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The Skinny: Nashville 3, Isles 2 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 7
Nashville 3, Isles 2 (SO)
Tanner Jeannot scored twice, and Filip Jeannot scored the shootout deciding goal as the Nashville Predators rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits for a 3-2 win over the Islanders before 17,159 at Bridgestone Arena.

Anthony Beauvillier and Oliver Wahlstrom each scored power play goals for the Isles to twice give them the lead, only to have Jeannot (9 goals in 23 NHL games) tie it each time. Ilya Sorokin set a career-best shutout streak of 146:54 which ended with Jeannot's first tally.

The Isles are 3-0-2 in their last five games; their eight points matches their highest total through seven games under Barry Trotz. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anthony Beauvillier (3) Josh Bailey (4), Mathew Barzal (1) 14:46 NYI 1,NSH 0 PPG

2nd Period
Tanner Jeannot (3) Dante Fabbro (4), Colton Sissons (3) 06:54 NYI 1,NSH 1
Oliver Wahlstrom (4) Brock Nelson (2), Ryan Pulock (1) 12:04 NYI 2,NSH 1 PPG

3rd Period
Tanner Jeannot (4) Matt Benning (1), Colton Sissons (4) 11:48 NYI 2,NSH 2

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Matt Duchene (NG)/ Oliver Wahlstrom (NG)
Filip Forsberg (G/GDG) / Anthony Beauvillier (NG)
Roman Josi (G)

The Isles are 0-1 in the shootout this season. It was the sixth career game-deciding goal for Filip Forsberg, who has now scored on 14 of his 41 shootout attempts.

The Skinny         
The Isles have scored first in five straight games and in six of their first seven games; last season the Isles scored first in 27 of their 56 games… The Isles are 3-2-2 in their first seven games, matching their best record through seven games under Barry Trotz (4-3-0 in 2019-2020)…Tanner Jeannot matched Detroit's Lucas Raymond for the rookie goal-scoring lead (4) as he became the first Preds rookie since Kevin Fiala (2016) with a multi-goal game…For the second straight game the Isles won 25 face-offs and lost 31 draws…Zdeno Chara took two minor penalties; he now has 2,008 penalty minutes – one behind Harold Snepsts for 57th all-time; Snepsts was the player whose clearing pass was intercepted by Mike Bossy for the overtime winner in the 1982 Final.  Joe Thornton (1266) is 2nd on the active list.

The Sorokin Story
Career-long Shutout Streak ends at 146:54
3-0-2 in last five games, allowing only six goals on 163 shots (96.3%) 
Third-longest streak of starts by an Islander goalie to open a season  (Tommy Salo: 18 in 1998-99; Felix Potvin: 9 in 1999-2000)

Happy Birthday Andy
Andy Greene played 15:10 on his 39th birthday; he joins Doug Weight and Brian Rolston as Islanders who have played on their 39th birthday. No Islander has ever played a game on a birthday beyond 39; the Isles are not scheduled on March 18th,which will be Zdeno Chara's 45th birthday.

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles are 3-2-2 on their franchise-record 13-game road trip:
Thu Oct 14 at Carolina L 3-6
Sat Oct 16 at Florida         L 1-5
Tue Oct 19 at Chicago         W 4-1
Thu Oct 21 at Columbus L 3-2 (ot)
Sat Oct 23 at Arizona         W 3-0
Sun Oct 24 at Vegas         W 2-0
Sat Oct 30 at Nashville L 3-2 (so)
Thu Nov 04 at Montréal 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 06 at Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 07 at Minnesota 8:00 PM
Thu Nov 11 at New Jersey 7:00 PM
Mon Nov 15 at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Tue Nov 16 at Florida 7:00 PM

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,615th game, tying Larry Murphy for 11th all-time,  Chara is now tied-3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,615
Larry Murphy 1,615
Ray Bourque 1,612

Home and Road
The Isles are 3-2-2 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 3-2-2 on the road.
Nashville is 4-4-0 overall; they are 3-3-0 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 880-637-60-160 in 1,737 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    880

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,737

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,451
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,329
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Today was Lamoriello's 2,599th game as an NHL General Manager, trailing only Sather and Poile.

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,209 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 3-1-2 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    11-15-9-1=36
Nashville    11-5-4-3=23
The Isles are 0-1-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 3-1-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 67-37-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 21 saves; he is 3-2-2 on the season and 0-0-1 vs. Nashville.  Sorokin 3-2 all-time in shootouts.
Juuse Saros made 34 saves to improve to 3-4-0 on the season and 5-1-0 vs. the Isles.  He is 8-7 all-time in shootouts. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 2-4 on the power play (6:03); Nashville was 0-4 on the power play (7:50). 

The Isles are 1-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-1 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-1-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 91-10-11 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-2 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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 1-0-0 in the front end and 1-0-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be November 6th in Winnipeg and November 7th in Minnesota. 
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-4-4 (.800) 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: 21-9-3 (.682).

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (25:08 – season high); Nashville: Mattias Ekholm (26:57)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:26 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (1-0-0)

Face-offs
Isles 25, Nashville 31 (45%)
Casey Cizikas won 8 of 15 for the Isles; Ryan Johansen won 11 of 18 for Nashville. 

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 1-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 18 (Three with 3)
Nashville 15 (Two with 3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 2 (Martin)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Scott Mayfield 3)
Nashville 10 (Matt Benning -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 54, Nashville 55
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Nashville 37

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Kyle Palmieri +11
Nashville: Mattias Ekholm +10

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 2, Nashville 8 
5-on-5: Isles 2, Nashville 6

Scratches
Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston, Brian Bellows
Games Lost: 10

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 308 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 258; both have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach. 

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has passed Bobby Nystrom for the 2nd-longest streak while Ryan Pulock is 8th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 308
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 258
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) 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: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 926…
13. Stefan Persson 622 *** 14. Matt Martin 619 *** 15. Brock Nelson 611 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 18. Casey Cizikas 597 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Claude Lapointe and Cal Clutterbuck 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson 532 *** 27. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 28. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 29. Anders Lee 526

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 185 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 170 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 353…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 177…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 516 …
18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 20. Brock Nelson 332 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 321…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ** 29. Mathew Barzal 256

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 213
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 118

On the Farm
Bridgeport is now 2-2-0-2 on the season, heading into Saturday's game vs. Providence. The Islanders will host Hartford on Sunday afternoon.

Season Series Stats
Nashville leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will conclude their season series on December 9th at UBS Arena.

The Isles are 0-4-1 in the Trotz era against Nashville and have dropped six straight (0-4-2) to Nashville overall.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4th –ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL 7:00pm
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
Six games remain in this 13-game road trip to open the season; those six games will be played in a span of 13 days beginning on Thursday in Montreal.

It will be the Isles' first game in Canada since the 2020 Bubble and will mark the beginning of a set of three games in four days.

The Isles are 1-5-1 in their last seven games against the Canadiens, including 0-2-0 in 2019-20. The Isles' last win in Le Belle Province was on January 15, 2018, when Thomas Greiss made 52 saves in a 5-4 overtime win, capped off by a John Tavares goal.  Since then, the Isles are 0-3 at Bell Centre and have been outscored 11-3.

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

Monday, October 25, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 2, Vegas 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Isles 2, Vegas 0
Ilya Sorokin did it again. Sorokin made 42 saves for his 2nd consecutive shutout as the Isles blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 before 17,699 at T-Mobile Arena.

Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal scored for the Isles as the Isles led for the final 57:44.  However, the story was Sorokin, who became the first goaltender in Islander history to record shutouts on consecutive days.

The Isles went 3-0-1 this week and end the first segment of their franchise-record 13-game road trip with a 3-2-1 record. It is the best record through six games in the Trotz era.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Josh Bailey (1) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2) 02:16 NYI 1,VGK 0

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Mathew Barzal (3) Josh Bailey (3) 07:33 NYI 2,VGK 0

The Skinny         
Josh Bailey passed Bob Nystrom for 10th place with his 514th point; he also tied Alexei Yashin for the 3rd-highest October goal total (26) by an Islander in the 2000s…The Isles have scored first in four straight games and in five of their first six games; last season the Isles scored first in 27 of their 56 games… The Isles are 3-2-1 in their first six games, marking their best record through six games under Barry Trotz (3-3-0 each of his first three seasons)…The only other time that the Isles had shutouts on consecutive games was in February 2018, when Jaroslav Halak stopped 50 shots in Brooklyn against the Rangers and Thomas Greiss stopped 45 shots in Carolina.

The Sorokin Story
Current Shutout Streak 120:00
First Goalie in Team History with Shutouts on Consecutive Days
3-0-1 in last four games, allowing only four goals on 140 shots (97.1%) 
Has allowed only two five-on-five goals in that stretch
42 saves tonight; most in a shutout since Thomas Greiss (45 vs. Carolina on 2/16/2018)
First goalie since Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelic (April 6-7, 2015) with two road shutouts in two days
Now has two of the four shutouts in the NHL this season
17th Goalie in NHL history (and seventh since expansion) with at least five shutouts in his first 28 games

Most Islander Goals in October (2000's)
1. John Tavares 45
2. Brock Nelson 29
3. Alexei Yashin 26
Josh Bailey 26 
Only 15 players in club history (led by Mike Bossy's 80) have scored at least 25 October goals.

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles are 3-2-1 on their franchise-record 13-game road trip:
Thu Oct 14 at Carolina L 3-6
Sat Oct 16 at Florida         L 1-5
Tue Oct 19 at Chicago         W 4-1
Thu Oct 21 at Columbus L 3-2 (ot)
Sat Oct 23 at Arizona         W 3-0
Sun Oct 24 at Vegas         W 2-0
Sat Oct 30 at Nashville 1:30 PM
Thu Nov 04 at Montréal 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 06 at Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 07 at Minnesota 8:00 PM
Thu Nov 11 at New Jersey 7:00 PM
Mon Nov 15 at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Tue Nov 16 at Florida         7:00 PM

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,614th game, leaving him one game behind Larry Murphy for 11th all-time,  Chara is now 4th among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651
Scott Stevens 1,635
Larry Murphy 1,615
Zdeno Chara 1,614
Ray Bourque 1,612

Home and Road
The Isles are 3-2-1 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 3-2-1 on the road.
Vegas is 1-4-0 overall; they are 1-3-0 at home and 0-1-0 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 880-637-60-159 in 1,736 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  967
3. Barry Trotz    880

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,766
3. Barry Trotz        1,736

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,450
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,329
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,209 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 3-1-1 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    11-4-11=26
Vegas    12-14-16=42
The Isles are 0-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 3-1-0 when they are out-shot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 67-37-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 42 saves for his 2nd consecutive shutout; he is 3-2-1 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. Vegas. 
Robin Lehner made 24 saves but falls to 1-4-0 on the season and 5-4-3 vs. the Isles. 

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

The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-0 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-1-1 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 91-10-11 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 1-0-0 in the front end and 1-0-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be November 6th in Winnipeg and November 7th in Minnesota. 
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-4-4 (.800) 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: 20-9-3 (.672).

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:27); Vegas: Alex Pietrangelo (27:41)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 17:40 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (1-0-0)

Face-offs
Isles 25, Vegas 31 (45%)
Brock Nelson won 11 of 20 for the Isles; Nicolas Roy won 9 of 10 for Vegas. 

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 1-1-0 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 44 (Cal Clutterbuck -9)
Vegas 19 (Keegan Kolosar-5)
Fights 
There were no fights Season total: 2 (Martin)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 21 (Three with 3)
Vegas 9 (Alex Pietrangelo -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 49, Vegas 79
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 41, Vegas 62

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Oliver Wahlstrom +4
Vegas: Nicolas Hague +21

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 17, Vegas 17 (including 8-0 in Vegas' favor in the 2nd period)
5-on-5: Isles 13, Vegas 12

Scratches
(Semyon Varlomov), Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston, Kieffer Bellows
Games Lost: 10

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 307 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 257; both have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.  

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has passed Bobby Nystrom for the 2nd-longest streak while Ryan Pulock is 8th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 307
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 257
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) 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: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 925…
13. Stefan Persson 622 *** 14. Matt Martin 618 *** 15. Brock Nelson 610 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 18. Garry Howatt and Casey Cizikas 596 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 25. Cal Clutterbuck 534 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson 532 *** 27. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 28. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 29. Anders Lee 525

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 185 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 170 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 352…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 176…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 161

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 515 …
18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 20. Ziggy Palffy and Brock Nelson 331 ***  22. Anders Lee 321…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ** 29. Mathew Barzal 255

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 212
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 118

On the Farm
Jakub Skarek made 37 saves for his second professional shutout and Anatolii Golyshev scored twice as Bridgeport blanked Laval 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Webster Bank Arena for their second straight win. Bridgeport is now 2-2-0-2 on the season, heading into Friday's game in Springfield. The Islanders will host Providence on Saturday.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude their season series on December 19th in the first matinee in UBS Arena history.

The Isles are 4-3-0 all-time against Vegas, including 2-2-0 at T-Mobile Arena.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th –ISLANDERS AT NASHVILLE 1:30pm
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 1:00, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 98.7FM]
Following a five-day break, game 7 of this 13-game road trip will be on Saturday as the Isles visit the Predators in Nashville.

Few teams have given the Isles more trouble in the Trotz era than the first team he coached: the Predators. Nashville swept the season series in both 2018-19 and 2019-20, outscoring the Isles 22-8.

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, October 24, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 3, Arizona 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 5
Isles 3, Arizona 0
Ilya Sorokin made 26 saves for his 4th career shutout and the Isles scored a goal in each period to blank the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 before 11,690 at Gila River Arena.

Cal Clutterbuck, Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Isles; Beauvillier's goal came just seconds after a Kyle Palmieri goal was disallowed when the NHL ruled that he pushed the goaltender's glove.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Cal Clutterbuck (2) Adam Pelech (1) 16:32 NYI 1,ARI 0

2nd Period
Brock Nelson (2) Josh Bailey (2), Noah Dobson (3) 19:49 NYI 2,ARI 0 PPG 

3rd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (2) Brock Nelson (1), Kyle Palmieri (3) 10:51 NYI 3,ARI 0

The Skinny         
Cal Clutterbuck's goal was originally credited as unassisted, but a post-game change gave an assist to Adam Pelech … Josh Bailey tied Bob Nystrom for 10th place with his 513th point; Brock Nelson matched Ziggy Palffy for 20th with 331 points…The Isles have points in three straight road games for the first time since March 2-14, 2021 (the 2nd, 8th, and 9th game of a 9-game win streak)…Zdeno Chara (20:26) exceeded 20 minutes of ice-time for the third time since he turned 44 (twice as a Capital, once as an Islander)… Nelson's goal was the Isles' second on the power play this season; the Isles scored only one power play goal in the last minute of a period last season (Oliver Wahlstrom vs. Pittsburgh on February 28th.

Blanking the Coyotes
6-Dec-97 Vs Phoenix  (4-0 – Tommy Salo)
8-Nov-14 @ Arizona   (1-0 – Jaroslav Halak)
24-Mar-19 Vs Arizona   (2-0 – Robin Lehner)
23-Oct-21 @ Arizona   (3-0 – Ilya Sorokin)

Most Islander Goals in October (2000's)
1. John Tavares 45
2. Brock Nelson 29
3. Alexei Yashin 26
4. Josh Bailey 25
Only 15 players in club history (led by Mike Bossy's 80) have scored at least 25 October goals.

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles are 2-2-1 on their franchise-record 13-game road trip:
Thu Oct 14 at Carolina L 3-6
Sat Oct 16 at Florida         L 1-5
Tue Oct 19 at Chicago         W 4-1
Thu Oct 21 at Columbus L 3-2 (ot)
Sat Oct 23 at Arizona         W 3-0
Sun Oct 24 at Vegas         10:00 PM
Sat Oct 30 at Nashville 1:30 PM
Thu Nov 04 at Montréal 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 06 at Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 07 at Minnesota 8:00 PM
Thu Nov 11 at New Jersey 7:00 PM
Mon Nov 15 at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Tue Nov 16 at Florida     7:00 PM

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,613th game, breaking a tie with Ray Bourque for 12th all-time.  Chara is now 4th among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651
Scott Stevens 1,635
Larry Murphy 1,615
Zdeno Chara 1,613
Ray Bourque 1,612

Home and Road
The Isles are 2-2-1 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 2-2-1 on the road.
Arizona is 0-4-1 overall; they are 0-3-0 at home and 0-1-1 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 879-637-60-159 in 1,735 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  967
3. Barry Trotz    879

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,766
3. Barry Trotz        1,735

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,449
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,328
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,207 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 2-1-1 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    4-8-12=24
Arizona    9-10-7=26
The Isles are 0-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 2-1-0 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 66-37-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 26 saves for his 4th career shutout; he is 2-2-1 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. Arizona. 
Karel Vejmelka made 21 saves but falls to 0-2-1 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play (1:44); Arizona was 0-1 on the power play (0:21). 

The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 91-10-11 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 1-0-0 in the front end and 0-0-0 in the back end.  This back-to-back will conclude Sunday in Vegas.  The next back-to-back will be November 6th in Winnipeg and November 7th in Minnesota. 
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-4-4 (.793) 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: 20-9-3 (.672).

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:05); Arizona: Jakob Chyrchrun (26:14)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 17:34 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (1-1-0), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (1-0-0)

Face-offs
Isles 31, Arizona 25 (55%)
JG Pageau won 10 of 17 for the Isles; Johan Larsson won 9 of 16 for Arizona. 

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 0-1-0 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 38 (Cal Clutterbuck -9)
Arizona 25 (Ilya Lyubushkin-5)
Fights 
Matt Martin fought Liam O'Brien in the second period. Season total: 2 (Martin)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 16 (Ryan Pulock and Noah Dobson -3)
Arizona 14 (Anton Stralman -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, Arizona 54
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 43, Arizona 51

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Adam Pelech +5
Arizona: Clayton Keller +20

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 4, Arizona 7
5-on-5: Isles 3, Arizona 7

Scratches
(Semyon Varlomov), Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston, Brian Bellows
Games Lost: 9

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 306 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 256; both have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.  

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has passed Bobby Nystrom for the 2nd-longest streak while Ryan Pulock is 8th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 306
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 256
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) 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: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 924…
13. Stefan Persson 622 *** 14. Matt Martin 617 *** 15. Brock Nelson 609 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 18. Garry Howatt 596 *** 19. Casey Cizikas 595 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 25. Cal Clutterbuck 533 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson 532 *** 27. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 28. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 29. Anders Lee 524

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 185 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 170 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 162

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 351…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 176…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 161

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey and Bob Nystrom 513 …
20. Ziggy Palffy and Brock Nelson 331 ***  22. Anders Lee 321

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 211
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 117

On the Farm
Robin Salo will always remember the first goal he scored in the Isles' organization. Salo scored the winning goal 4:10 into overtime as Bridgeport rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 home opener win over Springfield. Bridgeport, who dropped a 3-1 decision to the Thunderbird on Friday, is now 1-2-0-2 on the season, heading into Friday's game in Springfield.  The Islanders will host Laval on Sunday afternoon.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude their season series on January 21st at UBS Arena.

The Isles are 9-2-2 against the Coyotes in thirteen games since the franchise rebranded as "Arizona".

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24th –ISLANDERS AT VEGAS 10:00pm
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 9:30, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 98.7FM]
Game 6 of this 13-game road trip will be on Sunday as the Isles visit the Golden Knights in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights, who are battling a lot of injuries, are 1-3-0 on the young season.

The teams split a pair of games during the 2019-2020 season, and the Isles are 3-3-0 all-time against Vegas.

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, October 22, 2021

The Skinny: Columbus 3, Isles 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 4
Columbus 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Patrik Laine scored 1:49 into overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 before 12,937 at Nationwide Arena.

Scott Mayfield and Mathew Barzal scored for the Isles, who allowed a pair of goals 33 seconds apart in the second period to Columbus' Boone Jenner and Cole Sillinger.  It was Sillinger's first NHL goal. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Scott Mayfield (1) 10:35 NYI 1,CBJ 0
Boone Jenner (3) Oliver Bjorkstrand (3), Jakub Voracek (4) 18:00 NYI 1,CBJ 1 PPG
Cole Sillinger (1) Vladislav Gavrikov (3), Oliver Bjorkstrand (4) 18:33 NYI 1,CBJ 2

3rd Period
Mathew Barzal (2) Noah Dobson (2), Matt Martin (1) 05:03 NYI 2,CBJ 2 

OT
Patrik Laine (2) Zach Werenski (3), Oliver Bjorkstrand (5) 01:49 NYI 2,CBJ 3

The Skinny         
Mathew Barzal had nine shots on goal and 13 attempts; Anders Lee added six shots and ten attempts in his return to the lineup…The Isles played without Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who was ill…Patrik Laine scored in overtime for the second time this season.

First Times in a Long Time
Cole Sillinger is the first 18-year-old to score against the Isles since Aaron Ekblad did so for Florida on November 14, 2014.
Sillinger is the first player to score his first NHL goal against the Isles since Givani Smith did so for Detroit on January 14, 2020.
Sillinger is the first 18-year-old to score his NHL goal against the Isles since Victor Hedman did so for Tampa Bay on December 9, 2009.

Eighteen-Year-Olds to Score First NHL Goal vs Isles
1984-03-08 Russ Courtnall (Toronto) 18-280
1986-10-11 Jimmy Carson (Los Angeles) 18-083
1988-10-18 Trevor Linden (Vancouver) 18-190
2009-12-05 Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay)    18-352
2021-10-22   Cole Sillinger (Columbus) 18-158
(Thus, Sillinger is the second-youngest player to score his first career goal vs. the Isles, older than only Jimmy Carson. Carson would score 275 NHL goals)

Most Unassisted Goals by an Islander Among First 15 Career Goals
5 Ralph Stewart (all in 1973)
4 Dale Henry  (1985 to 1988)
4 Oliver Wahlstrom (all in 2021)

Most Islander Goals in October (2000's)
1. John Tavares 45
2. Brock Nelson 28
3. Alexei Yashin 26
4. Josh Bailey 25
Only 15 players in club history (led by Mike Bossy's 80) have scored at least 25 October goals.

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles are 1-2-1 on their franchise-record 13-game road trip:
Thu Oct 14 at Carolina L 3-6
Sat Oct 16 at Florida         L 1-5
Tue Oct 19 at Chicago         W 4-1
Thu Oct 21 at Columbus L 3-2 (ot)
Sat Oct 23 at Arizona         9:00 PM
Sun Oct 24 at Vegas     10:00 PM
Sat Oct 30 at Nashville 1:30 PM
Thu Nov 04 at Montréal 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 06 at Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 07 at Minnesota 8:00 PM
Thu Nov 11 at New Jersey 7:00 PM
Mon Nov 15 at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Tue Nov 16 at Florida         7:00 PM

Home and Road
The Isles are 1-2-1 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 1-2-1 on the road.
Columbus is 3-1-0 overall; they are 3-0-0 at home and 0-1-0 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 878-637-60-159 in 1,734 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  966
3. Barry Trotz    878

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,765
3. Barry Trotz        1,734

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,449
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,327
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,205 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.  

The Isles are 1-1-1 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    10-16-8-2=36
Columbus    11-8-11-2=32
The Isles are 0-1-1 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 65-37-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 29 saves; he is 1-2-1 on the season and 0-0-1 vs. Columbus. 
Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves and improves to 3-0-0 on the season and 1-1-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Columbus was 1-4 on the power play (7:09). 

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 1-1-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 90-10-11 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 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.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles will play nineteen back-to-backs this season; the first will be on October 23-24 in Arizona and Vegas. 
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-4-4 (.793) 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: 20-9-3 (.672).

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Mathew Barzal (21:31); Columbus: Zach Werenski (25:48)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:31 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (1-1-0), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1)

Face-offs
Isles 23, Columbus 23 (50%)
Casey Cizikas won 8 of 12 for the Isles; Boone Jenner won 16 of 23 for Columbus. 

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

Hit Count
Isles 26 (Matt Martin -5)
Columbus 11 (Sean Kuraly -6)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 1 (Martin)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Ryan Pulock and Noah Dobson -3)
Columbus 13 (Andrew Peeke-3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 60, Columbus 56
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 48, Columbus 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Adam Pelech and Anders Lee +10
Columbus: Cole Sillinger +10

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Columbus 11
5-on-5: Isles 10, Columbus 9

Scratches
(JG Pageau), (Semyon Varlomov), Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 8

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 305 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 255; both have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.  

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has passed Bobby Nystrom for the 2nd-longest streak while Ryan Pulock is 8th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 305
3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295
5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284
    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
8. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 255
9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
 (*) 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: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 0-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 0  
Vs:  0  

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 923…
13. Stefan Persson 622 *** 14. Matt Martin 616 *** 15. Brock Nelson 687 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 18. Garry Howatt 596 *** 19. John Tonelli and Casey Cizikas 594 … 
27. Cal Clutterbuck 532 *** 28. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 29. Anders Lee 523

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 185 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 169 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 162

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 350…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 176…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 160

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 512…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 21. Brock Nelson 328 ***  22. Anders Lee 321

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 210
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 116

On the Farm
Bridgeport is now 0-1-0-2, heading into Friday's game in Springfield.  The Islanders will then host the Thunderbirds in their home opener on Saturday.

Season Series Stats
Columbus leads the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will next play on January 18th at UBS Arena (Columbus is the only division foe that plays only once at UBS Arena this season).

The Isles are 5-2-1 in the last eight games against Columbus

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23rd –ISLANDERS AT ARIZONA 9:00pm
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 8:30, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 98.7FM]
Game 5 of this 13-game road trip will be on Saturday as the Isles visit the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. . The Coyotes, who lost 5-1 to Edmonton on Thursday, are 0-3-1 on the young season.

The teams split a pair of games during the 2019-2020 season, but the Isles have won only once in their last five trips to Arizona (1-2-2).

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



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

"The Skinny"     

 

By Eric Hornick

 

Game 4

Columbus 3, Isles 2 (OT)

Patrik Laine scored 1:49 into overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 before 12,937 at Nationwide Arena.

 

Scott Mayfield and Mathew Barzal scored for the Isles, who allowed a pair of goals 33 seconds apart in the second period to Columbus' Boone Jenner and Cole Sillinger.  It was Sillinger's first NHL goal.

 

The Scoring:

1st Period

No Goals

2nd Period

Scott Mayfield (1) 10:35 NYI 1,CBJ 0

Boone Jenner (3) Oliver Bjorkstrand (3), Jakub Voracek (4) 18:00 NYI 1,CBJ 1 PPG

Cole Sillinger (1) Vladislav Gavrikov (3), Oliver Bjorkstrand (4) 18:33 NYI 1,CBJ 2

3rd Period

Mathew Barzal (2) Noah Dobson (2), Matt Martin (1) 05:03 NYI 2,CBJ 2 OT

Patrik Laine (2) Zach Werenski (3), Oliver Bjorkstrand (5) 01:49 NYI 2,CBJ 3

 

The Skinny         

Mathew Barzal had nine shots on goal and 13 attempts; Anders Lee added six shots and ten attempts in his return to the lineup…The Isles played without Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who was ill…Patrik Laine scored in overtime for the second time this season.

 

First Times in a Long Time

·        Cole Sillinger is the first 18-year-old to score against the Isles since Aaron Ekblad did so for Florida on November 14, 2014.

·        Sillinger is the first player to score his first NHL goal against the Isles since Givani Smith did so for Detroit on January 14, 2020.

·        Sillinger is the first 18-year-old to score his NHL goal against the Isles since Victor Hedman did so for Tampa Bay on December 9, 2009.

 

Eighteen-Year-Olds to Score First NHL Goal vs Isles

     1984-03-08   Russ Courtnall (Toronto)           18-280

     1986-10-11   Jimmy Carson (Los Angeles)     18-083

     1988-10-18   Trevor Linden (Vancouver)        18-190

     2009-12-05   Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay)      18-352

     2021-10-22   Cole Sillinger (Columbus)          18-158

(Thus, Sillinger is the second-youngest player to score his first career goal vs. the Isles, older than only Jimmy Carson. Carson would score 275 NHL goals)

 

Most Unassisted Goals by an Islander Among First 15 Career Goals

·        5 Ralph Stewart (all in 1973)

·        4 Dale Henry  (1985 to 1988)

·        4 Oliver Wahlstrom (all in 2021)

 

Most Islander Goals in October (2000's)

1.      John Tavares 45

2.      Brock Nelson 28

3.      Alexei Yashin 26

4.      Josh Bailey 25

Only 15 players in club history (led by Mike Bossy's 80) have scored at least 25 October goals.

 

The Long Road (to the New) Home

The Isles are 1-2-1 on their franchise-record 13-game road trip:

·        Thu      Oct 14  at Carolina        L 3-6

·        Sat       Oct 16  at Florida          L 1-5

·        Tue      Oct 19  at Chicago        W 4-1

·        Thu      Oct 21  at Columbus     L 3-2 (ot)

·        Sat       Oct 23  at Arizona         9:00 PM

·        Sun      Oct 24  at Vegas           10:00 PM

·        Sat       Oct 30  at Nashville      1:30 PM

·        Thu      Nov 04  at Montréal       7:00 PM

·        Sat       Nov 06  at Winnipeg      7:00 PM

·        Sun      Nov 07  at Minnesota     8:00 PM

·        Thu      Nov 11  at New Jersey  7:00 PM

·        Mon      Nov 15  at Tampa Bay   7:00 PM

·        Tue      Nov 16  at Florida          7:00 PM

 

Home and Road

The Isles are 1-2-1 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 1-2-1 on the road.

Columbus is 3-1-0 overall; they are 3-0-0 at home and 0-1-0 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 878-637-60-159 in 1,734 games.

 

Most Coaching Wins

1.         Scotty Bowman  1,244

2.         Joel Quenneville  966

3.         Barry Trotz         878

 

Most Games Coached

1.         Scotty Bowman   2,141

2.         Joel Quenneville 1,765

3.         Barry Trotz        1,734

 

Sweet Lou

Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:

1.      David Poile 1,449

2.      Lou Lamoriello 1,327

3.      Glen Sather 1,319

 

It All Starts at the Top

Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,205 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 1-1-1 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal.

 

The Shots

Isles                 10-16-8-2=36

Columbus         11-8-11-2=32

The Isles are 0-1-1 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 65-37-13 when outshot.

 

In the Nets

Ilya Sorokin made 29 saves; he is 1-2-1 on the season and 0-0-1 vs. Columbus.

Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves and improves to 3-0-0 on the season and 1-1-0 vs. the Isles.

 

Special Teams

The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Columbus was 1-4 on the power play (7:09).

 

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 1-1-0 when they do not.

 

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-1 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 90-10-11 when scoring three or more.

 

One-Goal Games

The Isles are 0-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 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.

 

Back-to-Backs

The Isles will play nineteen back-to-backs this season; the first will be on October 23-24 in Arizona and Vegas.

 

Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 21-4-4 (.793) 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: 20-9-3 (.672).

 

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Mathew Barzal (21:31); Columbus: Zach Werenski (25:48)

Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:31 of ice-time.

 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (1-1-0), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1)

 

Face-offs

Isles 23, Columbus 23 (50%)

Casey Cizikas won 8 of 12 for the Isles; Boone Jenner won 16 of 23 for Columbus.

 

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

 

Hit Count

Isles 26 (Matt Martin -5)

Columbus 11 (Sean Kuraly -6)

           

Fights

There were no fights. Season total: 1 (Martin)

 

Blocked Shots

Isles 13 (Ryan Pulock and Noah Dobson -3)

Columbus 13 (Andrew Peeke-3)

 

For the Analytics Crowd

Corsi: All situations: Isles 60, Columbus 56

Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 48, Columbus 41

 

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles:  Adam Pelech and Anders Lee +10

Columbus: Cole Sillinger +10

 

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)

All situations: Isles 11, Columbus 11

5-on-5: Isles 10, Columbus 9

 

Scratches

(JG Pageau), (Semyon Varlomov), Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston

Games Lost: 8

 

Iron Man Club

Brock Nelson has played in 305 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 255; both have appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.  

 

Iron Man

Brock Nelson has passed Bobby Nystrom for the 2nd-longest streak while Ryan Pulock is 8th:

1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)

2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 305

3. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301

4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – 3/13/2021 295

5. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- 5/3/2021 284

    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284

7. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262

8. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 255

9.  John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246

10. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)

 (*) 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: 0 successful, 1 failure

The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)

 

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures  

The Isles are 0-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA)

 

Last Minute Heroes:

The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:

For: 0  

Vs:  0  

 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)

1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 923

13. Stefan Persson 622 *** 14. Matt Martin 616 *** 15. Brock Nelson 687 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 18. Garry Howatt 596 *** 19. John Tonelli and Casey Cizikas 594

27. Cal Clutterbuck 532 *** 28. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 29. Anders Lee 523

 

Goals

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

11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 185 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 169 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 162

 

Assists

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

4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 350

20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 176

26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 160

 

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 512

20. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 21. Brock Nelson 328 ***  22. Anders Lee 321

 

Games Coached 

1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 210

 

Coaching Wins

1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 116

 

On the Farm

Bridgeport is now 0-1-0-2, heading into Friday's game in Springfield.  The Islanders will then host the Thunderbirds in their home opener on Saturday.

 

Season Series Stats

Columbus leads the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will next play on January 18th at UBS Arena (Columbus is the only division foe that plays only once at UBS Arena this season).

 

The Isles are 5-2-1 in the last eight games against Columbus

 

UP NEXT

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23rd –ISLANDERS AT ARIZONA 9:00pm

[MSG+ (Pre-game at 8:30, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 98.7FM]

Game 5 of this 13-game road trip will be on Saturday as the Isles visit the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. . The Coyotes, who lost 5-1 to Edmonton on Thursday, are 0-3-1 on the young season.

 

The teams split a pair of games during the 2019-2020 season, but the Isles have won only once in their last five trips to Arizona (1-2-2).

 

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.