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The Skinny: Isles 2, Winnipeg 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 9
Isles 2, Winnipeg 0
Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Isles extended their point streak to seven games as they blanked the Winnipeg Jets, 2-0, before a crowd of 13,424 at Canada Life Centre.

Anders Lee scored the only goal of the first period as the Isles grabbed the lead for the seventh straight game while Brock Nelson's third period tally gave the Isles the insurance that they needed.  It was Nelson's fifth goal in the last two games. 

The Isles are 5-0-2 in their last seven games; their twelve points match their highest total through nine games under Barry Trotz (6-3-0 in 2019-20). 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anders Lee (2) Josh Bailey (5) 03:12 NYI 1,WPG 0

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (7) Kyle Palmieri (5), Adam Pelech (2) 00:47 NYI 2,WPG 0

The Skinny         
The Isles have scored first in seven straight games and in eight of their first nine games; last season the Isles scored first in 27 of their 56 games…The Isles have not allowed a first period goal in seven straight games, and have allowed only three in their first nine first periods …Ilya Sorokin, the only goalie to play every game for his team, improved to 5-0-2 in the last seven games, allowing only eight goals on 225 shots.  He matched Felix Potvin for the second-longest appearance streak to start an Isles season (9 in 1999-2000)…Lou Lamoriello became the 6th person to win 1,500 regular season/playoff games as an NHL General Manger…Ilya Sorokin has not allowed a goal in sixteen of his last 21 periods; he has entered the third period with a shutout in five of those seven games....The Isles snapped the Jets' eight-game point streak (6-0-2), matching the longest since the franchise moved from Atlanta…It was the first time the Jets were shut out this season…The Isles have points in seven straight road games for the first time since their 17-game point streak was snapped two November's ago; they went 6-0-1 on the road during that streak.  The club record road point streak is eight; it's been done four times in club history, but not since 1982.

Brock Nelson now has five goals in November after scoring twice in October.  His seven goals now lead the team.  

First Times in a Long Time
Brock Nelson became the first Islander since John Tavares (2011-12) to score seven times in the first nine games.
The Isles recorded their first shutout against the current Jets in Winnipeg; their last shutout vs. this franchise was by Rick DiPietro on December 16, 2006 (at the Coliseum vs. Atlanta)
Ilya Sorokin is the first Islander since Billy Smith (March 20, 1988) to record a shutout in Winnipeg.  Smith also blanked the original Jets in Manitoba in 1979 for the only previous shutouts in Winnipeg by an Islander goalie.
Ilya Sorokin is the first Islander goalie with three shutouts in the team's first nine games since Tommy Salo also did it in 1998-99.

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles are 5-2-2 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 W 6-2
Sat Nov 06 at Winnipeg W 2-0
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

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,617th game.  Chara is now 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,617
Larry Murphy 1,615
Ray Bourque 1,612

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-2-2 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 5-2-2 on the road.
Winnipeg is 6-3-2 overall; they are 4-1-0 at home and 2-2-2 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 882-637-60-160 in 1,739 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        1,739

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 1,331
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 5-1-2 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    9-12-10=31 
Winnipeg    7-9-8=24
The Isles are 1-1-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 4-1-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-37-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves to improve to 5-2-2 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. Winnipeg.  

Eric Comrie made 29 saves but falls to 3-1-0 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. the Isles.  

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

The Isles are 1-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-1-1 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-1-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 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.

Including tonight, the Isles are 2-0-0 in the front end and 1-0-0 in the back end. This back-to-back concludes Sunday in Minnesota. The next back-to-back will be November 15th in Tampa Bay and November 16th in Florida. 
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: Adam Pelech (22:15); Winnipeg: Neal Pionk (22:39)
Kyle Palmieri led Isles forwards with 17:09 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 (1-1-0), Zdeno Chara (1-0-0)

Isles 22, Winnipeg 30 (42%)
Casey Cizikas won 5 of 9 for the Isles; Andy Copp won 11 of 17 for Winnipeg. 

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-1-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 26 (JG Pageau -5)
Winnipeg 21 (Two with 4)
Scott Mayfield fought Adam Lowry in the second period. Season total: 3 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 19 (Scott Mayfield- 4)
Winnipeg 7 (Neal Pionk- 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 53, Winnipeg 60
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 50, Winnipeg 56

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Adam Pelech +6
Winnipeg: Paul Stastny +11

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 15, Winnipeg 6
5-on-5: Isles 15, Winnipeg 6

Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston, Kieffer Bellows
Games Lost: 10

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 310 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 260; 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 310
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 260
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.

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 928…
13. Stefan Persson 622 *** 14. Matt Martin 621 *** 15. Brock Nelson 613 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 599 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Cal Clutterbuck  537 ***Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson 532 *** 27. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 28. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 29. Anders Lee 528

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 186 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 175 *** 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 177…
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 …
18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 337 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 322…
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 215
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport is now 3-5-0-2 on the season after dropping games in Hartford (7-4) on Friday and at home against Springfield (4-1) on Saturday.  The Islanders host Hartford on Sunday afternoon.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet on March 11th at UBS to complete their season series. 

The Isles have won four straight games vs. the Jets and are 10-1-1 in Manitoba since the Jets returned to the NHL for the 2011-12 season.

[MSG+ (Pre-game at 7:30, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles will look to extend their point streak to eight games (all on the road of course) as Zach Parise returns to Minnesota for the only time this season.

It will be the Isles' first match-up with the Wild since they swept a pair of games in the 2019-20 season.

Overall, the Isles have won three straight games vs. the Wild (one in overtime on a Brock Nelson goal) after dropping the three previous games between the teams.

Casey Cizikas' next game will be his 600th NHL game. He will be the 17th Islander skater to appear in 600 games for the team.

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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