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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 29 Isles 5, Tampa Bay 1 Ross Johnston and Josh Bailey scored goals 1:53 apart in the second peri...

Monday, December 09, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 5, Tampa Bay 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 29
Isles 5, Tampa Bay 1
Ross Johnston and Josh Bailey scored goals 1:53 apart in the second period, and Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves as the Isles went into Tampa Bay and defeated the Lightning 5-1 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at AMALIE Arena.

Brock Nelson added a pair of goals in the third period, sandwiching a successful Islander offside challenge while Anders Lee scored his first power play goal of the season late in the third period for the final margin of victory. 

The Isles improve to 20-7-2; it's the first time in franchise history that they have won 20 of their first 29 games.  The 42 points is one point off the pace set by the 1978-79 squad (18-4-7).

The Scoring: 
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Ross Johnston (2) Ryan Pulock 06:44 NYI 1,TBL 0
Josh Bailey (8) Casey Cizikas 08:37 NYI 2,TBL 0 SHG
Steven Stamkos (10) Kevin Shattenkirk, Anthony Cirelli 15:35 NYI 2,TBL 1

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (10) 07:31 NYI 3,TBL 1
Brock Nelson (11) Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle 14:41 NYI 4,TBL 1
Anders Lee (8) Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal 16:05 NYI 5,TBL 1 PPG

The Skinny     
The Isles are 4-4-1 in their last nine games as they reached 13 games over NHL-.500 for the fourth time this season… Brock Nelson played his 509th game, matching the career total of fan favorites Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon; he's one game behind Casey Cizikas, who played in game 510 tonight…The Isles improve to 9-1-0 against the Atlantic Division this season…Semyon Varlamov has stopped 125 of 129 shots since replacing Thomas Greiss last Saturday vs. Columbus….This was the Isles' most lopsided win in Tampa since November 21, 2002 (7-2)…The Isles stopped Victor Hedman's 5-game point streak…The Isles improve to 14-0-1 when leading after two periods….Josh Bailey recorded his sixth career shorthanded goal… Ross Johnston now has 6 goals in 57 career NHL games…Brock Nelson recorded his third multi-goal game of the season; the Isles have won all three games…Nick Leddy missed his 6th game of the season, allowing Noah Dobson (+2) to get into his 8th NHL game….Barry Trotz won his 830th game, 48 more than Isles legend Al Arbour. Arbour's widow Claire was in attendance….The Isles scored both a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game for the first time since November 3, 2018 vs. New Jersey…It was the 214th consecutive sellout at AMALIE Arena.…The Isles and football Giants have not won on the same day since October 23, 2016.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 8-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won seven straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-1 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12th (9-0-1); their next Brooklyn game is on January 11, 2020 vs. Boston.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 830-602-60-143 in 1,635 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  905
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    830
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,665
3. Barry Trotz        1,635
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 29 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 is the longest streak in Isles history:
29 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT
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.

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 11-2-1 when scoring first and are 9-5-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles          8-8-8=24
Tampa Bay 9-12-11=32

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 14-5-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 20-7-2 overall; 12-2-1 at home (8-2-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 8-5-1 on the road.  
Tampa Bay is 14-11-3 overall; 7-6-1 at home and 7-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 14-5-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 15-3-1 against the East and 5-4-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves and improves to 10-3-2 this season and 10-6-2 against Tampa Bay.

Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves but falls to 3-3-2 on the season and 4-3-1 in his (regular season) career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play in 2:52 of power play time; Tampa Bay was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time and allowed a shorthanded goal.

The Isles are 9-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-6-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-3-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 3-2-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 15-4-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-7-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 55-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 10-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 5-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-1 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 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 12-6-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Devon Toews (24:45); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (23:53)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 19:20 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-1-0), Ryan Pulock (8-1-2), Devon Toews (3-2-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-2-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 20, Tampa Bay 28 (42%).  
Casey Cizikas won 7 of 13 for the Isles; Anthony Cirelli won 7 of 9 for Tampa Bay.

Hit Count
Isles 22 (Matt Martin and Anders Lee -4)
Tampa Bay 22 (Two with 3)
   
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 18 (Scott Mayfield and Johnny Boychuk --3)
Tampa Bay 11 (Ryan McDonagh -3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 71
5-on-5 Isles 36, Tampa Bay 56

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Noah Dobson +2 (the only Isle to be a "+")
Tampa Bay: Kevin Shattenkirk +13

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front-half and 3-1-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be January 6th vs Colorado and January 7th  in New Jersey. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-2-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 18-7-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 229, Brock Nelson 205, Mathew Barzal 193, Ryan Pulock 156, Josh Bailey 114, Anthony Beauvillier 104, and Devon Toews 77. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 5th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 156 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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 156
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-LTIR), (Nick Leddy -INJ), Leo Komarov.
Total games lost: 76

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: 2 successful, 0 failures (offside-11/19 vs PIT), (offside-12/9 vs TBL)
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 826…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 522 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 510 *** 28. Rich Pilon, Mick Vukota and Brock Nelson 509

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley and Anders Lee 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 148 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 135

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 306 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 160

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 454…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 273 *** 26. Brock Nelson 264

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Tommy Salo 187 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss 177

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 95

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 111
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Barry Trotz 68

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will meet again in Tampa on February 8th.

The Isles are 3-0-1 in their last four games against Tampa Bay, outscoring the Lightning 15-4 in those four games. This, however, this was only their second win in their last six regular season trips to Tampa Bay.

On the Farm   
The Utica Comets scored four third period goals to erase a 3-2 Sound Tiger lead and defeated Bridgeport 6-3 in a rare Monday night home game.  Kieffer Bellows scored again for Bridgeport, giving him four goals in the last six games.  It's his best goal scoring stretch since November 2018.

Bridgeport is 9-14-3-1 on the season and will head back to Utica on Friday.

Up Next
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th   —  ISLANDERS AT FLORIDA – 7:00 PM
[MSG+-- Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles conclude their road trip in Sunrise, Florida against the Panthers.

It's the final meeting of the season between the teams, and the NHL's two winningest active coaches. The Isles defeated Florida 3-2 (shootout) at the Coliseum on October 12 and 2-1 in Brooklyn November 9th  in the first and twelfth games of their franchise-record 17-game point streak.

The Isles will be looking to sweep the season series for the first time since 2013 (3-0-0). Overall the Isles have won three straight from the Cats, but all three have been decided by a single goal (including two in shootouts).  

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, December 08, 2019

The Skinny: Dallas 3, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 28
Dallas 3, Isles 1
Alex Radulov, in his first game back since being benched, scored the winning goal and added an assist as the Dallas Stars defeated the Isles 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,532 at American Airlines Center.

Mathew Barzal scored the only Islander goal; he didn't reach twelve goals last season until January 3rd.

The Isles have lost four of their last five road games and have trailed by three goals at some point in each game.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Andrew Cogliano (1) Jamie Oleksiak, Miro Heiskanen 11:59 NYI 0,DAL 1
Alexander Radulov (9) John Klingberg, Mattias Janmark 16:02 NYI 0,DAL 2 PPG
2nd Period
Denis Gurianov (6) Alexander Radulov, Corey Perry 03:12 NYI 0,DAL 3 PPG
3rd Period
Mathew Barzal (12) Devon Toews, Scott Mayfield 15:27 NYI 1,DAL 3

The Skinny     
The Isles are 3-4-1 in their last eight games as they failed in their third attempt to get to a season-high 14 games over NHL-.500 for the third time this season… Andrew Cogliano's goal was his first since March 30th…Thomas Greiss appeared in his 177th Isles game, passing Glenn Healy and tying Jaroslav Halak for 6th place on the Isles list…Casey Cizikas played his 509th game, matching the career total of fan favorites Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon…Ben Bishop has won four straight games against the Isles (plus four more in the playoffs); he is also 8-1-1 in his last 10 overall…While the Isles have won nine games this season after allowing the first goal, the team that has scored first has won the last 17 games Dallas has played.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 8-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won seven straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-1 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12th (9-0-1); their next Brooklyn game is on January 11, 2020 vs. Boston.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 829-602-60-143 in 1,634 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  904
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    829
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,663
3. Barry Trotz        1,634
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 28 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 is the longest streak in Isles history:
28 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT
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.

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 10-2-1 when scoring first and are 9-5-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles   11-10-14=35
Dallas 16-13-8=37

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 13-5-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 19-7-2 overall; 12-2-1 at home (8-2-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 7-5-1 on the road.  
Dallas is 17-11-3 overall; 11-4-1 at home and 6-7-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 13-5-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 14-3-1 against the East and 5-4-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 34 saves but falls to 10-4-0 this season and 5-3-0 against Dallas.

Ben Bishop made 34 saves as he improves to 11-6-2 on the season and 9-4-1 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of power play time; Dallas was 2-2 on the power play in 2:56 of PP time.

The Isles are 8-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-6-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-3-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 3-2-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 14-4-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-7-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 54-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 10-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 5-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-1 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 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 11-6-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:01); Dallas: John Klingberg (22:12)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 19:52 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-1-0), Ryan Pulock (8-1-2), Devon Toews (2-2-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-2-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Dallas 29 (46%).  
Brock Nelson won 10 of 17 for the Isles; Blake Comeau won 4 of 4 for Dallas.

Hit Count
Isles 36 (Ross Johnston -CAREER HIGH 9). 
Dallas 16 (Roman Polak -3)
   
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 15 (Adam Pelech and Johnny Boychuk --3)
Dallas 16 (Jamie Benn -3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 61, Dallas 68
5-on-5 Isles 50, Dallas 60

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Scott Mayfield +8
Dallas: Roman Polak +14

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front-half and 3-1-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be January 6th vs Colorado and January 7th  in New Jersey. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-2-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 17-7-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 228, Brock Nelson 204, Mathew Barzal 192, Ryan Pulock 155, Josh Bailey 113, Anthony Beauvillier 103, and Devon Toews 76.  

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 5th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 155 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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 155
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-LTIR), Noah Dobson, Michael Dal Colle.
Total games lost: 74

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 825…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 521 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon, Mick Vukota and Casey Cizikas 509 *** 30. Brock Nelson 508

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 159 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon and Josh Bailey 147
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 133

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 305 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 160

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 452…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 271 *** 26. Brock Nelson 262

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Tommy Salo 187 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss 177

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 95

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 110
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Barry Trotz 67

Season Series Stats
Dallas leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet in Brooklyn on February 4th.

The Isles are 4-2-1 in their last seven trips to Dallas, dating back to a 5-4 win on December 3, 2011.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport split a pair of games over the weekend, winning a shootout in Utica before dropping a 5-2 decision in Syracuse.  Bridgeport is 9-13-3-1 on the season (but 5-2-0 in the last seven games).  They host Utica on Monday. 

Up Next
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th   —  ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY – 7:00 PM
[MSG+-- Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles head to the Sunshine State to continue the road trip was the reigning President's Trophy champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning have struggled a bit this season and are currently one point out of a playoff spot.  

The Isles defeated Tampa 5-2 at the Coliseum November 1st and are 2-0-1 in the last three games against Tampa.  However, all three of those games were in New York.  The Isles are 1-4-0 in their last five regular season trips to Tampa.

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, December 06, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, Vegas 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 27
Isles 3, Vegas 2 (OT)
Ryan Pulock scored 10 seconds into an overtime power play drawn by Mathew Barzal as the Isles extended their home-ice point streak to twelve (11-0-1), their home-ice win streak to five, and their Coliseum win streak to seven with a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights before a crowd of 13,117 at the Nassau Coliseum.

Cal Clutterbuck and Brock Nelson had the goals in regulation for the Isles, who twice held one goal leads in the game.

The Isles have won three of their last four overall and are now 5-2 in games decided by an overtime goal.  It's the first time in the Post-Cup era that they have had a home point streak of at least 12 games; their last point streak of at least this length came in 1982 (21-0-2).

The Scoring: 
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Cal Clutterbuck (3) 04:26 VGK 0,NYI 1
Alex Tuch (5) Cody Glass, Jon Merrill 15:27 VGK 1,NYI 1

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (9) Anthony Beauvillier, Scott Mayfield 03:56 VGK 1,NYI 2
Jonathan Marchessault (9) Nicolas Hague, Reilly Smith 15:28 VGK 2,NYI 2

OT
Ryan Pulock (4) Anders Lee, Josh Bailey 03:20 VGK 2,NYI 3 PPG

The Skinny     
Ryan Pulock recorded his second career overtime goal; this one made Semyon Varlamov happier than the first, which was against Varly on February 9, 2019 at Barclays… Pulock has two of the last seven Islander overtime goals; Devon Toews has one (vs. St. Louis on Columbus Day) and Brock Nelson has the other four…It was the first power play overtime goal for the Isles since Josh Bailey made Barry Trotz a winner in Carolina in his first game as Islander coach (10-4-2018) and the 16th overtime power play goal in Isles history…Bailey extended his assist streak to four games (0-5-5) as he passed Bob Bourne for 10th place on the all-time Isles assist list..… Varlamov has stopped 89 of 92 shots (.967) since replacing Thomas Greiss last Saturday in Brooklyn …The Isles improve to 5-2 in games decided in overtime while Vegas falls to 1-5… The Isles are 3-3-1 in their last seven games and are 13 games over NHL-.500 for the third time this season (15-2-1, 18-5-2, 19-6-2)…This is the 12th time in Coliseum history that the Isles have won at least seven straight games and matches their longest Coliseum win streak in 30 years (1989-1990)…Pulock played in his 154th consecutive game; it's the fifth-longest streak ever by an Islander defensemen.  He leads Islander defensemen in assists (10) and points (14) and is tied with Scott Mayfield for the lead in goals (4)…Vegas is 4-0-1 in their last five games, all with Malcolm Subban in goal…Ross Johnston played a season-high 12:58…The Isles were shorthanded only once after not being shorthanded at all on Tuesday…It's the first time this season that the Isles have had more power plays than the opposition in consecutive games…The Isles are 12-2-1 at home (25 points); they have earned more points at home through 15 games only once in their history, going 11-0-4 (26 points) in 1978-79.

Most Overtime Goals by an Isles Defenseman
5 – Thomas Hickey
3 – Roman Hamrlik
2 – Adrian Aucoin, Bryan Berard, Mark Streit, Ryan Pulock &  Devon Toews

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 8-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won seven straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-1 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12th (9-0-1); their next Brooklyn game is on January 11, 2020 vs. Boston.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 829-601-60-143 in 1,633 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  903
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    829
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,662
3. Barry Trotz        1,633
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 27 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 is the longest streak in Isles history:
27 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT
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.

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 10-2-1 when scoring first and are 9-4-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles    13-12-4-2=31
Vegas 8-13-11-1=33

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 13-4-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 19-6-2 overall; 12-2-1 at home (8-2-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 7-4-1 on the road.  
Vegas is 15-11-5 overall; 7-5-3 at home and 8-6-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 13-4-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 14-3-1 against the East and 5-3-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves and improves to 9-3-2 this season and 3-2-0 against Vegas.

Malcolm Subban made 28 saves; he is 4-4-3 on the season and 0-0-1 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play in 2:10 of power play time; Vegas was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 8-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-3-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 3-2-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 14-3-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-6-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 54-2-3 when scoring three or more.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 10-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 5-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 2-1 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 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 11-5-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Devon Toews (22:45); Vegas: Shea Theodore (25:06)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 21:24 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-1-0), Ryan Pulock (8-1-2), Devon Toews (2-2-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 31, Vegas 23 (57%).  
Josh Bailey won 4 of 5 for the Isles; Cody Glass won 6 of 10 for Vegas.

Hit Count
Isles 39 (Matt Martin and Ross Johnston -7). 
Vegas 13 (Five with 2)
   
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 18 (Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech -3)
Vegas 14 (Brayden McNabb -4)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 60, Vegas 59
5-on-5 Isles 54, Vegas 55

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk +14
Vegas: William Karlsson +9

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front-half and 3-1-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be January 6th vs Colorado and January 7th in New Jersey. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-2-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 17-6-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 227, Brock Nelson 203, Mathew Barzal 191, Ryan Pulock 154 and Josh Bailey 112. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 5th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 154 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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 154
6. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-LTIR), Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula, Michael Dal Colle.
Total games lost: 73

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 824…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 520 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 508 *** 30. Brock Nelson 507

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 159 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon and Josh Bailey 147
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 133

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 305 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 160

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 452…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 271 *** 26. Brock Nelson 262

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy and Thomas Greiss 176

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 95

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 109
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Barry Trotz 67

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will meet in Vegas on February 15th.

The Isles are 3-2-0 all-time against Vegas; this was the first overtime game between the teams.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport has won four out of the last five to improve to 8-12-3-1 on the season.  They visit Utica Friday and Syracuse Saturday before returning home on Monday to face Utica. 

Up Next
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th   —  ISLANDERS AT DALLAS – 9:00 PM
[MSG+2 -- Islanders pre-game at 8:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles begin a three-game road trip with a late start in Dallas against the Stars.  

The teams split a pair of games last season with each team winning on the road.  The Isles' win in Dallas last December 23rd marked Devon Toews' NHL debut; the Isles are 50-20-5 since Toews debuted.

The Isles are 4-2-1 in their last seven trips to Dallas, dating back to a 5-4 win on December 3, 2011. Matt Moulson had four goals in that game, which with a "save" by Al Montoya (who played the final period) ended up being Rick DiPietro's final NHL 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

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Skinny: Montreal 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 26
Montreal 4, Isles 2
Phillip Danault scored the game's first goal with 0.1 seconds to play in the first period and the Isles never got even as the Montreal Canadiens snapped an 8-game winless streak with a 4-2 win over the Isles before a crowd of 20,440 at the Bell Centre.

The Isles trailed 3-0 early in the third before a goal by a Scott Mayfield and a 6th-attacker tally by Mathew Barzal closed the gap to 3-2.

It's only the second time under Barry Trotz that the Isles have suffered a regulation loss on the back end of back-to-backs (March 1 vs. Washington was the other).

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Phillip Danault (7) Brendan Gallagher 19:59 NYI 0,MTL 1

2nd Period
Brendan Gallagher (11) Shea Weber, Phillip Danault 13:30 NYI 0,MTL 2

3rd Period
Jeff Petry (3) Nick Suzuki 02:12 NYI 0,MTL 3 
Scott Mayfield (4) Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock 02:53 NYI 1,MTL 3
Mathew Barzal (11) Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey 17:31 NYI 2,MTL 3
Shea Weber (9)EN Nate Thompson 19:32 NYI 2,MTL 4

The Skinny     
The loss ends the Isles' season-opening eight game winning streak against the Atlantic (8-1-0) and is their first in the last 16 conference games (14-1-1)… Mathew Barzal has a point in three straight games (2-1-3) as does Josh Bailey (0-4-4). …Semyon Varlamov played 39 seconds in the third period while Thomas Greiss needed an equipment repair but he did not face a shot; it was by far and away the shortest appearance of Varlamov's 463 game NHL career…Phillip Danault's goal was the first allowed by the Isles at 19:59 of either the first or second period since Henrik Zetterberg scored on 2/21/17 at Joe Louis Arena…The Isles fall to 5-1 in games decided by two goals while Montreal improves to1-5… The Isles are 2-3-1 in their last six games.

The Injury
Cal Clutterbuck left the game in the first period after being hit with an undetected high stick. He did not return.

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 4-0-1 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12th (9-0-1); their next Brooklyn game is on January 11, 2020 vs. Boston.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 828-601-60-143 in 1,632 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  903
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    828
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,662
3. Barry Trotz        1,632
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 26 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 is the longest streak in Isles history:
26 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT
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.

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 9-2-1 when scoring first and are 9-4-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       7-6-10=23
Montreal 12-13-15=40

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 12-4-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-6-2 overall; 11-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 7-4-1 on the road.  
Montreal is 12-10-6 overall; 7-6-3 at home and 5-4-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 12-4-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 14-3-1 against the East and 4-3-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 36 saves but falls to 10-3-0 this season and 4-5-1 against Montreal. Semyon Varlamov did not face a shot in a 39-second stint.

Carey Price made 21 saves and improves to 11-9-3 on the season and 13-6-4 in his career against the Isles. It was his 332nd career win.

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

The Isles are 7-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-3-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 2-2-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 14-3-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-6-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 53-2-3 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 2-1 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 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 10-5-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Devon Toews (23:23); Montreal: Ben Chiarot (30:47)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 23:11 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-1-0), Ryan Pulock (8-1-2), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-2-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 39, Montreal 24 (62%).  
Casey Cizikas won 14 of 20 for the Isles; no Canadien won as many as he lost. 

Hit Count
Isles 33 (Matt Martin -8). 
Montreal 20 (Jesperi Kotkaniemi -6)
   
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 18 (Two with 3)
Montreal 23 (Two with 5)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Montreal 67
5-on-5 Isles 39, Montreal 62

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck +2
Montreal:  Ben Chiarot +20

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 3-1-0 in the front-half and 3-1-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be January 6th vs Colorado and January 7th  in New Jersey. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-2-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 16-6-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 226, Brock Nelson 202, Mathew Barzal 190, Ryan Pulock 153 and Josh Bailey 111. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 153 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
    Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 153
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula, Ross Johnston.
Total games lost: 72.

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 823…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 519 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 507 *** 30. Brock Nelson 506

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 159 *** 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 and  Josh Bailey 304 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 160

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 451…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 270 *** 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 and Thomas Greiss 176

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 95

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 108
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Barry Trotz 66

Season Series Stats
Montreal leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet in Brooklyn on March 3rd.

The Isles are 1-4-1 in the last six games vs the Canadiens and have lost three straight in Montreal. 

On the Farm   
Bridgeport is 8-12-3-1 on the season.  They are off until Friday, when they visit Utica. 

Up Next
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5th   —  VEGAS AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM – 7:00 PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles return home for a single game as the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Coliseum for the first time.

This is the 3rd season of the Golden Knights; the Isles swept the season series in Vegas' inaugural season but were swept by Vegas last season. 

The Golden Knights will be looking to sweep New York, having beaten the Rangers on Monday and the Devils on Tuesday.

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

Monday, December 02, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 4, Detroit 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
(Updated to reflect post-game scoring change)
Game 25
Isles 4, Detroit 1
Jordan Eberle scored his first two goals of the season to put the game away and Semyon Varlamov stopped thirty shots as the Isles defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 before a crowd of 17,510 at Little Caesars Arena.

Ryan Pulock added three two assists for the Isles, who have won two straight games and are 17-2-2 in their last 21 games.  Their 18 wins in the first 25 games matches the club record, set in 1978-79.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Anders Lee (7) Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock Josh Bailey 08:46 NYI 1,DET 0
Anthony Beauvillier (9) Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock 13:17 NYI 2,DET 0

2nd Period
Dylan Larkin (7) Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina 10:36 NYI 2,DET 1 PPG
Jordan Eberle (1) Anders Lee, Nick Leddy 16:34 NYI 3,DET 1 PPG

3rd Period
Jordan Eberle (2) Ryan Pulock, Leo Komarov 13:24 NYI 4,DET 1 

The Skinny     
The Isles led for only 1:04 in three games in California but led for 51:14 tonight…The Isles were shorthanded six times; it's only the second time this season they have been shorthanded that often…. The Isles have points in eight straight games against the Atlantic (8-0-0) and 15 straight conference games (14-0-1)… Anders Lee has goals in two straight, after being blanked in 11 straight. …Barzal now leads the team in goals (10), assists (13) and points (23)…The Red Wings have lost 10 straight games and suffer their 20th regulation loss of the season…Jordan Eberle hadn't scored in the regular season since April 1st; he records his 28th multi-goal game (5th as an Isle)…Ryan Pulock had at least three assists for the 5th time in his career and also went +3…Anthony Beauvillier was credited with the game-winner; an NHL-leading twelve Islanders have score GW Goals this season…Semyon Varlamov has stopped 60 of 61 in 105:54 over his last two appearances.

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 4-0-1 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12th (9-0-1); their next Brooklyn game is on January 11, 2020 vs. Boston.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 828-600-60-143 in 1,631 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  903
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    828
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,661
3. Barry Trotz        1,631
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 25 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 is the longest streak in Isles history:
25 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT
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.

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

The Shots
Isles      9 -6-10=25
Detroit  11-13-7=31

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 12-3-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-5-2 overall; 11-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 7-3-1 on the road.  
Detroit is 7-20-3 overall; 4-10-1 at home and 3-10-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 12-3-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 14-2-1 against the East and 4-3-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves to improve to 8-3-2 this season and 11-7-3 against Detroit.

Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves but falls to 5-8-2 on the season and 5-6-4 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play in 7:22 of power play time, with the goal coming 8 seconds after a 1:28 5-on-3 expired; Detroit was 1-6 on the power play in 10:10 of PP time.

The Isles are 7-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-4-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-2-2 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 14-3-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-5-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 53-2-3 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 5-0-0 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 10-5-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:21); Detroit: Filip Hronek (24:29)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:49 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-1-0), Ryan Pulock (8-1-2), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Detroit 22 (55%).  
Brock Nelson won 8 of 11 for the Isles; Valtteri Filppula won 8 of 13 for Detroit.  

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Cal Clutterbuck -4). 
Detroit 14 (Robby Fabbri -3)
   
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 14 (Johnny Boychuk -3)
Detroit 10 (Filip Hronek-3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 45, Detroit 56
5-on-5 Isles 34, Detroit 39

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +9
Detroit:  Robby Fabbri +10

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 3-1-0 in the front-half and 3-0-0 in the back-half. This back-to-back concludes in Montreal on Tuesday. The next back-to-back will be January 6th vs Colorado and January 7th  in New Jersey. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-1-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 16-5-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 225, Brock Nelson 202, Mathew Barzal 189, Ryan Pulock 152 and Josh Bailey 110. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 152 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 152
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston.
Total games lost: 71.

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 822…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 518 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 506 *** 30. Brock Nelson 505

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 159 *** 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 302 303 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 159

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 449 450…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 270 *** 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 175

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 95

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 107
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Barry Trotz 66

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet at the Coliseum on January 14th.

The Isles have won six of the last six meetings, but this was the first to be decided by more than a single goal.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport is 8-12-3-1 on the season.  They are off until Friday, when they visit Utica. 

Up Next
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd  —  ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL – 7:00 PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The back-to-back set, and the two-game road trip, concludes in Montreal on Tuesday.

Montreal has traditionally been a difficult stop for the Isles and New York is just 1-3-1 in their last five games overall vs. the Canadiens.   The Isles have lost two straight in Montreal; their last win at Bell Centre came on January 15, 2018 as Thomas Greiss made 52 saves and John Tavares scored the winner in overtime

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, December 01, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 2, Columbus 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 24
Isles 2, Columbus 0
Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal had the goals, but the star of the game never expected to play.  Semyon Varlamov stopped thirty shots over the final 45:54 as the Isles defeated Columbus 2-0 before a crowd of 13,433 at Barclays Center. Varlamov replaced starter Thomas Greiss, who was not feeling well.

It's the third combined shutout in Islander history, and the first since the famed goalie fight game (April 4, 1998 vs. the Rangers); the only other combined shutout came on November 1, 1977 when Goren Hogosta made his only Islander appearance in the final nine minutes of a 9-0 win over Atlanta.

The win, which was the Isles' fourth straight on home ice, ends a three-game winless streak and extends their home-ice point streak to 11 straight games (10-0-1), which matches the longest streak in the post-Cup era (also 11 from January 19 – February 19, 2017). It's the 7th time in team history that the Isles have had points in at least 11 consecutive home games.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Anders Lee (6) Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal 01:18 CBJ 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Mathew Barzal (10) Adam Pelech 16:01 CBJ 0,NYI 2

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny     
The Isles led for only 5:26 in the last six games (1:04 vs Los Angeles and 4:22 vs. Pittsburgh), but led for all but 78 seconds tonight…  The Isles did not have a power play for the second time this season; both times are vs. Columbus…This was the final Brooklyn game until January 11 vs. Boston; the Isles are 4-0-1 this season…The Isles have point in seven straight division games (6-0-1) and 14 straight conference games (13-0-1)…Barry Trotz wins his 65th game as an Islander coach, breaking a tie with Scott Gordon for 6th place on the all-time Isles list…Semyon Varlamov was also involved in a combined shutout of March 30, 2018 (Colorado vs. Chicago); Varlamov left the game with 6:30 to play and Jonathan Bernier completed the 5-0 win… Thomas Greiss is the first goalie in Islander history to be credited with a win in a game that he started but did not complete the first period; it's only the 7th time in the last 40 years that an NHL starter played less than 15 minutes but was the winning netminder….Anders Lee's goal ended an 11-game drought while Mathew Barzal's 50th career goal gives him ten on the season after having only five goals at Christmas last season…Barzal now leads the team in both goals (10) and points (22) and is tied with Brock Nelson for the assist lead (12)…The 39 saves needed to complete tonight shutouts were more than the other two combined shutouts, combined (21 in 1998, 17 in 1977)…It was the second shutout of the season for the Isles, who blanked Buffalo 1-0 on November 2nd…Oliver Bjorkstrand's six-game point streak came to an end…The Jackets had scored the first goal in 10 straight before tonight, tying the club record.  They are 0-8-3 when allowing the first goal…The Isles end November with a 9-2-2 record after going 8-3-0 in October; they have had a winning record in every month under Barry Trotz…This was only the second game in the NHL this season in which the winning goal was scored the first two minutes (Toronto vs Detroit on November 27th)… It is the earliest winning goal for the Isles since Matt Moulson scored on New Jersey's Martin Brodeur at 1:07 of the first period on 1-18-2010.

The Injury
Zach Werenski left the game with an upper body injury at the 3:37 mark of the first period and did not return.

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 4-0-1 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12th  (9-0-1).

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 827-600-60-143 in 1,630 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  903
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    827
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,661
3. Barry Trotz        1,630
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 24 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 longest streak in Isles history:
24 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT
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.

The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter). 
   
First Things First
The Isles are 8-2-1 when scoring first and are 9-3-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles           13-8-6=27    
Columbus  12-10-17=39

The Isles are 6-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-3-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 17-5-2 overall; 11-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 6-3-1 on the road.  
Columbus is 11-11-4 overall; 8-6-1 at home and 3-5-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 11-3-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 13-2-1 against the East and 4-3-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 9 saves over the first 14:54 and is credited with the win. He is an NHL-leading 10-2-0 this season and 10-7-3 against Columbus.

Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves in relief to preserve the shutout.

Elvis Merzilikins made 25 saves but falls to 0-3-3 on the season and 0-1-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-0 on the power play in 0:00 of power play time; Columbus 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 11-4-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-2-2 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 13-3-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-5-1 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 5-0-0 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: Ryan Pulock (21:54); Columbus: Seth Jones (27:11)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:16 of ice-time.

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

Face-offs
Isles 19, Columbus 25 (43%).  
Brock Nelson won 7 of 11 for the Isles; Boone Jenner won 11 of 19 for Columbus.  

Hit Count
Isles 37 (Casey Cizikas-8). 
Columbus 17 (Seth Jones -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 14 (Anthony Beauvillier -3)
Columbus 8 (Seth Jones -2)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 44, Columbus 67
5-on-5 Isles 44, Columbus 63

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +1
Columbus: Vladislav Gavrikov +12

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 15-5-2 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 224, Brock Nelson 201, Mathew Barzal 188, Ryan Pulock 151 and Josh Bailey 109. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 151 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 151
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston.
Total games lost: 70.

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 821…
23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 517 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 505 *** 30. Brock Nelson 504

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 158 *** 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 301 …
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 448…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 269 *** 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 175

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 95

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 106
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Barry Trotz 65

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will next meet at the Coliseum on December 23rd.

The Isles have won five of the last six games against Columbus, including consecutive home shutouts (in different buildings).

On the Farm   
The Sound Tigers split a pair of games over the weekend, defeating Springfield 4-1 on Friday and dropping a 5-2 decision to Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday.

Bridgeport is 8-12-3-1 on the season and are off until Friday, when they visit Utica. 

Up Next
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2nd —  ISLANDERS  AT DETROIT – 7:30 PM
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 7:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 

The Isles begin another stretch of playing five out of six on the road; and it's also the front-end of a back-to-back as they visit the Red Wings in Detroit.  

It will be the 1st meeting of the teams this season; the Isles have won four of the last five meetings, but all five games have been decided by a single goal.

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