With Semyon Varlamov's trifecta of shutouts, the Isles now have 10 on the season, just one shy of the club record set in an 82-game schedule two seasons ago.
However, given this season is 26 games shorter, the Isles have already established a team record for percentage of games ending in a shutout.
That leads to the question, where does this fall all-time? The short answer is - pretty, pretty, pretty good.
In the expansion era, the record is 19.74 percentage of games, held by the 1971-72 Blackhawks.
Here are the top 5 of the expansion era:
Where does this year's Islander team fit in?
Right now the Isles have recorded 10 shutouts in 51 games (19.61%); they are guaranteed to have a shutout in 17.86% of their 56 games (4th in the expansion era). If they would record one shutout in the final five games, they would finish at 19.64% (2nd in the expansion era); they would need two shutouts in the final five to establish an NHL record for the expansion era.
The all-time record, by the way, is held up by 1928-29 Canadiens, who recorded 22 shutouts in 44 games (50%). Following that season, the NHL instituted a major rule change to allow forward passes in the offensive zone.
What about Varlamov you might ask? Among goalies with at least seven shutouts, only Tony Esposito and Brian Elliott have had a season where they recorded a shutout in as high of a percentage of appearances as Varly:
|Brian Elliott||St. Louis||2011-12||38||9||23.7%|
|Glenn Hall||St. Louis||1968-69||41||8||19.5%|
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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