By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, New Jersey 1
Jordan Eberle scored his first two goals of the season and Matthew Barzal added three points as the Isles beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum.
Semyon Varlamov allowed only a second period goal to Nathan Bastian, stopping the other 30 Devil shots. The Bastian goal ended a season-opening shutout streak of 142:10 for Varlamov; it was the 8th longest scoreless streak to start an NHL season. Varly had previously broken Rick DiPietro's club record scoreless streak to start the season (115:35 in 2003-04).
It was the 16th time in his still young career that Barzal has had at least three points. His two assists were both on Eberle goals; Jordan did not score in his first 15 games last season.
Mathew Barzal (2) Josh Bailey (1), Noah Dobson (2) 04:43 NJD 0,NYI 1
Jordan Eberle (1) Anders Lee (1), Mathew Barzal (1) 19:39 NJD 0,NYI 2
Nathan Bastian (1) Ty Smith (3) 02:10 NJD 1,NYI 2
Jordan Eberle (2) Noah Dobson (3), Mathew Barzal (2) 01:56 NJD 1,NYI 3 PPG
Brock Nelson (2) Nick Leddy (2), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1) 05:16 NJD 1,NYI 4 PPG
The Isles are 3-1-0 (or better) through four games for the first time since 2014-15, when they were 4-0-0…(FIX)The Isles have allowed only six goals this season; it matches their fewest allowed through four games since 1981-82, when they also allowed five…The Isles have dressed the same 18 skaters in all four games, matching a club record to start the season (last done in 2015-16)…New Jersey rookie Ty Smith assisted on the only Devil goal to extend his career-starting point streak to four games; he is the 11th defenseman in NHL history to do so…The Isles scored two power play goals in a period for the first time in exactly one year, when Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier did so against the Rangers…Noah Dobson played 20:24, tying a career high and adding two assists for his first career multi-point game. Dobson also recorded seven blocks – matching the most by an Islander since Calvin deHaan had 8 on December 20, 2016 vs. Boston…The Isles have had 20 power plays through four games; last season their 20th power play came during their 12th game of the season… Semyon Varlamov joins Chris Osgood (2001-02) and Jaroslav Halak (2014-15) as the only Isles to go 3-0-0 over the first four games of the season.
Isles History Lesson
Josh Bailey recorded his 323rd assist, matching Brent Sutter on the all-time list….Ryan Pulock played in his 199th consecutive game, breaking a tie with Gerry Hart for 3rd place on the all-time defense list.
Youth Club (revised)
Noah Dobson is the youngest Islander defenseman with a multi-point game (and a multi-assist game) since Travis Hamonic.
Hamonic had four multi-point games as a 20-year-old (the last on 4-8-2011) and three multi-assist games as a 20-year-old (the last on 2-21-2011). Dobson turned 21 just two weeks ago.
The Isles have won a majority of face-offs in each of the first four games. It is the first time since face-offs have been officially tracked (1997-98) that the Isles have done this.
The Islanders have won 57.2% of the draws through the four games. They have not won more than 50.1% of the draws since 2007-08.
Brock Nelson suffered a cut during a collision with PK Subban late in the second period; he returned for the third period and scored a power play goal.
What a Way to Start
Semyon Varlamov now has the longest shutout streak to start a season by an Islander goalie:
• 142:10 Semyon Varlamov (2020-21)
• 115:35 Rick DiPietro (2003-04)
• 107:20 Chico Resch (1975-76)
Home and Road
The Isles are 3-1-0 overall; 2-0-0 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.
New Jersey is 2-1-1 overall; 1-0-1 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 848-619-60-151 in 1,678 games, and he is now two 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 927
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 848
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,707
3. Barry Trotz 1,678
4. Al Arbour 1,607
First Things First
The Isles are 3-0-0 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal.
New Jersey 6-13-12=31
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 1-1-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 54-26-9 when outshot; the 54 wins are the most in the NHL.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves to improve to 3-0-0 on the season and 5-3--0 against New Jersey.
Scott Wedgewood made 31 saves but falls to 0-1-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in his career against the Isles. It was his first NHL game since February 13, 2018.
The Isles were 2-3 on the power play (3:54); New Jersey was 0-1 on the power play (2:00)
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-1-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-1-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-0-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 011-0 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 69-5-7 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 1-0 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 0-0-0 in the front-half and 0-0-0 in the back-half. The Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 17-2-2 in back-ends.
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
• The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 3-1-0 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:17); New Jersey: PK Subban (22:40)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:43 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (1-0-0), Ryan Pulock (2-0-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0).
Isles 38, New Jersey 22 (63%)
Brock Nelson won 9 of 11 for the Isles; no Devil who took multiple face-offs won more than they lost.
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-0 when they are tied, and 0-0-0 when they win fewer.
Isles 21 (Matt Martin -6)
New Jersey 24 (Michael McLeod -6)
There were no fights. Season total:0
Isles 22 (Noah Dobson -7)
New Jersey 14 (4 with 2)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 61, New Jersey 59
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 53, New Jersey 55
Isles: Three with +7
New Jersey: Dmitry Kulikov +13
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 16, New Jersey 2
5-on-5: Isles 13, New Jersey 2
(Michael Dal Colle-INJ), Leo Komarov, Sebastian Aho, Corey Schneider
Games Lost: 5
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 is 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 272, Brock Nelson 249, Mathew Barzal 236, Ryan Pulock 199, Josh Bailey 157, Anthony Beauvillier 147.
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 272
5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
6. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 249
7. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
8. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
9. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 236
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
Ryan Pulock has passed Gerry Hart for the third-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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 199
4. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.
Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR)
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' 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 869…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 564 *** 19. Brock Nelson 552 *** 20. Ken Morrow 550 *** 21. Duane Sutter 547 *** 22. Lorne Henning 543 *** 23. Casey Cizikas 538
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 174 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 154 *** 17. Brock Nelson 152
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6. John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Pat Flatley 328 *** 8. Brent Sutter and Josh Bailey 323 …
20. Ed Westfall 181 *** 21. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 22. Nick Leddy 172
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 477…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 21. Anders Lee 304 ***22. Brock Nelson 297
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Barry Trotz 154
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 85
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).
The Isles are 6-1-0 in their last seven games against New Jersey (1-3-3 vs Isles).
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24th – ISLANDERS AT NEW JERSEY 7:00pm,
[MSG+2 (pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, WNYM 970]
The Isles conclude their first traditional home-and-home series of the season and begin a five-game road trip in New Jersey.
The Isles have won three straight games in New Jersey (twice in overtime and once in a shootout).
This is the first game of a five games in eight days trip (Tuesday/Thursday in Washington; Saturday/Sunday in Philadelphia).
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick
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