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The Skinny: Isles 1, Buffalo 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 13
Isles 1, Buffalo 0 
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves for his fifth straight win and his first shutout as an Islander while Derick Brassard scored the game's only goal as the Islanders extended their winning streak to nine straight games with a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres before a sellout crowd of 19,070 at KeyBank Center.

The nine-game winning streak matches the nine straight wins from December 31, 1989 – January 19, 1990 and is the longest in the NHL this season.  The Isle have had only one longer winning streak in their history, winning 15 straight games in 1982.
The Isles improved to 10-3-0; their 20 points is their second-highest total through thirteen games in the post-Cup era (10-1-1-1 for 22 points in 2001-02).

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Derick Brassard (5) Anthony Beauvillier 5:19 NYI 1, BUF 0

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
No Goals 

The Skinny   
It's the first time in Derick Brassard's career that he has scored in five straight games… Anthony Beauvillier's assist, his 6th of the season,  ties him for the club lead with four teammates…Semyon Varlamov recorded his 26th career shutout; he also shutout Buffalo on November 25, 2009 as a member of the Washington Capitals…The Isles are 8-0-0 when leading after two periods; it's the first time this season that the Isles have won a game when scoring fewer than three goals (1-3-0)…Cal Clutterbuck played in his 800th NHL game (454 with the Isles)…The Isles handed the Sabres their first regulation loss at home, leaving only Boston and Vancouver unbeaten in regulation on home-ice…The Isles are 4-0-0 against the Atlantic Division this season…The Isles are 3-0-0 on back-ends of back-to-backs this season and 14-1-1 under Barry Trotz; all three of the wins have come during this streak (games 1, 6, and 9)...The game was played in only 2:13…Mathew Barzal drew his 5th penalty of the season…Noah Dobson played his fourth NHL game, replacing Nick Leddy (lower body)…The Isles not only own the longest win streak in the NHL, they also have the longest active home win streak (5) and the longest active road win streak (4)…The Isles have blanked Buffalo 16 times in their history; that matches their 16 shutouts of Washington for their most of any opponent.…The Isles had one power play (or fewer) for the eighth time this season; it has happened only 31 other times in the NHL this season (Anaheim has had one or fewer five times).

One and Done (1-0 Wins)
This was the 20th 1-0 win in Isles history (15 in regulation, 3 in overtime and 2 scoreless games won in shootouts).  The Isles have recorded three 1-0 wins over Buffalo (2-4-1990 in regulation -Glenn Healy; 12-31-2002 in overtime- Chris Osgood are the others); they also have three 1-0 wins against both Philadelphia and New Jersey.

An Early One
Derick Brassard's goal was the second earliest in a 1-0 Isles win; the earliest came in the Isles' last 1-0 win (2-19-2016 vs. New Jersey) when Casey Cizikas scored 1:59 into play.   Clark Gillies has the only other first period goal in a 1-0 win in Islander history.

Not a (High Danger) Chance
Per data recorded by Natural Stat Trick, the Sabres did not have a single High Danger Scoring Chance in the third period.

The Streak
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)

The Streaks
This is only the 3rd time in Islander history that they have won at least nine straight games:
15 - 1981-82
9 - 1989-90
9 - 2019-20

First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time 
When the Isles last won nine straight:
Bryan Trottier was still 3 ½ weeks away from scoring his 500th NHL goal (and his final goal as an Islander);
The 9th straight win (on January 19, 1990) was a 6-4 win in Winnipeg that featured three power play goals from Randy Wood, three assists from Doug Crossman and Jeff Norton and the only career game-winning goal from David Chyzowski;
Al Arbour was in the first full season of his second stint as Islander coach;
Bill Torrey was in his 18th season as the Isles' general manager;
Lou Lamoriello was in his 3rd season as the Devils' general manger;
Barry Trotz had not begun his minor league coaching career;
Pat LaFontaine was 10-7-17 in the 9-game streak, while defenseman Doug Crossman was +9;
The Isles scored 12 power play goals in the 9-game streak (they have had 13 power play opportunities in the last nine games);
Mark Fitzpatrick won six games in the streak, while Healy won three games;
Josh Bailey turned three months old early in the streak; Thomas Greiss, Derick Brassard, Semyon Varlamov and Johnny Boychuk were the only other Isles who dressed tonight that were alive.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 6-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won five straight games.  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 820-598-60-141 in 1,619 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  897
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    820
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,650
3. Barry Trotz        1,619
4. Al Arbour   1,607

The win pushes the Isles seven games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 81 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since a 3-0 loss in Tampa Bay left them at 941-860-294 on December 29, 1998.

First Things First
The Isles are 5-1-0 when scoring first and are 5-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles      10-7-4=21
Buffalo  6-10-11=27

The Isles are 2-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 8-2-0 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 10-3-0 overall; 6-2-0 at home (6-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 4-1-0 on the road.  
Buffalo is 9-4-2 overall; 5-1-1 at home and 4-3-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-2-0 in Division games and 8-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 6-2-0 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves to improve to 5-2-0 on the season and 8-2-1 in his career against Buffalo.  

Carter Hutton made 20 saves but falls to 6-2-1 on the season and 1-3-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of power play time; Buffalo was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-1-0 when they do not.

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 1-0-0 when the power plays are even, and 9-2-0 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-3-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 4-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 2-0 in games decided in overtime and are 1-0 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 2-0-0 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 5-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (24:42); Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen (23:49)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 20:53 of ice-time.

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

Isles 20, Buffalo 20 (50%).  
Casey Cizikas won 12 of 14 for the Isles; Johan Larsson won 5 of 7 for Buffalo.  

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Buffalo 12 (Two with 3) 
There were no fights.  Season total: 4 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas (vs. OTT).
Blocked Shots
Isles 14 (Josh Bailey -3)
Buffalo 9 (Brandon Montour - 2)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 39, Buffalo 58
5-on-5 Isles 37, Buffalo 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Three with +1
Buffalo:  Rasmus Ristolainen +11

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 9-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.

Anders Lee 213, Brock Nelson 190, Mathew Barzal 177, Ryan Pulock 150 and Josh Bailey 98. 

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

(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), (Matt Martin-INJ), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ),(Leo Komarov-ILL), (Nick Leddy -INJ), Otto Koivula
Total games lost: 40.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once 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.

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 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. Bob Bourne 814*** 6. Josh Bailey 810…
25. Dave Lewis 514 *** 26. Matt Martin 512 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 494 *** 30. Ed Westfall and Brock Nelson 493

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon 147 **
17. Mariusz Czerkawski and. Josh Bailey 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Jason Blake and Brock Nelson 128

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 299 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 155

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 444…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 266 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. Brock Nelson 251

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 169

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 90

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

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 0).   The season series will continue at the Coliseum on December 14th.

The Isles are now 3-1-0 over the last two seasons and 7-2-1 since the start of the 2016-17 season against the Sabres.

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers are 1-7-2-1 on the season, following a 3-2 loss to Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Andrew Ladd began his rebab assignment with two shots  but did not figure in the scoring.

Bridgeport hosts Lehigh Valley again on Sunday evening (5:00). 

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 98.7] 
The Isles will look for their first 10-game winning streak since 1982 as they entertain the Senators at Barclays Center.

It will be the Isles' first game in Brooklyn since last year's playoffs and their first regular season game there since February 16th.

This will be the second meeting of the season with the Sens; the Isles defeated Ottawa 4-2 for the 6th win in their current 9-game winning streak on October 24th.  The Isles won that game despite losing both Tom Kuhnhackl and (for a time) Matt Martin due to injuries.

The Isles have won five straight from Ottawa and have scored at least four goals in each win.

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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