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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

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