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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Skinny: Vancouver 5, Isles 4 (SO)

"The Skinny"          

By Eric Hornick

Game 68
Vancouver 5, Isles 4 (SO)
Brock Nelson's second goal of the game forced overtime, but JT Miller scored the only goal of the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Islanders 5-4 before a sellout crowd of 18,871 at Rogers Arena. 

The game was within one goal throughout; Andrew Ladd's first goal since October 30, 2018 gave the Isles their only lead but the Isles would rally three other times to get even. 

The loss earned the Isles their second point in two games but extended the winless streak to seven games (0-3-4).  It's the first time since February/March 2018 (8 games) that the Isles have gone at least five games without a win.

It's the Isles' 80th point, which leaves them one point behind both Carolina and Columbus for one of the two wild card spots.  Carolina and the Isles each have 14 games to play while Columbus has 12. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Andrew Ladd (1) Josh Bailey (29), Nick Leddy (18) 01:36 NYI 1,VAN 0
Adam Gaudette (12) Alexander Edler (27), Troy Stecher (12) 01:57 NYI 1,VAN 1
Tyler Toffoli (24) Elias Pettersson (39), Quinn Hughes (45) 02:41 NYI 1,VAN 2
Jordan Eberle (16) Mathew Barzal (41), Anders Lee (23) 19:01 NYI 2,VAN 2

2nd Period
Zack MacEwen (5) Alexander Edler (28) 02:14 NYI 2,VAN 3
Brock Nelson (25) Derick Brassard (21), Noah Dobson (6) 17:00 NYI 3,VAN 3
Bo Horvat (22) Tyler Toffoli (20), J.T. Miller (45) 17:51 NYI 3,VAN 4 PPG 

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (26) Anthony Beauvillier (21), Derick Brassard (22) 04:32 NYI 4,VAN 4

OT
No Scoring

The Shootout
Elias Pettersson (NG) – Jordan Eberle (NG)
JT Miller (G/GDG) – Mathew Barzal (NG)
Brock Boeser (NG) – Andrew Ladd (NG)

The Isles are 3-3 in the shootout this season; Semyon Varlamov is 2-2… It was the third game-deciding goal of JT Miller's career…The Isles fall to 82-67 all-time in overtime.

The Skinny        
The Isles are 6-8-5 since the All-Star Break (and only 1-6-2 on the road); they have scored 41 goals in the eleven games that they earned points but only eight goals in their eight regulation losses… Mathew Barzal recorded an assist for the sixth straight game against Vancouver for his 60th point; he is the 2nd-youngest Islander to have three seasons with 60+ points, joining Bryan Trottier… …Noah Dobson has assists in consecutive games…Andrew Ladd's goal was his 249th in the NHL and came in his 950th NHL game; he finished with nine hits (tied-2nd highest total in his career)…Brock Nelson's two goals make him 26-28-54 in his career; it ties his career high in goals and sets a new career high in points. His second goal was the 150th of his career; he is only the 17th Isle to record 150 goals…Anthony Beauvillier played a career-high 22:02; Ryan Pulock played a season-high 26:31…The Isles allowed at least goal for the seventh straight game (0-3-4)…Tyler Toffoli had a pair of points, giving him 300 in his career (including 6-5-11 in 14 games vs. the Isles; Alex Edler also had a pair, giving him 401…The Isles have allowed 27 goals in the last seven games and have not had a .900 save percentage in any of them; the team save percentage in that span is .870…The Isles are 1-7 in their last eight games to go beyond regulation (1-5 in overtime,  0-2 in shootouts)…Jordan Eberle has 21 career goals vs. Vancouver; among active players only Patrick Marleau (30) has more.

The Injury
Josh Bailey suffered an injury late in the first period and did not return.  This was Josh's 153rd consecutive game.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles finished with 49 shots. It's their most in a road game since November 1, 2013 in Ottawa (57) and their most EVER in a game against Vancouver (previous high 48 on January 17, 2016 in Brooklyn).
The Isle trailed 2-1 just 2:41 into play; it was the earliest three goals in an Islander game since October 26, 2002 vs. Philadelphia.

Last Season vs. This Season
The Isles are 35-23-10 thru 68 games this season; they were 39-22-7 thru 68 games last season.  Their 80 points in 68 games is the 4th-highest in the Post-Cup era (90 points in 2014-15, 85 points last season and 85 points in 2015-16).

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are playing 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.  The Isles are 13-8-3 on Coliseum ice where they have sold out seven of the last eight games (and ten games this season).  The Isles are 7-1-3 at Barclays Center this season and 12-1-3 in their last 16 regular season home games); the final Brooklyn games are on March 17th vs. Calgary and March 22nd vs. Carolina.

On the Road
The Isles are 15-14-4 on the road this season but are only 3-8-3 in the last 14 games.

Road to the Playoffs
The Isles are beginning a stretch in which they play nine of 12 on the road.  They are 0-0-1 in this stretch:

3/10 @ Canucks (L 4-5 SO)
3/12 @ Flames
3/13 @ Oilers
3/15 @ Penguins
3/17 Vs. Flames (Barclays)
3/19 @ Leafs
3/21 @ Devils
3/22 Vs. Hurricanes (Final Barclays Game)
3/24 @ Flyers
3/26 Vs. Sabres (Coliseum)
3/28 @ Canadiens
3/30 @ Blue Jackets

The final three games will then be at the Coliseum (3/31 Vs. Wild, 4/2 Vs. Blackhawks, 4/4 Vs. Devils)

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-151 in 1,674 games, and he is now five 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  925
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,705
3. Barry Trotz        1,674
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 23-8-5 when scoring first and are 12-15-5 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles are 6-1-2 in the last nine games they have scored first but are 1-9-4 in the last 14 games that they have allowed the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles    18-11-16-4=49
Vancouver 14-14-5-1=34
The Isles are 13-8-6 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 22-14-4 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 53-25-9 when outshot; the 53 wins are the most in the NHL.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 35-23-10 overall: 20-9-6 at home (13-8-3 on Long Island and 7-1-3 in Brooklyn) and 15-14-4 on the road.  
Vancouver is 36-27-6 overall: 22-9-4 at home and 14-18-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-7-4 in Division games and 24-16-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 25-13-5 against the East and 10-10-5 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves; he is 19-14-6 on the season and 7-11-2 in his career against Vancouver.  
Thatcher Demko made 45 saves; he is 13-10-2 on the season and 1-0-0 against the Isles.   

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 in 5:24 of power play time (including a :36 5-on-3).  Vancouver was 1-2 in 2:12 of power play time. 

The Isles are 13-7-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 22-16-7 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-9-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-14-6 when they do not.

The Isles are 7-9-6 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-6-0 when the power plays are even, and 24-9-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

First 2 / Last 2   
The Isles have scored 16 goals and allowed 15 goals in the first two minutes of regulation periods.
The Isles have scored 15 goals and allowed 20 goals (excluding ENGs) in the last two minutes of regulation periods. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 31-3-5 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-20-5 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 67-5-7 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-7-10 in games decided by a single goal including 5-7 in regulation. They are 8-7 in games decided in overtime and are 3-3 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 7-1-0 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 22-21-9 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (26:31 – 2nd highest of career); Vancouver: Alex Edler (25:07)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 22:58 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (13-8-5), Devon Toews (3-6-2), Nick Leddy (5-3-3), Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Mathew Barzal (2-3-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).

Highest Ice-Time by Isles Forwards Under Trotz
24:59 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/19/20 vs. COL(Career High)
24:35 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/17/20 vs. ARI
24:35 - Brock Nelson – 11/9/19 vs. FLA (Career High)
24:02 – Mathew Barzal – 2/25/20 vs. NYR 
24:01 - Jordan Eberle – 2/17/20 vs. ARI (Most with Isles)

Face-offs
Isles 31, Vancouver 33 (48%)
Brock Nelson won 11 of 21 for the Isles; JT Miller won 12 of 17 for Vancouver. 

Hit Count
Isles 38 (Andrew Ladd -9)
Vancouver 36 (Tyler Motte-8)
The Isles are 2nd in the NHL with 1,925 hits.
 
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total:17 – Johnston-6 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR, vs WAS, vs VGK), Cizikas-3 (vs. OTT, vs SJ, vs. LA), Lee-3 (vs FLA, vs VGK, vs MON), Martin-2 (vs NYR, vs NAS), Mayfield (vs ANA), Pageau (vs NYR), Dzingel (vs. CAR).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Leo Komarov -3)
Vancouver 17 (Alex Edler -4)
The Isles lead the NHL with 1,153 blocked shots.

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 79, Vancouver 67 (including 31-13 for the Isles in the 3rd period and overtime)
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 57, Vancouver 57

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle +8
Vancouver: Two with +9

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 19, Vancouver 13
5-on-5: Isles 14, Vancouver 12

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 31-20-7 in night games and 4-3-3 in matinees. All of the remaining games, including the 3/15 (6:00) and 3/22 (5:00) games are considered night games by the NHL.

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 268, Brock Nelson 245, Mathew Barzal 232, Ryan Pulock 195, Josh Bailey 153, Anthony Beauvillier 143, and Devon Toews 116.  No other Islander has played every game this season.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has the fourth-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. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 268
5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 245
8. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
9. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 232
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 195
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Johnny Boychuk- INJ), Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle, Otto Koivula, Thomas Hickey
Total games lost: 159.

Late Heroes 
The Isles have scored five 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 PHI – Ryan Pulock scored the winning goal at 19:19.
2/26 vs NYR – Brock Nelson scored at 19:42, but the Isles lost in OT

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed five 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.
2/27 vs. STL – Vince Dunn scored at 18:16, and the Blues won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 4 successful, 2 failures (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), (no goalie interference 2/25 vs NYR)
The Isles are 4-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-2 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 865…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 560 *** 19. Ken Morrow 550 *** 20. Brock Nelson 548 *** 21. Duane Sutter 547 *** 22. Lorne Henning 543 ***  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 172 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 154 *** 17. Brock Nelson 150

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 322 …
20. Ed Westfall 181 *** 21. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Nick Leddy 169

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 476…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 301  ***22. Mariusz Czerkawski and Brock Nelson 295

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Thomas Greiss 193

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 150
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 82

Season Series Stats
Vancouver wins the season series 2 games to 0 (and four points to two).

The Canucks won both games beyond 60 minutes as Quinn Hughes' overtime goal was the game-winner in the Isles' first game after the All-Star Break.

The Isles are 6-0-4 in the last ten games with Vancouver and are 3-0-2 in their last five trips to the Pacific Northwest.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport improved to 22-33-5-2 by winning two out of three in Pennsylvania last weekend, winning both games in Lehigh Valley and dropping the middle game in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.

The Sound Tigers are back home on Wednesday as they entertain the Toronto Marlies. 

Up Next
THURSDAY, MARCH 12th  -  ISLANDERS AT CALGARY –9:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 8:30PM), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
After not facing each other in the first 68 games, two of the Isles' next four games are against the Calgary Flames.

It's the second consecutive season that the entire season series will be played within a week. Calgary won both games last February,  by scores of 4-2 and 3-1.
 
Calgary has won four of the last five games between the teams, after the Isles won the five games before that.  The Isles' only win in the last five meetings was a 5-2 victory for Christopher Gibson on March 18, 2018.

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, March 07, 2020

The Skinny: Carolina 3, Isles 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"          

By Eric Hornick

Game 67
Carolina 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Vincent Trocheck scored a 4-on-3 overtime goal to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Trocheck's goal came after the puck struck Andrei Svechnikov's stick.  The play was reviewed for several minutes before it was determined that Svechnikov's stick was below his natural shoulder height.
Ryan Pulock and Josh Bailey scored the Islander goals; it's the third straight game that Pulock has scored a goal.

The loss earned the Isles their first point in four games but extended the Isles winless streak to six games (0-3-3).  It's the first time since February/March 2018 (8 games) that the Isles have gone at least five games without a win.

The Isles moved back into the 1st wild card with 79 points (tied with Columbus, but in one fewer game), pending the outcome of the Blue Jackets' game in Edmonton on Saturday night. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Justin Williams (5) Haydn Fleury (8) 13:22 CAR 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Ryan Pulock (10) Anders Lee (22) 05:15 CAR 1,NYI 1

3rd Period
Joel Edmundson (7) Teuvo Teravainen (46), Andrei Svechnikov (35) 06:16 CAR 2,NYI 1 
Josh Bailey (14) Noah Dobson (5), Andy Greene (12) 15:02 CAR 2,NYI 2

OT
Vincent Trocheck (11) Andrei Svechnikov (36), Sebastian Aho (27) 01:36 CAR 3,NYI 2 PPG

The Skinny        
The Isles are 6-8-4 since the All-Star Break; they have scored 37 goals in the ten games that they earned points but only eight goals in their eight regulation losses…Ryan Pulock scored for the third straight game – he is the first Islander defenseman to do so since Mark Streit in October 2008 – and is now just one game shy of the club record (set twice by Denis Potvin and equaled by Tomas Jonsson and Bryan Berard)…The Isles are 1-9-4 in the last 14 games that they have allowed the first goal… Mathew Barzal was held pointless and remains with 59 points; his next point will make him the 2nd-youngest Islander to have three seasons with 60+ points, joining Bryan Trottier…Vincent Trocheck's goal was his first as a Hurricane…Justin Williams was credited with the game's opening goal to extend his goal-streak to three games; he finished with a season-high eight shots on goal…Anders Lee earned his 300th career point on the Pulock goal; he is the 21st player in Islander history to reach that mark…The Hurricanes had lost all four games they had played since losing both goaltenders in the "David Ayres game"…Noah Dobson's assist was his first since the All-Star Break.

Last Season vs. This Season
The Isles are 35-23-9 thru 67 games this season; they were 39-21-7 thru 67 games last season.  Their 79 points in 67 games is the 4th-highest in the Post-Cup era (88 points in 2014-15, 85 points last season and 84 points in 2015-16).

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are playing 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.  The Isles are 13-8-3 on Coliseum ice where they have sold out seven of the last eight games (and ten games this season).  The Isles are 7-1-3 at Barclays Center this season and 12-1-3 in their last 16 regular season home games); the remaining Brooklyn games are on March 17th vs. Calgary, and March 22nd vs. Carolina.

Governor Cuomo announced before the February 29th game that all home playoff games this season and all home regular season and playoff games next season will be played at the Coliseum.

On the Road
The Isles are 15-14-3 on the road this season but are only 3-8-2 in the last 13 games.

Lots of Home Cooking 
The Isles completed a stretch in which they play six of eight games at home.  The Isles went 2-3-3 in this stretch.

2/21 Vs Red Wings (W 4-1)
2/23 Vs Sharks (W 4-1)
2/25 Vs Rangers (L 3-4 OT)
2/27 @ Blues (L 2-3 OT)
2/29 Vs Bruins (L 0-4)
3/3 Vs Canadiens (L 2-6)
3/5 @ Senators (L 3-4)
3/7 Vs Hurricanes (L 2-3 OT)

Road to the Playoffs
The Isles are beginning a stretch in which the play nine of 12 on the road:
3/10 @ Canucks
3/12 @ Flames
3/13 @ Oilers
3/15 @ Penguins
3/17 Vs. Flames (Barclays)
3/19 @ Leafs
3/21 @ Devils
3/22 Vs. Hurricanes (Final Barclays Game)
3/24 @ Flyers
3/26 Vs. Sabres (Barclays)
3/28 @ Canadiens
3/30 @ Blue Jackets

The final three games will then be at the Coliseum (3/31 Vs. Wild, 4/2 Vs. Blackhawks, 4/4 Vs. Devils)

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-150 in 1,673 games, and he is now five 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  923
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,703
3. Barry Trotz        1,673
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 23-8-4 when scoring first and are 12-15-5 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles are 6-1-1 in the last eight games they have scored first but are 1-9-4 in the last 14 games that they have allowed the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles      6-9-11-0=26
Carolina 9-11-7-1=28
The Isles are 13-8-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 22-14-4 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 53-25-9 when outshot; the 53 wins are the most in the NHL.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 35-23-9 overall: 20-9-6 at home (13-8-3 on Long Island and 7-1-3 in Brooklyn) and 15-14-3 on the road.  
Carolina is 36-25-5 overall: 19-12-2 at home and 17-13-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-7-4 in Division games and 24-16-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 25-13-5 against the East and 10-10-4 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 25 saves; he is 16-9-4 on the season and 8-5-3 in his career against Carolina.  
Anton Forsberg made 24 saves; he is 1-1-0 on the season and 2-3-0 against the Isles.  It's his first NHL win since March 24, 2018 (for Chicago, also against the Islanders). 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 in 4:28 of power play time.  Carolina was 1-5 in 6:28 of power play time. 

The Isles are 13-7-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 22-16-6 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-9-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-14-6 when they do not.

The Isles are 7-9-5 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-6-0 when the power plays are even, and 24-9-3 when the opposition has more power plays.

First 2 / Last 2     
The Isles have scored 15 goals and allowed 14 goals in the first two minutes of regulation periods.
The Isles have scored 14 goals and allowed 20 goals (excluding ENGs) in the last two minutes of regulation periods. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 31-3-4 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-20-5 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 67-5-6 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-7-9 in games decided by a single goal including 5-7 in regulation. They are 8-7 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 7-1-0 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 22-21-8 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:44); Carolina: Jaccob Slavin (27:01)
Jordan Eberle led Isles forwards with 21:03 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (13-8-4), Devon Toews (3-6-2), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (5-3-3), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-3-0).

Highest Ice-Time by Isles Forwards Under Trotz
24:59 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/19/20 vs. COL(Career High)
24:35 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/17/20 vs. ARI
24:35 - Brock Nelson – 11/9/19 vs. FLA (Career High)
24:02 – Mathew Barzal – 2/25/20 vs. NYR 
24:01 - Jordan Eberle – 2/17/20 vs. ARI (Most with Isles)

Face-offs
Isles 29, Carolina 33 (47%)
Brock Nelson won 9 of 17 for the Isles; Jordan Martinook won 9 of 11 for Carolina. 

Hit Count
Isles 34 (Ryan Pulock -5)
Carolina 33 (Jordan Staal-6)
The Isles are 2nd in the NHL with 1,877 hits.
 
Fights 
Anthony Beauvillier fought Ryan Dzingiel in the 2nd period.  Season total:17 – Johnston-6 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR, vs WAS, vs VGK), Cizikas-3 (vs. OTT, vs SJ, vs. LA), Lee-3 (vs FLA, vs VGK, vs MON), Martin-2 (vs NYR, vs NAS), Mayfield (vs ANA), Pageau (vs NYR), Dzingel (vs. CAR).
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Andy Greene -4)
Carolina 17 (Jaccob Slavin -4)
The Isles lead the NHL with 1,142 blocked shots.

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 51, Carolina 53 (including 21-12 for the Isles in the 3rd period)
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 43, Carolina 42

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Brock Nelson +8
Carolina: Nino Niederreiter +9

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Carolina 11
5-on-5: Isles 9, Carolina 8

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 31-20-6 in night games and 4-3-3 in matinees. All of the remaining games, including the 3/15 (6:00) and 3/22 (5:00) games are considered night games by the NHL.

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 267, Brock Nelson 244, Mathew Barzal 231, Ryan Pulock 194, Josh Bailey 152, Anthony Beauvillier 142, and Devon Toews 115.  No other Islander has played every game this season.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has passed Denis Potvin for the fourth-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. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 267
5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 244
8. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
9. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 231
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 194
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Johnny Boychuk- INJ), Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, (Cal Clutterbuck- INJ), Otto Koivula
Total games lost: 156.

Late Heroes 
The Isles have scored five 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 PHI – Ryan Pulock scored the winning goal at 19:19.
2/26 vs NYR – Brock Nelson scored at 19:42, but the Isles lost in OT

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed five 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.
2/27 vs. STL – Vince Dunn scored at 18:16, and the Blues won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 4 successful, 2 failures (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), (no goalie interference 2/25 vs NYR)
The Isles are 4-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-2 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 864…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 559 *** 19. Ken Morrow 550 *** 20. Duane Sutter and Brock Nelson 547 *** 22. Lorne Henning 543 ***  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 172 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 154 *** 17. Brock Nelson 148

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 321 …
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 475…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 300  ***22. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 23. Brock Nelson 293

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Thomas Greiss 193

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 149
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 82

Season Series Stats
Carolina leads the season series 3 games to 0 (and 6 points to 2).  
Carolina has defeated the Isles in eight straight games (including playoffs), dating back to January 2019.

On the Farm   
Bridgeport began a 3-in-3 weekend with a 6-4 win in Lehigh Valley on Friday; Kieffer Bellows scored twice to reach 20 goals on the season, including four goals in the last four games. Bridgeport is at Wilkes Barre-Scranton for a game on Saturday before returning to Lehigh Valley on Sunday. 

Up Next
TUESDAY, MARCH 10th  -  ISLANDERS AT VANCOUVER –10:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 9:45 PM), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The Isles head out west to begin a 4-game road trip on Tuesday in Vancouver. 
It's the second meeting of the season between the teams; Quinn Hughes' overtime goal was the game-winner in the Isles' first game after the All-Star Break.

The Isles are 6-0-3 in the last nine games with Vancouver and are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to the Pacific Northwest.

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

Thursday, March 05, 2020

The Skinny: Ottawa 4, Isles 3

"The Skinny"          

By Eric Hornick

Game 66
Ottawa 4, Isles 3
Mikkel Boedker's shorthanded goal, the third allowed by the Isles in two games, tied the game at the exact midpoint and the Ottawa Senators then got goals from Anthony Duclair and Brady Tkachuk enroute to a 4-3 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 13,445 at Canadian Tire Centre. 

Ryan Pulock scored with 2:00 to play on a 6-on-5 to cut the lead to 4-3 but the Isles could not even the score.

The loss extended the Isles winless streak to five games (0-2-3); the last three losses have all come in regulation.  It's the first time since February/March 2018 (8 games) that the Isles have gone at least five games without a point.

The Isles remain in the 2nd wild card with 78 points (one behind Columbus, but in two fewer games). 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anders Lee (20) Mathew Barzal (39), Derick Brassard (20) 03:58 NYI 1,OTT 0 PPG
Connor Brown (16) Nikita Zaitsev (11), Mike Reilly (15) 13:57 NYI 1,OTT 1

2nd Period
Mathew Barzal (19) Jordan Eberle (24), Devon Toews (21) 04:18 NYI 2,OTT 1
Mikkel Boedker (2) Chris Tierney (26) 10:00 NYI 2,OTT 2 SHG
Anthony Duclair (23) Jayce Hawryluk (6), Colin White (14) 14:26 NYI 2,OTT 3

3rd Period
Brady Tkachuk (20) 16:55 NYI 2,OTT 4
Ryan Pulock (9) Mathew Barzal (40), Devon Toews (22) 18:00 NYI 3,OTT 4

The Skinny        
The Isles are 6-8-3 since the All-Star Break; they have scored 35 goals in the nine games that they earned points but only eight goals in their eight regulation losses…Anders Lee's 1st period goal was his 50th career power play (tied Pierre Turgeon for 9th in club history) but only his second this season (12/9/19 in Tampa)…Lee has scored at least 20 goals five times in his career, including the last four seasons; Lee also has nine goals in 20 career games vs Ottawa …Mathew Barzal played at least 20 minutes for the 31st  time this season (and 60th time in his career); he has played at least 20 minutes in 12 straight games…J-G Pageau was honored with a scoreboard video in the first period but did not record a point…Mathew Barzal reached the 40- assist mark for the third straight season; he is only the second Islander in the 2000's with three consecutive 40-assist seasons (Josh Bailey); Barzal recorded his 15th career 3-point game (3rd this season)…The Isles had gone 6-0-1 in the previous seven games that they scored the first goal…Mathew Barzal was the Isles' best in the circle for the second straight game (8 of 10 in game, 14 of 18 in last two games)…Barzal now has 59 points; with his next point he will become the 2nd-youngest Islander to have three seasons with 60+ points, joining Bryan Trottier…Ottawa improves to 17-2-1 when leading after two periods…Mikkel Boedker's shorty was the Sens' 15th, which leads the NHL.  The Sens have scored at least 15 SH goals five times in the last fifteen seasons; the rest of the NHL has done so only ten times in that span.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles' late goal makes this the first time under Barry Trotz that they lost a ROAD game in regulation when scoring 3+ goals; they were perfect this season (14-0-0) and 34-0-1 in that situation under Trotz.  Their last road loss when scoring 3+ was in New Jersey on March 31, 2018.

The Isles have allowed three shorthanded goals in the last two games after allowing only two in the season's first 64 games.  It's the first time that they have allowed shorties in consecutive games since November 29-30, 2013 and the first time that they have allowed three SHGs in a two-game period since April 17-18, 2006.

Last Season vs. This Season
The Isles are 35-23-8 thru 66 games this season; they were 38-21-7 thru 66 games last season.  Their 78 points in 65 games is the 4th-highest in the Post-Cup era (87 points in 2014-15, 83 points last season and 82 points in 2015-16).

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are playing 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.  The Isles are 13-8-2 on Coliseum ice where they have sold out six straight games (and ten games this season).  The Isles are 7-1-3 at Barclays Center this season and 12-1-3 in their last 16 regular season home games); the remaining Brooklyn games are on March 17th vs. Calgary, and March 22nd vs. Carolina.

Governor Cuomo announced before the February 29th game that all home playoff games this season and all home regular season and playoff games next season will be played at the Coliseum.

On the Road
The Isles are 15-14-3 on the road this season but are only 3-8-2 in the last 13 games.

Lots of Home Cooking 
The Isles are in a stretch in which they play six of eight games at home.  The Isles are 2-3-2 in this stretch.

2/21 Vs Red Wings (W 4-1)
2/23 Vs Sharks (W 4-1)
2/25 Vs Rangers (L 3-4 OT)
2/27 @ Blues (L 2-3 OT)
2/29 Vs Bruins (L 0-4)
3/3 Vs Canadiens (L 2-6)
3/5 @ Senators (L 3-4)
3/7 Vs Hurricanes (Coliseum)

Following these eight games, the Isles will play nine of the next twelve on the road before ending the season with three games at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-149 in 1,672 games, and he is now five 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  923
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,703
3. Barry Trotz        1,672
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 23-8-4 when scoring first and are 12-15-4 when allowing the opening goal. The Isles are 6-1-1 in games the last eight games they have scored first but are 1-9-3 in the last 13 games that they have allowed the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles    11-17-11=39
Ottawa 13-7-10=30
The Isles are 13-8-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 22-14-3 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 53-25-9 when outshot; the 53 wins are the most in the NHL.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 35-23-8 overall: 20-9-5 at home (13-8-2 on Long Island and 7-1-3 in Brooklyn) and 15-14-3 on the road.  
Ottawa is 24-32-12 overall: 18-13-6 at home and 6-19-6 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-7-3 in Division games and 24-16-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 25-13-4 against the East and 10-10-4 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves; he is 19-14-5 on the season and 4-4-2 in his career against Ottawa.  
Craig Anderson made 36 saves; he is 10-16-2 on the season and 9-8-4 against the Isles.   

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 in 7:51 of power play time.  Ottawa was 0-3 in 6:00 of power play time. 

The Isles are 13-7-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 22-16-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-9-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-14-6 when they do not.

The Isles are 7-9-5 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 15 goals and allowed 14 goals in the first two minutes of regulation periods.
The Isles have scored 14 goals and allowed 20 goals (excluding ENGs) in the last two minutes of regulation periods. 

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 31-3-4 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-20-4 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 67-5-6 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-7-8 in games decided by a single goal including 5-5 in regulation. They are 8-6 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 7-1-0 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 22-21-7 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Mathew Barzal (23:42); Ottawa: Thomas Chabot (28:30)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 23:42 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (13-8-3), Devon Toews (3-6-2), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (5-3-3), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-3-0).

Highest Ice-Time by Isles Forwards Under Trotz
24:59 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/19/20 vs. COL(Career High)
24:35 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/17/20 vs. ARI
24:35 - Brock Nelson – 11/9/19 vs. FLA (Career High)
24:02 – Mathew Barzal – 2/25/20 vs. NYR 
24:01 - Jordan Eberle – 2/17/20 vs. ARI (Most with Isles)

Face-offs
Isles 28, Ottawa 22 (56%)
Mathew Barzal won 8 of 10 for the Isles; Matthew Peca won 4 of 6 for Ottawa. 

Hit Count
Isles 22 (Matt Martin -6)
Ottawa 29 (Nick Paul -5)
The Isles are 2nd in the NHL with 1,843 hits.
 
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total:16 – Johnston-6 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR, vs WAS, vs VGK), Cizikas-3 (vs. OTT, vs SJ, vs. LA), Lee-3 (vs FLA, vs VGK, vs MON), Martin-2 (vs NYR, vs NAS), Mayfield (vs ANA), Pageau (vs NYR).
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Scott Mayfield -3)
Ottawa 11 (Ron Hainsey -5)
The Isles lead the NHL with 1,129 blocked shots.

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 64, Ottawa 61 (including 29-11 for the Isles in the 2nd period)
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 42, Ottawa 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Jordan Eberle +6
Ottawa: Ron Hainsey +9

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, Ottawa 13
5-on-5: Isles 7, Ottawa 9

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 31-20-6 in night games and 4-3-2 in matinees. The next matinee will be on Saturday vs. Carolina. 

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 266, Brock Nelson 243, Mathew Barzal 230, Ryan Pulock 193, Josh Bailey 151, Anthony Beauvillier 141, and Devon Toews 114.  No other Islander has played every game this season.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has passed Denis Potvin for the fourth-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. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 266
5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 243
8. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
9. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 230
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 193
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Johnny Boychuk- INJ), Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Andrew Ladd, Leo Komarov
Total games lost: 152.

Late Heroes 
The Isles have scored five 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 PHI – Ryan Pulock scored the winning goal at 19:19.
2/26 vs NYR – Brock Nelson scored at 19:42, but the Isles lost in OT

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed five 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.
2/27 vs. STL – Vince Dunn scored at 18:16, and the Blues won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 4 successful, 2 failures (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), (no goalie interference 2/25 vs NYR)
The Isles are 4-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-2 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 863…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 558 *** 19. Ken Morrow 550 *** 20. Duane Sutter 547 *** 21. Brock Nelson 546 *** 22. Lorne Henning 543 ***  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 172 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 153 *** 17. Brock Nelson 148

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 321 …
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 474…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 299  ***22. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 23. Brock Nelson 293

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Thomas Greiss 192

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 148
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 82

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 2).  
The loss ended an Islander six-game winning streak against the Sens and a four-game win streak in Ottawa.   

On the Farm   
Bridgeport begins a 3-in-3 weekend that starts and ends in Lehigh Valley on Friday, with a trip to Wilkes Barre-Scranton in between. 

Up Next
SATURDAY, MARCH 7th  -  CAROLINA AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM –1:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 12:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The Isles return to the Coliseum for a single, yet very important, game as they welcome the Hurricanes.

Carolina, who swept the Isles in last year's second round, are 2-0 against the Isles this season, winning 5-2 in the game that preceded the Isles' 17-game point streak  and 2-1 in an 8-round shootout just before the All-Star Break.

This is the final game before the Isles head out on a four-game road trip to Western Canada … and Pittsburgh.  It is also the last Coliseum game until March 26th by which time the Isles will have played their final game ever at Barclays Center.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The Skinny: Montreal 6, Isles 2

"The Skinny"          

By Eric Hornick

Game 65
Montreal 6, Isles 2
Brendan Gallagher scored a goal and added an assist to spur a three goals in 5:13 outburst in the first period and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Isles 6-2 before a crowd of 12,788 at Barclays Center.

The loss extended the Isles winless streak to four games (0-2-2); it's the first Isles loss in regulation time on Barclays Center ice since January 12, 2019 (12-0-3) and their first in eleven games this season.
 
With the loss, the Isles drop four points behind the third place Penguins and remain five points behind second place Philadelphia. The Isles remain in the top wild card with 78 points (same as Columbus, but in two fewer games). Only nine points separate 2nd place and 7th place in the Metro.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Brendan Gallagher (22) Ben Chiarot (12), Phillip Danault (33) 13:31 MTL 1,NYI 0
Jeff Petry (11) Brendan Gallagher (21), Phillip Danault (34) 15:43 MTL 2,NYI 0
Charles Hudon (1) 18:34 MTL 3,NYI 0

2nd Period
Paul Byron (4) Joel Armia (14) 12:35 MTL 4,NYI 0 SHG

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (24) Josh Bailey (28) 06:14 MTL 4,NYI 1
Jordan Weal (8) Artturi Lehkonen (14) 15:28 MTL 5,NYI 1
Ryan Pulock (8) Brock Nelson (28), Jordan Eberle (23) 16:21 MTL 5,NYI 2 PPG
Joel Armia (16)EN 17:10 MTL 6,NYI 2 SHG

The Skinny        
The Isles are 6-7-3 since the All-Star Break; they have scored 35 goals in the nine games that they earned points but only five goals in their seven regulation losses….Brock Nelson's third period goal ended an Isles scoreless streak at 154:03; after taking a 2-0 lead in St. Louis on Thursday, the Isles allowed 11 consecutive goals for the first time since 2011 before scoring twice in the third period. …Mathew Barzal played at least 20 minutes for the 30th time this season (and 59th time in his career); he has played at least 20 minutes in 11 straight games…The Isles allowed two shorthanded goals for the first time since October 24, 2017 in Minnesota; they had allowed only two SHG's this season entering the game…It's the first time since April 9, 2016 (OTT vs BOS) that an NHL team scored two shorthanded goals but did not have a power play…Charles Hudon scored for the first time in the NHL since November 2018…Nelson, who earned points on both Islander goals is now one point shy of his career high and tied his career high in assists (both from last year)…J-G Pageau finished -5; he is the first Islander to do so since Brendan Witt did so in an overtime loss to Washington on December 16, 2008… New dad Anders Lee had a goal disallowed in the opening seconds of the third period when it was ruled that he kicked the puck in….The Canadiens have outscored their opponents 69-53 in the first period; Thomas Greiss has allowed 30 goals in the first period and only 40 goals in the rest of the game.

The Injuries
Tomas Tatar left the game in the first period and did not return.  Johnny Boychuk suffered an upper body injury on an errant skate blade in the third period and did not return.

Last Season vs. This Season
The Isles are 35-22-8 thru 65 games this season; they were 37-21-7 thru 65 games last season.  Their 78 points in 65 games is the 4th-highest in the Post-Cup era (85 points in 2014-15, 82 points in 2015-16, and 81 points last season).

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are playing 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.  The Isles are 13-8-2 on Coliseum ice where they have sold out six straight games (and ten games this season).  The Isles are 7-1-3 at Barclays Center this season and 12-1-3 in their last 16 regular season home games); the remaining Brooklyn games are on March 17th vs. Calgary, and March 22nd vs. Carolina.

Governor Cuomo announced before the February 29th game that all home playoff games this season and all home regular season and playoff games next season will be played at the Coliseum.

On the Road
The Isles are 15-13-3 on the road this season but are only 3-7-2 in the last 12 games.

Lots of Home Cooking 
The Isles are in a stretch in which they play six of eight games at home.  The Isles are 2-2-2 in this stretch.

2/21 Vs Red Wings (W 4-1)
2/23 Vs Sharks (W 4-1)
2/25 Vs Rangers (L 3-4 OT)
2/27 @ Blues (L 2-3 OT)
2/29 Vs Bruins (L 0-4)
3/3 Vs Canadiens (L 2-6)
3/5 @ Senators
3/7 Vs Hurricanes (Coliseum)

Following these eight games, the Isles will play nine of the next twelve on the road before ending the season with three games at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-617-60-149 in 1,671 games, and he is now five 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  923
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,702
3. Barry Trotz        1,671
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 23-7-4 when scoring first and are 12-15-4 when allowing the opening goal. They are 1-9-3 in the last 13 games that they have allowed the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles    7-7-8=22
Montreal 12-5-10=27
The Isles are 13-7-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 22-14-3 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 53-25-9 when outshot; the 53 wins are the most in the NHL.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 35-22-8 overall: 20-9-5 at home (13-8-2 on Long Island and 7-1-3 in Brooklyn) and 15-13-3 on the road.  
Montreal is 31-28-9 overall: 14-16-6 at home and 17-12-3 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 11-7-3 in Division games and 24-15-5 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 25-12-4 against the East and 10-10-4 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made nine saves before being replaced after the first; he is 16-9-3 on the season and 4-6-1 in his career against Montreal. Semyon Varlamov made 12 saves in relief.

Carey Price made 20 saves; he is 27-23-6 on the season and 14-6-4 against the Isles.   

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 in 6:110 of power play time as they converted :26 into a 5-on-3.  However, the Isles allowed two shorthanded goals (one into an empty net).  Montreal did not have a  power play; the also did not have a power play in the first meeting.

The Isles are 13-6-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 22-16-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-9-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-13-6 when they do not.

The Isles are 7-8-5 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 15 goals and allowed 14 goals in the first two minutes of regulation periods.
The Isles have scored 13 goals and allowed 20 goals (excluding ENGs) in the last two minutes of regulation periods. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 31-2-4 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-20-4 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 67-4-6 when scoring three or more, with two of the four regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-6-8 in games decided by a single goal including 5-6 in regulation. They are 8-6 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 7-1-0 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 22-20-7 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:20); Montreal: Brett Kulak (23:30)
Jordan Eberle led Isles forwards with 20:40 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (13-8-3), Devon Toews (3-6-2), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (5-3-3), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-2-0).

Highest Ice-Time by Isles Forwards Under Trotz
24:59 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/20/20 vs. DET
24:35 -  Mathew Barzal – 2/17/20 vs. ARI
24:35 - Brock Nelson – 11/9/19 vs. FLA (Career High)
24:27 – Mathew Barzal – 2/25/20 vs. NYR (Career High)
24:01 - Jordan Eberle – 2/17/20 vs. ARI
23:52 – Mathew Barzal – 12/15/18 vs. DET
23:23 - Mathew Barzal – 2/15/20 vs. VGK
23:15 - Anders Lee – 2/25/20 vs. NYR (Career High)

Face-offs
Isles 34, Montreal 18 (65%)
Mathew Barzal won 6 of 8 for the Isles; no Canadien who took multiple draws won more than he lost. 

Hit Count
Isles 32 (Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck -6)
Montreal 34 (Two with 5)
 
Fights 
Anders Lee fought Christian Folin in the first period.  Season total:16 – Johnston-6 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR, vs WAS, vs VGK), Cizikas-3 (vs. OTT, vs SJ, vs. LA), Lee-3 (vs FLA, vs VGK, vs MON), Martin-2 (vs NYR, vs NAS), Mayfield (vs ANA), Pageau (vs NYR).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Devon Toews -3)
Montreal 9 (Two with 2)
The Isles lead the NHL with 1,118 blocked shots.

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 44, Montreal 55 
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 38, Montreal 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Devon Toews +7
Montreal: Two with +21

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, Montreal 9 
5-on-5: Isles 10, Montreal 8

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 31-19-6 in night games and 4-3-2 in matinees. The next matinee will be on March 7th vs. Carolina. 

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 265, Brock Nelson 242, Mathew Barzal 229, Ryan Pulock 192, Josh Bailey 150, Anthony Beauvillier 140, and Devon Toews 113.  No other Islander has played every game this season.

Iron Man
Anders Lee has passed Denis Potvin for the fourth-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. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 265
5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 242
8. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
9. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 229
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 192
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), Ross Johnston, Noah Dobson, Tom Kuhnhackl, Andrew Ladd, Otto Koivula
Total games lost: 149.

Late Heroes 
The Isles have scored five 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 PHI – Ryan Pulock scored the winning goal at 19:19.
2/26 vs NYR – Brock Nelson scored at 19:42, but the Isles lost in OT

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed five 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.
2/27 vs. STL – Vince Dunn scored at 18:16, and the Blues won in OT.

Challenges
Isles: 4 successful, 2 failures (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), (no goalie interference 2/25 vs NYR)
The Isles are 4-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-2 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 862…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 557 *** 19. Ken Morrow 550 *** 20. Duane Sutter 547 *** 21. Brock Nelson 545 *** 22. Lorne Henning 543 ***  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 171 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 153 *** 17. Brock Nelson 148

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 321 …
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 474…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 297  ***22. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 23. Brock Nelson 293

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Thomas Greiss 192

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 147
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 82

Season Series Stats
Montreal leads the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0). The teams will conclude the season series in Montreal on March 28th.
 
The Isles are 1-5-1 in their last seven games with Montreal and have scored only 13 goals in the seven games. 

On the Farm   
The Sound Tigers dropped a 1-0 decision to Binghamton on Sunday.  Bridgeport is off until Friday when they begin a 3-in-3 weekend that starts and ends in Lehigh Valley, with a trip to Wilkes Barre-Scranton in between. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 5th  -  ISLANDERS AT OTTAWA –7:30 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 7:00), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
J-G Pageau returns to Ottawa as the Isles face the Senators for the final time this season.

The Isles swept a pair of games from Ottawa early in the season; Nick Leddy had two goals, including a penalty shot, in a win in Ottawa on October 25th; Cole Bardreau's only NHL goal, also on a penalty shot, was the winner eleven rights later in Brooklyn as the Isles won their 10th straight game. 

The Isles have won six straight games vs. Ottawa, and have scored at least four games in each of their last seven games against the Sens.  The Isles have won four straight games in Ottawa for the first time in their history.

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