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The Skinny: New Jersey 4, Isles 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 11
New Jersey 4, Isles 0
Mackenzie Blackwood made 42 saves as the New Jersey Devils recorded their most one-sided victory over the Isles in over seven years, with a 4-0 shutout win before a crowd of 13,816 at Prudential Center. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist, giving him eight points in his first nine games with New Jersey, while Janne Kuokkanen's first period shorthanded goal stood up for the final 47:48 of play as the Isles suffered their second straight defeat.

Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves but was the losing netminder for the first time since the season's opening weekend.

The Isles have just two games in the Sunshine State remaining on this season-opening road trip: Monday in Tampa Bay and Tuesday in Florida.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Janne Kuokkanen (3) Nico Hischier (6), P.K. Subban (5) 12:12 NYI 0,NJD 1 SHG

2nd Period
Tomas Tatar (1) Dougie Hamilton (5), Pavel Zacha (3) 19:10 NYI 0,NJD 2 PPG

3rd Period
Dawson Mercer (4) Andreas Johnsson (4), Jesper Bratt (5) 05:46 NYI 0,NJD 3
Dougie Hamilton (3) Ryan Graves (5), Jimmy Vesey (1) 16:33 NYI 0,NJD 4

The Skinny         
The Isles had scored first in eight straight games and in nine of their first ten games; last season the Isles scored first in 27 of their 56 games…The Isles allowed a first period goal  for the first time in nine games…It was Mackenzie's Blackwood's seventh career shutout; he had recorded at least forty saves in three of them…The Isles finished with season highs in both shots (42) and attempts (78) but were shutout for the first time this season…The Isles have allowed eight straight goals since Anders Lee's second period tally in Minnesota.

First Times in a Long Time
The last time the Devils defeated the Isles by at least four goals was on March 1, 2014; Martin Brodeur was the winning goalie and Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal.
The last time the Isles had at least 42 shots and lost by at least four goals was on March 10, 1993, vs. Montreal; Andre Racicot made 42 saves in a 6-1 Canadien win.  (The Isles have played over 2,100 regular season games in the interim.)

Milestone Men
Mathew Barzal played in his 300th game, while Ryan Pulock played in his 262nd consecutive game, matching Denis Potvin's club record for defensemen.

Matt Martin played in his 623rd  game for the Isles, passing Stefan Persson and tying Billy Harris for 12th place in team history.

The Long Road (to the New) Home
The Isles are 5-4-2 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 L 2-5
Thu Nov 11 at New Jersey L 0-4
Mon Nov 15 at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Tue Nov 16 at Florida         7:00 PM

Closer to Home
After crisscrossing the continent for the first ten games of this trip,  Thursday's game was the first of 24 consecutive games for the Isles in the Eastern Time Zone, including fifteen at UBS Arena. The next game outside of the Eastern Time Zone will be in Seattle on January 4th.

Streaking Sorokin 
Ilya Sorokin is 5-1-2 in the last eight games, allowing only twelve goals on 259 shots. He has not allowed a goal in sixteen of his last 24 periods; he has entered the third period with a shutout in five of those seven games.

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

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,619th game. Chara is now 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,619

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-4-2 overall; they are 0-0-0 at home and 5-4-2 on the road.
New Jersey is 7-3-2 overall; they are 5-2-1 at home and 2-1-1 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 882-639-60-160 in 1,741 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        1,741

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

The Shots
Isles    16-14-12=42 
New Jersey    10-15-9=34
The Isles are 1-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 4-2-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-38-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves but falls to 5-3-2 on the season and 3-2-0 vs. New Jersey.  

Mackenzie Blackwood made 42 saves and improves to 2-0-1 on the season and 3-4-1 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (5:58) and allowed a shorthanded goal; New Jersey was 1-2 on the power play (2:30).

The Isles are 1-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-3-1 when they do not. The Isles are 1-2-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-2-1 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 2-3-2 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 0-1 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 1-1-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be November 15th in Tampa Bay and November 16th in Florida. 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-5-4 (.774) 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: Zdeno Chara (20:21); New Jersey: Ryan Graves (23:06)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:29 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 (2-1-0), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0)

Isles 29, New Jersey 26 (53%)
Casey Cizikas won 7 of 12 for the Isles; Nico Hischier won 13 of 19 for New Jersey. 

The Isles are 2-3-0 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 24 (Matt Martin -4)
New Jersey 16 (Jesper Boqvist -4)
None. Season total: 3 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 10 (Noah Dobson - 4)
New Jersey 23 (Dougie Hamilton -5)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 78, New Jersey 56
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 62, New Jersey 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Ryan Pulock  +18
New Jersey: Andreas Johnsson +6

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, New Jersey 15
5-on-5: Isles 10, New Jersey 13

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

Iron Man Club
Brock Nelson has played in 312 consecutive games and Ryan Pulock in 262; 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 tied-7th:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 312
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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 262
    Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
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 tied with Denis Potvin for the longest by an Islander defenseman.

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 930…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Billy Harris and Matt Martin 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 615 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 601 … 
23. Lorne Henning 543 *** 24. Cal Clutterbuck  539 ***Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Kenny Jonsson 532 *** 27. Pat LaFontaine and Anders Lee 530

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 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 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 337 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 259

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 217
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Chris Terry scored a power play, game-winning goal and added an assist as the Islanders beat Syracuse 3-1 on Wednesday in Central New York to improve to 5-5-0-2. Otto Koivula's team-leading 9th assist was also his team-leading 11th point.

Bridgeport heads to Canada to visit Laval on Friday, and Belleville on Saturday.

Season Series Stats
New Jersey leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet on December 11h at UBS Arena.

The Isles dropped to 6-2-0 in their last eight games in New Jersey (with both Devil wins by shutout); the Devils are 2-2-4 in those same eight games.

[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
There are two games remaining on this 13-game road trip and they'll be played on consecutive nights in the state of Florida. 

On Monday, the Isles head to Amalie Arena for the first time since June 25th, when Yanni Gourde's shorthanded goal was the only tally in a 1-0 Game 7 heartbreaker.

While the teams have played 13 playoff games in the interim, this is the first regular season meeting of the teams since February 8, 2020 (also in Tampa Bay).  The Isles are 3-1-1 in their last five regular season games vs. the Bolts.

It is potentially a quadruple-milestone game for the Isles:
It is the 3,800th regular season game in club history
Andy Greene could become the 9th player to appear in his 1,000th game while playing for the Isles
Jean-Gabriel could play in his 500th NHL game
Ryan Pulock could appear in his 263rd consecutive game, breaking Denis Potvin's club record for defensemen

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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