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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

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