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The Skinny: Isles 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 32
Isles 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
Casey Cizikas scored the tying goal with 4:28 to play and Oliver Wahlstrom scored the only goal of a nine-round shootout as the Islanders completed a home-and-home sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 4-3 win before a crowd of 16,362 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Isles have won five of their last six games and are 8-3-1 in their last 12 games.  They have also earned at least a point 12 times in the last 15 games (8-3-4).  With the victory the Isles are back to NHL-.500 for the first time since a loss in Tampa Bay on November 15th dropped them to 5-5-2.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Robin Salo (1) Mathew Barzal (16), Zach Parise (8) 02:08 NYI 1,PHI 0
James van Riemsdyk (10) Cam York (2), Claude Giroux (19) 14:39 NYI 1,PHI 1 PPG 

2nd Period
Josh Bailey (3) Anthony Beauvillier (6), Adam Pelech (7) 13:28 NYI 2,PHI 1
Travis Konecny (7) Oskar Lindblom (7), Scott Laughton (8) 13:54 NYI 2,PHI 2

3rd Period
Claude Giroux (12) Cam Atkinson (14), Joel Farabee (7) 04:05 NYI 2,PHI 3
Casey Cizikas (2) Scott Mayfield (6), Cal Clutterbuck (3) 15:32 NYI 3,PHI 3

No Goals

The Shootout
Travis Konecny/Anthony Beauvillier
Claude Giroux/Mathew Barzal
Cam Atkinson/Brock Nelson
Joel Farabee/Josh Bailey
Scott Laughton/Kieffer Bellows
Morgan Frost/Noah Dobson
James Van Riemsdyk/Zach Parise 
Gerry Mayhew/Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Ivan Provorov/Oliver Wahlstrom (G/GDG)

Wahlstrom's goal, the first in 16 attempts by an Islander this season, snapped a five-game losing streak in shootouts vs. the Isles.  It was their first shootout win since April 8th, also vs. Philadelphia.  Each of the last three Islander shootout wins have come against the Flyers…The Isles are 2-6 in games beyond 60 minutes this season while the Flyers are 3-8…Semyon Varlamov improves to 34-20 in shootouts while Carter Hart falls to 5-11…The Isles have won 87 games in shootouts, extending their own NHL record (Pittsburgh is second with 84); the Flyers are 53-96 in shootouts (by far the worst winning percentage in NHL history.)… It was only Wahlstrom's 2nd shootout goal in seven attempts; both have been game-deciding goals (3/14/2021 in New Jersey)….Semyon Varlamov has stopped 136 of 183 shots in shootouts; his 74.3 save percentage is the best in NHL history for any goalie who has faced 150 shootout attempts…This was the first shootout to end 1-0 in nine rounds or longer since Jake Allen (STL) beat Ottawa on March 1, 2016 and the longest shootout since Toronto beat Philadelphia in 11 rounds on November 2, 2019….Varlamov has now been involved in three shootouts that have gone nine rounds or longer and won them all.

The Skinny         
Robin Salo is the 386th player in Isles history to score a goal….In the nineteen games that the Isles have earned points, their power play is 12-47 (25.3%); the Islander power play is 3-38 (7.9%) in their 13 regulation losses… The Isles have allowed only eleven goals in their last six games…Josh Bailey has six points in the last six games (2-4-6)… Keith Yandle played in his 961st consecutive game; if he plays them all he will break Doug Jarvis' NHL record next Tuesday at UBS…Four of Casey Cizikas' last five goals have come against the Flyers; it's the first time since November 5-7th 2019 that Casey has scored in consecutive games… Semyon Varlamov has stopping 140 of 146 shots over his last four games; Varly has allowed only twelve goals in his last six games (3-2-1)…The Flyers are 0-6-3 in their last nine games…The Isles finish January with a perfect 1-0-0 record on the road; they are at NHL .500 at home and on the road….All three Islander goals included a point from a defenseman.

The COVID List!
Ryan Pulock is the only Islander on the COVID list; fifteen Islanders have missed games due to COVID.  Pulock is still on LTIR while Kyle Palmieri remains on IR.

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 3-1-0 in that stretch:
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
1/22 vs. Toronto
1/25 vs. Philadelphia
1/27 vs. Los Angeles
1/29 vs. Seattle
1/30 vs. Minnesota 
2/1 vs. Ottawa

Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 7-3-1 in that stretch, with seven games remaining.

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,637th NHL game, leaving him just two behind Dave Andreychuk (1,639) for 9th place on the all-time NHL list. Chara is just 14 games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen: 
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Dave Andreychuk 1,639
Zdeno Chara 1,637
Home and Road
The Isles are 13-13-6 overall; they are 6-6-3 at home and 7-7-3 on the road.
Philadelphia is 13-18-8 overall; they are 6-8-4 at home and 7-10-4 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played fifteen home games and sold out all of them. They are the fifteen largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.  The Isles welcomed their 250,000th fan to UBS on Monday.

Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 890-648-60-164 in 1,762 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    890

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,769
3. Barry Trotz        1,762

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,469
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,339
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,229 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 11-4-4 when scoring first and are 2-9-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    9-7- 9-6=31
Philadelphia    12-14-6-2=34
The Isles are 3-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-9-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-45-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves; he is 3-6-1 on the season and 8-3-2 vs. Philadelphia. 

Carter Hart made 28 saves; he is 7-12-5 on the season and 2-3-3 vs. the Isles.   

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Philadelphia was 1-3 on the power play (4:56)

The Isles are 6-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-10-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-7-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 99-11-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 3-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Including tonight, the Isles are 3-2-1 in the front end and 2-3-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for January 21st  vs. Arizona and January 22nd vs. Toronto.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-7-5 (.729) in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 29th against Seattle. The Isles are scheduled to play fourteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (25:26); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (27:33)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:17 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 (4-2-2), 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 (5-2-2).

Isles 29, Philadelphia 37 (44%)
No Islander won more than he lost; Claude Giroux won 15 of 21 for Philadelphia. 

The Isles are 7-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-6-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Anders Lee  and JG Pageau -5)
Philadelphia 27 (Rasmus Ristolainen -9)
Zdeno Chara fought Zack Macewen in the third period. Season total: 13 (Chara 4, Martin 3, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Scott Mayfield -6)
Philadelphia 20 (Justin Braun-3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 57, Philadelphia 62
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 42, Philadelphia 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Josh Bailey +9
Philadelphia: Justin Braun +11

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Philadelphia 13
5-on-5: Isles 6, Philadelphia 11

(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Kyle Palmieri-IR), Grant Hutton, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston (suspended) 
Games Lost: 92 (48 to injuries and 44 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 121st 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 946…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Derek King and Matt Martin 638 *** 13. Brock Nelson 627 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 616 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 560 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Anders Lee 548

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 194 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 179 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 362…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 192…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Brock Nelson 164

1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 527 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 343 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Anders Lee 332…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 275

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 238
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 128

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 13-17-3-4 on the season heading into a weekend set of games with the Bruins (Friday in Providence, Saturday in Bridgeport). 

The Baby Islanders have points in six of seven games they have played in 2022 (3-1-1-2).

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 1).  The teams will meet again on Tuesday back at UBS Arena before completing the season series in Philadelphia in April.

The Isles have won seven straight games against the Flyers and are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games against the Flyers.

It is the first time in the 50-year rivalry that the Islanders have won at least six straight games over the Flyers.

[MSG+ (pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles begin a seven-game homestand as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes to UBS Arena for the first time.

The Isles blanked Arizona 3-0 in the desert in October behind Ilya Sorokin.  They will be looking for their eighth straight home win against the Coyotes, dating back to a 4-3 shootout loss on December 18, 2010.  The Isles' last regulation home loss to the Coyotes came on October 29, 2002 (9-0-1); that's one of only two wins on Long Island that the Coyotes have had on Long Island since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg.  

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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