelson's three overtime goals gave the Isles a 3-2 win in Columbus on October 19th.

The Isles have won four of the last five games between the teams, but none of those games were played in Brooklyn (2-0 at Coliseum and 2-1 in Columbus).

And Finally…
Happy Thanksgiving!

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, November 26, 2019

The Skinny: Anaheim 3, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 22
Anaheim 3, Isles 0
The streak is over.

Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler each scored a goal and added an assist while John Gibson made 26 saves for his 19th career shutout as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Isles 3-0 before a crowd of 16,269 at Honda Center.

The loss snapped the Isles' franchise-record 17-game point streak (15-0-2).  The Isles are 16-4-2; it still equals the most wins and the most points the Isles have ever had through 22 games. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Ryan Getzlaf (9) 10:26 NYI 0,ANA 1

3rd Period
Cam Fowler (5) Ryan Getzlaf, Troy Terry 13:13 NYI 0, ANA 2
Ondrej Kase (4) Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler 14:24 NYI 0, ANA 3

The Skinny    
The Isles were the 27th team in NHL history to earn a point in 17 straight games; it was the 2nd-longest point streak by a New York team (Rangers 19 games in 1939-1940) ...This was the Ducks' 1001st all-time game in Anaheim…Ryan Getzlaf was credited with Anaheim's first goal when the puck was put into the Isles goal by Jordan Eberle; the goal extended his point streak to five games…This was the first of the last eight games to be decided by more than one…The Isles were shutout for the first time this season and did not have a shot on goal in the final 13:54;  they have not scored a goal in 95:25 and have only one goal on this road trip...The loss ended a three-game win streak for the Isles in games they trailed after two periods (all done during streak); that tied the club record, done three times, including last season.

Beauvember?
Anthony Beauvillier is 6-3-9 in 11 games this month and is now 12-7-19 in 45 career November games.

The Record Point Streak (15-0-2)
10/12: Florida (3-2 Wso)
10/14: St. Louis (3-2 Wot)
10/17: @ Winnipeg (3-1 W)
10/19: @ Columbus (3-2 Wot)
10/24: Arizona (4-2 W)
10/25: @ Ottawa (4-2 W)
10/27: Philadelphia (5-3 W)
11/1: Tampa Bay (5-2 W)
11/2: @ Buffalo (1-0 W)
11/5: Ottawa (4-1 W)
11/7: Pittsburgh (3-4 OTL)
11/9: Florida (2-1 W)
11/13: Toronto (5-4 W)
11/16:@ Philadelphia (4-3 Wso)
11/19:@ Pittsburgh (5-4 Wot)
11/21:Pittsburgh (4-3 Wot)
11/23: @ San Jose (1-2 OTL)
11/25: @ Anaheim (0-3 Loss to end streak)

The Isles had 15-game streaks in 1978-79, 1980-81 and 1981-82 but this was the longest point streak in their history.

Making Their Point
The Isles last lost in regulation on October 11th in Carolina; the 45 days between regulation losses was the longest in club history.
 
To put the Isles streak in perspective, all four Yankee losses to Houston in the ALCS have occurred since the streak started.  Since the day the streak started, the Rangers and Devils have suffered 17 regulation losses, the Knicks and Nets have lost 21 games and the Jets and Giants have lost eight times.
 
It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 7-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won six straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 3-0-1 at Barclays Center.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 826-599-60-143 in 1,628 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  902
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    826
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,660
3. Barry Trotz        1,628
4. Al Arbour 1,607

The Rotation
The Islanders are first team since the Sharks in 2006-07 to alternate starting goalies for each of the first 22 games of the season. (The Sharks used Vesa Toskala in the odd games and Evgeni Nabokov in the even games before Nabokov started games 36 and 37 around the Christmas break)

It's the third longest streak in Isles history:
24 games (Hrudey/Smith) in 1985-86; Smith played games 24 and 25.
23 games (Smith/Melanson) in 1982-83; Smith played games 23 and 24.
22 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-1 when scoring first and are 9-3-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles        16-7-3=26    
Anaheim  5-15-3=23

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-2-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-4-2 overall; 10-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 3-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 6-2-1 on the road.  
Anaheim is 11-11-3 overall; 7-4-2 at home and 4-7-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-2-1 in Division games and 11-2-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-2-1 against the East and 4-2-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 20 saves but falls to 9-2-0 on the season and 3-5-2 in his career against Anaheim.

John Gibson made 26 saves to improve to 8-10-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in his career against the Isles.

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

The Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-3-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-2-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 2-1-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 12-2-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-4-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 52-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 4-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-4-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:30); Anaheim: Erik Gudbranson (24:20)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:09 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-1-0), Ryan Pulock (6-1-2), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Anaheim 26 (49%).  
Casey Cizikas won 12 of 18 for the Isles (but his teammates won only 13 of 33); Ryan Getzlaf won 7 of 12 for Anaheim.  

Hit Count
Isles 30 (Matt Martin -10). It was Martin's highest hit total since returning to the Isles. 
Anaheim 26 (Two with 6)
   
Fights
Scott Mayfield fought Nick Deslauriers in the first period; it's the second straight season Scott has been involved in a fight in Anaheim.  Season total: 6 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 10 (Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey -2)
Anaheim 20 (Ryan Getzlaf -3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 62, Anaheim 41
5-on-5 Isles 55, Anaheim 39

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Devon Toews and Brock Nelson +9
Anaheim: Ondrej Kase +5

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front-half and 3-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be December 2nd in Detroit and December 3rd in Montreal. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-1-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 14-4-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 222, Brock Nelson 199, Mathew Barzal 186, Ryan Pulock 149 and Josh Bailey 107. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 149 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 149
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula, Leo Komarov).
Total games lost: 66.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.
11/19 @ PIT – Ryan Pulock scored at 18:38 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed one goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
11/21 vs. STL – Patric Hornqvist scored at 19:30, but the Isles won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures (offside-11/19 vs PIT)
Opponents: 1 successful, 2 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs SJ)

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.  Josh Bailey 819…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 515 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 503 *** 30. Brock Nelson 502

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon and Josh Bailey 147
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 132

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 300 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 158

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 447…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 268 *** 26. Brock Nelson 260

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 174

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 94

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

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
9. Steve Stirling 124 *** 10. Doug Weight 122 *** 11. Barry Trotz 104 
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Scott Gordon and Barry Trotz 64

Season Series Stats
Anaheim  leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude the season series on December 21st at the Coliseum

The Isles have now lost their last three games in Anaheim, after winning the previous three trips to the Pond.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport has won consecutive games for the first time this season with their 3-1 win over Springfield on Sunday. Andrew Ladd scored the winning goal for the second straight game; he is now tied for the team lead with four goals. Bridgeport is 6-11-3-1 on the season and will visit Springfield on Wednesday before hosting the T-Birds on Friday.

Up Next
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th —  ISLANDERS AT LOS ANGELES – 10:30 PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 

The California road swing concludes in Los Angeles against the Kings.  The Isles swept the season series last year, winning 7-2 in LA and 4-2 at the Coliseum.

Overall, the Isles have won three straight and four of five in Los Angeles.  They have been less successful at Staples Center, with their win last season being their first in regulation time and only their second ever in that building (2-7-0).

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, November 24, 2019

The Skinny: San Jose 2, Isles 1 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 21
San Jose 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Logan Couture scored 2:30 into overtime as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Isles 2-1 before a crowd of 16,471 at SAP Center at San Jose.

The overtime loss snapped the Isles' five-game winning streak and their six-game road winning streak but allowed them to extend their franchise-record point streak to 17 games (15-0-2).
 
The Isles are 16-3-2; it is the most wins and the most points the Isles have ever had through 21 games. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Marcus Sorensen (4) Mario Ferraro, Joe Thornton 06:38 NYI 0,SJS 1
Casey Cizikas (4) Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock 07:05 NYI 1,SJS 1

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
Logan Couture (5) Evander Kane, Brent Burns 02:30 NYI 1,SJS 2 

The Skinny    
The Isles are 9-1-2 in games decided by a single goal while San Jose is 6-2-1… The Isles are the 27th team in NHL history to earn a point in 17 straight games; it is the 2nd-longest point streak by a New York team (Rangers 19 games in 1939-1940)…The Isles had six power plays to the Sharks' one; it's the first time since 12/31/2013 in Boston that the Isles have had five more PP's than the opposition in a road game. …Logan Couture now has seven goals in 13 games against the Isles and has scored OT goals in the last two Shark games…Couture's goal extended his point streak to six games (3-7-10); Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier and Derek Brassard all saw their point streaks end… The overtime loss ends the Isles' NHL record-tying streak of nine straight wins after allowing the first goal…The Sharks have won 43 consecutive games when allowing two goals or fewer, tying the NHL record set by the Penguins in 2012-13….The Sharks have killed 80 of 88 PPs this season, and 42 of 44 at home…San Jose is 8-1-0 in their last nine games…Casey Cizikas has four goals in the last eight games.

One-goal, again
This was the seventh straight one-goal games (5-0-2).  The club record of eight games was set in 2009-2010 and equaled over two seasons in 2018.  

The Isles had won five straight games, all by one goal.  It's the first time in club history that they have ever won five straight games by a single goal.  (The previous record of 4 was set in 1992-93 and equaled in 2006-07, and over two seasons in 2018).  

Mr. Overtime
Brock Nelson has three overtime goals this season, giving him six for his career.  He is only the 4th player in Isles history with six career OT goals:

1. John Tavares 11
2. Josh Bailey 6
    Brock Nelson 6
    Kyle Okposo 6 

Nelson has recorded only the third instance of an Islander scoring three overtime goals in a season:
1. John Tavares 4 (2014-2015)
2. Brock Nelson 3 (2019-2020)
John Tavares 3 (2010-2011)

(The NHL record of 5 overtime goals in a season is shared by four players)

Beauvember?
Anthony Beauvillier is 6-3-9 in ten games this month and is now 12-7-19 in 44 career November games.

The Record Point Streak (15-0-2)
10/12: Florida (3-2 Wso)
10/14: St. Louis (3-2 Wot)
10/17: @ Winnipeg (3-1 W)
10/19: @ Columbus (3-2 Wot)
10/24: Arizona (4-2 W)
10/25: @ Ottawa (4-2 W)
10/27: Philadelphia (5-3 W)
11/1: Tampa Bay (5-2 W)
11/2: @ Buffalo (1-0 W)
11/5: Ottawa (4-1 W)
11/7: Pittsburgh (3-4 OTL)
11/9: Florida (2-1 W)
11/13: Toronto (5-4 W)
11/16:@ Philadelphia (4-3 Wso)
11/19:@ Pittsburgh (5-4 Wot)
11/21:Pittsburgh (4-3 Wot)
11/23: @ San Jose (1-2 OTL)

The Isles had 15-game streaks in 1978-79, 1980-81 and 1981-82 but this is the longest point streak in their history.

Making Their Point
The Isles last lost in regulation on October 11th in Carolina; they have now earned a point in every game over a club-record 45 days (thru at least Monday)

It is the 5th time in club history that they have gone at least 30 days between pointless games:
45 days  October/November 2019  CURRENT (thru at least 11/25)
38 days  November/December 1978
34 days  February/March 1981
33 days  November/December 1980
32 days  January/February 1982

To put the Isles streak in perspective, all four Yankee losses to Houston in the ALCS have occurred since the streak started.  Since the day the streak started, the Rangers and Devils have suffered 17 regulation losses, the Knicks and Nets have lost 20 games and the Jets and Giants have lost seven times.

+87
The win moves the Isles' all-time record to 1637-1550-498; they remain 87 games over NHL-.500 for the first time since November 26, 1998, when a 4-1 loss to Ottawa dropped their all-time record to 938-851-291.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 7-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won six straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 3-0-1 at Barclays Center.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 826-598-60-143 in 1,627 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  902
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    826
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,658
3. Barry Trotz        1,627
4. Al Arbour 1,607

Trotz is the 11th man to coach the Isles for at least 100 games.  He is 64-30-9 as the Isles coach, with his 62 wins and 132 points leading all others' first 100 by a wide margin:

Barry Trotz      62-30-8
Doug Weight  53-37-10  
Ted Nolan         51-37-12 
Terry Simpson 49-38-13 
Peter Laviolette 48-39-9-4 
Steve Stirling 47-38-11-4 
Jack Capuano 38-46-16 
Scott Gordon 32-53-15 
Butch Goring  30-57-11-2 
Al Arbour          28-48-24 
Mike Milbury      26-58-16

The Rotation
The Islanders are first team since the Sharks in 2006-07 to alternate starting goalies for each of the first 21 games of the season. (The Sharks used Vesa Toskala in the odd games and Evgeni Nabokov in the even games before Nabokov started games 36 and 37 around the Christmas break)

It's the third longest streak in Isles history:
24 games (Hrudey/Smith) in 1985-86; Smith played games 24 and 25.
23 games (Smith/Melanson) in 1982-83; Smith played games 23 and 24.
21 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-1 when scoring first and are 9-2-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles        7-10-11-0=28       
San Jose 13-6-5-2=26

The Isles are 6-0-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-2-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-3-2 overall; 10-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 3-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 6-1-1 on the road.  
San Jose is 12-11-1 overall; 8-5-0 at home and 4-6-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-2-1 in Division games and 11-1-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-2-1 against the East and 4-1-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves; he is 7-2-2 on the season and 5-6-4 in his career against San Jose.

Martin Jones made 27 saves to improve to 9-8-1 on the season and 3-1-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-6 on the power play in 12:00 of power play time; San Jose was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-2-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-1-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 2-1-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-0-0 when the power plays are even, and 12-2-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 52-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 4-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-3-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:02); San Jose: Brent Burns (24:14)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:57 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-0-0), Ryan Pulock (6-1-2), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 21, San Jose 24 (47%).  
Brock Nelson won 10 of 17 for the Isles (but his teammates won only 11 of 28); Barclay Goodrow won 10 of 16 for San Jose.  

Hit Count
Isles 31 (Casey Cizikas -7). 
San Jose 22 (Barclay Goodrow -5) 
   
Fights
Casey Cizikas fought Brenden Dillon in the second period.  Season total: 5 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 14 (Adam Pelech -4)
San Jose 18 (Dylan Gambrell -4)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 60, San Jose 48
5-on-5 Isles 40, San Jose 37

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Casey Cizikas +10
San Jose: Joe Thornton +7

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front-half and 3-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be December 2nd in Detroit and December 3rd in Montreal. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-1-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 14-3-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 221, Brock Nelson 198, Mathew Barzal 185, Ryan Pulock 148 and Josh Bailey 106. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 148 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 148
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov).
Total games lost: 65.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.
11/19 @ PIT – Ryan Pulock scored at 18:38 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed one goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
11/21 vs. STL – Patric Hornqvist scored at 19:30, but the Isles won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures (offside-11/19 vs PIT)
Opponents: 1 successful, 2 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs SJ)

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.  Josh Bailey 818…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin and Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 502 *** 30. Brock Nelson 501

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon and Josh Bailey 147
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 132

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 300 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 158

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 447…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 268 *** 26. Brock Nelson 260

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 173

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 94

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

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
9. Steve Stirling 124 *** 10. Doug Weight 122 *** 11. Barry Trotz 103 
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Scott Gordon and Barry Trotz 64

Season Series Stats
San Jose leads the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will conclude the season series on February 23rd at the Coliseum

The Isles are 3-1-1 in the last five games, and 5-3-1 in the last nine games, against the Sharks.

On the Farm   
Andrew Ladd scored the winning goal and added an assist as The Sound Tigers beat Hershey 3-2 on Saturday. Bridgeport, who lost 5-0 to Providence on Friday, is 5-11-3-1 on the season and completes their three-in-three stretch by hosting Springfield on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

Up Next
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th —  ISLANDERS AT ANAHEIM – 10:00 PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 9:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 

The California road swing continue in Anaheim against the Ducks.  The teams split a pair of games last season with each team winning at home.

The Isles are 5-2-1 in the last eight games, and 6-3-1 in the last ten games, against the Ducks.  The Isles have lost their last two games in Anaheim, after winning the previous three trips to the Pond.

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

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 20
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Brock Nelson thought he might have scored the winning goal in his 500th NHL game when he put the Isles ahead 3-2 with 4:52 to play.  Instead he would get the winning goal at 4:16 of overtime as the Islanders extended their point streak to a franchise-record sixteen games (15-0-1) with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins before a crowd of 13,212 at Barclays Center. 

Nelson, who became the first Islander to score overtime goals in consecutive regular season game, recorded his 3rd overtime goal of the season and sixth of his career.  He is the only Islander with more than one game-winning goal this season (he has four).
 
The Isles are 16-3-1; it is the most wins and the most points the Isles have ever had through 20 games. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Evgeni Malkin (4) Jake Guentzel, John Marino 01:04 PIT 1,NYI 0
Scott Mayfield (3) Mathew Barzal 15:12 PIT 1,NYI 1

2nd Period 
Bryan Rust (8) 01:09 PIT 2,NYI 1
Anthony Beauvillier (8) Derick Brassard, Ryan Pulock 11:38 PIT 2,NYI 2 PPG

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (7) Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal 15:08 PIT 2,NYI 3 PPG
Patric Hornqvist (6) Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin 19:30 PIT 3,NYI 3

OT
Brock Nelson (8) Mathew Barzal 04:16 PIT 3,NYI 4

The Skinny    
Anthony Beauvillier scored for the fourth straight game; six of his eight goals have come during this streak. ….The Isles are 9-1-1 in games decided by a single goal while Pittsburgh is 5-2-3…Brock Nelson's overtime winner gives his three goals in the last two games (two game winners and a go-ahead goal)…Nelson played his 500th game, all with the Isles. He is  the 31st Islander to appear in 500 games…. The Isles now have won five straight games (tied for longest current streak in NHL with Dallas, who won later in the evening); all five wins, and each of the last six games, have been decided by a single goal…The Isles are the 41st team in NHL history to earn a point in 16 straight games…The Isles had not led in 175:08 of regulation play (since the end of the Toronto game) before Nelson's goal…The Isles had seven power plays for the first time since February 9, 2018 vs. Detroit…Evgeni Malkin recorded his 30th career goal against the Isles…Scott Mayfield's goal was the 12th for the Isles defense; they didn't reach the 12-goal mark last season until New Year's Eve…Mathew Barzal was credited for three assists, giving him 20 points in 20 games; it was his 5th career game with at least three assists (other four came as a rookie)…Devon Toews has not missed a game since he debuted in the NHL (68 games); he was briefly injured early in the first period, but finished the game…The Isles allowed goals in the first two minutes of each of the first two periods for the first time since January 10, 2019 at the Garden (Ryan Strome, Kevin Shattenkirk). The Isles also won that game by a 4-3 score…Bryan Rust has scored four of his eight goals this season against the Isles…Barry Trotz recorded his 64th win as the Islander coach, tying Scott Gordon for 6th place on the all-time list;  the Isles had had five distinct winning streaks of at least five games under Trotz, after having only four in the 10 seasons prior to Trotz, combined.

Another Club Record
The Isles have won five straight games, all by one goal.  It's the first time in club history that they have ever won five straight games by a single goal.  (The previous record of 4 was set in 1992-93 and equaled in 2006-07, and over two seasons in 2018).  

The Isles have also played six straight one-goal games (5-0-1).  The club record of eight games was set in 2009-2010 and equaled over two seasons in 2018.  

Another Club/League Record Tied  (From the Geniuses at Elias Sports Bureau)
The Isles have won nine straight games that they allowed the first goal, tying both the club record (set in 1989-90) and the single-season league record (also done by Detroit in 2001 and Columbus in 2015)

The club record was originally set from December 16, 1989 – January 19, 1990, with five of the wins falling in the nine-game winning streak that had been the 2nd-longest in club history before this month.  The Isles overcame seven 1-0 deficits and two 2-0 deficits in that streak.

Changing Times
The Isles swept the home-and-home with Brock Nelson scoring overtime goals in both contests.  Prior to Tuesday, the last regular season overtime goal the first the Isles scored against Pittsburgh was on December 23, 1990 (Patrick Flatley goal made Jeff Hackett a winner).  Prior to Tuesday the Isles had scored only three overtime goals in regular season play vs Pittsburgh (out of 42 overtime games).

Mr. Overtime
Brock Nelson's OT goal was his 3rd during this streak (vs. Columbus on October 19th and Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh) and 6th of his career.  He is only the 4th player in Isles history with six career OT goals:

1. John Tavares 11
2. Josh Bailey 6
    Brock Nelson 6
    Kyle Okposo 6 

Nelson has recorded only the third instance of an Islander scoring three overtime goals in a season:
1. John Tavares 4 (2014-2015)
2. Brock Nelson 3 (2019-2020)
        John Tavares 3 (2010-2011)

(The NHL record of 5 overtime goals in a season is shared by four players)

Beauvember?
Anthony Beauvillier is 6-3-9 in nine games this month and is now 12-7-19 in 43 career November games.

The Record Point Streak (15-0-1)
10/12: Florida (3-2 Wso)
10/14: St. Louis (3-2 Wot)
10/17: @ Winnipeg (3-1 W)
10/19: @ Columbus (3-2 Wot)
10/24: Arizona (4-2 W)
10/25: @ Ottawa (4-2 W)
10/27: Philadelphia (5-3 W)
11/1: Tampa Bay (5-2 W)
11/2: @ Buffalo (1-0 W)
11/5: Ottawa (4-1 W)
11/7: Pittsburgh (3-4 OTL)
11/9: Florida (W 2-1)
11/13: Toronto (W 5-4)
11/16:@ Philadelphia (W 4-3so)
11/19:@ Pittsburgh (W 5-4ot)
11/21:Pittsburgh (W4-3ot)

The Isles had 15-game streaks in 1978-79, 1980-81 and 1981-82 but this is the longest point streak in their history.

Making Their Point
The Isles last lost in regulation on October 11th in Carolina; they have now earned a point in every game over a club-record 43 days (thru at least Saturday)

It is the 5th time in club history that they have gone at least 30 days between pointless games:
43 days  October/November 2019  CURRENT (thru at least 11/23)
38 days  November/December 1978
34 days  February/March 1981
33 days  November/December 1980
32 days  January/February 1982

To put the Isles streak in perspective, all four Yankee losses to Houston in the ALCS have occurred since the streak started.  Since the day the streak started, the Rangers and Devils have suffered 15 regulation losses, the Knicks and Nets have lost 19 games and the Jets and Giants have lost seven times.

+87
The win raises the Isles' all-time record to 1637-1550-497; it's the first time they have been 87 games over NHL-.500 since November 26, 1998, when a 4-1 loss to Ottawa dropped their all-time record to 938-851-291.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 7-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won six straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 3-0-1 at Barclays Center.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 826-598-60-142 in 1,626 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  902
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    826
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,657
3. Barry Trotz        1,626
4. Al Arbour   1,607

Trotz is the 11th man to coach the Isles for at least 100 games.  He is 63-30-8 as the Isles coach, with his 62 wins and 132 points leading all others' first 100 by a wide margin:

Barry Trotz      62-30-8
Doug Weight  53-37-10  
Ted Nolan         51-37-12 
Terry Simpson 49-38-13 
Peter Laviolette 48-39-9-4 
Steve Stirling 47-38-11-4 
Jack Capuano 38-46-16 
Scott Gordon 32-53-15 
Butch Goring  30-57-11-2 
Al Arbour          28-48-24 
Mike Milbury      26-58-16

The Rotation
The Islanders are first team since the San Jose Sharks in 2006-07 to alternate starting goalies for each of the first 20 games of the season. (The Sharks used Vesa Toskala in the odd games and Evgeni Nabokov in the even games before Nabokov started games 36 and 37 around the Christmas break)

It's the third longest streak in Isles history:
24 games (Hrudey/Smith) in 1985-86; Smith played games 24 and 25.
23 games (Smith/Melanson) in 1982-83; Smith played games 23 and 24.
20 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-1 when scoring first and are 9-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles          5-9-9-1=24       
Pittsburgh 8-10-8-0=26

The Isles are 6-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-2-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-3-1 overall; 10-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 3-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 6-1-0 on the road.  
Pittsburgh is 11-7-4 overall; 7-3-2 at home and 4-4-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-2-1 in Division games and 11-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 12-2-1 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 23 saves to improve to 9-1-0 on the season and 5-2-0 in his career against Pittsburgh.

Matt Murray made 20 saves; he is 9-4-4 on the season and 3-3-3 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 2-7 on the power play in 9:26 of power play time; Pittsburgh was 0-3 on the power play in 4:19 of PP time.

The Isles are 6-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-2-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-1-1 when they do not.

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-0-0 when the power plays are even, and 12-2-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-0 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 52-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 4-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 9-3-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (24:25); Pittsburgh: Brian Dumoulin (25:58) 
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 21:32 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-0-0), Ryan Pulock (6-1-1), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 34, Pittsburgh 28 (55%).  
Brock Nelson won 12 of 17 for the Isles (that's 39 of 56 in the last three games); Teddy Blueger won 8 of 13 for Pittsburgh.  

Hit Count
Isles 39 (Anders Lee -8); Lee also had 7 hits on Tuesday. 
Pittsburgh 24 (Two with 4) 
   
Fights
While Anders Lee and Zach Aston-Reese threw punches in the third period, only minor penalties were assessed. There were no fights.  Season total: 4 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas (vs. OTT).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Nick Leddy and Cal Cluttebuck -3)
Pittsburgh 11 (John Marino -3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 44, Pittsburgh 52
5-on-5 Isles 25, Pittsburgh 39

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Devon Toews +8
Pittsburgh: Two with +7

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front-half and 3-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be December 2nd in Detroit and December 3rd in Montreal. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-1-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 14-3-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 220, Brock Nelson 197, Mathew Barzal 184, Ryan Pulock 147 and Josh Bailey 105. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 147 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 147
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov).
Total games lost: 64.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.
11/19 @ PIT – Ryan Pulock scored at 18:38 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed one goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
11/21 vs. STL – Patric Hornqvist scored at 19:30, but the Isles won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures (offside11/19 vs PIT)
Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB)

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.  Josh Bailey 817…
25. Dave Lewis and Matt Martin 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 501 *** 30. Brock Nelson 500

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon and Josh Bailey 147
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 132

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 300 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 158

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 447…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 268 *** 26. Brock Nelson 260

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 173

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 94

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

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
9. Steve Stirling 124 *** 10. Doug Weight 122 *** 11. Barry Trotz 102 
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Scott Gordon and Barry Trotz 64

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 1 (and 5 points to 4).  The teams will conclude the season series on March 15th in Pittsburgh. 

The Isles are 5-1-2 in their last eight games against Pittsburgh; five of the last six games between the teams has gone to overtime.

On the Farm   
The Sound Tigers are 4-10-3-1 on the season. Bridgeport begins a set of three games in three days on Friday in Providence.

Up Next
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd —  ISLANDERS AT SAN JOSE – 10:30 PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 

The Isles head to California and begin a three-game road trip in San Jose against the Sharks.  It's the first meeting of the teams in over 13 months, as the Isles faced San Jose twice in the first seven games last season with each team winning at home.

The Isles are 3-1-0 in the last four games, and 5-3-0 in the last eight games, against the Sharks.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Extra Skinny (mainly from others)

From Elias:  Isles are first team in NHL history to win consecutive games after trailing by multiple goals with 7 minutes to play in regulation.

From NHL PR: Isles are first team this season to overcome two different two goal deficits (2-0 and 4-2)

From NHL PR: The only other time that the Isles overcame multiple goal deficits in the third period to win consecutive games was on 12/31/1985 and 1/2/1986.

Here's some more details on those wins in 85-86 because they are too good not to share:
12/31/85 @ Detroit - Lane Lambert (yes, the Isles assistant coach) gave the Wings a 4-2 lead before goals from Stefan Persson (10:56) and Paul Boutilier (14:16) forced overtime.  Mikko Makela had the OT goal.
1/2/86 vs. Boston - The Isles trailed 3-1 entering the third, but had the game even by the 5:57 mark; each team then scored two more goals before Mike Bossy scored the winner at 17:38 and an empty-netter at 19:43 for his 500th NHL goal.


And inspired by a fan (Steven Siegel):
Leading scorers in 1981-82 streak:
Bossy 10-23-33
Trottier 19-12-31
Brent Sutter 15-12-27

Leading scorers in current streak:
Barzal 9-7-16
Brassard 6-8-14
Nelson 4-10-14
The three leading point-getters have combined for 19 goals, matching Trottier's total.

And finally, Brock Nelson's OT goal was his 2nd during this streak (vs. Columbus on October 19th) and 5th of his career.  He is only the 5th player in Isles history with five career OT goals:

1. John Tavares 11
2. Josh Bailey 6
    Kyle Okposo 6
4. Brock Nelson 5
    Thomas Hickey 5

This is the first time in his career that Nelson has scored multiple OT goals in a season.  (John Tavares: 4 in 2014-15 and 3 in 2010-11, is the only Islander to ever score three OT goals in a season)


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 5, Pittsburgh 4 (OT). Isles tie club record with point in 15th straight game.

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 19
Isles 5, Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Stop me if you have heard this before. For 2 ¾  periods, it looked like the Isles' 14-game point streak would end in Barry Trotz' 101st game behind the Isles bench.

But Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock scored in the final 4:19 to force overtime and Brock Nelson scored the winning goal in the extra session as the Isles extended the streak to a club record-matching 15 games (14-0-1) with a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins before a sellout crowd of 18,411 at PPG Paints Arena. It's the fourth time that the Isles have had a 15-game point streak, but the first time since January 21- February 20, 1982.
The Isles are 15-3-1; their 31 points matches the highest total through nineteen games in the club history (also in 1976-77), while the 15 wins are the most the Isles have ever had thru 19 games.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Bryan Rust (7) Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin 11:34 NYI 0,PIT 1 PPG
Brandon Tanev (4) John Marino, Jared McCann 16:18 NYI 0,PIT 2

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (7) Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson 02:39 NYI 1,PIT 2
Brock Nelson (5) Nick Leddy, Derick Brassard 05:30 NYI 2,PIT 2
Brandon Tanev (5) Marcus Pettersson, Dominik Kahun 14:31 NYI 2,PIT 3

3rd Period
Jake Guentzel (10) Alex Galchenyuk, Evgeni Malkin 02:39 NYI 2,PIT 4 PPG
Josh Bailey (7) Jordan Eberle, Devon Toews 15:41 NYI 3,PIT 4
Ryan Pulock (3) Derick Brassard, Nick Leddy 18:28 NYI 4,PIT 4 

OT
Brock Nelson (6) Anthony Beauvillier 02:55 NYI 5,PIT 4

The Skinny    
The Isles trailed 2-0 after one period and it could have been worse; the Isles were successful on an off-side challenge that took away a Zach Aston-Reese goal … Anthony Beauvillier scored for the third straight game (and was a +4); five of his seven goals have come during this streak. ….The Isles are 8-1-1 in games decided by a single goal while Pittsburgh is 4-2-3…Brock Nelson's overtime winner completed a three-point, +4 game; Derick Brassard had two more assists, each extended their assist streaks to three games; Nelson now leads the team with 11 assists…The Isles are 6-1-0 on the road this season, matching their best-ever road start.  They have won six straight road games, matching the third-longest road win streak in club history…Casey Cizikas played his 500th game, all with the Isles.  He was in the starting lineup for the 125th of those 500 games and in the 30th Islander to appear in 500 games….Nelson played in 499th game, all with the Isles. The Isles now have won four straight games (tied for longest current streak in NHL with Carolina and Dallas); all four wins, and each of the last five games, have been decided by a single goal…Josh Bailey's goal, his 147th as an Islander, tied Pierre Turgeon for 16th place on the Isles list; …Nick Leddy's three assists give him 200 points as an Islander.  He is the 7th American (and first American defenseman) to reach that plateau…The Isles are the 59th team in NHL history to earn a point in 15 straight games.

The Comeback
The Isles came from 2 goals behind in the final 4:19 to win in overtime.  It's the second time during this streak that the Isles have scored twice in the final six minutes (two in final 5:31 vs. St. Louis) to erase a two-goal lead.

However, it's only the third time in club history that they have won a game that they trailed by two goals this late in the third period:
December 19, 1989 vs. New Jersey  - Pat LaFontaine (16:37 and 18:14) tied it; Don Maloney won it in overtime.
February 3, 2004 vs. Vancouver  – Mariusz Czerkawski  (15:45) was the first of 3 Islander goals in 2:17 to take the lead, but they would need an Adrian Aucoin goal to win in overtime.

(For those remembering the great comeback vs. Detroit at Barclays two seasons ago, the goal that brought the Isles within one was scored by Anders Lee with 4:32 to play)

Both of those games that the Isles won after trailing by two goals with less time to play were at home.  Prior to tonight the Isles had not won a road game when trailing by two goals beyond the 14:20 mark of the third period (at Quebec on January 13, 1991).  Ironically the Isles nearly accomplished the trick two  seasons ago in Pittsburgh (12/7/2017) when Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson scored in the final 4:53 to tie, but Matt Hunwick beat them in overtime.

First Times in Ridiculously Long Times
Nick Leddy had three assists and a +5 rating.  He is the first Islander since Denis Potvin (10-14-1982) to go +5 in a game against Pittsburgh.
Brock Nelson's overtime goal is the first the Isles have scored against Pittsburgh since December 23, 1990 (Patrick Flatley goal made Jeff Hackett a winner). Despite having playoff winners from David Volek and Josh Bailey in the interim, the Isles had lost 13 consecutive regular season games to Pittsburgh that were decided by an overtime goal.  The NHL has changed the overtime rules four times in the interim (Every game worth two points Loser Points No Ties (Introduction of shootout)  4-on-4  3-on-3)
The Isles have scored tying goals in the final 2:04 in consecutive games for the third time in club history:  
o 2/28/1987 (Mikko Makela -19:12 vs STL); 3/3/1987 (Mikko Makela- 19:15 vs BOS) – both games ended in ties
o 1/11/2007 (Viktor Kozlov – 18:21 @BOS); 1/13/2007 (Miroslav Satan – 19:59 vs NJ) – the Isles won the first in a shootout but lost the second in overtime.
The Isles have won consecutive games that they trailed with 2:04 to play for the first time in club history.

Beauvember?
Anthony Beauvillier is 5-3-8 in eight games this month and is now 11-7-18 in 42 career November games.

The Point Streak (14-0-1)
10/12: Florida (3-2 Wso)
10/14: St. Louis (3-2 Wot)
10/17: @ Winnipeg (3-1 W)
10/19: @ Columbus (3-2 Wot)
10/24: Arizona (4-2 W)
10/25: @ Ottawa (4-2 W)
10/27: Philadelphia (5-3 W)
11/1: Tampa Bay (5-2 W)
11/2: @ Buffalo (1-0 W)
11/5: Ottawa (4-1 W)
11/7: Pittsburgh (3-4 OTL)
11/9: Florida (W 2-1)
11/13: Toronto (W 5-4)
11/16: Philadelphia (W 4-3so)
11/19: Pittsburgh (W 5-4ot)

The Isles also had 15-game streaks in 1978-79, 1980-81 and 1981-82.

Making Their Point
The Isles last lost in regulation on October 11th in Carolina; they have now earned a point in every game over a club-record 41 days (thru at least Thursday)

It is the 5th time in club history that they have gone at least 30 days between pointless games:
41 days  October/November 2019  CURRENT (thru at least 11/21)
38 days  November/December 1978
34 days  February/March 1981
33 days  November/December 1980
32 days  January/February 1982

To put the Isles streak in perspective, all four Yankee losses to Houston in the ALCS have occurred since the streak started.  Since the day the streak started, the Rangers and Devils have suffered 15 regulation losses, the Knicks and Nets have lost 18 games and the Jets and Giants have lost seven times.

+86
The win raises the Isles' all-time record to 1636-1550-497; it's the first time they have been 86 games over NHL-.500 since November 28, 1998, when a 3-1 loss to Carolina dropped their all-time record to 938-852-291.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 7-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won six straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 2-0-1 at Barclays Center.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 825-598-60-142 in 1,625 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  901
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    825
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,656
3. Barry Trotz        1,625
4. Al Arbour   1,607

Trotz is the 11th man to coach the Isles for at least 100 games.  He is 63-30-8 as the Isles coach, with his 62 wins and 132 points leading all others' first 100 by a wide margin:

Barry Trotz      62-30-8
Doug Weight  53-37-10  
Ted Nolan         51-37-12 
Terry Simpson 49-38-13 
Peter Laviolette 48-39-9-4 
Steve Stirling 47-38-11-4 
Jack Capuano 38-46-16 
Scott Gordon 32-53-15 
Butch Goring  30-57-11-2 
Al Arbour          28-48-24 
Mike Milbury      26-58-16
   
First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-1 when scoring first and are 8-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles          9-11-17-5=42       
Pittsburgh 11-14-6-0=31

The Isles are 6-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-2-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 15-3-1 overall; 9-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 2-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 6-1-0 on the road.  
Pittsburgh is 11-7-3 overall; 7-3-2 at home and 4-4-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-2-1 in Division games and 11-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 11-2-1 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves to improve to 7-2-1 on the season and 5-2-2 in his career against Pittsburgh.

Matt Murray made 37 saves; he is 9-4-3 on the season and 3-3-2 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 5:41 of power play time; Pittsburgh was 2-4 on the power play in 5:09 of PP time.

The Isles are 5-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-2-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-1-1 when they do not.

The Isles are 1-1-0 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-0-0 when the power plays are even, and 12-2-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 13-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-0 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 51-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 8-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 8-3-1 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Devon Toews (23:36); Pittsburgh: Brian Dumoulin (22:41) 
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 19:39 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-0-0), Ryan Pulock (5-1-1), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 39, Pittsburgh 32 (55%).  
Brock Nelson won 14 of 20 for the Isles (that 27 of 39 on road trip); Joseph Blandisi won 4 of 7 for Pittsburgh.  

Hit Count
Isles 62 (Leo Komarov -8). It's only the 10th time in the real-time era that a team has had 62+ hits.
Pittsburgh 35 (Zach Aston-Reese-6) 
   
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 4 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas (vs. OTT).
Blocked Shots
Isles 20 (Johnny Boychuk -5)
Pittsburgh 12 (Justin Schultz -3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 62, Pittsburgh 55  (including 30-11 in the Isles' favor in the 3rd period and overtime)
5-on-5 Isles 45, Pittsburgh 38

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +18
Pittsburgh: Three with +5

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front-half and 3-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be December 2nd in Detroit and December 3rd in Montreal. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-1-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 13-3-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 219, Brock Nelson 196, Mathew Barzal 183, Ryan Pulock 146 and Josh Bailey 104. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 146 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 146
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Matt Martin-INJ), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 63.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.
11/19 @ PIT – Ryan Pulock scored at 18:38 and the Isles won in OT.

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

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures (offside 11/19 vs PIT)
Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB)

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.  Josh Bailey 816…
25. Dave Lewis 514 *** 26. Matt Martin 513 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 500 *** 30. Brock Nelson 499

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon and Josh Bailey 147
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 130

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 300 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 158

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 447…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 267 *** 26. Jason Blake, Steve Thomas and Brock Nelson 258

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 172

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 93

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

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
9. Steve Stirling 124 *** 10. Doug Weight 122 *** 11. Barry Trotz 101 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Scott Gordon 64 *** 7. Barry Trotz 63

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied 1 game to 1 (and 3 points to 3).   The teams will conclude the home-and-home series on Thursday in Brooklyn. 

The Isles are 4-1-2 in their last seven games against Pittsburgh.

On the Farm   
The Sound Tigers are 4-10-3-1 on the season. Bridgeport is now off until Friday when they face Providence.

Up Next
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21st —  PITTSBURGH AT ISLANDERS  
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 

Fans who come to Barclays on Thursday will see something that they have never seen before.  An Islander team, on home ice, will enter the game with a 15-game point streak.  (All three previous 15-game streaks ended on the road)

It's the only home game before the Isles head to California for a 3-game road trip.

And Finally…
The Skinny streak is now 579 games (609 including playoffs); that's three games longer than Billy Harris' club record streak for consecutive games and was kept alive with four Skinny's produced from Hawaii.  Back in Brooklyn Thursday.

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