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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

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