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The Skinny: Toronto 3, Isles 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 15
Toronto 3, Isles 0
Mitch Marner scored two goals and Joseph Woll made 20 saves for his first career shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Islanders 3-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Marner's first goal was scored shorthanded in a 3-on-4 situation just 3:31 into play and held up to be the winning goal.

The Isles have lost six straight to fall three games under NHL-.500 for the first time in the Trotz era.   

The Scoring:

1st Period
Mitchell Marner (5) Jake Muzzin (5) 03:31 TOR 1,NYI 0 SHG

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period 
Ondrej Kase (5) David Kampf (3), Nick Ritchie (3) 02:00 TOR 2,NYI 0
Mitchell Marner (6) Michael Bunting (5) 13:29 TOR 3,NYI 0

The Skinny         
The Isles have been outscored 27-6 in their six-game losing streak.  It's the first time since 2010-11 that the Isles have lost six straight in regulation... Joseph Woll joins Martin Jones (12-7-2013) and Denis Herron (10-17-1972) as goalies to blank the Isles in their second NHL game…Scott Mayfield played in his 300th NHL game… The Isles have been shut out twice in the last five games…Robin Salo is the first Islander in the real-time era to play at least 21 minutes in each of his first two NHL games…The Islanders have been outscored 3 to 1 on their own power play in November (in 21 opportunities).

The Injury
Brock Nelson left the game with a lower body injury following a first period collision with Jake Muzzin. Nelson, who was playing his 316th consecutive game, did not return after the collision.

The COVID List
The Isles were without six players due to Covid protocol: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Josh Bailey, Kieffer Bellows, Anders Lee and Ross Johnston.  Anthony Beauvillier was removed from protocol after a false positive. (Ryan Pulock is on long-term injury reserve due to his injury).

First Times in a Long Time
It was the first time since December 2 – December 13, 2010, that the Isles have lost six straight games, all in regulation. 
Robin Salo is the first NHL player since Ryan Murray (2/21-2/23/2013 for Carolina) to play at least 21 minutes in each of his first two NHL games.

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.

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,623rd game. Chara is now 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 5-8-2 overall; they are 0-2-0 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Toronto is 13-6-1 overall; they are 9-3-1 at home and 4-3-0 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 882-643-60-160 in 1,745 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        1,745

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,455
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 0-5-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    6-7-7=20
Toronto    12-13-15=40
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 4-5-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-41-13 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 37 saves but falls to 5-5-2 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. Toronto.  

Joseph Woll made 20 saves and improves to 2-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (5:28); Toronto was 0-3 on the power play (5:28).

The Isles are 1-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-6-1 when they do not. The Isles are 1-4-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-4-1 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 2-7-2 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 0-2 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).

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: Scott Mayfield (23:14); Toronto: Morgan Rielly (24:37)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 21:33 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 (0-1-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0).

Isles 29, Toronto 29 (44%)
Casey Cizikas won 10 of 17 for the Isles; John Tavares won 11 of 16 for Toronto. 

The Isles are 2-6-0 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.

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Andy Andreoff -5)
Toronto 12 (Two with 3)
There were no fights. Season total: 6 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 12 (Zdeno Chara -4)
Toronto 11 (Four with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 46, Toronto 63
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 40, Toronto 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Sebastian Aho +5
Toronto: Michael Bunting +13

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 18, Toronto 20
5-on-5: Isles 15, Toronto 16

(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Adam Pelech- COVID Protocol)
Games Lost: 27   (14 to injuries and 13 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Brock Nelson has the 2nd-longest streak in club history; he has appeared in every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 316
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 – 11/16/2021 263
8. 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

Scott Mayfield is the only other Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 104th  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:
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 931…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 627 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 619 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 17. Casey Cizikas 604 … 
23. Lorne Henning and Cal Clutterbuck 543 ***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

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 221
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport fell to 5-9-1-2 with a 5-2 loss to Springfield  on Sunday. Otto Koivula assisted on both goals to extend his team lead in assists (12) and points (15). 

Bridgeport concludes their three-game set with Springfield in Massachusetts on Wednesday at 6pm.

Season Series Stats
Toronto leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet in Toronto on January 22nd and at UBS on April 17th to complete the season series.

The Leafs have shut out the Islanders in their last two meetings (Michael Hutchinson on January 4, 2020).

[MSG+2 (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The four game homestand continues Wednesday with the first meeting of the season between the Islanders and the Rangers.

The Islanders dominated the season series last year, winning six of the eight games between the teams.

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

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