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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Skinny: Nashville 8, Isles 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 32
Nashville 8, Isles 3
The Nashville Predators scored the game's final seven goals as they rallied from a 3-1 deficit for an 8-3 win over the Isles before a crowd of 12,114 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The loss, the Isles' first in regulation time on home-ice in the last ten weeks, snapped the Isles' home point streak at 13 (12-0-1) and ended their six-game home win streak and three-game overall win streak. It also ended the Isles eight-game win streak at the Coliseum.

The Isles' record fell to 22-8-2; the 22 wins is still good enough for a share of the club record through 32 games. 

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Craig Smith (3) Nick Bonino 04:39 NSH 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Brock Nelson (12) 02:55 NSH 1,NYI 1
Derick Brassard (8) Anthony Beauvillier, Ryan Pulock 04:43 NSH 1,NYI 2 PPG
Casey Cizikas (5) Scott Mayfield 08:11 NSH 1,NYI 3 SHG
Filip Forsberg (12) Mattias Ekholm, Craig Smith 08:38 NSH 2,NYI 3 PPG
Craig Smith (4) Kyle Turris 10:58 NSH 3,NYI 3 
Nick Bonino (13) Mattias Ekholm 18:24 NSH 4,NYI 3
Rocco Grimaldi (5) Filip Forsberg 19:12 NSH 5,NYI 3

3rd Period
Calle Jarnkrok (12) Ryan Johansen, Yakov Trenin 08:59 NSH 6,NYI 3
Roman Josi (10) Ryan Ellis, Calle Jarnkrok 11:36 NSH 7,NYI 3 PPG
Ryan Johansen (7) Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi 14:08 NSH 8,NYI 3

The Skinny     
The Isles have now allowed 80 goals this season, with eight coming in this game…Eight different Preds had multiple points, led by Craig Smith's 2-1-3…Anthony Beauvillier had an assist and now has 22 points on the season, a mark he didn't reach last season until February 28th … Brock Nelson is 3-2-5 in the last four games; he finished +1….Devon Toews went -3…The Isles scored an Even-Strength goal, a Power Play goal, and a Shorthanded goal in a span of 5:16 in the second period to take a 3-1 lead; it's the first time since January 19, 2015 vs Philadelphia (Kulemin-SH, Bailey-EV, Tavares-PP) that the Isles had scored all three ways in the same period…The Isles are 6-5-1 in their last 12 games … It's the first time since December 20, 2018 vs. Vegas that the Isles failed to earn a point in a game that they held a 2-goal lead at any point…Five of the Isles' eight losses have been by three goals or more…Casey Cizikas now has four points (2-2-4) on the Isles' five shorthanded goals; Vegas' William Karlsson is the only NHL player with five shorthanded points. No Isles has had more than four shorthanded points in a season since 2010-11, when Frans Nielsen had eight and Michael Grabner had 7…Lou Lamoriello served as a General Manager for his 2,500th NHL game.

Lots of Shots
Ryan Pulock had eight shots on goal, most by any Islander this season (and one shy of his career-high).

He is only the fourth defenseman in Islander history to have at least three career games with at least eight shots on goal:
10 games- Denis Potvin
3 games- Vladimir Malakhov, Roman Hamrlik and Ryan Pulock.

Eight is Enough (First Times in a Long Time)
The Isles allowed eight goals for the first time:
Ever under Barry Trotz;
Since March 13, 2017 vs. Carolina;
At the Coliseum since October 27, 2007, also vs. Carolina;
Ever to Nashville.

It's only the second time in club history that they have allowed eight goals on an few as 24 shots (also 12/15/1988 vs Pittsburgh).

It's the first time this since November 18, 2018 that the Isles have allowed four goals in a period; the seven combined goals in the period were the most in an Islander game since February 9, 2018 (Isles outscored Detroit 5-3 in 3rd period). 

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 9-3-0 on Coliseum ice.  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 832-602-60-143 in 1,638 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  906
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    832
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,668
3. Barry Trotz        1,638
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 32 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:
32 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 13-2-1 when scoring first and are 9-6-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles     12-11-7=30
Nashville  6-9-9=24

The Isles are 6-2-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 16-5-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-8-2 overall; 13-3-1 at home (9-3-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 9-5-1 on the road.  
Nashville is 16-12-5 overall; 9-6-4at home and 6-6-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 16-6-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 17-3-1 against the East and 5-5-1 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 10 saves before being removed after the second period; his GAA on the season rose from 2.16 to 2.39 . He is now 11-5-0 on the season and 3-6-0 in his career. 

Semyon Varlamov made six saves in relief as his GAA rose from 2.24 to 2.37.

Pekka Rinne made 27 saves as he improved to 11-5-3 on the season and 6-3-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play in 3:32 of power play time; Nashville was 2-5 on the power play in 7:24 of PP time, although the Isles did score a shorthanded goal and kill a 1:29 5-on-3 late in the game.

The Isles are 10-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-6-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 8-5-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-3-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 4-2-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 3-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 15-5-1 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-1-1 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 57-3-3 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against the Predators.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 11-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-1 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 5-1-0 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 14-6-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:09); Nashville: Roman Josi (22:35)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:03 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-2-0), Ryan Pulock (9-1-2), Devon Toews (3-2-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-2-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 34, Nashville 31 (52%)  
Casey Cizikas won 11 of 15 for the Isles; Nick Bonino won 6 of 10 for Nashville.

Hit Count
Isles 34 (Matt Martin -9)
Nashville 34 (Matt Irwin -4)
   
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 7 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 14 (Casey Cizikas -3)
Nashville 23 (Two with 4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 51, Nashville 64
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 37, Nashville 58

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Ryan Pulock +12
Nashville: Roman Josi +3

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 8, Nashville 14
5-on-5 Isles 6, Nashville 11

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 19-8-2 in night games and 3-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 21st vs. Anaheim.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 232, Brock Nelson 208, Mathew Barzal 196, Ryan Pulock 159, Josh Bailey 117, Anthony Beauvillier 107, and Devon Toews 80. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 5th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 159 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 159
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Tom Kuhnhackl-LTIR), Noah Dobson, (Michael Dal Colle -INJ).
Total games lost: 82.

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. PIT – Patric Hornqvist scored at 19:30, but the Isles won in OT.
12/14 vs. BUF -Jack Eichel scored at 18:14, 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 829…
22. Tomas Jonsson 522 *** 23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 525 *** 26. Dave Lewis 514 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 513 *** 28. Brock Nelson 512

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 161 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 148 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 136

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 307 …
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 455…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 275 *** 26. Brock Nelson 267

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Tommy Salo 187 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 179

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 96

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 114
 
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 70

Season Series Stats
Nashville leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).   The teams will meet in Nashville on February 13th to complete the season series.

The Isles have won five straight home games from Nashville and are 7-2-0 in their last nine games overall vs. the Sabres.  

On the Farm   
Bridgeport is 10-15-3-1 on the season after splitting a pair of games this weekend. Kieffer Bellows scored in both games and has scored six goals in the last eight games.  It's his best goal scoring stretch of his pro career.

The Isles are 2-54-1 in the last eight games against Nashville; the Preds are one of two opponents (Calgary) that the Isles have not earned a point against since Barry Trotz became their coach. 

Up Next
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19th   —  ISLANDERS AT BOSTON – 7:00 PM
[NBCSN, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles will make their first national television appearance of the season as they meet the Bruins for the first time this season. 

The Bruins have won only one of their last seven games (1-4-2) but lead the Atlantic Division by a wide margin.  

Boston won all three games between the teams last season, with one of the games decided in a shootout; the Isles are 0-6-1 against the B's since they blanked Boston 4-0 on MLK Day in 2017 in Jack Capuano's final game as the Isles' coach.

The Isles are 11-1-0 against the Atlantic Division this season (after winning 12 games vs. the Atlantic all last season.

Brendan Burke and Pierre McGuire will have the call; Brendan has called every Islander regular season game since March 14, 2017.

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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