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The Skinny: Florida 5, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 2
Florida 5, Isles 1
Sam Bennett scored in each period for his second career hat trick as the Florida Panthers built a 3-0 lead and defeated the Islanders 5-1 before a crowd of 12,936 at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida.
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Oliver Wahlstrom's third period power play goal was the Isles' only tally as New York falls to 0-2 for the first time since 2016-17.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Sam Bennett (1) Radko Gudas (1), Gustav Forsling (2) 09:10 NYI 0,FLA 1

2nd Period
Sam Bennett (2) Jonathan Huberdeau (2), Aaron Ekblad (1) 03:48 NYI 0,FLA 2
Anthony Duclair (2) MacKenzie Weegar (2) 18:57 NYI 0,FLA 3

3rd Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (1) 03:30 NYI 1,FLA 3 PPG
Sam Bennett (3) Matt Kiersted (1) 09:39 NYI 1,FLA 4 
Aleksander Barkov (1) Carter Verhaeghe (1), Gustav Forsling (3) 12:22 NYI 1,FLA 5

The Skinny         
Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his 299th NHL win…Sam Bennett recorded his second career hat trick; his other was a 4-goal game for Calgary, and against the Panthers, in 2016…Seven of Oliver Wahlstrom's thirteen career goals have come on the power play…Brock Nelson played his first game as a 30-year-old; his birthday was on Friday…Zdeno Chara went -4 for the eighth time in his career, and first since November 5, 2010.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles have allowed 11 goals in the first two games for the first time since 1995.  
Sam Bennett is the first Panther since Nathan Horton (12/9/2009) to record a hat trick vs. the Isles.

Most Goals Allowed Through 2 Games
13  1984-85
12  1978-79
12  1989-90
11  1983-84
11  1992-93
11  1995-96
11  2020-21

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 0-2-0 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         8:00 PM
Thu Oct 21 at Columbus 7:00 PM
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 4 at Montréal 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 6 at Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 7 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 0-2-0 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
Florida is 2-0-0 overall; they are 2-0-0 at home and 0-0-0 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 877-637-60-158 in 1,732 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  964
3. Barry Trotz    877

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,763
3. Barry Trotz        1,732

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,448
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,326
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,203 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 0-1-0 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    8-12-10=30
Florida    6-7-16=29
The Isles are 0-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-1-0 when they are outshot.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 64-37-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves but falls to 0-2-0 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. Florida. 
Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves to improve to 2-0-0 on the season and 17-10-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (6:10); Florida was 0-1 on the power play (2:00). 

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-0 when they do not.  Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 89-10-11 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

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: Anthony Beauvillier (20:56); Florida: Mackenzie Weegar (24:00)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 20:56 of ice-time. 

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

Face-offs
Isles 34, Florida 26 (57%)
JG Pageau won 11 of 17 for the Isles; Antun Lundell won 11 of 18 for Florida.

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

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Casey Cizikas -5)
Florida 34 (Two with 6)
Fights 
There were no fights.  Season total: 0
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 23 (Noah Dobson -4)
Florida 11 (Radko Gudas-3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 54, Florida 67
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 39, Florida 62

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  JG Pageau +6
Florida: Brandon Montour +14

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 5, Florida 8
5-on-5: Isles 3, Florida 8

Scratches
(Matt Martin), (Semyon Varlomov), Kieffer Bellows, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 4

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 303 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 253; 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 303
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 253
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 921…
13. Stefan Persson 622 *** 14. Matt Martin 614 *** 15. Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson 606 *** 17. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 18. Garry Howatt 596 *** 19. John Tonelli 594 *** 20. Casey Cizikas 592 … 
27. Cal Clutterbuck 530 *** 28. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 29. Anders Lee 522

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 208
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 115

On the Farm
Bridgeport is opening their season with three road games.  The Baby Islanders are 0-1-1 in the first two games, losing 2-1 in regulation in Hartford, and 2-1 in a shootout in Providence. Ken Appleby made 42 saves in the shootout loss.

Bridgeport plays Sunday afternoon in Springfield.

Season Series Stats
Florida leads the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The next meeting of the teams will be on November 16th in Sunrise – it will be the final game of the 13-game road trip.

The Isles had won four straight games vs. Florida before tonight's defeat, including twice in shootouts.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th –ISLANDERS AT CHICAGO 8:00pm
[ESPN, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN1050]
Game 3 of this 13-game road trip will be on Tuesday as the Isles will provide the opposition for the Chicago Blackhawks in their home opener.  Neither team has a win on the young season as the Hawks fell to 0-2-1 with a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

This will be the first meeting of the teams since December 27, 2019 – Robin Lehner, then with Chicago, defeated the Isles 5-2 that night. 

This game will be televised exclusively by ESPN.

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



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

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