By Eric Hornick
Minnesota 4, Isles 3
Brandon Duhaime and Joel Eriksson Ek scored 63 seconds apart to give the Minnesota Wild an early 2-0 lead and while the Isles cut the lead to one goal three different times they could not get even, dropping a 4-3 decision before a crowd of 15,518 at UBS Arena.
Brock Nelson, Ross Johnston and Oliver Wahlstrom each scored for the Isles, but they suffered their second consecutive regulation loss for the first time since the end of their eight-game losing streak in November. The Isles are still 7-4-0 in their last eleven games and 10-6-1 in their last 17 games and once again fall below NHL-.500.
Brandon Duhaime (5) Joel Eriksson Ek (10), Matt Dumba (15) 03:36 MIN 1,NYI 0
Joel Eriksson Ek (13) Kirill Kaprizov (34), Matt Boldy (5) 04:39 MIN 2,NYI 0 PPG
Brock Nelson (14) Robin Salo (3), Adam Pelech (10) 13:56 MIN 2,NYI 1
Matt Boldy (4) Victor Rask (7), Kevin Fiala (20) 02:39 MIN 3,NYI 1
Ross Johnston (1) 04:03 MIN 3,NYI 2
Kirill Kaprizov (18) Matt Dumba (16), Jonas Brodin (14) 11:27 MIN 4,NYI 2
Oliver Wahlstrom (9) Anders Lee (4) 16:00 MIN 4,NYI 3 PPG
The Isles have allowed only 24 goals in their last eleven games; their 2.18 goals against average is the lowest in the NHL in that span, dating back to December 30th… After starting the season with a 13-game road trip, the Isles have now played 20 of their 37 games this season on home ice… The Isles have trailed 2-0 in each of their last three games and trailed by two goals at some point in each of their last four games... Ilya Sorokin saw his five-game winning streak end…The Isles scored on their 12th power play shot of the game; it was only their second power play goal in the last eight games… Joel Eriksson Ek's goal was the first power play goal against the Isles in five games…Brock Nelson now has a team-leading 14 goals in 28 games played; it was his 349th career point, tying Frans Nielsen for 17th place in club history...Kevin Fiala extended his point streak to eleven games, but the Isles prevented Mats Zuccarello from doing the same…The Wild have scored at least three goals in eleven straight games…Minnesota is 12-1-2 vs. the East, including 7-0-0 against the Metro…The Isles ended January with a 6-4-0 record…Oliver Wahlstrom scored his team-leading fifth power play goal in the third period; it was his first goal since December 7th in Ottawa…Noah Dobson matched a career-high with seven shots on goal (also 1/18/22 vs. Philadelphia).
First Times in a Long Time
• Ross Johnston's goal was his first in 33 games, dating back to December 27, 2019, in Chicago (against Robin Lehner).
• The Isles had a season-high 43 shots. It was their most ever against the Wild, and the most against a Minnesota team since they had 45 vs. the North Stars on January 18, 1977.
Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star Break. The Isles are 5-4-0 in that stretch, and have outscored opponents 26-20 (including SO winner):
• 1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
• 1/15 vs. Washington L 0-2
• 1/17 vs. Philadelphia W 4-1
• 1/18 @ Philadelphia W 4-3 (SO)
• 1/21 vs. Arizona W 4-0
• 1/22 vs. Toronto L 1-3
• 1/25 vs. Philadelphia W 4-3
• 1/27 vs. Los Angeles L 2-3
• 1/30 vs. Minnesota L 3-4
• 2/1 vs. Ottawa
• 2/2 vs. Seattle
Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 9-6-1 in that stretch, with two games remaining. The schedule will flip after the All-Star break, with the Isles playing nine of their next 11 on the road.
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,642nd NHL game; Chara is just ten games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen.
All -time Games:
7. Mark Recchi 1,652
8. Chris Chelios 1,651
9. Zdeno Chara 1,642
Home and Road
The Isles are 15-16-6 overall; they are 8-9-3 at home and 7-7-3 on the road.
Minnesota is 27-10-3 overall; they are 14-3-1 at home and 13-7-2 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 20 home games and sold out 19 of them. They are the nineteen 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 892-651-60-164 in 1,767 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 970
3. Barry Trotz 892
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,769
3. Barry Trotz 1,767
Trotz is scheduled to tie Quenneville on Wednesday vs. Seattle and pass him the following Wednesday in Vancouver.
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,473
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,341
3. Glen Sather 1,319
It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,233 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 12-4-4 when scoring first and are 3-12-2 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 5-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-10-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-46-17 when outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 17 saves; he is 12-8-5 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. Minnesota.
Kaapo Kahkonen made 40 saves; he is 10-2-2 on the season and 2-0-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (6:56); Minnesota was 1-2 on the power play (1:57).
The Isles are 7-4-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-12-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-10-3 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 13-3-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-13-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 101-12-13 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 4-5-6 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game (including one game the Isles scored after allowing an empty-netter).
The Isles are 4-2-1 in the front end and 2-4-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for February 1st vs Ottawa and February 2nd vs Seattle.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-8-5 (.708) in back-ends.
The Isles are 1-1-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on February 20th against Montreal. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.
Isles: Noah Dobson (24:02); Minnesota: Jonas Brodin (27:18)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 23:35 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 (5-2-2), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (6-5-2).
Isles 30, Minnesota 27 (53%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 11 of 18 for the Isles; Joel Eriksson Ek won 8 of 15 for Minnesota.
The Isles are 8-10-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-8-1 when they win fewer.
Isles 30 (Matt Martin -6)
Minnesota 22 (Jordan Greenway -6)
There were no fights. Season total: 14 (Chara 4, Martin 4, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Isles 13 (Noah Dobson -4)
Minnesota 7 (Connor Dewar -2)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 63, Minnesota 40
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 39, Minnesota 37
Isles: Anders Lee +8
Minnesota: Two with +4
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 17, Minnesota 11
5-on-5: Isles 12, Minnesota 9
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Austin Czarnik -IR), (Casey Cizikas – sick), Kieffer Bellows, Sebastian Aho
Games Lost: 104 (59 to injuries and 45 to COVID protocol)
Scott Mayfield played in his 126th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.
Isles: 1 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR, offside 1/18 @PHI)
Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures
The Isles are 1-1-1 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; offside 12/19 vs VGK)
Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed two goals 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: 2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs VGK; Isles lost in SO)
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 951…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 643 *** 12. Derek King 638 *** 13. Brock Nelson 632 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 620 …
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 565 *** 22. Anders Lee 553
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 195 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 182 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 366…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Nick Leddy 198 *** 20. Mathew Barzal 194 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexi Yashin 171 *** 26. Jean Potvin and Brock Nelson 167
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
8. John Tonelli 544 *** 9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 531 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 334…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 279
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 23. Adam Pelech +52 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 243
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 130
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 15-18-4-4 on the season, following a 2-1 overtime loss in Hershey on Saturday. The Baby Isles have earned points in nine of eleven games this month and are 5-2-2-2 in 2022.
Bridgeport returns home to face Lehigh Valley for a School Day Matinee (10:30) on Wednesday.
Season Series Stats
Minnesota wins the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).
The Isles are 3-5-0 in their last eight games against the Wild.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st–OTTAWA AT ISLANDERS 7:30 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The homestand continues as the Isles welcome the Ottawa Senators to UBS Arena for the first time.
The Isles defeated the Sens 5-3 in Ottawa back on December 7th to snap their 11-game winless streak.
The Isles have won seven of the last 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
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