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Saturday, December 04, 2021

The Skinny: Detroit 4, Isles 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 19
Detroit 4, Isles 3 (OT)
Moritz Seider scored at 3:33 of overtime as the Detroit Red Wings handed the Islanders their tenth straight loss (0-8-2) with a 4-3 decision before a crowd of 19,152 at Little Caesars Arena.

Cal Clutterbuck scored shorthanded to give the Isles an early lead, and a pair of Oliver Wahlstrom power play goals enabled the Isles to twice erase one-goal deficits.

The Isles have points in consecutive games (0-0-2) but remain five games under NHL-.500 for the first time since January 16, 2012 (16-21-6). 

The Scoring:

1st Period
Cal Clutterbuck (3) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (4), Adam Pelech (3) 02:45 NYI 1,DET 0 SHG
Filip Hronek (2) Adam Erne (4), Michael Rasmussen (7) 05:18 NYI 1,DET 1
Sam Gagner (3) Givani Smith (2), Carter Rowney (1) 07:37 NYI 1,DET 2

2nd Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (6) Noah Dobson (5), Mathew Barzal (5) 10:49 NYI 2,DET 2 PPG
Givani Smith (2) 13:19 NYI 2,DET 3

3rd Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (7) Mathew Barzal (6), Zach Parise (4) 12:33 NYI 3,DET 3 PPG

Moritz Seider (3) Pius Suter, Filip Zadina 03:33 NYI 3,DET 4

The Skinny         
The Isles have been outscored 38-11 in their ten-game losing streak. It's the first time since a ten-game streak in November/December 2013 (also 0-8-2)  that the Isles have gone ten straight without a win…Cal Clutterbuck scored his 17th shorthanded goal (11th for the Isles); he is now tied-5th in shorthanded goals among active players…Moritz Seider is the first player in Red Wings history to score two overtime goals before turning 21 years old…The Red Wings improve to 5-3 in games decided by an overtime goal while the Isles are 0-3 in games decided in overtime; the Isles have lost seven straight (regular season) OT/SO games dating back to last season…Noah Dobson played a career-high 24:18…Mathew Barzal had his second multi-point game of his career and played over 24 minutes for the fifth time in his career; Barzal had two assists, to tie and then pass Ed Westfall for 21st place on the club's assist list…Barzal has 17 points in ten career games vs. Detroit, including 16 assists…The Isles have killed 14 of the last 15 opponent power plays…The Isles already have more power play goals in December (2) than they had in November (1)…The Red Wings have won five straight games, and are 5-0-1 in their last six.

First Time in a Long Time
Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice on the power play. It's the first time since March 22, 2018, that an Islander player has two power play goals in a game (Ryan Pulock vs. Tampa Bay)

First Times Ever
Oliver Wahlstrom is the first player in Islander history to score two power play goals and get in a fight in the same game. He is also the first Islander to score at least two goals and have at least 17 penalty minutes in a game.

Quick Responses Against
Detroit scored 2:33 after Cal Clutterbuck's goal and 2:30 after Oliver Wahlstrom's first goal. The Isles have allowed a goal within three minutes of scoring one five times this season, including four times in this winless streak:

10/14  Carolina 1:52
11/15 Tampa  :23
11/24 NYR  :20
12/4 Detroit 2:33 
12/4 Detroit 2:30 

The COVID List
Casey Cizikas is the lone Islander still in protocol while Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson remain on the injured list.

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.

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,624th NHL game. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,624

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

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-10-4 overall; they are 0-4-2 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
Detroit is 13-9-3 overall; they are 9-2-2 at home and 4-7-1 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played five home games and sold out all of them. They are the five 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 882-645-60-162 in 1,749 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        1,749

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,459
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 5-3-4 when scoring first and are 0-7-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    3-11-8-1=23
Detroit    12-6-7-5=30
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 4-6-2 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-42-15 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 26 saves; he is 5-6-3 on the season and 0-0-1 vs. Detroit.  

Alex Nedeljkovic made 27 saves and improves to 8-3-3 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 2-3 on the power play (3:42); Detroit was 0-3 on the power play (4:43).

The Isles are 1-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-8-2 when they do not. The Isles are 1-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-5-3 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-9-3 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-12 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-4 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-3 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 2-2-1 in the front end and 1-3-0 in the back end. This back-to-back will include Sunday at home against Chicago. The next back-to-back will be December 19th vs. Vegas and December 20th vs. Montreal.
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: Noah Dobson (career-high 24:18); Detroit: Moritz Seider (27:19)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with a season-high 24:16 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 (2-2-1), 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), Noah Dobson (0-0-1).

Isles 32, Detroit 23 (58%)
Mathew Barzal won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Dylan Larkin won 9 of 14 for Detroit. 

The Isles are 2-8-2 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 25 (Three with 4)
Detroit 7 (Seven with 1)
Oliver Wahlstrom fought Adam Erne in the first period. Season total: 8 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Noah Dobson -4)
Detroit 20 (Four with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 54, Detroit 57
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 45, Detroit 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Anders Lee +8
Detroit: Sam Gagner +4

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 7, Detroit 10
5-on-5: Isles 5, Detroit 6

(Ryan Pulock -LTIR, Brock Nelson -INJ) (Casey Cizikas- COVID Protocol), Robin Salo, Ross Johnston, Otto Koivula
Games Lost: 53 (23 to injuries and 30 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield is the only Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 108th 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 933…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 631 *** 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 and Cal Clutterbuck 547  *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Anders Lee 534

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. Mathew Barzal 182…
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 263

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 225
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120

On the Farm
Bridgeport improves to 7-11-1-2 with a 3-2 overtime win over Utica. Richard Panik had the OT winner, off an assist from Andy Andreoff.

Bridgeport hosts Charlotte on Sunday afternoon. 

Season Series Stats
Detroit leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1).  The teams will meet again in Detroit on December 14th and at UBS Arena on December 29th to complete the season series.

The Isles are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Red Wings, with both losses by a single goal.

[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles return home in search of their first win at UBS Arena as they conclude their season series with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Isles held Chicago 4-1 on October 19th, holding the Hawks without a goal until the final 26 seconds of the game, when Mackenzie Entwistle broke Ilya Sorokin's shutout. 

The Hawks, who dropped a 3-2 decision to the Rangers on Saturday, are 7-4-0 under interim coach (and former Islander) Derek King.

The Isles are 3-2-1 in the last six games against the Hawks.

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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