By Eric Hornick
Pittsburgh 1, Isles 0
Kasperi Kapanen scored the game's only goal and Tristan Jarry made 25 saves for his third shutout in eight days as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Islanders 1-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.
The Isles have lost eight straight, all in regulation, to fall five games under NHL-.500 for the first time since January 16, 2012 (16-21-6).
Kasperi Kapanen (5) Sidney Crosby (2), Jake Guentzel (9) 16:41 PIT 1,NYI 0
The Isles have been outscored 32-7 in their eight-game losing streak. It's the first time since 2010-11 that the Isles have lost eight straight in regulation; the Isles did have a ten-game winless streak (0-8-2) in November/December 2013…The Islanders have been outscored 3 to 1 on their own power play in November (in 29 opportunities) …The Isles are 0-4-0 to open a home season for the first time in their history… The Isles have not led at any point in the last 356:44 and have scored only seven goals in their last eight games. It is the fewest goals the Isles have scored in an eight game stretch in their history…Scott Mayfield blocked seven shots, matching the second-highest total of his career… Columbus (five games in 2000) is the only NHL team with a longer losing streak (no points) to open a new venue…Robin Salo is averaging 21:26 of ice-time through four games (highest average on the team, including regulars)..Sidney Crosby's assist on the winning goal was his 123rd career point (39-84-123) against the Isles… It is the first time a team coached by Barry Trotz has lost eight straight games…Tristan Jarry has allowed only two goals in his last five games, all Penguin wins.
The COVID List
The Isles were without six players due to Covid protocol: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Kieffer Bellows, Anders Lee, Zdeno Chara and Ross Johnston. Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson missed the game with injuries. Josh Bailey has exited protocol but did not play.
Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle. The Islanders will not spend consecutive nights on the road at any point (playing consecutive road games only once – November 28th at The Garden and November 30th in Philadelphia). By the time the Isles hit the Olympic/All-Star Break, they will have played 25 of their 49 games at home.
Highest Ice-Time by an Islander through 4 Career Games (since 1998)
• Radek Martinek 87:02
• John Tavares 85:46
• Robin Salo 85:45
Zdeno Chara did not play. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
• Chris Chelios 1,651
• Scott Stevens 1,635
• Zdeno Chara 1,623
Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.
Home and Road
The Isles are 5-10-2 overall; they are 0-4-0 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 10-6-4 overall; they are 5-4-2 at home and 5-2-2 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played four home games and sold out all of them. They are the four largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.
Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 882-645-60-160 in 1,747 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 969
3. Barry Trotz 882
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz 1,747
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,457
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319
It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-2 when scoring first and are 0-7-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 4-6-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-42-13 when outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 29 saves but falls to 5-6-2 on the season and 1-2 vs. Pittsburgh.
Tristan Jarry made 25 saves and improves to 10-3-2 on the season and 9-1-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Pittsburgh was 0-1 on the power play (2:00).
The Isles are 1-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-8-1 when they do not. The Isles are 1-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-5-1 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-9-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 0-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 in the front end and 1-3-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be December 4th in Detroit and December 5th vs. Chicago.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-4 (.727) in back-ends. This is the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa has the next best record: 22-9-3 (.691).
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.
Isles: Robin Salo (22:47); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (23:35)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 20:18 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 (2-2-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0)
Isles 27, Pittsburgh 19 (59%)
Casey Cizikas won 8 of 12 for the Isles; Teddy Blueger won 5 of 9 for Pittsburgh.
The Isles are 2-8-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-2-1 when they win fewer.
Isles 29 (Matt Martin -7)
Pittsburgh 20 (Zach Aston-Reese -6)
There were no fights. Season total: 7 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1)
Isles 18 (Scott Mayfield -7)
Pittsburgh 13 (Brian Dumoulin and Mike Matheson -3)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 46, Pittsburgh 63
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Pittsburgh 60
Isles: Two with -1
Pittsburgh: Evan Rodrigues +16
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Pittsburgh 15
5-on-5: Isles 8, Pittsburgh 15
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR, Brock Nelson -INJ) (Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Adam Pelech, Zdeno Chara- COVID Protocol), Anatolii Golyshev, Josh Bailey
Games Lost: 45 (19 to injuries and 26 to COVID protocol)
Scott Mayfield is the only Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 106th consecutive game tonight.
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:
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 629 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 619 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas 606 …
21. Ken Morrow 550 *** 22. Duane Sutter 547 *** 23. Cal Clutterbuck 545 *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson and Anders Lee 532
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 177 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 339 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 260
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 223
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120
On the Farm
Bridgeport fell to 5-11-1-2 with a 3-2 loss to Providence on Friday. Collin Adams and Erik Brown each scored their first goals for the Baby Isles.
Bridgeport visits Lehigh Valley on Saturday and then doesn't play again until the following Saturday.
Season Series Stats
Pittsburgh leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet again at UBS Arena on March 10th and then will have their only meeting of the season in Pittsburgh on April 14th.
The loss ended a nine-game Islander home point streak against Pittsburgh (5-0-4).
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28th–ISLANDERS AT RANGERS 6:00pm
[MSG+2 (pre-game begins at 5:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles begin a two-game road trip with their first trip this season to Madison Square Garden.
This will be the second meeting of the teams this season, with the Ranges earning a 4-1 win on UBS ice on Thanksgiving Eve.
The teams played four times at MSG last season, and all four games ended in shutouts. The Isles won three of them, as Semyon Varlamov became the first goalie to ever blank the Rangers three times in one season at The Garden.
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