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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Skinny: Detroit 2, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 24
Detroit 2, Isles 1
Michael Rasmussen's goal with 7:05 to play turned out to be the winner as the Detroit Red Wings held off a late Islander rally for a 2-1 win over the Isles before a crowd of 16,884 at Little Caesars Arena.
Anders Lee brought the Islanders within one goal when he deflected home Noah Dobson's shot with a 6th attacker on the ice, but the Isles could not get even as they fell five games below NHL-.500.

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Dylan Larkin (11) Moritz Seider (17), Lucas Raymond (15) 10:32 NYI 0,DET 1 PPG

3rd Period
Michael Rasmussen (3) Adam Erne (6) 12:55 NYI 0,DET 2
Anders Lee (8) Noah Dobson (6), Brock Nelson (3) 17:27 NYI 1,DET 2

The Skinny         
Oliver Wahlstrom had five shots and eight attempts in 15:14 of ice-time; it was his 3rd-highest ice-time of the season…Noah Dobson has five points in the last six games (3-2-5); he leads all Islander defensemen in goals, assists and points (3-6-9)… The Isles had scored 17 goals in the last five games but managed only one goal tonight… Detroit is 10-0-2 when leading after two periods; the Isles are 0-10-2 when trailing after 40 minutes… Detroit has 49 points from rookies – most of any NHL team.

The Return of the COVID List!
Mathew Barzal missed the game after becoming the ninth Islander to miss games due to COVID. Barzal had gone 1-8-9 in the last six games before missing this game.  Ryan Pulock is the lone Islander on the injured list. 

Dobson Hot at Home
Noah Dobson has three goals in the last four games after scoring only four times in his first 97 games.  Dobson is the first Islander defenseman since Nick Leddy (2018) to score in three consecutive home games.  Prior to Leddy, Mark Streit (four game streak in 2008) and Bryan Berard (1998) were the last Islander d-men to do so.  Streit and Denis Potvin (five games in 1978, four games in 1988) are the only Isle defensemen to score in at least four straight home 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. By the time the Isles hit the Olympic/All-Star Break, they will have played 25 of their 47 games at home.

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing nine out of eleven games at home.  The Isles are 1-2-0 in this stretch:
12/9 vs. Nashville L 3-4
12/11 vs. New Jersey W 4-2
12/14 @ Detroit L 1-2
12/16 vs. Boston
12/19 vs. Vegas
12/20 vs. Montreal
12/23 vs. Washington
12/27 @ Buffalo
12/29 vs. Detroit
12/30 vs. Buffalo
1/1/2022 vs. Edmonton

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,629th NHL game. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,629

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

Home and Road
The Isles are 7-12-5 overall; they are 1-5-2 at home and 6-7-3 on the road.
Detroit is 14-12-3 overall; they are 10-3-2 at home and 4-9-1 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played eight home games and sold out all of them. They are the eight 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 884-647-60-163 in 1,754 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville    969
3. Barry Trotz    884

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville  1,768
3. Barry Trotz         1,754

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,462
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,333
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,217 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 6-4-4 when scoring first and are 1-8-1 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    10-9-15=34
Detroit    14-18-7=39
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 6-8-3 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 70-44-16 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 37 saves but falls to 7-7-4 on the season and 4-2-0 vs. Detroit.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 33 saves to improve to 9-6-3 on the season and 2-0-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (2:00); Detroit was 1-3 on the power play (4:54).

The Isles are 2-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-9-2 when they do not. The Isles are 2-6-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-6-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-10-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 94-11-12 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-3-5 in games decided by a single goal including 0-3 in regulation. They are 0-3 in games decided in overtime and are 0-2 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.

The Isles are 2-2-1 in the front end and 1-3-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be December 19th vs. Vegas and December 20th vs. Montreal.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-5 (.727) in back-ends. 

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.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (23:11); Detroit: Nick Leddy and Filip Hronek (22:48)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:48 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 (4-2-1), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (0-1-2).

Isles 25, Detroit 26 (49%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 7 of 12 for the Isles; Dylan Larkin won 13 of 17 for Detroit. 

The Isles are 4-8-3 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-4-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 15 (Zdeno Chara -3)
Detroit 8 (Adam Erne -2)
There were no fights. Season total: 10 (Chara 3, Martin 2, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Three with 3)
Detroit 15 (Carter Rowney -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 59, Detroit 62
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 52, Detroit 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Zach Parise and Robin Salo +9
Detroit: Gustav Lindstrom +6

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 14, Detroit 15
5-on-5: Isles 11, Detroit 12

(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Mathew Barzal – COVID), Ross Johnson, Sebastian Aho
Games Lost: 63 (30 to injuries and 33 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 113th consecutive game.

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 one goal and allowed one goal in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs:  1 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 938…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 632 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 621 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 608 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 552 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Duane Sutter 547 *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Anders Lee 540

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 192 *** 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 357…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 187…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy and Brock Nelson 163

1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 520 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon and Brock Nelson 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 328…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 269

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 230
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 122

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 8-13-1-2 on the season following a 3-2 loss to Belleville on Sunday. Otto Koivula and Grant Hutton scored for Bridgeport. The Isles host Providence on Wednesday.

Season Series Stats
Detroit leads the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 1).  

Despite the two losses, the Isles are 7-2-1 in their last ten games with Detroit.

[MSG+2 (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles head back home for four straight games, beginning on Thursday with Boston. 

It is the first meeting of the teams since the Isles eliminated Boston in six games in the 2021 playoffs.

The Isles went 5-2-1 in regular season play last season with the Bruins, including four straight wins on home ice. 

The Isles will look to tie the club record for consecutive home wins against the Bruins having won five straight only once (Nov 1, 2005 – Nov 24, 2007).

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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