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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

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