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The Skinny: Colorado 3, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 59
Colorado 3, Isles 1
Andre Burakovsky reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and got two assists from both Cale Makar and Nathan McKinnon as they defeated the Isles 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,011 at Pepsi Center. 

Brock Nelson scored the Isles' only goal with a 6th attacker on the ice but that was as close as they got as they fell to 33-20-6 on the season.

The Isles have lost four straight games, all in regulation.  It's the first time since December 29, 2017- January 5, 2018 (0-5-0) that the Isles have lost four straight regulation games. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Joonas Donskoi (15) Cale Makar (32), Valeri Nichushkin (13) 09:07 NYI 0,COL 1

2nd Period
Andre Burakovsky (20) Nathan MacKinnon (50), Cale Makar (33) 00:45 NYI 0,COL 2

3rd Period
Gabriel Landeskog (16) Nathan MacKinnon (51), Ryan Graves (16) 07:43 NYI 0,COL 3
Brock Nelson (22) Mathew Barzal (31), Jordan Eberle (21) 17:46 NYI 1,COL 3

The Skinny        
The Isles allowed the first goal in all four games on the trip and were outscored 11-2 …. The Isles are 2-8-1 on the road against the West, with four games to play… The six Islander defenders entered the game with 2,901 NHL games of experience… Barry Trotz remains one win behind Terry Simpson for 3rd place on the all-time Isles win list… The Isles had three power plays for the second straight game… The Isles are 4-5-1 in February; they have scored 22 goals in the five games that they earned points but only three goals in their five regulation losses…The Isles tied the club record for fewest goals in a four-game stretch (2), done most recently in March-April, 2006…Brock Nelson's late goal was his 146th goal and 287th point, passing Mariusz Czerkawski for 18th in goals and Ed Westfall for 25th in points on the all-time club list…Mathew Barzal's 24:59 of ice-time is the most by any Islander forward since John Tavares played 25:19 on January 17, 2016 vs. Vancouver.

The Injury
Derek Brassard was struck by a puck in the first period, suffered an upper body injury, and did not return.  He has played every game this season.

Straight B's in Hockey 
An Islander with a surname starting with "B" has earned a point on 22 of the Isles' 25 goals this month. 

Last Season vs. This Season
The Isles are 33-20-6 thru 59 games this season; they were 35-18-6 thru 59 games last season.  Their 72 points in 59 games is the 3rd-highest in the Post-Cup era (79 points in 2014-15, 76 points last season).

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.  The Isles are 11-7-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-5-1 in their last 8 games in Uniondale.  The Isles are 7-0-3 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (12-0-3); their next Brooklyn game is on March 3rd vs. Montreal.

On the Road
The Isles are 15-13-2 on the road this season but are only 3-7-1 in the last 11 games.

The Road Stretch
The Isles finished a stretch in which they will play six out of seven games on the road. The Isles went 2-5-0 in this stretch:

2/8 - @ Lightning L 1-3
2/10 - @ Capitals W 5-3
2/11 – Vs. Flyers W 5-3
2/13 - @ Predators L 0-5
2/15 - @ Golden Knights L 0-1
2/17- @ Coyotes L 1-2
2/19 - @ Avalanche L 1-3

The Isles will now play three straight and six of eight at home before playing nine of the following twelve on the road.

Home Cooking Coming
The Isles will open a home stretch on Friday:
2/21 Vs Red Wings (Coliseum – Tonelli Night)
2/23 Vs Sharks (Coliseum)
2/25 Vs Rangers (Coliseum)
2/27 @ Blues
2/29 Vs Bruins (Coliseum – Goring Day)
3/3 Vs Canadiens (Barclays)
3/5 @ Senators
3/7 Vs Hurricanes (Coliseum)

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 843-615-60-147 in 1,665 games, and he is now seven wins shy of supplanting Ken Hitchcock as the 3rd-winningest coach in NHL history.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  922
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    843
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,696
3. Barry Trotz        1,665
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 21-7-3 when scoring first and are 12-13-3 when allowing the opening goal.

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.459 (17-18-2) 2018-19
.429 (12-13-3) 2019-20
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles         11-7-10=28
Colorado  17-9-3=29
The Isles are 12-7-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 21-12-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 52-23-8 when outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 33-20-6 overall: 18-7-4 at home (11-7-1 on Long Island and 7-0-3 in Brooklyn) and 15-13-2 on the road.  
Colorado is 34-18-7 overall: 16-9-5 at home and 18-9-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-7-2 in Division games and 22-13-4 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 24-10-3 against the East and 9-10-3 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves but falls to 17-12-4 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career against Colorado.  

Pavel Francouz made 26 saves; he is 14-5-3 on the season and 1-1-0 against the Isles.  

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 in 3:17 of power play time (including :13 at 5-on-3); Colorado was 0-4 in 5:30 of power play time.

The Isles are 12-5-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 21-15-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 20-12-4 when they do not.

The Isles are 5-6-3 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-6-0 when the power plays are even, and 24-8-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

First 2 / Last 2     
The Isles have scored 14 goals and allowed 14 goals in the first two minutes of regulation periods.
The Isles have scored 11 goals and allowed 17 goals (excluding ENGs) in the last two minutes of regulation periods. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 29-2-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-18-3 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 65-4-5 when scoring three or more, with two of the four regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-6-6 in games decided by a single goal including 5-6 in regulation. They are 8-4 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 5-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-1-0 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 21-18-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Mathew Barzal (CAREER HIGH 24:59); Colorado: Nathan McKinnon (22:04)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 24:59 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (12-6-3), Devon Toews (3-6-1), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (5-3-2), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-2-0).

Highest Ice-Time by Isles Forwards Under Trotz
24:59 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/20/20 vs. Colorado
24:35 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/17/20 vs. Arizona
24:35 - Brock Nelson – 11/9/19 vs. Florida
24:01 - Jordan Eberle – 2/17/20 vs. Arizona
23:52 – Mathew Barzal – 12/15/18 vs. Detroit
23:23 - Mathew Barzal – 2/15/20 vs. Vegas
23:11 - Mathew Barzal -1/2/20 vs. New Jersey
23:11 - Mathew Barzal – 12/3/19 vs. Montreal

Face-offs
Isles 20, Colorado 30 (40%)  
Brock Nelson won 14 of 27 for the Isles but his teammates won only 6 of 23; Gabriel Landeskog won 9 of 12 for Colorado.

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Ryan Pulock -5)
Colorado 16 (Two with 3)
 
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total:14 – Johnston-6 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR, vs WAS, vs VGK), Cizikas-3 (vs. OTT, vs SJ, vs. LA), Lee-2 (vs FLA, vs VGK), Martin-2 (vs NYR, vs NAS), Mayfield (vs ANA).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 23  (Ryan Pulock -6)
Colorado 18 (Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -3)
The Isles lead the NHL with 1,024 blocked shots.

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 51, Colorado 71
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 39, Colorado 53

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Brock Nelson +5
Colorado: Joonas Donskoi +17

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Colorado 11  
5-on-5: Isles 7, Colorado 7

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-3-0 in the front-half and 6-1-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be March 12th in Calgary and March 13th in Edmonton. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 17-2-2 in back-ends.

Night and Day
The Isles are 29-18-4 in night games and 4-2-2 in matinees. The next matinee will be on February 29th vs Boston; Sunday's 5:00 start vs. San Jose is considered a night game. 

200 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games, and they are three of just 25 players in the NHL who have played every game since the start of the 2017-18 season.  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 259, Brock Nelson 236, Mathew Barzal 223, Ryan Pulock 186, Josh Bailey 144, Anthony Beauvillier 134, and Devon Toews 107. Derick Brassard has also appeared in every game this season.

Iron Man
Anders Lee now has the fifth longest consecutive game streak while Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal have 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. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 259
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 236
9. Mathew Barzal 10/6/17- CURRENT 223
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221

 (*) 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 186
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), Tom Kuhnhackl, Noah Dobson.
Total games lost: 130.

Late Heroes 
The Isles have scored four times 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.
2/1 vs VAN – Brock Nelson scored at 19:34, but the Isles lost in OT.
2/11 vs PIT – Ryan Pulock scored the winning goal at 19:19.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed four 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.
2/11 vs. PHI – Sean Couturier scored at 18:28, but the Isles won in regulation.

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: 4 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), (Lee-goalie interference 2/4 vs. DAL), (offside- 2/9 vs TBL)
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-3-0 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 856…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 552 *** *** Ken Morrow 550 *** 20. Duane Sutter 547 *** 21. Lorne Henning 543 *** 22. Brock Nelson 539 *** 23. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 24. Casey Cizikas 534

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 169 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 152 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Brock Nelson 146

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6.  John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Pat Flatley 328 *** 8. Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Josh Bailey 318 …
20. Ed Westfall 181 *** 21. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Nick Leddy 168

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 470…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 21. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 22. Duane Sutter 292 *** 23. Anders Lee 291 *** 24. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 25. Brock Nelson 287

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Thomas Greiss 190

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 101

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 141
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Barry Trotz 80

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2)
 
The Isles are 5-2-0 in the last seven games against the Avs; however, they have won only once in their last six trips to Denver (1-4-1). 

On the Farm   
Bridgeport dropped an 8-5 decision to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday as each team used both goalies. The Sound Tigers had five different players with two points. 

Bridgeport hosts Hershey on Saturday and Hartford on Sunday.

Up Next
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st  -  DETROIT AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM –8:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game/Tonelli ceremony at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
Maybe a dynasty celebration will be just the tonic this Isles team needs.  John Tonelli's #27 will be raised to the rafters in a ceremony that will be emceed by Jiggs McDonald beginning at 6:30.

Following the ceremony, the Isles (4-1-0 vs Wings under Barry Trotz) will be looking to sweep the season series from Detroit for the first time since the Red Wings moved to the Eastern Conference.

The Isles defeated Detroit 4-1 in the Motor City in December and then had their biggest offensive performance of the season when they beat Detroit 8-2 at the Coliseum in January.

Trotz will again be looking for his 81st win behind the Isles bench, which would tie Terry Simpson for 3rd place on the all-time club 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.



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

"The Skinny"

 

By Eric Hornick

 

Game 59

Colorado 3, Isles 1

Andre Burakovsky reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and got two assists from both Cale Makar and Nathan McKinnon as they defeated the Isles 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,011 at Pepsi Center.

 

Brock Nelson scored the Isles' only goal with a 6th attacker on the ice but that was as close as they got as they fell to 33-20-6 on the season.

 

The Isles have lost four straight games, all in regulation.  It's the first time since December 29, 2017- January 5, 2018 (0-5-0) that the Isles have lost four straight regulation games.

 

The Scoring:

1st Period

Joonas Donskoi (15) Cale Makar (32), Valeri Nichushkin (13) 09:07 NYI 0,COL 1

 

2nd Period

Andre Burakovsky (20) Nathan MacKinnon (50), Cale Makar (33) 00:45 NYI 0,COL 2

 

3rd Period

Gabriel Landeskog (16) Nathan MacKinnon (51), Ryan Graves (16) 07:43 NYI 0,COL 3

Brock Nelson (22) Mathew Barzal (31), Jordan Eberle (21) 17:46 NYI 1,COL 3

 

The Skinny        

The Isles allowed the first goal in all four games on the trip and were outscored 11-2 …. The Isles are 2-8-1 on the road against the West, with four games to play… The six Islander defenders entered the game with 2,901 NHL games of experience… Barry Trotz remains one win behind Terry Simpson for 3rd place on the all-time Isles win list… The Isles had three power plays for the second straight game… The Isles are 4-5-1 in February; they have scored 22 goals in the five games that they earned points but only three goals in their five regulation losses…The Isles tied the club record for fewest goals in a four-game stretch (2), done most recently in March-April, 2006…Brock Nelson's late goal was his 146th goal and 287th point, passing Mariusz Czerkawski for 18th in goals and Ed Westfall for 25th in points on the all-time club list…Mathew Barzal's 24:59 of ice-time is the most by any Islander forward since John Tavares played 25:19 on January 17, 2016 vs. Vancouver.

 

The Injury

Derek Brassard was struck by a puck in the first period, suffered an upper body injury, and did not return.  He has played every game this season.

 

Straight B's in Hockey

An Islander with a surname starting with "B" has earned a point on 22 of the Isles' 25 goals this month.

 

Last Season vs. This Season

The Isles are 33-20-6 thru 59 games this season; they were 35-18-6 thru 59 games last season.  Their 72 points in 59 games is the 3rd-highest in the Post-Cup era (79 points in 2014-15, 76 points last season).

 

It's Good to be Home(s)

The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.  The Isles are 11-7-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-5-1 in their last 8 games in Uniondale.  The Isles are 7-0-3 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (12-0-3); their next Brooklyn game is on March 3rd vs. Montreal.

 

On the Road

The Isles are 15-13-2 on the road this season but are only 3-7-1 in the last 11 games.

 

The Road Stretch

The Isles finished a stretch in which they will play six out of seven games on the road. The Isles went 2-5-0 in this stretch:

 

·        2/8 - @ Lightning L 1-3

·        2/10 - @ Capitals W 5-3

·        2/11 – Vs. Flyers W 5-3

·        2/13 - @ Predators L 0-5

·        2/15 - @ Golden Knights L 0-1

·        2/17- @ Coyotes L 1-2

·        2/19 - @ Avalanche L 1-3

 

The Isles will now play three straight and six of eight at home before playing nine of the following twelve on the road.

 

Home Cooking Coming

The Isles will open a home stretch on Friday:

·        2/21 Vs Red Wings (Coliseum – Tonelli Night)

·        2/23 Vs Sharks (Coliseum)

·        2/25 Vs Rangers (Coliseum)

·        2/27 @ Blues

·        2/29 Vs Bruins (Coliseum – Goring Day)

·        3/3 Vs Canadiens (Barclays)

·        3/5 @ Senators

·        3/7 Vs Hurricanes (Coliseum)

 

Coach Trotz

Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 843-615-60-147 in 1,665 games, and he is now seven wins shy of supplanting Ken Hitchcock as the 3rd-winningest coach in NHL history.

 

Most Coaching Wins

1.      Scotty Bowman  1,244

2.      Joel Quenneville  922

3.      Ken Hitchcock     849

4.      Barry Trotz         843

5.      Al Arbour            782

 

Most Games Coached

1.      Scotty Bowman   2,141

2.      Joel Quenneville 1,696

3.      Barry Trotz        1,665

4.      Al Arbour         1,607

 

First Things First                                                                                   

The Isles are 21-7-3 when scoring first and are 12-13-3 when allowing the opening goal.

 

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal

·        .545 (18-13-2) 2014-15

·        .459 (17-18-2) 2018-19

·        .429 (12-13-3) 2019-20

·        .410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

 

The Shots

Isles         11-7-10=28

Colorado  17-9-3=29

The Isles are 12-7-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 21-12-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 52-23-8 when outshot; the 52 wins are the most in the NHL.

 

Home and Road

The Islanders are 33-20-6 overall: 18-7-4 at home (11-7-1 on Long Island and 7-0-3 in Brooklyn) and 15-13-2 on the road.  

Colorado is 34-18-7 overall: 16-9-5 at home and 18-9-2 on the road.  

 

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 11-7-2 in Division games and 22-13-4 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 24-10-3 against the East and 9-10-3 against the West. 

 

In the Nets

Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves but falls to 17-12-4 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career against Colorado.  

 

Pavel Francouz made 26 saves; he is 14-5-3 on the season and 1-1-0 against the Isles. 

 

Power Plays

The Isles were 0-3 in 3:17 of power play time (including :13 at 5-on-3); Colorado was 0-4 in 5:30 of power play time.

 

The Isles are 12-5-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 21-15-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 20-12-4 when they do not.

 

The Isles are 5-6-3 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-6-0 when the power plays are even, and 24-8-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

 

First 2 / Last 2    

The Isles have scored 14 goals and allowed 14 goals in the first two minutes of regulation periods.

The Isles have scored 11 goals and allowed 17 goals (excluding ENGs) in the last two minutes of regulation periods.

 

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 29-2-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-18-3 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 65-4-5 when scoring three or more, with two of the four regulation losses coming against Nashville.

 

One-Goal Games

The Isles are 16-6-6 in games decided by a single goal including 5-6 in regulation. They are 8-4 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 5-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

 

Tired vs. Rested

·        The Isles are 3-0-0 when both teams played the night before.

·        The Isles are 6-1-0 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 21-18-5 when both teams are rested.

 

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Mathew Barzal (CAREER HIGH 24:59); Colorado: Nathan McKinnon (22:04)

Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 24:59 of ice-time.

 

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (12-6-3), Devon Toews (3-6-1), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (5-3-2), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-2-0).

 

Highest Ice-Time by Isles Forwards Under Trotz

·        24:59 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/20/20 vs. Colorado

·        24:35 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/17/20 vs. Arizona

·        24:35 - Brock Nelson – 11/9/19 vs. Florida

·        24:01 - Jordan Eberle – 2/17/20 vs. Arizona

·        23:52 – Mathew Barzal – 12/15/18 vs. Detroit

·        23:23 - Mathew Barzal – 2/15/20 vs. Vegas

·        23:11 - Mathew Barzal -1/2/20 vs. New Jersey

·        23:11 - Mathew Barzal – 12/3/19 vs. Montreal

 

Face-offs

Isles 20, Colorado 30 (40%)  

Brock Nelson won 14 of 27 for the Isles but his teammates won only 6 of 23; Gabriel Landeskog won 9 of 12 for Colorado.

 

Hit Count

Isles 24 (Ryan Pulock -5)

Colorado 16 (Two with 34)

           

Fights

There were no fights.  Season total:14 – Johnston-6 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR, vs WAS, vs VGK), Cizikas-3 (vs. OTT, vs SJ, vs. LA), Lee-2 (vs FLA, vs VGK), Martin-2 (vs NYR, vs NAS), Mayfield (vs ANA).

 

Blocked Shots

Isles 23  (Ryan Pulock -6)

Colorado 18 (Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -3)

The Isles lead the NHL with 1,024 blocked shots.

 

For the Analytics Crowd

Corsi: All situations: Isles 51, Colorado 71

Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 39, Colorado 53

 

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles:  Brock Nelson +5

Colorado: Joonas Donskoi +17

 

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)

All situations: Isles 9, Colorado 11 

5-on-5: Isles 7, Colorado 7

 

Back-to-Backs

The Isles are 5-3-0 in the front-half and 6-1-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be March 12th in Calgary and March 13th in Edmonton. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 17-2-2 in back-ends.

 

Night and Day

The Isles are 29-18-4 in night games and 4-2-2 in matinees. The next matinee will be on February 29th vs Boston; Sunday's 5:00 start vs. San Jose is considered a night game.

 

200 Game Club

The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games, and they are three of just 25 players in the NHL who have played every game since the start of the 2017-18 season.  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 259, Brock Nelson 236, Mathew Barzal 223, Ryan Pulock 186, Josh Bailey 144, Anthony Beauvillier 134, and Devon Toews 107. Derick Brassard has also appeared in every game this season.

 

Iron Man

Anders Lee now has the fifth longest consecutive game streak while Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal have 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.      Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 259

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 236

9.      Mathew Barzal 10/6/17- CURRENT 223

10.   Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221

 

 (*) 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 186

 (*) Start of NHL career.

(**) Entire career with Islanders

 

Scratches

(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), Tom Kuhnhackl, Noah Dobson.

Total games lost: 130.

 

Late Heroes

The Isles have scored four times 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.

2/1 vs VAN – Brock Nelson scored at 19:34, but the Isles lost in OT.

2/11 vs PIT – Ryan Pulock scored the winning goal at 19:19.

 

Late Goals Allowed

The Isles have allowed four 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.

2/11 vs. PHI – Sean Couturier scored at 18:28, but the Isles won in regulation.

 

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: 4 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), (Lee-goalie interference 2/4 vs. DAL), (offside- 2/9 vs TBL)

The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-3-0 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 856

17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 552 *** *** Ken Morrow 550 *** 20. Duane Sutter 547 *** 21. Lorne Henning 543 *** 22. Brock Nelson 539 *** 23. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 24. Casey Cizikas 534

 

Goals

1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …

12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 169 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 152 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Brock Nelson 146

 

Assists

1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…

6.  John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Pat Flatley 328 *** 8. Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Josh Bailey 318

20. Ed Westfall 181 *** 21. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Nick Leddy 168

 

Points

1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…

11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 470

20. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 21. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 22. Duane Sutter 292 *** 23. Anders Lee 291 *** 24. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 25. Brock Nelson 287

 

Games Played (Goalies)

1.      Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***

5.      Thomas Greiss 190

 

Wins (Goalie)

1.      Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***

5.   Thomas Greiss 101

 

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 141

 

Coaching Wins

1.      Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Barry Trotz 80

 

Season Series Stats

The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2)

 

The Isles are 5-2-0 in the last seven games against the Avs; however, they have won only once in their last six trips to Denver (1-4-1).

 

On the Farm   

Bridgeport dropped an 8-5 decision to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday as each team used both goalies. The Sound Tigers had five different players with two points.

 

Bridgeport hosts Hershey on Saturday and Hartford on Sunday.

 

Up Next

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st  -  DETROIT AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM –8:00 PM

[MSG+ (pre-game/Tonelli ceremony at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]

Maybe a dynasty celebration will be just the tonic this Isles team needs.  John Tonelli's #27 will be raised to the rafter in a ceremony that will be emceed by Jiggs McDonald beginning at 6:30.

 

Following the ceremony , the Isles (4-1-0 vs Wings under Barry Trotz) will be looking to sweep the season series from Detroit for the first time since the Red Wings moved to the Eastern Conference.

 

The Isles defeated Detroit 4-1 in the Motor City in December and then had their biggest offensive performance of the season when they beat Detroit 8-2 at the Coliseum in January.

 

Trotz will again be looking for his 81st win behind the Isles bench, which would tie Terry Simpson for 3rd place on the all-time club 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.

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