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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Skinny: Isles 4, Rangers 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 49
Isles 4, Rangers 2
Josh Bailey celebrated his 50th Islander-Ranger game with a goal and two assists and Thomas Greiss made 40 saves as the Isles built a 4-0 lead and defeated the Rangers 4-2 before 17,276 at Madison Square Garden.

The Isles finished January with a 4-5-2 record (2-4-1 vs Division foes); it is the Isles' first losing month under Barry Trotz.
 
The Scoring:
1st Period
Josh Bailey (11) Noah Dobson (4), Derick Brassard (16) 13:35 NYI 1,NYR 0 PPG
Anthony Beauvillier (13) Mathew Barzal (24), Josh Bailey (18) 16:35 NYI 2,NYR 0 PPG

2nd Period
Anders Lee (16) Mathew Barzal (25), Jordan Eberle (17) 09:52 NYI 3,NYR 0

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (20) Josh Bailey (19), Ryan Pulock (18) 03:13 NYI 4,NYR 0
Pavel Buchnevich (8) Adam Fox (21), Mika Zibanejad (20) 13:45 NYI 4,NYR 1 PPG
Chris Kreider (17) Mika Zibanejad (21), Ryan Strome (31) 15:32 NYI 4,NYR 2 PPG

The Skinny      
The Isles scored on both of their first period power plays; it's only the second time in the last two seasons (2/21/19 in Edmonton) that the Isles had at least two power play goals in the opening period…Barry Trotz  Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list with 77 wins… Anders Lee's goal was his 168th, tying him with Ziggy Palffy for 13th place; it was his 287th point, passing  Ed Westfall for 24th…Brock Nelson reached 20 goals for the 5th time in 6 seasons (he had 19 in the other season); only five other NHL players have had 19+ in last six, including this one: Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov, Brad Marchand, Patrick Kane and Patrice Bergeron…Both Ranger goals came on a double-minor assessed to Scott Mayfield; the Rangers are 5-12 vs. the Isles on the power play this season…Josh Bailey has only one other multi-point game vs. the Rangers (10-10-2010 at the Coliseum).. The Isles finally solved Alexandar Georgiev; they had not scored more than two goals against him in previous five games…Thomas Greiss had his personal (and team) shutout streak stopped at 119:00 by Pavel Buchnevich's goal…The Rangers played without Artemi Panarin, who missed his first game of the season…The Isles are 25-22-3 in Josh Bailey's 50 Islander-Ranger games.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 11-7-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-5-1 in their last 8 games in Uniondale.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-2 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (9-0-2); their next Brooklyn game is on February 1st vs Vancouver.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 14-8-2 on the road this season, including 7-3-1 in the last 11 games.

Metro Men
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 4-3-2 in this stretch:

1/6 – Avs W 1-0
1/7 -  @ Devils W 4-3 (OT)
1/11 – Bruins L 2-3 (OT)
1/13 - @ NYRangers L 2-6
1/14 – Red Wings W 8-2
1/16 – NYRangers L 2-3
1/18 – Capitals  L 4-6
1/19 - @ Hurricanes L 2-1 (SO)
1/21 - @ NYRangers W 4-2
2/1 – Canucks (Barclays)
2/4 – Stars (Barclays)
2/6 - Kings (Barclays)

Following this stretch the Isles will play 17 of their next 27 (and 17 of their final 30) games on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 839-610-60-146 in 1,655 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  917 (pending 1/21 result)
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    839
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,685
3. Barry Trotz        1,655
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 18-7-3 when scoring first and are 11-8-2 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles        8-5-5=18
Rangers 14-15-13=42

The Isles are 9-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 20-8-2 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 29-15-5 overall; 15-7-3 at home (11-7-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 14-8-2 on the road.  
The Rangers are 23-21-4 overall; 13-10-2 at home and 10-11-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 9-7-2 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 22-9-3 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 40 saves as he improves to 14-7-1 on the season and 5-0-1 in his career against the Rangers.

Alexandar Georgiev made 14 saves but falls to 12-10-1 on the season and 4-2-0 against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 2-2 in 2:31 of power play time; the Rangers were 2-5 on the power play in 8:53 of power play time.

The Isles are 11-4-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-11-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 11-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-7-3 when they do not.

The Isles are 4-4-2 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-5-0 when the power plays are even, and 21-6-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 25-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-3 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-4-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 15-4-5 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 7-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-2 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 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 19-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:25); Rangers: Mike Zibanejad (25:51)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:38 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (11-5-3), Devon Toews (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (2-3-2), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 35, Rangers 19 (65%)  
Casey Cizikas won 14 of 20 for the Isles; no Ranger won more than he lost.

Hit Count
Isles 25  (Ryan Pulock -5)
Rangers 16 (Five with 2)
 
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 9 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA), Martin (vs NYR)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles: 16 (Johnny Boychuk -4)
Rangers: 11 (Jesper Fast -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 40, Rangers 73
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 29, Rangers 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Johnny Boychuk +2
Rangers: : Adam Fox +23

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Rangers 21
5-on-5: Isles 9, Rangers 12

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-3-0 in the front-half and 5-1-1 in the back-half.  The next back-to-back will be February 10th at Washington and February 11th vs. Philadelphia. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 16-2-2 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 25-14-4 in night games and 4-1-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be February 1st against Vancouver. 

200 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games.  It's the first time since November 25, 1978 that the Isles have had three players with streaks of at least 200 games.

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 249, Brock Nelson 226, Mathew Barzal 213, Ryan Pulock 176, Josh Bailey 134, Anthony Beauvillier 124, and Devon Toews 97. 

Iron Man
Anders Lee now has the fifth longest consecutive game streak while Brock Nelson has also moved into the top 8:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
4. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
5. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 249
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
8. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 226
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has the fourth-longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history: 
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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 176
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Michael Dal Colle, Sebastian Aho
Total games lost: 118.

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 three goals 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. 
1/16 vs. NYR- Chris Kreider scored the winning goal at 19:35.

Challenges
Isles: 4 successful, 1 failure (offside-11/19 vs. PIT), (offside-12/9 vs. TBL), (no goalie Interference 12/21 vs, ANA), (offside-1/6 vs. COL), (offside 1/21 vs NYR)
The Isles are 4-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-1 in games that they are unsuccessful.

Opponents: 2 successful, 3 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs. EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), (Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs. SJ), (Komarov-goalie interference 1/2 vs. NJ),(no offside 1/18 vs WSH)
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-2-0 in games that go the opponent's way.

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 846…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 542 *** Claude Lapointe 535  *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo and Brock Nelson 529 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 528

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy and Anders Lee 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 151 ***
17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Brock Nelson 144

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
7.    Pat Flatley 328 *** 8.   Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 312 …
22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Jean Potvin 167 *** 25. Jeff Norton and Nick Leddy 166

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 463…
23. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 24. Anders Lee 287 *** 25. Ed Westfall 286 *** 26. Brock Nelson 279

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 186

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 99

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 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Butch Goring 154 *** 9. Barry Trotz 131
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette and Barry Trotz 77

Season Series Stats
The Rangers lead the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 2).  The teams will meet at the Coliseum on February 25th to complete the season series.

The Isles are 9-3-0 in their last 12 trips to the Garden; the Isles have won at least once at MSG in each of the last eight seasons.

On the Farm   
The Sound Tigers are 2-1-0 in the last three games.  Bridgeport visits Hartford and Springfield next weekend.

Up Next
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1st  -   VANCOUVER AT ISLANDERS AT BARCLAYS CENTER–1:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 12:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
Following ten consecutive off days, the Isles will begin the unofficial second half of the season as they battle the Canucks.

The Isles have won three straight vs. Vancouver in Brooklyn and are 6-0-1 in the last seven overall against the Canucks.

Vancouver is the 29th opponent to face the Isles this season; the Isles will face Calgary twice in six days in March.

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, January 19, 2020

The Skinny: Carolina 2, Isles 1 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 48
Carolina 2, Isles 1 (SO)
"Mr. Game 7" did it in Round 8.  Justin Williams, playing his first game of the season, scored the deciding goal of the shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Islanders 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,680 at PNC Arena.

The Isles are 3-5-2 in January (1-4-1 vs Division foes) with one game to play; this will be the Isles'  first losing month under Barry Trotz.
The Scoring:
1st Period
Andrei Svechnikov (19) Brett Pesce (12), Nino Niederreiter (16) 05:45 NYI 0,CAR 1

2nd Period
Anders Lee (15) 19:04 NYI 1,CAR 1

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Andrei Svechnikov (G) -Jordan Eberle (NG)
Sebastian Aho (NG) - Mathew Barzal (G)
Teuvo Teravainen (G) - Anthony Beauvillier (G)
Martin Necas (NG) - Brock Nelson (NG)
Ryan Dzingel (NG) - Derick Brassard (NG)
Jaccob Slavin (NG) - Devon Toews (NG)
Nino Niederreiter (NG) - Casey Cizikas (NG)
Justin Williams (G/GDG) - Anders Lee (NG)

The Isles have lost consecutive shootouts (Anaheim 12/21) after winning their first three SOs.  Justin Williams, playing his 1,245th NHL game, recorded his 5th game deciding goal.

The Isles fall to 82-65 all-time in shootouts as they still hold the NHL record for shootout wins (Pittsburgh has 80 and the Rangers have 77). Carolina is 3-0 in shootouts this season (44-59 all-time).
The Skinny      
The Isles went 0-3 on the power play, but did score right after the 2nd power play; the Isles have had at least three power plays in three consecutive games for only the 2nd time all season (6 games in November) …Barry Trotz remains just one win behind Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list… Anders Lee's goal was his 167th, leaving him one behind Ziggy Palffy for 13th place; it was his 286th point, tying Ed Westfall for 24th…Lee finished with eight shots on goal (one shy of his career high)…Johnny Boychuk celebrated his 36th birthday: Dennis Seidenberg was the last Islander defenseman to appear in a game after his 36th birthday. (28 games in 2017-18).  Boychuk is the first Islander to appear in a game on his 36th (or later) birthday since Marty Reasoner played on his 36th in 2013…Nick Leddy appeared in his 700th NHL game (442 with the Isles).

The Illness
Josh Bailey left the game after the first period (ill) and did not return.

The Injury
Matt Martin was hit with a deflected puck during warm-ups and left warm-ups early.  He did return after the national anthem and played the whole game.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 11-7-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-5-1 in their last 8 games in Uniondale.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-2 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (9-0-2); their next Brooklyn game is on February 1st vs Vancouver.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 13-8-2 on the road this season, including 6-3-1 in the last ten games.

Metro Men
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 3-3-2 in this stretch:

1/6 – Avs W 1-0
1/7 -  @ Devils W 4-3 (OT)
1/11 – Bruins L 2-3 (OT)
1/13 - @ NYRangers L 2-6
1/14 – Red Wings W 8-2
1/16 – NYRangers L 2-3
1/18 – Capitals  L 4-6
1/19 - @ Hurricanes L 2-1 (SO)
1/21 - @ NYRangers
2/1 – Canucks (Barclays)
2/4 – Stars (Barclays)
2/6 - Kings (Barclays)

Following this stretch the Isles will play 17 of their next 27 (and 17 of their final 30) games on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 838-610-60-146 in 1,654 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  916
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    838
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,683
3. Barry Trotz        1,654
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 17-7-3 when scoring first and are 11-8-2 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       7-10-8-2=27
Carolina 10-9-10-3=32

The Isles are 9-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-8-2 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-15-5 overall; 15-7-3 at home (11-7-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 13-8-2 on the road.  
Carolina is 28-18-3 overall; 16-8-1 at home and 12-10-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-7-2 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 21-9-3 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 31 saves; he is 13-7-1 on the season and 8-5-2 in his career against Carolina. 
Greiss is 14-11 all-time in shootouts, stopping 77.1% of attempts.

James Reimer made 26 saves to improve to 11-6-1 on the season and 7-2-2 against the Isles.
Reimer is 18-21 all-time in shootouts, stopping 69.3% of attempts.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 in 6:00 of power play time; Carolina was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of power play time.

The Isles are 10-4-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-11-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-7-3 when they do not.

The Isles are 4-4-2 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-5-0 when the power plays are even, and 20-6-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-3 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-4-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 15-4-5 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 7-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-2 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 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 18-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:20); Carolina: Jaccob Slavin (26:39)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 22:05 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (11-5-3), Devon Toews (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (1-3-2), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26, Carolina 24 (52%)  
Anders Lee won 7 of 9 for the Isles; Erik Haula won 7 of 11 for Carolina.

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Leo Komarov -5)
Carolina 15 (Haydn Fleury - 4)
 
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 9 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA), Martin (vs NYR)
Blocked Shots
Isles 20 (Ryan Pulock & Johnny Boychuk -3)
Carolina 16 (Jaccob Slavin -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, Carolina 63
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 47, Carolina 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Anders Lee +10
Carolina: Jake Gardiner +8

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Carolina 10
5-on-5: Isles 10, Carolina 7

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-3-0 in the front-half and 5-1-1 in the back-half.  The next back-to-back will be February 10th at Washington and February 11th vs. Philadelphia. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 16-2-2 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 24-14-4 in night games and 4-1-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be February 1st against Vancouver. (Under NHL accounting, today's game is considered a night game)

200 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games.  It's the first time since November 25, 1978 that the Isles have had three players with streaks of at least 200 games.

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 248, Brock Nelson 225, Mathew Barzal 212, Ryan Pulock 175, Josh Bailey 133, Anthony Beauvillier 123, and Devon Toews 96. 

Iron Man
Anders Lee now has the fifth longest consecutive game streak while Brock Nelson has also moved into the top 8:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
4. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
5. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 248
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
8. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 225
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has the fourth-longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history: 
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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 175
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho
Total games lost: 116

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 three goals 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. 
1/16 vs. NYR- Chris Kreider scored the winning goal at 19:35.

Challenges
Isles: 3 successful, 1 failure (offside-11/19 vs. PIT), (offside-12/9 vs. TBL), (no goalie Interference 12/21 vs, ANA), (offside-1/6 vs. COL)
The Isles are 3-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-1 in games that they are unsuccessful.

Opponents: 2 successful, 3 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs. EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), (Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs. SJ), (Komarov-goalie interference 1/2 vs. NJ),(no offside 1/18 vs WSH)
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-2-0 in games that go the opponent's way.

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 845…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 541 *** Claude Lapointe 535  *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 26. Brock Nelson 528 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 527

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 167 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 150 ***
17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Brock Nelson 143

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
7.    Pat Flatley 328 *** 8.   Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 310 …
22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Jean Potvin 167 *** 25. Jeff Norton and Nick Leddy 166

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 460…
23. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 24. Ed Westfall and Anders Lee 286 *** 26. Brock Nelson 278

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 185

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 98

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 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Butch Goring 154 *** 9. Barry Trotz 130
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5.  Barry Trotz 76

Season Series Stats
Carolina leads the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 1).  The teams will meet twice in New York in March to complete the season series.

The Isles are 0-3-1 in their last four regular season games vs. Carolina. Counting the 2019 playoffs, Carolina has won the last eight meetings.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport split a home-and-home series with Providence this weekend, with the visitor winning both games. Friday. The Sound Tigers are 2-1-0 in the last three games.  Bridgeport visits Hartford and Springfield next weekend.

Up Next
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21st -   ISLANDERS AT RANGERS–7:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The Isles will complete the unofficial first half of the season as they battle the Rangers at the Garden. It will be the third meeting in nine days between the teams with the Rangers earning a 6-2 win at the Garden and a last-minute 3-2 win at the Coliseum.

While the Isles are 8-3-0 in their last 11 trips to the Garden, the Rangers have won the last three meetings (one in each building) dating back to last January.  Chris Kreider's winning goal at 19:35 of the third period was the latest for the Rangers against the Isles since 1991.

And Finally...
Thanks to all of the fans who reached out to wish me a Happy Birthday. I share it with three Islanders past/present: Billy Carroll, Thomas Vanek and Johnny Boychuk. (I also have a big anniversary on Tuesday – 38 years of Islander television)

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Skinny: Washington 6, Isles 4

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 47
Washington 6, Isles 4
Alex Ovechkin scored three times to pass Mario Lemieux and tie Steve Yzerman for 9th place on the all-time list as the Washington Capitals scored five goals in the third period to defeat the Islanders 6-4 before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum.

It was the Great 8's 26th career hat trick, but his first against the Islanders.  Ovechkin now leads all active players with 39 career goals against New York.

The Isles led 4-1 through 40 minutes, but recorded only their third-ever regulation loss when leading by at least three goals through two periods  (11/1/2008 vs Montreal, 12/9/2014 at Minnesota)

The Isles are 3-5-1 this month (1-4-0 vs Division foes), meaning they will need to win their final two games of the month to avoid their first losing month under Barry Trotz.
The Scoring:
1st Period
Alex Ovechkin (32) Nicklas Backstrom (29) 10:22 WSH 1,NYI 0
Brock Nelson (19) Anthony Beauvillier (15), Josh Bailey (17) 13:11 WSH 1,NYI 1
Casey Cizikas (10) Anthony Beauvillier (16), Devon Toews (13) 15:49 WSH 1,NYI 2

2nd Period
Jordan Eberle (7) Mathew Barzal (23), Devon Toews (14) 09:31 WSH 1,NYI 3 PPG
Devon Toews (4) Leo Komarov (9), Derick Brassard (15) 17:25 WSH 1,NYI 4

3rd Period
Carl Hagelin (3) Richard Panik (5), Nick Jensen (3) 02:33 WSH 2,NYI 4
Alex Ovechkin (33) John Carlson (46) 05:18 WSH 3,NYI 4
Tom Wilson (14) Dmitry Orlov (19), John Carlson (47) 14:32 WSH 4,NYI 4
Jakub Vrana (22) 17:30 WSH 5,NYI 4 
Alex Ovechkin (34)EN T.J. Oshie (16) 19:04 WSH 6,NYI 4

The Skinny      
Anthony Beauvillier assisted on the first two Islander goals as he established a new career high in assists (16); Devon Toews had his first three-point game (1-2-3) as he set a career high in assists (14) and matched a career high in points (18).…The Isles scored on their fourth power play of the game; it was only their 2nd power play goal in the last 13 games (2-26).…It's only the 2nd time all season that the Isles have had at least four power plays in consecutive games.…Barry Trotz remains just one win behind Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list… The Isles conclude the Coliseum homestand with a 1-2-0 record; the next four  games are in Brooklyn as the Isles do not play again on Coliseum ice until February 21st…The Caps are 20-1-3 when they score first…Alex Ovechkin has eight goals in his last three games, including consecutive hat tricks.  He is the third player in league history (Joe Malone -4x, Wayne Gretzky -3x) to have consecutive hat tricks on at least three occasions…Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-1 in his last four decisions and 1-5-1 in 2020…Jordan Eberle has four goals in the second half after having only three goals in the first half…Casey Cizikas has three goals this season vs. Washington…John Carlson's two assists give him 60 points; he is the fastest Cap defenseman to reach 60 points.

First Time in a Long Time 
The Isles allowed five goals in a home third period for the first time since March 26, 1996, also vs. Washington (trailed 2-1, lost 7-1).
The Isles lost a game that they led by three goals through two periods for the first time since December 9, 2014.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 11-7-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-5-1 in their last 8 games in Uniondale.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-2 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (9-0-2); their next Brooklyn game is on February 1st vs Vancouver.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 13-8-1 on the road this season, including 6-3-0 in the last nine games.

Metro Men
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 3-3-1 in this stretch:

1/6 – Avs W 1-0
1/7 -  @ Devils W 4-3 (OT)
1/11 – Bruins L 2-3 (OT)
1/13 - @ NYRangers L 2-6
1/14 – Red Wings W 8-2
1/16 – NYRangers L 2-3
1/18 – Capitals  L 4-6
1/19 - @ Hurricanes
1/21 - @ NYRangers
2/1 – Canucks (Barclays)
2/4 – Stars (Barclays)
2/6 - Kings (Barclays)

Following this stretch the Isles will play 17 of their next 27 (and 17 of their final 30) games on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 838-610-60-145 in 1,653 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  916
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    838
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,683
3. Barry Trotz        1,653
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 17-7-3 when scoring first and are 11-8-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       11-11-7=29
Washington 11-8-11=30

The Isles are 9-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-8-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-15-4 overall; 15-7-3 at home (11-7-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 13-8-1 on the road.  
Washington is 33-11-5 overall; 15-5-4 at home and 18-6-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-7-1 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 21-9-2 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves but falls to 15-8-4 on the season and 4-6-1 in his career against Washington. 
Braden Holtby made 18 saves before being replaced in the second intermission.  Ilya Samsonov stopped all seven shots he faced to improve to 15-2-1 on the season and 2-0-0 against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 in 4:02 of power play time, including 1:37 at 5-on-3; Washington was 0-4 on the power play in 6:35 of power play time.

The Isles are 10-4-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-7-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 4-4-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-5-0 when the power plays are even, and 20-6-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-2 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-4-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 15-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 7-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-2 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 3-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 18-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:44); Washington: John Carlson (24:02)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:11 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (11-5-3), Devon Toews (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (1-3-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 21, Washington 27 (44%)  
Mathew Barzal won 7 of 14 for the Isles; Lars Ellis won 9 of 12 for Washington.

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Matt Martin -7)
Washington 24 (Three with 4)
 
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 9 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA), Martin (vs NYR)
Blocked Shots
Isles 21 (Johnny Boychuk -7)
Washington 7 (Radko Gudas -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 40, Washington 63
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 33, Washington 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Jordan Eberle +4
Washington: Alex Ovechkin +15

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Washington 11
5-on-5: Isles 9, Washington 6

Back-to-Backs
Including today, the Isles are 4-3-0 in the front-half and 5-1-0 in the back-half.  This back-to-back concludes Sunday in Carolina. The next back-to-back will be February 10th at the Capitals and February 11th vs. Philadelphia. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 16-2-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 24-14-3 in night games and 4-1-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be February 1st against Vanacouver. (Under NHL accounting, the 5:00 game in Carolina tomorrow is considered a night game)

200 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games.  It's the first time since November 25, 1978 that the Isles have had three players with streaks of at least 200 games.

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 247, Brock Nelson 224, Mathew Barzal 211, Ryan Pulock 174, Josh Bailey 132, Anthony Beauvillier 122, and Devon Toews 95. 

Iron Man
Anders Lee now has the fifth longest consecutive game streak while Brock Nelson has also moved into the top 8:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
4. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
5. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 247
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
8. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 224
9. (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has the fourth-longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history: 
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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 174
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Michael Dal Colle, Sebastian Aho
Total games lost: 114

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 three goals 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. 
1/16 vs. NYR- Chris Kreider scored the winning goal at 19:35.

Challenges
Isles: 3 successful, 1 failure (offside-11/19 vs. PIT), (offside-12/9 vs. TBL), (no goalie Interference 12/21 vs, ANA), (offside-1/6 vs. COL)
The Isles are 3-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-1 in games that they are unsuccessful.

Opponents: 2 successful, 3 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs. EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), (Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs. SJ), (Komarov-goalie interference 1/2 vs. NJ),(no offside 1/18 vs WSH)
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-2-0 in games that go the opponent's way.

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 844…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 540 *** Claude Lapointe 535  *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 26. Brock Nelson 527 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 526

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 166 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 150 ***
17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Brock Nelson 143

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
7.    Pat Flatley 328 *** 8.   Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 310 …
22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Jean Potvin 167 *** 25. Jeff Norton and Nick Leddy 166

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 460…
23. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 285 *** 26. Brock Nelson 278

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 184

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 98

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 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Butch Goring 154 *** 9. Barry Trotz 129
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5.  Barry Trotz 76

Season Series Stats
Washington leads the season series  2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 2).  The teams will meet again in Washington on February 10th to complete the season series.

The visiting team has won all seven games over the last two seasons; the Caps have won five straight against the Isles in New York.  It's their longest regulation winning streak against the Isles in New York since a 9-game streak from 1997 to 2001.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport split a home-and-home series with Providence this weekend, with the visitor winning both games. Friday. The Sound Tigers are 2-1-0 in the last three games.  Bridgeport visits Hartford and Springfield next weekend.

Up Next
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19th   —   ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA–5:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 4:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The Isles will look to rebound from today's defeat with a game in Carolina on Sunday.

The Canes defeated the Isles 5-2 in Raleigh on October 11th; it was the game that immediately preceded the Isles' club-record 17-game point streak.

The Isles have lost three straight regular season (and seven straight including playoffs) to Carolina.

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, January 17, 2020

The Skinny: Rangers 3, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 46
Rangers 3, Isles 2
Chris Kreider scored a power play goal with just 25 seconds to play to break a 2-2 tie as the New York Rangers defeated the Islanders 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum.

Anthony Beauvillier's second goal in as many games had tied the score with 7:20 to play in a 4-on-4 situation,  but the Isles could not capitalize with Kreider in the penalty box for goaltender interference right afterwards.
 
The Rangers have earned three straight regulation wins over the Isles for the first time since 2011; the Isles are 3-4-1 this month, meaning they will need to earn five points in the final three games of the month to maintain their streak of having a winning record every month under Barry Trotz.
 
The Scoring:
1st Period
Josh Bailey (10) Ross Johnston (1), Tom Kuhnhackl (3) 19:09 NYR 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Mika Zibanejad (18) 12:46 NYR 1,NYI 1 PPG

3rd Period
Tony DeAngelo (12) 04:16 NYR 2,NYI 1
Anthony Beauvillier (12) Ryan Pulock (17), Brock Nelson (18) 12:40 NYR 2,NYI 2
Chris Kreider (16) Mika Zibanejad (19), Artemi Panarin (42) 19:35 NYR 3,NYI 2 PPG

The Skinny      
Josh Bailey scored his 150th goal; he is the 16th player to score 150 goals for the Isles.  It was only his 4th goal in 49 career games against the Rangers…Ross Johnston assisted on Bailey's goal; it was his first assist since December 8, 2018 in Detroit. ..Anthony Beauvillier has goals in consecutive games for the first time since scoring six goals in four games from November 13-21… Mika Zibanejad had a second period goal awarded by video review after it was ruled that the puck did completely cross the goal line…The Isles had five power plays in a game for the first time since December 2nd vs. Detroit; their 10:00 of power play time was their second-highest of the season (12:00 vs. San Jose on November 23rd)…The Isles power play is 1-22 in the last 12 games…Artemi Panarin assisted on the winning goal to extend his assist streak to five straight games..(4-9-13)…Tony DeAngelo's goal made him 4-4-9 in the last five games…Jordan Eberle matched a season-high with six shots on goal…Matt Martin had seven hits, giving him 2,900 career hits… The Isles had a season-high 22 shots in the first period…The Isles remain three points behind Pittsburgh for 2nd place in the Metro Division…Barry Trotz remains just one win behind Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list…This was the first Coliseum meeting between the teams since March 10, 2015; eleven players appeared in both games, including Ryan Strome and Derek Brassard, who each played once for each game.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles allowed the go-ahead goal in the final 2 minutes for the first time since Tyler Johnson scored the winner at 18:34 of the 3rd period for Tampa Bay on November 8, 2018.
The Rangers scored the game-winner in the final minute against the Isles for only the second time ever and the first time since Kris King did so on October 9, 1991 at MSG (19:45)

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 11-6-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-4-1 in their last 7 games in Uniondale.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-2 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (9-0-2); their next Brooklyn game is on February 1st vs Vancouver.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 13-8-1 on the road this season, including 6-3-0 in the last nine games.

Metro Men
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 3-2-1 in this stretch:

1/6 – Avs W 1-0
1/7 -  @ Devils W 4-3 (OT)
1/11 – Bruins L 2-3 (OT)
1/13 - @ NYRangers L 2-6
1/14 – Red Wings W 8-2
1/16 – NYRangers L 2-3
1/18 – Washington (Coliseum)
1/19 - @ Hurricanes
1/21 - @ NYRangers
2/1 – Canucks (Barclays)
2/4 – Stars (Barclays)
2/6 - Kings (Barclays)

Following this stretch the Isles will play 17 of their next 27 (and 17 of their final 30) games on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 838-609-60-145 in 1,652 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  915
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    838
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,682
3. Barry Trotz        1,652
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 17-7-3 when scoring first and are 11-7-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       22-5-13=40
Rangers 6-12-10=28

The Isles are 9-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-7-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-14-4 overall; 15-6-3 at home (11-6-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 13-8-1 on the road.  
The Rangers are 23-19-4 overall; 13-8-2 at home and 10-11-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-6-1 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 21-8-2 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves but falls to 15-7-4 on the season and 6-5-1 in his career against the Rangers. 
Alexandar Georgiev made 38 saves and improves to 12-9-1 on the season and 4-1-0 against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-5 in 10:00 of power play time; the Rangers was 2-5 on the power play in 6:42 of power play time.

The Isles are 10-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-6-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 4-4-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-4-0 when the power plays are even, and 20-6-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-1-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-2 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-3-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 15-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 7-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 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 3-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 18-12-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (26:26); Rangers: Jacob Trouba (26:01)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 22:18 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (11-4-3), Devon Toews (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (1-3-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 36, Rangers 24 (60%)  
Casey Cizikas won 14 of 17 for the Isles; Filip Chytil won 6 of 10 for Rangers.

Hit Count
Isles 38 (Matt Martin -7)
Rangers 30 (Pavel Buchnevich -5)
   
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 9 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA), Martin (vs NYR)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 15 (Four with 2)
Rangers 14 (Two with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 65, Rangers 53
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 44, Rangers 37

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Nick Leddy +7
Rangers: Four with +3

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 20, Rangers 16
5-on-5: Isles 13, Rangers 10

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-2-0 in the front-half and 5-1-0 in the back-half.  The next back-to-back will be January 18th vs. Washington and January 19th at Carolina. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 16-2-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 24-14-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be January 18th, also against Washington.

200 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games.  It's the first time since November 25, 1978 that the Isles have had three players with streaks of at least 200 games.

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 246, Brock Nelson 223, Mathew Barzal 210, Ryan Pulock 173, Josh Bailey 131, Anthony Beauvillier 121, and Devon Toews 94. 

Iron Man
Anders Lee has now played the equivalent of three consecutive seasons (246 games), while Brock Nelson has also moved into the top 8:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
4. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
5. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 246
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
8. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 223
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has the fourth-longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history: 
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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 173
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Michael Dal Colle, Sebastian Aho, Otto Koivula
Total games lost: 112

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 three goals 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. 
1/16 vs. NYR- Chris Kreider scored the winning goal at 19:35.

Challenges
Isles: 3 successful, 1 failure (offside-11/19 vs. PIT), (offside-12/9 vs. TBL), (no goalie Interference 12/21 vs, ANA), (offside-1/6 vs. COL)
The Isles are 3-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-1 in games that they are unsuccessful.

Opponents: 2 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), (Komarov--goalie interference 1/2 vs. NJ)
The Isles are 1-0-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-2-0 in games that go the opponent's way.

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 843…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 539 *** Claude Lapointe 535  *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 26. Brock Nelson 526 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 525

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 166 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 150 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Brock Nelson 142

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
7.    Pat Flatley 328 *** 8.   Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 309 …
22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Jean Potvin 167 *** 25. Jeff Norton and Nick Leddy 166

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 459…
23. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 285 *** 26. Brock Nelson 277

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 184

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 98

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 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Butch Goring 154 *** 9. Barry Trotz 128
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5.  Barry Trotz 76

Season Series Stats
The Rangers lead the season series  2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will meet again in Manhattan on January 21st before completing the season series at the Coliseum on February 25th.

The Rangers have won three straight games over the Isles, all in regulation, for the first time since 2011.  The Rangers have also won three straight regulation games over the Isles at the Coliseum for the first time since 2008-09 (5 straight).

On the Farm   
Bridgeport begins a home-and-home series in Providence on Friday. The Sound Tigers have won only once in the last eight games.

Up Next
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18th   —  WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM–1:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 12:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The home stand concludes with a matinee match-up with the Capitals.  It's the third meeting of the season, and the visitor has earned one-goal wins in each of the first two games.

The visiting team won all four games last season and the Caps have won four straight against the Isles in New York.  It's their longest regulation winning streak against the Isles in New York since a 9-game streak from 1997 to 2001.

Alexander Ovechkin recorded a hat trick Thursday to give him 689 career goals, one behind Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the all-time NHL list.

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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Skinny: Isles 8, Detroit 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 45
Isles 8, Detroit 2
Brock Nelson scored two goals, Jordan Eberle recorded his 500th NHL point and Noah Dobson recorded his first NHL goals as the Isles rebounded from Monday's defeat for an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings before a crowd 12,542 at Nassau Coliseum.

The Isles scored three goals in a 4:33 span of the first period, and then three more in a 4:10 span starting late in the period and continuing into the second period.  Thirteen players contributed points and seventeen players, led by Ryan Pulock's +4, were "+" players as the Isles scored eight times, all at even strength.
 
The homestand continues Thursday as the Isles welcome the Rangers to the Coliseum for the first time since 2015.
 
The Scoring:
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (6) Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee 03:23 DET 0,NYI 1
Josh Bailey (9) Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle 03:59 DET 0,NYI 2
Brock Nelson (17) Anthony Beauvillier 07:56 DET 0,NYI 3
Filip Hronek (9) Robby Fabbri, Dylan Larkin 11:45 DET 1,NYI 3
Anders Lee (14) Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle 18:30 DET 1,NYI 4

2nd Period
Brock Nelson (18) 01:59 DET 1,NYI 5
Noah Dobson (1) Ryan Pulock, Leo Komarov 02:40 DET 1,NYI 6

3rd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (11) Ryan Pulock, Nick Leddy 05:12 DET 1,NYI 7
Leo Komarov (1) Scott Mayfield 09:07 DET 1,NYI 8
Givani Smith (1) Christoffer Ehn, Patrik Nemeth 14:00 DET 2,NYI 8

The Skinny      
Brock Nelson took over the team lead in goals (18) as he tallied twice; both he and Jordan Eberle (3-2-5) recorded their second consecutive two-point game.  It was the 13th multi-goal game of Nelson's career and 4th this season… In addition to Ryan Pulock's career-best +4, Nick Leddy and Devon Toews were both +3…The Isles, who scored eight goals for the first time under Barry Trotz, matched their all-time best total against Detroit (done four other times, but not since January 11, 1986)…The eight goals were also a season high against the Red Wings…Noah Dobson (20 years, 7 days) is the youngest Isles defenseman to score a goal since Mathieu Biron scored four goals as a 19-year-old in the 1999-2000 season; the first of those goals was scored before Noah was born.  Noah is the 376th player in Islander history to score a goal…Leo Komarov scored his first (regular season) goal since last January 20th), and recorded his first multi-point game since November 15, 2018 (vs NYR); Komarov now has 98 NHL assists…Josh Bailey stopped a 16-game scoreless streak and Anthony Beauvillier scored his first goal since December 14th…Mathew Barzal had a goal reversed by video review after it was ruled that the puck did not completely cross the goal line…The Isles remain three points behind Pittsburgh for 2nd place in the Metro Division; the Isles are the 5th NHL team to reach 60 points this season…Givani Smith also scored his first NHL goal…Dylan Larkin extended his point streak to seven games (2-5-7)…The Red Wings are 1-20 in games decided by three goals or more and are 0-11-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division…The Isles are 13-2-1 against the Atlantic Division…The Isles improve to 3-3-1 in January with four games to play; they have had a winning record in every month under Barry Trotz….With the four goal first period, the Isles have now outscored their opponents in each period…Ryan Pulock is +7 against Detroit (and +5 overall)…Jordan Eberle has scored three of his six goals vs. Detroit; of his 500 points he has recorded 251 at home and 249 on the road…Thomas Greiss, who recorded only one win in December, improved to 2-0 in January.  He has won consecutive starts for the first time since mid-November and now has 98 wins as an Islander…Barry Trotz recorded his 76th Islander victory, leaving his just one win behind Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles scored at least 7 goals for the first time since November 15, 2018 (vs. NYR)
The Isles scored at least 8 goals for the first time since February 7, 2016 ( vs. EDM)
The Isles scored four goals in a period for the first time since December 28, 2018 (vs OTT)
The Isles scored four goals in the FIRST period for the first time since March 6, 2016 (at NYR)
The Isles scored 3 goals in the first 7:56; it was the earliest that they have done so since January 13, 2019 (4:43 vs.TB)
The Isles scored 6 goals in the first 22:40; it was the earliest that they have done so since November 17, 1993 (12:18 at OTT).
The Isles scored at least 8 goals without scoring on the power play for the first time since December 17, 1992 (vs OTT)

From the Geniuses at Elias Sports Bureau
This was only the second time in Isles history that they scored at least eight goals with no more than two points from any player. It also happened on January 3, 1981 vs. Hartford.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 11-5-1 on Coliseum ice.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 4-0-2 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (9-0-2); their next Brooklyn game is on February 1st vs Vancouver.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 13-8-1 on the road this season, including 6-3-0 in the last nine games.

60 in 45
The Isles have matched their season-high at 15 games over NHL-.500.  Their 60 points in 45 games trails only the 2014-15 squad (61) for the most points in the Post-Cup era.

Metro Men
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 3-1-1 in this stretch:

1/6 – Avs W 1-0
1/7 -  @ Devils W 4-3 (OT)
1/11 – Bruins L 2-3 (OT)
1/13 - @ NYRangers L 2-6
1/14 – Red Wings W 8-2
1/16 – NYRangers (Coliseum)
1/18 – Washington (Coliseum)
1/19 - @ Hurricanes
1/21 - @ NYRangers
2/1 – Canucks (Barclays)
2/4 – Stars (Barclays)
2/6 - Kings (Barclays)

Following this stretch the Isles will play 17 of their next 27 (and 17 of their final 30) games on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 838-608-60-145 in 1,651 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  914
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    838
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,681
3. Barry Trotz        1,651
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 17-6-3 when scoring first and are 11-7-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles    14-8-4=26
Detroit 12-9-15=36

The Isles are 9-5-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-7-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-13-4 overall; 15-5-3 at home (11-5-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 13-8-1 on the road.  
The Detroit are 12-32-3 overall; 8-15-1 at home and 4-17-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-5-1 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 21-7-2 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to improve to 13-7-0 on the season and 6-3-1 in his career against Detroit. 
Jimmy Howard made 4 saves before being replaced after the Isles 3rd goal.  Howard, who is winless since October 29th, falls to 2-16-1 on the season and 1-5-1 in his career against the Isles.  Calvin Pickard stopped 14 of 19 in relief.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 in 2:00 of power play time; Detroit was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of power play time.

The Isles are 10-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-10-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-8-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-6-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 4-4-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-3-0 when the power plays are even, and 20-6-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-1-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-12-2 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-3-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 15-3-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-3 in regulation. They are 7-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 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 3-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 18-11-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (22:56); Detroit: Filip Hronek (23:06)
Tom Kuhnhackl led Isles forwards with 17:08 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (11-4-3), Devon Toews (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (1-2-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 24, Detroit 23 (51%)  
Brock Nelson won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Luke Glendenning won 4 of 6 for Detroit.

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Leo Komarov and Johnny Boychuk -4)
Detroit 31 (Mike Green -5)
   
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total: 9 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA), Martin (vs NYR)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 14 (Johnny Boychuk -3)
Detroit 5 (Madison Bowey -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 35, Detroit 66 (including 28-4 in the 3rd period)
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 29, Detroit 56

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Anders Lee/Mathew Barzal +3
Detroit: Alex Biega +18

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 15, Detroit 19
5-on-5: Isles 14, Detroit 16

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-2-0 in the front-half and 5-1-0 in the back-half.  The next back-to-back will be January 18th vs. Washington and January 19th at Carolina. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 16-2-1 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 24-13-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be January 18th, also against Washington.

200 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games.  It's the first time since November 25, 1978 that the Isles have had three players with streaks of at least 200 games.

Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 245, Brock Nelson 222, Mathew Barzal 209, Ryan Pulock 172, Josh Bailey 130, Anthony Beauvillier 120, and Devon Toews 93. 

Iron Man
Anders Lee now holds the sixth-longest consecutive game streak in Isles history, while Brock Nelson has also moved into the top 10:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
4. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
5. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
6. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 245
7. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
8. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 222
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
Ryan Pulock has the fourth-longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history: 
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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 172
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho.
Total games lost: 110

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 two goals 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: 3 successful, 1 failure (offside-11/19 vs. PIT), (offside-12/9 vs. TBL), (no goalie Interference 12/21 vs, ANA), (offside-1/6 vs. COL)
The Isles are 3-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-1 in games that they are unsuccessful.

Opponents: 2 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), (Komarov--goalie interference 1/2 vs. NJ)
The Isles are 1-0-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-2-0 in games that go the opponent's way.

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 842…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 538 *** Claude Lapointe 535  *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 26. Brock Nelson 525 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 524

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 166 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 149 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Brock Nelson 142

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
7.    Pat Flatley 328 *** 8.   Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 309 …
22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Jean Potvin 167 *** 25. Jeff Norton and Nick Leddy 166

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 458…
23. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 285 *** 26. Brock Nelson 276

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 184

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 98

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 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Butch Goring 154 *** 9. Barry Trotz 127
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5.  Barry Trotz 76

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series  2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will meet again at the Coliseum on February 21st.

The Isles are 7-2-0 in the last nine games against Detroit and have outscored the Wings 12-3 in the two games this season.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport beat Laval 6-4 behind an Otto Koivula hat trick on Sunday.  The win was the Sound Tigers' first in eight games.

Bridgeport is off until Friday, when they begin a home-and-home series in Providence.
 
Up Next
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16th   —  RANGERS AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM–7:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, WNYM-970]
The Coliseum homestand continues as the Rangers make their first visit to Long Island since March 10, 2005.

The Isles will be looking to rebound from a 6-2 defeat at Madison Square Garden on Monday in the middle of three games between the rivals in a 9-day span.

The Isles have won 7 of their last 8 home games against the Rangers, but all eight of those games were in Brooklyn.

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