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"The Skinny"       By Eric Hornick Game 42 Isles 3, Rangers 2 (OT) Ryan Pulock scored 1:13 into overtime to end the first NHL goal...

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 42
Isles 3, Rangers 2 (OT)
Ryan Pulock scored 1:13 into overtime to end the first NHL goaltending battle between Ilya Sorokin and Igor Shesterkin and give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Rangers before a socially-distanced crowd of 1,400 at Nassau Coliseum. 

It was Pulock's third career overtime goal and his first goal of the season; Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Isles, who held a 2-0 lead at the end of the one period. The Rangers got goals from Libor Hajek and Brendan Smith 1:53 apart in the second period to even the game. 

The Capitals and Penguins both won tonight as well so the Isles remain in a tie with Washington. Pittsburgh trails both the Isles and the Caps by two points .  All three teams have 14 games to play.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Kyle Palmieri (9) Brock Nelson (10), Josh Bailey (19) 01:47 NYR 0,NYI 1 PPG
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (12) Jordan Eberle (13), Mathew Barzal (23) 19:52 NYR 0,NYI 2

2nd Period
Libor Hajek (2) Kaapo Kakko (6), Filip Chytil (8) 10:23 NYR 1,NYI 2 
Brendan Smith (3) Mika Zibanejad (18), Vitali Kravtsov (1) 12:16 NYR 2,NYI 2

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
Ryan Pulock (1) Mathew Barzal (24) 01:13 NYR 2,NYI 3

The Skinny        
The Isles are 8-5-0 since the end of their 9-game win streak (and 12-game point streak) … The Isles are 4-7-2 against Pittsburgh and Washington (4-0-2 at home and 0-7-0 on the road); they are 23-4-2 vs. their other opponents…Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring with a power play goal; he became the 381st Islander to score a regular season goal…Ryan Pulock's overtime goal raised the Isles' defense totals to 11-71-82 this season; Pulock is the third Islander defenseman with at least three career OT goals, joining Thomas Hickey (5) and Roman Hamrlik (3)…Mathew Barzal had a pair of assists, tying Nick Leddy for the club lead…Barry Trotz coached his 192nd Islander game, tying Mike Milbury for 3rd on the club's all-time list…This is the first time that the Isles have ever scored an overtime goal against the Rangers at home (in regular season play), a span of 130 games at the Coliseum (and 139 including games in Brooklyn and the Bronx)…Jean-Gabriel Pageau's goal was the latest Islander goal against the Rangers (excluding empty nets) since October 27, 2008 when Kyle Okposo's third career goal came at 19:52 of the 1st period….Including the injured Anders Lee, the Isles now have five players with 12 goals this season (Nelson, Eberle, Barzal and Pageau)…This was the first meeting between Ilya Sorokin and Igor Shesterkin in the NHL; their last meeting was in the 2019 KHL playoffs, when Sorokin's team was victorious in their semi-final series in seven games…The Isles have won seven straight overtime/shootout games…The Isles have outscored the opposition 43-28 in the first period and 46-27 in the third period, but have been outscored 39-29 in the second period.  The +19 differential in the third period remains the best in the NHL.

Magic Number Time
The Islanders' magic number for clinching a playoff spot falls to 17 (over both the Flyers and Rangers).

Sorokin's Shining
Ilya Sorokin is 11-1-0 in his last twelve starts (1.79, .928).  Among goalies who have played at least 10 games in that span, only Juuse Soros (1.38) has a lower goals against average in that span.

Sorokin is 8-0-0 at home.  He is the first goalie in NHL history to win his first eight career starts in one season (Harry Lumley for Detroit in 1944-45 and Jaroslav Halak for Montreal in 2006-07 had each started 7-0-0).  Two others have won at least eight straight over multiple seasons. Gord Mc Rae for Toronto in 1972-73 and 1974-75 (10); Michel Plasse for St. Louis and Montreal in 1970-71 and 1972-73 (8).

Only one  other NHL rookie goalie in the last 39 years has won eight straight at home in a single season- Semyon Varlamov did that in 2009-10 for Washington.

Most Wins by an Islander Rookie Goalie (one season):
1. Chico Resch 23 (1975-76)
2. Roland Melanson 22 (1981-82)
3. Kelly Hrudey 19 (1984-85)
4. Chico Resch 12 (1974-75)
5. Ilya Sorokin 11 (2020-21)
(Resch appeared in 25 games in 1974-75 and thus was considered a rookie the following year; Sorokin will be a rookie next season as well if he does not appear in 26 games)

Varly Streaking
Semyon Varlamov is 9-4-1 in his last fourteen decisions, allowing just 33 goals in that span.  Varly has won 16 games this season with a goals against average of 2.22 and save percentage of .921.  Varlamov has 248 NHL wins and 31 shutouts, including four this season.   

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in 20 of their first 22 home games (18-2-2); it is their best home record through 22 games in the Post-Cup Era:

Most Points at Home Through 22 Games
40 1978-79 (18-0-4)
38 2020-21 (18-2-2)
36 1977-78 (16-2-4)
36 1980-81 (17-3-2)

Top of the Chart
The Isles now have 58 points in 42 games; it is the most points that they have had through 42 games in the Post-Cup era:
58 2020-21
57 2013-14
57 2019-20

Solid D
The Isles have allowed only 98 goals (including 1 shootout winner) in 42 games; it is the fewest goals that they have allowed through 42 games in their history:
98 (2020-21)
102 (1975-76)
104 (1977-78)
105 (1976-77)

Results vs. Each East Division Opponent
Boston W-W-W-Wso-Wot Remaining games: 3  (0 home, 3 away)
Buffalo W-W-W-W-W-W         Remaining games: 2  (0 home, 2 away)
New Jersey W-L-W-W-W-Wso Remaining games: 2  (2 home, 0 away)
Rangers         W-L-W-L-Wot Remaining games: 3  (2 home, 1 away)
Philadelphia Lot-Lot-L-W-Wot-Wso-Wso Remaining games:1  (0 home, 1 away)
Pittsburgh         W-Lso-L-L-Lot-W-L-L Remaining games: 0
Washington L-L-L-W-W     Remaining games: 3  (2 home, 1 away)

Home Cooking
This was the last game in a stretch where the Isles played six straight games at home.  The Isles went 5-1-0 in this stretch, winning four games by one goal:
WAS W 8-4
PHI  W 3-2 (SO)
WSH W 1-0
PHI  W 3-2 (SO) 
NYR L 1-4 
NYR W 3-2 (OT) 
Eight of the Isles' final 14 games will be on the road.

Home and Road
The Isles are 27-11-4 overall; they are 18-2-2 at home and 9-9-2 on the road.
The Rangers are 19-16-6 overall; they are 9-7-3 at home and 10-9-3 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 872-629-60-155 in 1,716 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  951
3. Barry Trotz    872

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,746
3. Barry Trotz        1,716

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,438
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,321
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,193 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 18-1-2 when scoring first and are 9-10-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Isles have won 85.7% of the games that they have scored first, which is the highest percentage in the NHL (just ahead of Edmonton's .850).  St. Louis is the only other team with one regulation loss but their record when scoring first is 8-1-5.

The Shots
Isles    17-6-7-2=32
Rangers    8-10-7-1=26
The Isles are 17-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-5-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 62-30-12 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves to improves to 11-3-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career against the Rangers. 
Igor Shesterkin made 23 saves; he is 10-10-2 on the season and 0-2-1 in his career against the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play (4:24); the Rangers were 0-3 on the power play (6:00).

The Isles are 11-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 16-7-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 21-3-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 20-3-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 7-8-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 86-8-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 13-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 6-4 in regulation. They are 3-3 in games decided in overtime and are 4-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 4-0-2 in the front-half and 4-1-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is scheduled for April 15th/16th, both of which will be played in Boston.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-3-3 (.833) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch.  Tampa Bay has the next best record: 19-7-3 (.707).

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres, Devils, Flyers, and Capitals).
  
In two-game series, the Isles are 3-4-2 in the first game and 3-5-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W), PIT (L/L), NYR (L/Wot)

In three-game series, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the first game, 3-0-0 in the second game, and 3-0-0 in the third:
BUF (W/W/W), NJ (W/W/W), PHI (L/W/Wot)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-1-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-2-0 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 22-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (25:41); Rangers: Adam Fox (25:44)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:15 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (9-3-0), Ryan Pulock (14-6-3), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Mathew Barzal (1-1-1), Adam Pelech (2-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 31, Rangers 22 (58%)
Travis Zajac won 6 of 9 for the Isles; Alexis Lafreniere won 3 of 4 for the Rangers.

The Isles are 17-6-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-2-1 when they are tied, and 10-3-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Three with 4)
Rangers 21 (Chris Kreider-6)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 4 (Cizikas -1, Wahlstrom -1, Martin -1, Johnston-1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Ryan Pulock -4)
Rangers 10 (Jacob Trouba -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 49, Rangers 59
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 40, Rangers 44

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Scott Mayfield +9
Rangers: Brendan Smith +9

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Rangers 10
5-on-5: Isles 10, Rangers 9

The Isles lead the NHL with 425 high-danger chances 5-on-5 and are 2nd in all-situation high-danger chances with 525.

Scratches
Leo Komarov, Sebastian Aho, Cory Schneider, (Anders Lee-LTIR), (Michael DalColle -IR), (Ross Johnston-IR)
Games Lost: 43
COVID Games Lost -6

250-Game Club
The Isles have two players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are two of just 14 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Brock Nelson 287, Mathew Barzal 274, Ryan Pulock 237, Josh Bailey 195.  All four players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the longest active streak (and now has the 4th-longest in club history); Mathew Barzal is 6th on this list while Ryan Pulock is 10th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
4. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 287
5. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
6. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 274
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 237
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Pulock's streak is the 2nd-longest by an Islander defenseman, trailing only Denis Potvin's 262-game streak.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR, no goalie interference 3/11 vs NJ)
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed four goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  4 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT; Oskar Lindblom, 3/18/21 vs PHI (17:38)-winning goal; Anders Bjork, 3/25/21 vs BOS (17:54) – tying goal/Isles won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 907…
14. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 15. Matt Martin 602 *** 16. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 17. Garry Howatt 596 *** 18. John Tonelli 594 ***19. Brock Nelson 590 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 576 … 
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 520 *** 29. Cal Clutterbuck 518 *** 30. Dave Lewis 514 *** 31. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 33. Nick Leddy 504

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris and Anders Lee 184 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Brock Nelson 165 *** 16. Patrick Flatley and Josh Bailey 160

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. John Tavares 349 *** 6.  Josh Bailey 341 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 192

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Josh Bailey 501…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee and Brock Nelson 320

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury and Barry Trotz 192
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 110

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-11-1-0 on the season (2-3-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-7-1-0 vs. Providence).  

Bridgeport returns to action on Tuesday when they host Hartford.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 3 games to 2 (and 6 points to 5). 
The Isles are 3-2-0 and the Rangers are 2-2-1.

This was the first time the Isles had ever scored a regular season overtime goal against the Rangers at the Coliseum (although they had done so three times in the playoffs: Denis Potvin in 1979, Ken Morrow in 1984, and Brent Sutter in 1990).

The Rangers had won five straight games at the Coliseum (Isles were 0-4-1); dating back to their final two visit in the 2014-15 season.  The Rangers won both games on Long Island last season as well as Friday's contest.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, APRIL 15th  – ISLANDERS AT BOSTON 7:00pm
[MSG+ [pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles head to Boston for a two game set with the Bruins, looking to improve on their 5-0-0 record against the Bruins this season.

The Isles will be looking for their sixth straight win over Boston, which would match the club record set over two seasons between 2005-2007; the Isles have only one other five-game winning streak over Boston, over two seasons in 1998-1999.

Thursday's game is being played on the originally-scheduled date; Friday's game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was rescheduled due to COVID.

The final matchup of the season with Boston will be the Isles' season finale on May 10th, two days after the season was originally supposed to end.

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, April 10, 2021

The Skinny: Rangers 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 41
Rangers 4, Isles 1
Alexis Lafreniere and Colin Blackwell scored 3:56 apart in the second period to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead and the Islanders could never catch them, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Blueshirts before a socially-distanced crowd of 1,400 at Nassau Coliseum. 

Andy Greene scored the only Islander goal, but it was not enough as Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves to earn his seventh win in eight career starts against the Isles.

The loss, coupled with the Capitals' 4-3 win in Buffalo, drops the Isles back into a tie with Washington.  The Penguins beat the Devils tonight; they trail both the Isles and the Caps by two points.  All three teams have 15 games to play.

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Alexis Lafrenière (7) Kaapo Kakko (5), Filip Chytil (7) 06:05 NYR 1,NYI 0
Colin Blackwell (12) Artemi Panarin (29), Ryan Strome (25) 10:01 NYR 2,NYI 0
Andy Greene (1) Mathew Barzal (22) 14:53 NYR 2,NYI 1

3rd Period
K'Andre Miller (4) Jacob Trouba (10), Artemi Panarin (30) 11:48 NYR 3,NYI 1
Mika Zibanejad (14)EN 18:48 NYR 4,NYI 1

The Skinny        
The Isles are 7-5-0 since the end of their 9-game win streak (and 12-game point streak) … The Isles are 4-7-2 against Pittsburgh and Washington (4-0-2 at home and 0-7-0 on the road); they are 22-4-2 vs. their other opponents…Andy Greene scored his 50th career goal and became the 380th Islander to score a regular season goal (he previously scored twice in the playoffs); Greene's goal raised the Isles' defense totals to 10-71-81 this season…Lafreniere's goal was the first scored by the Rangers against Semyon Varlamov in 146:05 of play this season; that is the longest Islander goalie shutout streak ever against the Rangers (Halak 122:00 in 2014-15 was the previous record holder)… Artemi Panarin tied the Ranger record for points in his first 100 games with the Rangers, matching Mark Messier's 137.  His 93 assists broke Messier's record of 92.  Panarin still has two games to go to reach 100...The Isles were not penalized in a game for the 17th time in their history and the first time against the Rangers. …This was the first Friday game the Isles have played this season and only the 2nd they have ever played at home against the Rangers (2-24-12).

Magic Number Time
The Islanders' magic number for clinching a playoff spot remains 21 (over the Flyers).

Varly Streaking
Semyon Varlamov is 9-4-1 in his last fourteen decisions, allowing just 33 goals in that span.  Varly has won 16 games this season with a goals against average of 2.22 and save percentage of .921.  Varlamov has 248 NHL wins and 31 shutouts, including four this season.   

Sorokin's Shining
Ilya Sorokin is 10-1-0 in his last ten starts (1.77, .929).  Among goalies who have played at least 10 games in that span, only Juuse Soros (1.34) has a lower goals against average.  

Sorokin is 7-0-0 at home.  He is the third goalie in NHL history to win his first seven career starts in one season (Harry Lumley for Detroit in 1944-45 and Jaroslav Halak for Montreal in 2006-07).  Three others have won at least seven straight over multiple seasons.

Only one NHL rookie goalie in the last 39 years has won as many as eight straight at home in a single season- Semyon Varlamov did that in 2009-10 for Washington.

Most Wins by an Islander Rookie Goalie (one season):
1. Chico Resch 23 (1975-76)
2. Roland Melanson 22 (1981-82)
3. Kelly Hrudey 19 (1984-85)
4. Chico Resch 12 (1974-75)
5. Ilya Sorokin 10 (2020-21)
(Resch appeared in 25 games in 1974-75 and thus was considered a rookie the following year; Sorokin will be a rookie next season as well if he does not appear in 26 games)

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in 19 of their first 21 home games (17-2-2); it is their best home record through 21 games in the Post-Cup Era:

Most Points at Home Through 21 Games
38 1978-79 (17-0-4)
36 2020-21 (17-2-2)
34 Three times

Top of the Chart
The Isles now have 56 points in 41 games; it is the most points that they have had through 41 games in the Post-Cup era:
56 2020-21
55 2013-14
55 2019-20

Solid D
The Isles have allowed only 96 goals (including 1 shootout winner) in 41 games; it is the fewest goals that they have allowed through 41 games in their history:
96 (2020-21)
100 (1975-76)
103 (2015-16) 
104 (1976-77)
104 (1977-78)
104 (2003-04)

Results vs. Each East Division Opponent
Boston W-W-W-Wso-Wot Remaining games: 3  (0 home, 3 away)
Buffalo W-W-W-W-W-W         Remaining games: 2  (0 home, 2 away)
New Jersey W-L-W-W-W-Wso Remaining games: 2  (2 home, 0 away)
Rangers         W-L-W-L     Remaining games: 4  (3 home, 1 away)
Philadelphia Lot-Lot-L-W-Wot-Wso-Wso Remaining games:1  (0 home, 1 away)
Pittsburgh         W-Lso-L-L-Lot-W-L-L Remaining games: 0
Washington L-L-L-W-W          Remaining games: 3  (2 home, 1 away)

Home Cooking
This was the fifth game in a stretch where the Isles will play six straight games at home.  The Isles are 4-1-0 in this stretch:
WAS W 8-4
PHI  W 3-2 (SO)
WSH W 1-0
PHI  W 3-2 (SO) 
NYR L 1-4 
NYR Sunday 
Following this stretch, 8 of the final 14 will be on the road.

Home and Road
The Isles are 26-11-4 overall; they are 17-2-2 at home and 9-9-2 on the road.
The Rangers are 19-16-5 overall; they are 9-7-3 at home and 10-9-2 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 871-629-60-155 in 1,715 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  951
3. Barry Trotz    871

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,745
3. Barry Trotz        1,715

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,437
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,320
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,191 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 17-1-2 when scoring first and are 9-10-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Isles have won 85.0% of the games that they have scored first, matching Edmonton for the league lead and just ahead of  Los Angeles (.846).  St. Louis is the only other team with one regulation loss but their record when scoring first is 7-1-5.

The Shots
Isles    7-16-9=32
Rangers    13-12-11=36
The Isles are 16-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-5-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 62-30-12 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves but falls to 16-8-3 on the season and 8-6-2 in his career against the Rangers. 
Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves to improve to 6-5-2 on the season and 7-2-0 in his career against the Isles (one of the losses was in relief).

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (2:00); the Rangers did not have a power play.

The Isles are 10-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 16-7-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 20-3-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-3-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 7-8-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 85-8-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 12-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 6-4 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 4-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-0-2 in the front-half and 4-1-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is scheduled for April 15th/16th, both of which will be played in Boston.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-3-3 (.833) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch.  Tampa Bay has the next best record: 19-7-3 (.707).

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres, Devils, Flyers, and Capitals).
  
In two-game series, the Isles are 3-4-2 in the first game and 2-5-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W), PIT (L/L), NYR (L/-)

In three-game series, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the first game, 3-0-0 in the second game, and 3-0-0 in the third:
BUF (W/W/W), NJ (W/W/W), PHI (L/W/Wot)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-1-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-2-0 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 21-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:16); Rangers: K'Andre Miller (23:53)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 18:40 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (9-3-0), Ryan Pulock (13-6-3), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Mathew Barzal (1-1-1), Adam Pelech (2-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Rangers 29 (50%)
Casey Cizikas won 11 of the for the Isles; Kevin Rooney won 5 of 8 for the Rangers.

The Isles are 15-6-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-2-1 when they are tied, and 10-3-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Rangers 12 (Four with 2)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 4 (Cizikas -1, Wahlstrom -1, Martin -1, Johnston-1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 10 (Two with 2)
Rangers 16 (Jacob Trouba -5)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 58, Rangers 51
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 49, Rangers 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Adam Pelech +6
The Rangers: Artemi Panarin +8

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

The Isles lead the NHL with 414 high-danger chances 5-on-5 and are 2nd in all-situation high-danger chances with 513.

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Cory Schneider, (Anders Lee-LTIR), (Michael DalColle -IR)
Games Lost: 40
COVID Games Lost -6

250-Game Club
The Isles have two players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are two of just 14 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Brock Nelson 286, Mathew Barzal 273, Ryan Pulock 236, Josh Bailey 194.  All four players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the longest active streak (and now has the 4th-longest in club history); Mathew Barzal is 6th on this list while Ryan Pulock is 10th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
4. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 286
5. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
6. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 273
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 236
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Pulock's streak is the 2nd-longest by an Islander defenseman, trailing only Denis Potvin's 262-game streak.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR, no goalie interference 3/11 vs NJ)
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed four goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  4 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT; Oskar Lindblom, 3/18/21 vs PHI (17:38)-winning goal; Anders Bjork, 3/25/21 vs BOS (17:54) – tying goal/Isles won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 906…
14. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 15. Matt Martin 601 *** 16. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 17. Garry Howatt 596 *** 18. John Tonelli 594 ***19. Brock Nelson 589 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 575 … 
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 520 *** 29. Cal Clutterbuck 517 *** 30. Dave Lewis 514 *** 31. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 33. Nick Leddy 503

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris and Anders Lee 184 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Brock Nelson 165 *** 16. Patrick Flatley and Josh Bailey 160

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. John Tavares 349 *** 6.  Josh Bailey 340 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 192

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Josh Bailey 500…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 320  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 319

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Barry Trotz 191
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 109

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-11-1-0 on the season (2-3-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-7-1-0 vs. Providence) following a 7-2 loss to the Wolfpack on Wednesday. 

Bridgeport returns to action on Tuesday when they host Hartford.

Season Series Stats
The season series is even 2 games to 2 (and 4 points to 4). 
The Isles are 2-2-0 and the Rangers are 2-2-0.

The Rangers have won five straight games at the Coliseum (Isles are 0-4-1); dating back to their final two visit in the 2014-15 season.  The Rangers won both games on Long Island last season.

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, APRIL 11th  – RANGERS AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm
[MSG+ [pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, WNYM 970]
The Isles will look to earn a split of the weekend series as they entertain the Rangers on the 46th anniversary of one of their most famous games.  JP Parise scored 11 seconds into overtime on April 11, 1975 at The Garden to eliminate the Rangers in the opening round of the playoffs.  

Ironically, the Isles have never scored a regular season overtime goal over the Rangers at the Coliseum   (the Isles are 6-0 in playoff overtime games against the Rangers, including 3-0 at the Coliseum).

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



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

Friday, April 09, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 40
Isles 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
For the second straight game, Brock Nelson was the first to score and the last to score.  Nelson scored 6:10 into play to get the Isles rolling and later scored the only goal of the shootout as the Islanders extended their winning streak to four games and moved into sole possession of first place in the East, with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers before a socially-distanced crowd of 1,400 at Nassau Coliseum. 

Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves to improve to 7-0-0 at the Coliseum and has now won all three shootouts he has been in this season.

The win, coupled with the Capitals' 4-2 loss to Boston, moves the Isles two points ahead of Washington.  The Penguins beat the Rangers tonight; they trail the Isles by four points and the Caps by two.  All three teams have 16 games to play.

The Isles trail Toronto and Carolina by one point in the President's Trophy race.  They can pass both teams and become the first team to reach 58 points with a victory on Friday (Colorado can reach 58 points later on Friday).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Brock Nelson (15) Ryan Pulock (14), Anthony Beauvillier (7) 06:10 PHI 0,NYI 1
Jordan Eberle (14) Leo Komarov (5) 07:13 PHI 0 ,NYI 2
Nicolas Aube-Kubel (3) 13:53 PHI 1 ,NYI 2

2nd Period
Jakub Voracek (7) Claude Giroux (20), Travis Konecny (18) 03:22 PHI 2,NYI 2

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
No Goals

The Skinny        
The Isles are 7-4-0 since the end of their 9-game win streak (and 12-game point streak) … The Isles are 4-7-2 against Pittsburgh and Washington (4-0-2 at home and 0-7-0 on the road); they are 22-3-2 vs. their other opponents… Lou Lamoriello won his 1,320th game as a General Manager, passing Glen Sather for second place on the all-time list…Matt Martin became the 15th Islander to appear in 600 games as Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac became the 512th and 513th skater to appear in an Islander regular season game….Brock Nelson is 3-4-7 in the last nine games; Nelson now leads the Isles with 15 goals, one more than Jordan Eberle (who is 4-2-6 in his last six games) …Nelson played in his 285th consecutive game, breaking a tie with Matt Moulson for 4th place on the all-time Isles list…Mathew Barzal led the Isles led the Isles with six shots on goal; he also led the team with three blocks (after have 9 in the first 39 games)…The Flyers are 6-10-2 in their last 18 games….The Isles killed both Flyer power plays, dropping the Flyers to 1-18 on the season against the Isles…Samuel Morin was ejected for boarding Casey Cizikas in the first period.

The Shootout
Jordan Eberle (NG) / Sean Couturier (NG)
Anthony Beauvillier (NG) / Nolan Patrick (NG)
Mathew Barzal (NG)/ Claude Giroux (NG)
Josh Bailey (NG)/ Travis Konecny (NG)
Brock Nelson (G/GDG)/ Joel Farabee (NG)

The Isles now have 86 shootout wins all-time, extending their NHL record (Pittsburgh has 83)… Brock Nelson scored the deciding goal on his first shootout attempt of the season and improved to 7-18 in his career in shootout attempts. It was his fifth career game-deciding goal; among current Islanders only Josh Bailey (6) has more shootout winners as an Islander…Ilya Sorokin is 3-0 in shootouts and has stopped his last twelve attempts (12-13 overall, with Nikita Gusev scoring the only goal)…No team has been less successful in shootout history than the Flyers, who are 51-92 all-time in shootouts…The Isles are 9-3 vs. Philly all-time in shootouts, winning nine of the last ten….The Isles have won six straight OT/SO games after starting the season 0-4 (and going 0-8 back to last season).

Magic Number Time
The Islanders' magic number for clinching a playoff spot is now 21 (over the Flyers).

Sorokin's Shining
Ilya Sorokin is 10-1-0 in his last ten starts (1.77, .929).  Among goalies who have played at least 10 games in that span, only Juuse Soros (1.34) has a lower goals against average.  

Sorokin is 7-0-0 at home.  He is the third goalie in NHL history to win his first seven career starts in one season (Harry Lumley for Detroit in 1944-45 and Jaroslav Halak for Montreal in 2006-07).  Three others have won at least seven straight over multiple seasons.

Only one NHL rookie goalie in the last 39 years has won as many as eight straight at home in a single season- Semyon Varlamov did that in 2009-10 for Washington.

Most Wins by an Islander Rookie Goalie (one season):
1. Chico Resch 23 (1975-76)
2. Roland Melanson 22 (1981-82)
3. Kelly Hrudey 19 (1984-85)
4. Chico Resch 12 (1974-75)
5. Ilya Sorokin 10 (2020-21)
(Resch appeared in 25 games in 1974-75 and thus was considered a rookie the following year; Sorokin will be a rookie next season as well if he does not appear in 26 games)

Varly Streaking
Semyon Varlamov is 9-3-1 in his last thirteen decisions, allowing just 30 goals in that span.  Varly has won 16 games this season with a goals against average of 2.18 and save percentage of .922.  Varlamov now has 248 NHL wins and 31 shutouts, including four this season.  It is the first time since 2014-15 (5) that Varly has had at least four shutouts in a season.

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in 19 of their first 20 home games (17-1-2), remaining tied with the 1978-79 team for the most in club history through 20 games:

Most Points at Home Through 20 Games
36 2020-21 (17-1-2)
36 1978-79 (16-0-4)
32 Three times

Top of the Chart
The Isles now have 56 points in 40 games; it is the most points that they have had through 40 games in the Post-Cup era:
56 2020-21
53 2013-14
53 2019-20

Solid D
The Isles have allowed only 92 goals (including 1 shootout winner) in 40 games; it is the fewest goals that they have allowed through 40 games in their history:
92 (2020-21)
99 (2015-16) 
99 (1977-78)
100 (1975-76)

Results vs. Each East Division Opponent
Boston W-W-W-Wso-Wot Remaining games: 3  (0 home, 3 away)
Buffalo W-W-W-W-W-W         Remaining games: 2  (0 home, 2 away)
New Jersey W-L-W-W-W-Wso Remaining games: 2  (2 home, 0 away)
Rangers     W-L-W Remaining games: 5  (4 home, 1 away)
Philadelphia Lot-Lot-L-W-Wot-Wso-Wso Remaining games:1  (0 home, 1 away)
Pittsburgh W-Lso-L-L-Lot-W-L-L         Remaining games: 0
Washington L-L-L-W-W         Remaining games: 3  (2 home, 1 away)

Home Cooking
This was the fourth game in a stretch where the Isles will play six straight games at home.  The Isles are 4-0-0 in this stretch:
WAS W 8-4
PHI  W 3-2 (SO)
WSH W 1-0
PHI  W 3-2 (SO) 
NYR Friday 
NYR Sunday 
Following this stretch, 8 of the final 14 will be on the road.

Home and Road
The Isles are 26-10-4 overall; they are 17-1-2 at home and 9-9-2 on the road.
Philadelphia is 18-15-6 overall; they are 8-8-3 at home and 10-7-3 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 871-628-60-155 in 1,714 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville    951
3. Barry Trotz    871

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville  1,745
3. Barry Trotz         1,714

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has moved into second place in wins among general managers in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,437
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,320
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,191 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 17-1-2 when scoring first and are 9-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Isles have won 85.0% of the games that they have scored first, matching Edmonton for the league lead and just ahead of  Los Angeles (.846).  St. Louis is the only other team with one regulation loss but their record when scoring first is 7-1-5.

The Shots
Isles    9-6-6-2=23
Philadelphia    7-8-10-2=27
The Isles are 16-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-4-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 62-29-12 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves (and stopped all five in the shootout) to improve to 10-3-1 on the season and 4-0-1 in his career against Philadelphia. He has won all three of his shootout games.
Carter Hart made 21 saves; he is 8-10-5 on the season and 2-3-2 in his career against the Isles.  Hart is 4-7 in career shootout appearances.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (8:55), including an unsuccessful major power play; Philadelphia was also 0-2 (3:57).

The Isles are 10-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 16-6-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 20-2-2 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-3-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 7-7-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 85-8-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 12-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 6-4 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 4-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-0-2 in the front-half and 4-0-1 in the back-half. This back-to-back concludes Friday vs. the Rangers. The next back-to-back is scheduled for April 15th/16th, both of which will be played in Boston.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-2-3 (.865) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch.  Tampa Bay has the next best record: 19-7-3 (.707).

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres, Devils, Flyers, and Capitals).
  
In two-game series, the Isles are 3-3-2 in the first game and 2-5-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W), PIT (L/L)

In three-game series, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the first game, 3-0-0 in the second game, and 3-0-0 in the third:
BUF (W/W/W), NJ (W/W/W), PHI (L/W/Wot)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-2-0 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 21-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:33); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (29:59)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with a season-high 20:37 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (9-3-0), Ryan Pulock (13-5-3), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Mathew Barzal (1-1-1), Adam Pelech (2-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26, Philadelphia 33 (44%)
No Islander won more draws than he lost; Claude Giroux won 15 of 21 for Philadelphia.

The Isles are 15-6-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 10-3-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Leo Komarov and Matt Martin -4)
Philadelphia 14 (Four with 2)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 4 (Cizikas -1, Wahlstrom -1, Martin -1, Johnston-1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 19 (Mathew Barzal -3)
Philadelphia 10 (Robert Hagg-3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 42, Philadelphia 56
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 29, Philadelphia 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Leo Komarov and Jordan Eberle +2
Philadelphia: Robert Hagg +16

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

The Isles lead the NHL with 405 high-danger chances 5-on-5 and are 2nd in all-situation high-danger chances with 503.

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Cory Schneider, (Anders Lee-LTIR), (Michael DalColle -IR)
Games Lost: 38
COVID Games Lost -6

250-Game Club
The Isles have two players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are two of just 14 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Brock Nelson 285, Mathew Barzal 272, Ryan Pulock 235, Josh Bailey 193.  All four players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the longest active streak (and now has the 4th-longest in club history); Mathew Barzal is 6th on this list while Ryan Pulock is 10th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
4. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 285
5. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
6. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 271
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 235
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Pulock's streak is the 2nd-longest by an Islander defenseman, trailing only Denis Potvin's 262-game streak.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR, no goalie interference 3/11 vs NJ)
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed four goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  4 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT; Oskar Lindblom, 3/18/21 vs PHI (17:38)-winning goal; Anders Bjork, 3/25/21 vs BOS (17:54) – tying goal/Isles won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 905…
14. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 15. Matt Martin 600 *** 16. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 17. Garry Howatt 596 *** 18. John Tonelli 594 ***19. Brock Nelson 588 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 574 … 
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 520 *** 29. Cal Clutterbuck 516 *** 30. Dave Lewis 514 *** 31. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 33. Nick Leddy 502

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris and Anders Lee 184 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Brock Nelson 165 *** 16. Patrick Flatley and Josh Bailey 160

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. John Tavares 349 *** 6.  Josh Bailey 340 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 192

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Josh Bailey 500…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 320  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 319

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Barry Trotz 190
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 109

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-11-1-0 on the season (2-3-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-7-1-0 vs. Providence) following a 7-21 loss to the Wolfpack on Wednesday. Tanner Fritz and Bode Wilde scored for the Sound Tigers; it was Wilde's first professional goal.

Bridgeport returns to action on Tuesday when they host Hartford.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 4 games to 3 (and 10 points to 9). 
The Isles are 4-1-2 and Philadelphia is 3-1-3.

The teams will meet in Philadelphia on April 18 to wrap up the season series.

The Isles lead this regular season series by the same 4-3 margin that they eliminated the Flyers in last year's playoffs and are 8-1-2 in their last 11 regular season games against Philadelphia.

UP NEXT
FRIDAY, APRIL 9th  – RANGERS AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm
[MSG+ [pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, WNYM 970]
It has been two months since the Isles and Rangers last played, and 13 ½ months since the teams have met at Nassau Coliseum.  Those streaks will end on Friday when the teams play the first of five games in a 23-day span to complete their season series.

The first three meetings were all at Madison Square Garden and all three ended in a shutout.  Semyon Varlamov blanked the Blueshirts on January 14th (4-0) and February 8th (2-0) while Alexandar Georgiev did so for the Blueshirts on January 16th (5-0).

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, April 07, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 1, Washington 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 39
Isles 1, Washington 0
Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves for his 4th shutout of the season and Brock Nelson scored the game's only goal with 6:55 to play as the Islanders extended their winning streak to three games with a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals before a socially-distanced crowd of 1,400 at Nassau Coliseum. 

Josh Bailey assisted on the winning goal for his 500th NHL point; of the 7,263 skaters to appear in an NHL game, he is only the 498th in NHL history to reach 500 points.

With the win, the Isles once again tie Washington for the East Division point lead. Washington technically holds first place based on the ROW tiebreaker.  The Penguins lost to the Rangers tonight; they now trail the Isles and Caps by four points.  All three teams have 17 games to play.

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (14) Josh Bailey(18), Ryan Pulock (13) 13:05 WAS 0,NYI 1

The Skinny        
The Isles are 6-4-0 since the end of their 9-game win streak (and 12-game point streak) … The Isles are 4-7-2 against Pittsburgh and Washington (4-0-2 at home and 0-7-0 on the road); they are 21-3-2 vs. their other opponents…Semyon Varlamov has now recorded four 1-0 shutouts as an Islander, matching Tommy Salo's club record… Only Philipp Grubauer (5) has more shutouts this season than Varlamov (4)…As a team, the Isles lead the NHL with six shutouts… Lou Lamoriello won his 1,319th game as a General Manager, tying Glen Sather for second place on the all-time list…Josh Bailey's 500th point broke a tie with Derek King for 11th place on the all-time Isles list….Brock Nelson is 2-4-6 in the last eight games; Ryan Pulock's assist on the winning goal was his first point in 12 games…Nelson now leads the Isles with 14 goals, one more than Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle...The Isles had a season-high 20 shots on goal in the third period.

Magic Number Time
The Islanders' magic number for clinching a playoff spot is now 24 (over both the Flyers and Rangers).

Varly Streaking
Semyon Varlamov is 9-3-1 in his last thirteen decisions, allowing just 30 goals in that span.  Varly has won 16 games this season with a goals against average of 2.18 and save percentage of .922.  Varlamov now has 248 NHL wins and 31 shutouts, including four this season.  It is the first time since 2014-15 (5) that Varly has had at least four shutouts in a season.

Sorokin's Shining
Ilya Sorokin is 9-1-0 in his last ten starts (1.76, .929).  Among goalies who have played at least 10 games in that span, only Juuse Soros (1.33) has a lower goals against average.  

Sorokin is 6-0-0 at home.  Only one NHL rookie goalie in the last 39 years has won as many as eight straight at home - Semyon Varlamov did that in 2009-10 for Washington. Only two goalies in NHL history have ever won their first seven career starts in one season (Harry Lumley for Detroit in 1944-45 and Jaroslav Halak for Montreal in 2006-07).  Three others have won at least seven straight over multiple seasons.

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in 18 of their first 19 home games (16-1-2), remaining tied with the 1978-79 team for the most in club history through 19 games:

Most Points at Home Through 19 Games
34 2020-21 (16-1-2)
34 1978-79 (15-0-4)
30 Three times

Top of the Chart
The Isles now have 54 points in 39 games, matching the most points that they have had through 39 games in the Post-Cup era:
54 2020-21
53 2013-14
53 2013-14

Solid D
The Isles have allowed only 90 goals (including 1 shootout winner) in 39 games; it is the fewest goals that they have allowed through 39 games in their history:
90 (2020-21)
94 (2015-16) 
95 (1977-78)
95 (1975-76)

Results vs. Each East Division Opponent
Boston W-W-W-Wso-Wot Remaining games: 3  (0 home, 3 away)
Buffalo W-W-W-W-W-W         Remaining games: 2  (0 home, 2 away)
New Jersey W-L-W-W-W-Wso Remaining games: 2  (2 home, 0 away)
Rangers         W-L-W Remaining games: 5  (4 home, 1 away)
Philadelphia Lot-Lot-L-W-Wot-Wso Remaining games: 2  (1 home, 1 away)
Pittsburgh         W-Lso-L-L-Lot-W-L-L Remaining games: 0
Washington L-L-L-W-W     Remaining games: 3  (2 home, 1 away)

Home Cooking
This was the second game in a stretch where the Isles will play six straight games at home.  The Isles are 3-0-0 in this stretch:
WAS W 8-4
PHI  W 3-2 (SO)
WSH W 1-0
PHI  Thursday 
NYR Friday 
NYR Sunday 
Following this stretch, 8 of the final 14 will be on the road.

Home and Road
The Isles are 25-10-4 overall; they are 16-1-2 at home and 9-9-2 on the road.
Washington is 25-10-4 overall; they are 13-4-2 at home and 12-6-2 on the road.

With both teams having earned 54 points in 39 games, and both having earned 20 regulation wins, Washington is technically in first place because they have 23 regulation/overtime wins to the Isles' 22.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 870-628-60-155 in 1,713 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  951
3. Barry Trotz  870

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,744
3. Barry Trotz        1,713

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello is now tied with Glen Sather for second place in wins among general managers in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,436
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,319
        Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,189 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 16-1-2 when scoring first and are 9-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

Only Los Angeles (.846) has won a greater percentage of games that they have scored first.  St. Louis is the only other team with one regulation loss but their record when scoring first is 6-1-5.

The Shots
Isles    12-7-20=39
Washington    7-12-10=29
The Isles are 16-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 8-4-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-29-12 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves to improve to 16-7-3 on the season and 6-9-1 in his career against Washington. It was his first regular season shutout against the Caps, who he blanked in Game 5 in the Bubble last summer.
Vitek Vanacek made 38 saves but falls to 15-7-3 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Washington was also 0-2 (4:00).

The Isles are 10-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 15-6-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 19-2-2 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-3-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 7-7-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 84-8-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 11-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 6-4 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 3-0-2 in the front-half and 4-0-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is scheduled for April 8th/9th, home games vs. the Flyers and the Rangers.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-2-3 (.865) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch.  Tampa Bay has the next best record: 19-7-3 (.707).

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres, Devils, Flyers, and Capitals).
  
In two-game series, the Isles are 3-3-2 in the first game and 2-5-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W), PIT (L/L)

In three-game series, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the first game, 3-0-0 in the second game, and 3-0-0 in the third:
BUF (W/W/W), NJ (W/W/W), PHI (L/W/Wot)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-2-0 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 20-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:09); Washington: John Carlson (25:22)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:37 of ice-time. 

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

Face-offs
Isles 29, Washington 28 (51%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 7 of 12 draws he took for the Isles; Lars Eller won 8 of 12 for Washington.

The Isles are 15-6-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 9-3-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 32 (Cal Clutterbuck -7)
Washington 26 (Three with 4)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 4 (Cizikas -1, Wahlstrom -1, Martin -1, Johnston-1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 16 (Andy Greene -4)
Washington 10 (Three with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, Washington 54
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 54, Washington 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Andy Greene +13
Washington: Justin Schultz +10

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 25 (Season-High), Washington 12
5-on-5: Isles 23 (Season-High), Washington 10

The Isles lead the NHL with 396 high-danger chances 5-on-5 and are 2nd in all-situation high-danger chances with 490.

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Cory Schneider, (Anders Lee-LTIR), (Michael DalColle -IR)
Games Lost: 35
COVID Games Lost -5

250-Game Club
The Isles have two players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are two of just 15 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Brock Nelson 284, Mathew Barzal 271, Ryan Pulock 234, Josh Bailey 192.  All four players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the longest active streak (and is tied for the 4th-longest in club history); Mathew Barzal is 6th on this list while Ryan Pulock is 10th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
4. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
6. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 271
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 234
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Pulock's streak is the 2nd-longest by an Islander defenseman, trailing only Denis Potvin's 262-game streak.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR, no goalie interference 3/11 vs NJ)
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed four goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  4 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT; Oskar Lindblom, 3/18/21 vs PHI (17:38)-winning goal; Anders Bjork, 3/25/21 vs BOS (17:54) – tying goal/Isles won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 904…
14. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 15. Matt Martin 599 *** 16. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 17. Garry Howatt 596 *** 18. John Tonelli 594 ***19. Brock Nelson 587 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 573 … 
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 520 *** 29. Cal Clutterbuck 515 *** 30. Dave Lewis 514 *** 31. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 33. Nick Leddy 501

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris and Anders Lee 184 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Brock Nelson 164 *** 16. Patrick Flatley and Josh Bailey 160

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. John Tavares 349 *** 6.  Josh Bailey 340 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 192

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Josh Bailey 500…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 320  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 318

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Barry Trotz 189
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 108

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-10-1-0 on the season (2-3-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-7-1-0 vs. Providence) following a 2-1 loss to the Bruins on Monday.  Kyle Mac Lean had the goal for Bridgeport; Ken Appleby made 23 saves.

Bridgeport returns to action on Wednesday when they visit Hartford.

Season Series Stats
Washington leads the season series 3 games to 2 (and 6 points to 4). 
The Isles are 2-3-0 and Washington is 3-2-0.

Unlike the first two seasons of the Trotz era, where the visitors won all eight Islander-Capital games, the home teams are 5-0 in the match-ups this season.  

The teams will meet in a three-game series April 22-24-27 to wrap up the season series; the first two of those games will be at the Coliseum.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, APRIL 8th  – PHILADELPHIA AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm
[MSG+ [pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Flyers are the only visiting team to defeat the Isles at the Coliseum and they will make their final visit to Long Island on Thursday night in the seventh of eight scheduled meetings.

The Flyers won the first three games (two in overtime), but the Isles have won the last three games (two in overtime) to even the season series.  Both teams are 3-1-2 in the season series. 

The teams will meet on April 18th in Philadelphia to conclude the season series. 

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



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

Sunday, April 04, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)

The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 38
Isles 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
Anthony Beauvillier scored two goals to give the Isles a 2-0 lead but after Claude Giroux matched him with a pair of third period goals, the Isles needed a 4th round shootout goal from Mathew Barzal to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 before a socially-distanced crowd of 1,400 at Nassau Coliseum. 

Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves and then added four more in the shootout to improve to 6-0-0 at the Coliseum. He is only the eighth goalie in NHL history to start his career with six consecutive wins in the same season.

With the win, the Isles once again tie Washington for the East Division point lead. The Capitals have one game in hand and will play it on Sunday afternoon in New Jersey.  The Penguins lost to Boston today; they now trail the Isles and Caps by two points.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anthony Beauvillier (7) Matt Martin (5), Jordan Eberle (12) 12:01 PHI 0,NYI 1 PPG

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (8) Mathew Barzal (21) 15:40 PHI 0,NYI 2

3rd Period
Claude Giroux (10) Travis Konecny (15), Jakub Voracek (23) 06:38 PHI 1,NYI 2
Claude Giroux (11) Jakub Voracek (24), Travis Konecny (16) 10:32 PHI 2,NYI 2

OT
No Goals

The Skinny        
The Isles are 5-4-0 since the end of their 9-game win streak (and 12-game point streak) … The Isles are 3-7-2 against Pittsburgh and Washington (3-0-2 at home and 0-7-0 on the road); they are 21-3-2 vs. their other opponents…The Isles scored first for the first time in six games…Nick Leddy played in his 500th game as an Islander; he is the 7th current Islander to play at least 500 games for the team …The Isles have outscored their opponents 71-38 at home (not including shootout goals)… Barry Trotz coached his 188th Islander game, passing Terry Simpson for 4th place…Anthony Beauvillier now has four goals against the Flyers this season; he has scored eight goals in 17 career games against Philadelphia.. Six of Beauvillier's eight goals this season have come in the last seven games…Mathew Barzal assisted on the second goal, improving to an East Division-leading +17 this season.  It was also his East Division-leading 28th point at even-strength and extended his assist/point streaks to four games (4-5-9)…Josh Bailey is still sitting on 499 career points; only 496 players in NHL history have recorded 500 points….Lou Lamoriello recorded his 1,318th win as a general manager; his next win will tie Glen Sather for second place on the all-time list.

The Shootout
Jordan Eberle (NG) / Sean Couturier (NG)
Anthony Beauvillier (NG) / Nolan Patrick (NG)
Oliver Wahlstrom (NG)/ Claude Giroux (NG)
Mathew Barzal (G/GDG)/ Jakub Voracek (NG)

The Isles now have 85 shootout wins all-time, extending their NHL record (Pittsburgh has 83)… Mathew Barzal scored for the 1st time in four attempts this season and improved to 7-22 in his career in shootout attempts. It was his fourth career game-deciding goal; among current Islanders only Josh Bailey (6) has more shootout winners as an Islander – Brock Nelson also has four…Ilya Sorokin is 2-0 in shootouts and has stopped his last seven attempts (7-8 overall, with Nikita Gusev scoring the only goal)…No team has been less successful in shootout history than the Flyers, who are 51-91 all-time in shootouts…The Isles are 8-3 vs. Philly all-time in shootouts, winning eight of the last nine….The Isles have won five straight OT/SO games after starting the season 0-4 (and going 0-8 back to last season)…The Flyers are 6-10-2 in their last 18 games.

The Injuries
Ross Johnston left the game in the first period and did not return.
Philippe Myers left the game in the third period and did not return.
Oliver Wahlstrom left the game in the third period but returned.

First Time in a Long Time
Matt Martin had two power play assists in his NHL debut (2-9-2010 vs. Barry Trotz and Nashville); his third power play assist came tonight. Martin played 15:28 tonight; he has played more only once since 2014 (16:08 on April 4, 2019 in Florida).

Sorokin's Shining
Ilya Sorokin is 9-1-0 in his last ten starts (1.76, .929).  Among goalies who have played at least 10 games in that span, only Juuse Soros (1.33) has a lower goals against average.  

Sorokin is 6-0-0 at home.  Only one NHL rookie goalie in the last 39 years has won as many as eight straight at home - Semyon Varlamov did that in 2009-10 for Washington. Only two goalies in NHL history have ever won their first seven career starts in one season (Harry Lumley for Detroit in 1944-45 and Jaroslav Halak for Montreal in 2006-07).  Three others have won at least seven straight over multiple seasons.

Varly Streaking
Semyon Varlamov is 8-3-1 in his last twelve decisions, allowing just 30 goals in that span.  Varly has won 15 games this season with a goals against average of 2.26 and save percentage of .919.  Varlamov now has 247 NHL wins.

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in 17 of their first 18 home games (15-1-2), remaining tied with the 1978-79 team for the most in club history through 17 games:

Most Points at Home Through 18 Games
32 2020-21 (15-1-2)
32 1978-79 (14-0-4)
28 Four times

Solid D
The Isles have allowed only 90 goals (including 1 shootout winner) in 38 games; it is tied for the fewest goals that they have allowed through 38 games in their history:
90 (2020-21)
89 (2015-16) 
92 (1977-78)
94 (1975-76)
96 (1976-77)
96 (2003-04)

Results vs. Each East Division Opponent
Boston W-W-W-Wso-Wot Remaining games: 3  (0 home, 3 away)
Buffalo W-W-W-W-W-W         Remaining games: 2  (0 home, 2 away)
New Jersey W-L-W-W-W-Wso Remaining games: 2  (2 home, 0 away)
Rangers         W-L-W Remaining games: 5  (4 home, 1 away)
Philadelphia Lot-Lot-L-W-Wot-Wso Remaining games: 2  (1 home, 1 away)
Pittsburgh         W-Lso-L-L-Lot-W-L-L Remaining games: 0
Washington L-L-L-W         Remaining games: 4  (3 home, 1 away)

Home Cooking
This was the second game in a stretch where the Isles will play six straight games at home.  The Isles are 2-0-0 in this stretch:
WAS W 8-4
PHI  W 3-2 (SO)
WSH Tuesday
PHI  Thursday 
NYR Friday 
NYR Sunday 4/11
Following this stretch, 8 of the final 14 will be on the road.

Home and Road
The Isles are 24-10-4 overall; they are 15-1-2 at home and 9-9-2 on the road.
Philadelphia is 17-14-5 overall; they are 8-7-3 at home and 9-7-2 on the road.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 869-628-60-155 in 1,712 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  950
3. Barry Trotz    869

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,743
3. Barry Trotz        1,712

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello is the third-winningest general manager in NHL history and will tie Glen Sather with his next win:
1. David Poile 1,435
2. Glen Sather 1,319
3. Lou Lamoriello 1,318

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,187 wins between them.  They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together).   Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.  

First Things First
The Isles are 15-1-2 when scoring first and are 9-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    3-7-11-3=24
Philadelphia    10-11-11-0=32
The Isles are 15-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 8-4-2 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-29-12 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves (and stopped all four in the shootout) to improve to 9-3-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in his career against Philadelphia. He has won both of his shootout games.
Carter Hart made 22 saves; he is 8-9-4 on the season and 2-3-1 in his career against the Isles.  Hart is 4-6 in career shootout appearances.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play (7:44); Philadelphia was 0-3 (4:56), including 1:04 of 5-on-3 time.

The Isles are 10-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 14-6-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 6-8-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-2-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-3-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 6-7-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 84-8-10 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 10-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 3-0-2 in the front-half and 4-0-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is scheduled for April 8th/9th, home games vs. the Flyers and the Rangers.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-2-3 (.865) in back-ends. This is by far the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch.  Tampa Bay has the next best record: 19-6-3 (.732).

Series
The schedule as currently comprised has the Isles playing the same opponent in consecutive games seventeen times this season (including three-game stretches vs. the Sabres, Devils, Flyers, and Capitals).
  
In two-game series, the Isles are 3-3-2 in the first game and 2-5-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot), BUF(W/W), PIT (L/L), PIT (Lot/W), PIT (L/L)

In three-game series, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the first game, 3-0-0 in the second game, and 3-0-0 in the third:
BUF (W/W/W), NJ (W/W/W), PHI (L/W/Wot)

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-0-1 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-2-0 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 19-8-3 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:56); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (26:33)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:54 of ice-time. 

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

Face-offs
Isles 33, Philadelphia 27 (55%)
Leo Komarov won all five draws he took for the Isles; Kevin Hayes won 4 of 6 for Philadelphia.

The Isles are 14-6-2 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 9-3-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Matt Martin -4)
Philadelphia 25 (Three with 3)
Fights 
Ross Johnston fought Samuel Morin in the first period.  Season total: 4 (Cizikas -1, Wahlstrom -1, Martin -1, Johnston-1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 14 (Five with 2)
Philadelphia 6 (Six with 1)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 36, Philadelphia 57
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 26, Philadelphia 44

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Oliver Wahlstrom +4
Philadelphia: Nolan Patrick +16

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 18, Philadelphia 14
5-on-5: Isles 13, Philadelphia 8

Scratches
Austin Czarnik, Sebastian Aho, Cory Schneider, (Anders Lee-LTIR), (Michael DalColle -IR)
Games Lost: 33
COVID Games Lost -5

250-Game Club
The Isles have two players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 250 games, and they are two of just 15 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.   

Ironman Streaks: Brock Nelson 283, Mathew Barzal 270, Ryan Pulock 233, Josh Bailey 191.  All four players have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.

Iron Man
Brock Nelson now has the longest active streak (and 5th-longest in club history); Mathew Barzal is 6th on this list while Ryan Pulock is 10th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
4. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
5. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 283
6. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 270
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 233
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Pulock's streak is the 2nd-longest by an Islander defenseman, trailing only Denis Potvin's 262-game streak.

Challenges
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures 
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(offsides 2/16 @BUF)

Opponents: 1 successful, 1 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR, no goalie interference 3/11 vs NJ)
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed four goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14) -winning goal]
Vs:  4 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)-winning goal; Evgeni Malkin, 2/11/21 vs PIT (19:42) – tying goal/PIT won in OT; Oskar Lindblom, 3/18/21 vs PHI (17:38)-winning goal; Anders Bjork, 3/25/21 vs BOS (17:54) – tying goal/Isles won in OT]

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 903…
14. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 15. Matt Martin 598 *** 16. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 17. Garry Howatt 596 *** 18. John Tonelli 594 ***19. Brock Nelson 586 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 572 … 
27. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 28. Anders Lee 520 *** 29. Dave Lewis and Cal Clutterbuck 514 *** 31. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 33. Nick Leddy 500

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Billy Harris and Anders Lee 184 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Brock Nelson 163 *** 16. Patrick Flatley and Josh Bailey 160

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. John Tavares 349 *** 6.  Josh Bailey 339 …
19. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 20. Nick Leddy 192

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 11. Derek King and Josh Bailey 499…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 ***  21. Anders Lee 320  *** 22.  Brock Nelson 317

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 *** 4. Barry Trotz 188
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 107

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-9-1-0 on the season (2-3-0-0 vs. Hartford and 1-6-1-0 vs. Providence) following a 5-2 loss to the Wolfpack on Friday.  Cole Bardreau and Samuel Bolduc both had power play goals for the Sound Tigers.

Bridgeport returns to action on Monday when they play Providence in Marlborough, Massachusetts. 

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied 3 games to 3 (and 8 points to 8). 
The Isles are 3-1-2 and Philadelphia is 3-1-2. 

The Flyers won the first three games (two in overtime); the Isles have won the last three games (two in overtime).

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, APRIL 6th  – WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm
[MSG+2 [pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
Just five days after the Isles scored eight times against the Capitals for the first time in nearly 30 years (11/30/2001), the Isles face the Caps again at the Coliseum. 

Unlike the first two seasons of the Trotz era, where the visitors won all eight Islander-Capital games, the home teams are 4-0 in the match-ups this season.  

The teams will play a three game series, (April 22-24 at the Coliseum and April 27th in DC) to wrap up the season series.

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