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Friday, December 17, 2021

The Skinny: Isles 3, Boston 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 25
Isles 3, Boston 1
Cal Clutterbuck scored twice and then hit the post on a hat trick attempt as the Islanders earned their second straight home victory with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.
Mike Reilly's last-minute shot deflected past Semyon Varlamov for Boston's lone tally; that goal made Anthony Beauvillier's power play tally, his first goal since October 30th, the game winner. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Cal Clutterbuck (4) 11:47 BOS 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (4) Robin Salo (1), Josh Bailey (9) 01:44 BOS 0,NYI 2 PPG

3rd Period
Cal Clutterbuck (5)EN Anders Lee (1) 17:43 BOS 0,NYI 3
Mike Reilly (3) Brandon Carlo (3), Linus Ullmark (1) 19:06 BOS 1,NYI 3

The Skinny         
Cal Clutterbuck recorded his 7th career multi-goal game (5th as an Islanders) in his 899th NHL game…The Isles have scored 21 goals in the last seven games after scoring only ten goals in the prior ten games…Anders Lee earned his first assist since March 11th on the empty-net tally…Robin Salo was credited with his first career assist…Linus Ullmark's assist was the second of his career… The Bruins played without seven players due to COVID, including Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron…The Bruins are 0-6-0 since 2010-11 in games that neither player has played…Zdeno Chara (55 penalty minutes) remained one minute behind Brady Tkachuk after both players were penalized tonight…Semyon Varlamov recorded his 252nd career win and his first since game six vs. Tampa Bay.  His last regular season win was against the Rangers on May 1st…The Isles allowed 21 shots in the second period…Oliver Wahlstrom had three shots on goal and six attempts; Wahlstrom leads the Isles with 62 shots on goal.

The Injury
Kyle Palmieri suffered a lower-body injury in the second period; he was listed as "day-to-day" by Coach Trotz after the game.

The COVID List!
Mathew Barzal missed his 2nd game since becoming the ninth Islander to miss games due to COVID. Ryan Pulock is the lone Islander on the injured list. 

Just a Post Away
Cal Clutterbuck hit the post in the final minute in an attempt for his first NHL hat trick.  Only nineteen players in NHL history have scored two empty-net goals in a game; the Isles have played 3,813 games without a player scoring two empty-netters (either for or against).

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 2-2-0 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 W 3-1
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 1,630th NHL game. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,630

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

Home and Road
The Isles are 8-12-5 overall; they are 2-5-2 at home and 6-7-3 on the road.
Boston is 14-10-2 overall; they are 7-5-1 at home and 7-5-1 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played nine home games and sold out all of them. They are the nine 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 885-647-60-163 in 1,755 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    885

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,755

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,463
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,334
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,219 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 7-4-4 when scoring first and are 1-8-1 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles  10-12-6=28
Boston    8-21-12=41
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 7-8-3 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 71-44-16 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves to improve to 1-5-1 on the season and 12-6-3 vs. Boston.

Linus Ullmark made 25 saves but falls to 7-5-0 on the season and 3-4-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play (7:40); Boston was 0-3 on the power play (4:02).

The Isles are 3-3-3 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 6-6-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-2-1 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 (22:01); Boston: Charlie McAvoy (27:30)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:20 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 (1-1-2).

Isles 30, Boston 22 (58%)
Casey Cizikas won 12 of 17 for the Isles; Tomas Nosek won 7 of 12 for Boston. 

The Isles are 5-8-3 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 22 (Casey Cizikas -4)
Boston 26 (Two with 4)
Matt Martin fought Nick Foligno in the second period. Season total: 11 (Chara 3, Martin 3, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Zdeno Chara -3)
Boston 13 (Mike Reilly -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 51, Boston 62
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 30, Boston 54

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Brock Nelson +3
Boston: Connor Clifton +15

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 14, Boston 13
5-on-5: Isles 8, Boston 11

(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Mathew Barzal – COVID), Ross Johnson, Sebastian Aho
Games Lost: 65 (31 to injuries and 34 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 114th 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 939…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 633 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson and Brock Nelson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 609 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 553 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Duane Sutter 547 *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Anders Lee 541

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 358…
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 521 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon and Brock Nelson 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 329…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 269

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 231
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 123

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 8-13-1-3 on the season following a 2-1 shootout loss to Providence on Sunday. Cole Bardreau scored the Isles' only goal; Cory Schneider made 29 saves. The Isles head to Charlotte for games on Saturday and Sunday.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  

The Isles are 6-2-1 in their last nine regular season games with the Bruins, including five straight wins on home ice. 

The Isles have tied the club record for consecutive home wins against the Bruins, having won five straight only once before (Nov 1, 2005 – Nov 24, 2007).

[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 1:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The homestand continues as the Isles look to sweep the season series with Vegas.  Ilya Sorokin made 42 stops for a shutout win on the Strip in October.

The Isles are 4-3-0 all-time against Vegas, including 2-1-0 on home ice (twice in Brooklyn and once at the Coliseum).  The Golden Knights are hot, having won three straight and six out of seven heading into Friday's game at The Garden.   

This is the first of eight matinees scheduled to be played at UBS Arena this season.

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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