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The Skinny: Isles 4, Anaheim 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 49
Isles 4, Anaheim 0
Casey Cizikas celebrated his 31st birthday with a goal and an assist and Ilya Sorokin made 34 saves for his fifth shutout of the season as the Islanders blanked the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 before a crowd of 14,173 at Honda Center.  Ross Johnston added a pair of assists to celebrate his 100th NHL game with his first multi-point game. 

Noah Dobson, Andy Greene and Kieffer Bellows also scored for the Isles, who are 3-1-2 in their last six games. The Isles once again climb within one game of NHL-.500 (20-21-8).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Noah Dobson (9) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (9), Kyle Palmieri (7) 13:41 NYI 1,ANA 0

2nd Period
Casey Cizikas (6) Ross Johnston (3), Cal Clutterbuck (7) 01:33 NYI 2,ANA 0

3rd Period
Andy Greene (2) Ross Johnston (4), Casey Cizikas (3) 11:43 NYI 3,ANA 0
Kieffer Bellows (4) Oliver Wahlstrom (10), Sebastian Aho (8) 15:06 NYI 4,ANA 0

The Skinny         
The Isles scored the first goal for the third time in the last four games…Noah Dobson is now 3-5-8 in his last eight games; Dobson has more goals since December 5th than any other NHL defenseman… Sebastian Aho has an assist in five straight games (matching Mathew Barzal for the longest streak by an Islander) and six assists in the last seven games… Kieffer Bellows scored a goal for the first time since December 30th; he has four points in the last five games… Ilya Sorokin is now 2nd in the NHL in shutouts (5) as he recorded his first clean sheet since January 21st; Sorokin has allowed only eight goals in his last five games (3-0-2, 1.55, .943)…The Isles finish February with a 5-5-2 record; they will play a club-record seventeen times in March. 

Leader of the Pack
All nine of Noah Dobson's goals have been scored since December 5th.  Dobson leads all NHL defensemen over that span; Cale Makar has eight and Roman Josi has seven during that span.

Happy Birthday!
Casey Cizikas is the first Islander to score a goal on his birthday since Cal Clutterbuck did so on November 18, 2014. He is the first Islander to have a goal and an assist on his birthday since Roman Hamrlik did so on April 12, 2012.

(N)one for the History Books
Ilya Sorokin is the 24th goalie in NHL history to have at least eight shutouts in his first 57 games; he is the first goalie to do so since Martin Jones (2014-2016) and the first Islander to do so since Chico Resch had nine shutouts in his first 57 games.

Road Warriors
The Isles are playing 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles are 4-4-2 in that stretch; they have scored 32 goals and allowed 32 (including shootout winners).
2/9 @ Vancouver 6-3 W
2/11 @ Edmonton 1-3 L
2/12 @ Calgary 2-5 L
2/15 @ Buffalo 3-6 L
2/17 Vs. Boston 4-1 W
2/20 Vs. Montreal 2-3 L (SO)
2/22 @ Seattle 5-2 W
2/24 @ San Jose 3-4 L (SO)
2/26 @ Los Angeles 2-5 L
2/27 @ Anaheim 4-0 W
3/1 @ Colorado 

Last Second Disappointments
The Isles have allowed a (non-empty net) goal in the last minute of a period five times since January 22nd; three of those goals have come in the last six seconds of a period:
Pierre Engvall (TOR)   1/22 19:59 (1st pd)
Andreas Athanasiou (LA) 1/27 19:54 (2nd pd)
Cody Ceci (EDM)   2/11 19:03 (1st pd)
Alex Tuch  (BUF)   2/15 19:59 (2nd pd)
Brendan Lemieux (LAK)  2/26 19:31 (2nd pd)

This season, the Isles have allowed eleven (non-empty net) goals in the final minute of the period.

Home and Road
The Isles are 20-21-8 overall; they are 10-10-4 at home and 10-11-4 on the road.
Anaheim is 25-21-9 overall; they are 14-10-4 at home and 11-11-5 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 24 home games and sold out 21 of them. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the 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 897-657-60-165 in 1,779 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    897

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,779
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,476
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,346
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,243 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 15-4-5 when scoring first and are 5-17-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    7-7-8=22
Anaheim    12-9-13=34
The Isles are 8-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 12-14-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 77-50-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 34 saves; he is 17-11-7 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. Anaheim.   

Anthony Stolarz made 18 saves; he is 8-6-1 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (3:06); Anaheim was 0-2 on the power play (3:06).

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-15-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 15-13-4 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-4-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-16-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 106-13-14 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-5-8 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-5 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-5 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).

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-4-1 in the front end and 3-6-1 in the back end.  The next back-to-back will be March 10th vs. Columbus and March 11th vs. Winnipeg.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 24-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on March 5th against St. Louis. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (21:36); Anaheim: Cam Fowler (25:59)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 18:05 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-3-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (8-4-4), 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 (7-7-2).

Face-offs
Isles 28, Anaheim 25 (53%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 15 for the Isles; Isac Lundestrom won 9 of 14 for Anaheim. 

The Isles are 11-12-6 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when face-offs are even, and 6-10-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Four with 3)
Anaheim 21 (Max Comtois- 6)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 18 (Chara 5, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Pageau 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 20 (Ryan Pulock -7)
Anaheim 6 (Kevin Shattenkirk -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 44, Anaheim 63
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 33, Anaheim 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Four with +4
Anaheim: Cam Fowler +10

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

Scratches
(Mathew Barzal -INJ), (Zdeno Chara -INJ), Matt Martin 
Games Lost: 115 (66 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 138th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-0-0 in games that they are successful (offside 1/18 @PHI, no goalie interference 2/22 @SEA) and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful (no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR).

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK) and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed three goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 2  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO) (Brock Nelson 17:03 – 2/20/22 vs OTT; 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 959…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 654  *** 12. Brock Nelson 644 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 632 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 577 *** 22. Anders Lee 565

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 198 *** 13. Brock Nelson 187 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 368…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 201 ***20. Nick Leddy 298*** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 168

Points
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 533 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 356 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon and Anders Lee 340…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Mathew Barzal 289

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Adam Pelech +55 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 255
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 135

On the Farm
Andy Andreoff scored the tying and go-ahead goal as Bridgeport improved to 19-23-5-4 on the season with a 5-3 win over Charlotte on Sunday afternoon. 

Chris Terry leads the team with 17 goals and 40 points; Otto Koivula has a club-leading 26 assists and is four points behind Terry for the club lead.

Bridgeport is off until next weekend when they begin a 3-in-3 weekend by hosting a pair of games against the Penguins. 

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

This was the first Islander win in Anaheim since a 14-round shootout victory on November 22, 2016.

The teams will also meet at UBS Arena on March 13th.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, MARCH 1st- ISLANDERS AT COLORADO  9:000 PM 
[MSG+ (pre-game at 8:30PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles end the five-game road trip and begin the busiest month in franchise history when they face the Avs in Denver.

It is the first meeting of the teams in over two years; the Isles have beaten the Avalanche six straight times in New York but are 1-4-1 in their last six games in Denver.

The entire season series will be played in less than a week as the Isles will host Colorado on March 7th.

 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

The Skinny: Los Angeles 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 48
Los Angeles 5, Isles 2
Phillip Danault and Matt Roy scored in the first eight minutes and the Los Angeles Kings led the rest of the way in a 5-2 win over the Islanders before a sell-out crowd of 18,230 at Crypto.com Arena.  The Isles played most of the second half of the game without Mathew Barzal and Zdeno Chara, who suffered injuries on separate plays midway through the second period.

Quinton Byfield was credited with a goal in the second period off a face-off win by Brock Nelson that went off Cal Clutterbuck and in behind Semyon Varlamov.  

Anders Lee and Jean-Gabriel Pageau had the goals for the Isles, who saw their four-game point streak (2-0-2) end. The Isles fall two games below NHL-.500 (19-21-8).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Phillip Danault (15) Trevor Moore (21), Tobias Bjornfot (8) 03:43 NYI 0,LAK 1
Matt Roy (1) Anze Kopitar (35), Alex Iafallo (15) 07:51 NYI 0,LAK 2

2nd Period
Quinton Byfield (2) OWN 00:56 NYI 0,LAK 3
Anders Lee (14) Noah Dobson (16), Mathew Barzal (25) 09:47 NYI 1,LAK 3
Brendan Lemieux (8) Arthur Kaliyev (7), Matt Roy (16) 19:31 NYI 1,LAK 4 

3rd Period
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (8) Noah Dobson (17), Sebastian Aho (7) 18:44 NYI 2,LAK 4
Trevor Moore (9)  Viktor Arvidsson (20) ENG 19:43 NYI 2,LAK 5 

The Skinny         
The Isles allowed the first goal for the 12th time in the last 15 games…The Isles were shorthanded five times, matching a season-high, and ending a club-record 15-game streak that they were shorthanded twice or fewer…Anders Lee recorded his 198th career goal; only 11 players have scored 200 goals as an Islander…Mathew Barzal extended his assist streak to three games before leaving the game due to injury…Noah Dobson assisted on both Islander goals and is 2-5-7 in his last seven games… Sebastian Aho has an assist in four straight games and five assists in the last six games…Brock Nelson saw his goal streak end at four straight games. Nelson has 19 goals in 39 games played; he has not scored more than 26 goals in any NHL season…Zach Parise played in his 1,108th career game, passing Jason Chimera, Butch Goring and Derek Morris for 199th all-time…Anze Kopitar became the 19th player (third active) to record at least fifteen consecutive seasons of 50+ points; he joins Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Butch Goring as the only Kings to have at least nine consecutive 50+ point seasons… Both of Quinton Byfield's goals in his NHL career have come against the Isles…Matt Roy scored for the first time in 67 games, dating back to last March.

The Injuries
Mathew Barzal left the game with 8:11 left in the second period, following a collision with Philipp Danault. He played one shift later in the period but then left the game.

Zdeno Chara left the game with an injury in the second period as well.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,653rd NHL game, passing Mark Recchi for 7th place on the all-time games played list.

All-time Games:
6. Joe Thornton 1,704
7. Zdeno Chara 1,653
8. Mark Recchi 1,652   
9. Chris Chelios 1,651  

Road Warriors
The Isles are playing 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles are 3-4-2 in that stretch; they have scored 28 goals and allowed 32 (including shootout winners).
2/9 @ Vancouver 6-3 W
2/11 @ Edmonton 1-3 L
2/12 @ Calgary 2-5 L
2/15 @ Buffalo 3-6 L
2/17 Vs. Boston 4-1 W
2/20 Vs. Montreal 2-3 L (SO)
2/22 @ Seattle 5-2 W
2/24 @ San Jose 3-4 L (SO)
2/26 @ Los Angeles 2-5 L
2/27 @ Anaheim
3/1 @ Colorado 

Last Second Disappointments
The Isles have allowed a (non-empty net) goal in the last minute of a period five times since January 22nd; three of those goals have come in the last six seconds of a period:
Pierre Engvall (TOR) 1/22   19:59 (1st pd)
Andreas Athanasiou (LA) 1/27  19:54 (2nd pd)
Cody Ceci (EDM) 2/11 19:03 (1st pd)
Alex Tuch  (BUF) 2/15 19:59 (2nd pd)
Brendan Lemieux (LAK) 2/26 19:31 (2nd pd)

This season, the Isles have allowed eleven (non-empty net) goals in the final minute of the period.

Home and Road
The Isles are 19-21-8 overall; they are 10-10-4 at home and 9-11-4 on the road.
Los Angeles is 29-17-7 overall; they are 14-11-2 at home and 15-16-5 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 24 home games and sold out 21 of them. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the 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 896-657-60-165 in 1,778 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    896

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,778
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,476
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,345
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,241 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 14-4-5 when scoring first and are 5-17-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    7-8-13=28
Los Angeles    11-15-9-35
The Isles are 8-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-14-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 76-50-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves; he is 3-10-1 on the season and 9-8-3 vs. Los Angeles.   

Cal Petersen made 26 saves; he is 14-7-1 on the season and 2-0-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Los Angeles was 0-5 on the power play (10:00).

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-15-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-13-4 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-4-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-16-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 105-13-14 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-5-8 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-5 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-5 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).

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-4-1 in the front end and 2-6-1 in the back end.  This back-to-back concludes in Anaheim on Sunday. The next back-to-back will be March 10th vs. Columbus and March 11th vs. Winnipeg.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on March 5th against St. Louis. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:29); Los Angeles: Drew Doughty (26:24)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 21:08 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-3-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (8-4-4), 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 (6-7-2).

Face-offs
Isles 30, Los Angeles 33 (48%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 15 of 26 for the Isles; Phillip Danault won 11 of 16 for Los Angeles. 

The Isles are 10-12-6 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when face-offs are even, and 6-10-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 26 (Casey Cizikas -5)
Los Angeles 12 (Three with 2)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 18 (Chara 5, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Pageau 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 23 (Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield -5)
Los Angeles 9 (Sean Durzi -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, Los Angeles 76
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Los Angeles 56

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Kieffer Bellows +3
Los Angeles: Drew Doughty +12

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

Scratches
Josh Bailey, Andy Greene, Ross Johnston 
Games Lost: 113 (64 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 137th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-0-0 in games that they are successful (offside 1/18 @PHI, no goalie interference 2/22 @SEA) and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful (no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR).

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK) and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed three goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 2  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO) (Brock Nelson 17:03 – 2/20/22 vs OTT; 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 959…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 654  *** 12. Brock Nelson 643 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 631 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 576 *** 22. Anders Lee 564

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 198 *** 13. Brock Nelson 187 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 368…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 201 ***20. Nick Leddy 298*** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 168

Points
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 533 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 356 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon and Anders Lee 340…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Mathew Barzal 289

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Adam Pelech +54 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 254
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 134

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-23-5-4 on the season following a 5-3 loss to Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday. 

Chris Terry leads the team with 16 goals and 37 points; Otto Koivula has a club-leading 25 assists and is two points behind Terry for the club lead.

Bridgeport hosts Charlotte on Sunday at 3pm and then is off until next weekend when they host a pair of games against the Penguins. 

Season Series Stats
Los Angeles sweeps the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0). 

The Isles are 2-9-0 in their last eleven games in Los Angeles. 

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th- ISLANDERS AT ANAHEIM  8:30 PM 
[MSG+ (pre-game at 8:00PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles are 4-5-2 in February and will close out the month as they play the back-end of this SoCal back-to-back in Anaheim.

It is the first meeting of the teams since the Ducks won a wild 6-5 shootout game at the Coliseum on December 21, 2019, and the Isles' first trip to Anaheim since the Ducks ended the Isles' 17-game point streak on November 25, 2019.

The teams will also meet at UBS Arena on March 13th.

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

Friday, February 25, 2022

The Skinny: San Jose 4, Isles 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 47
San Jose 4, Isles 3 (SO)
Logan Couture scored the only goal of the shootout and James Reimer made 44 saves as the San Jose Sharks broke a 7-game winless streak with a 4-3 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 11,283 at SAP Center at San Jose.

The Shark win spoiled the milestone nights for both Zdeno Chara and Zach Parise; Chara played in his record-setting 1,652nd NHL game, passing Chris Chelios for the most games played by an NHL defenseman, while Parise scored his 400th NHL goal.

Brock Nelson scored for the 4th straight game (matching a career high) and Adam Pelech had the other goals for the Isles, who remain one game below NHL-.500 (19-20-8).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Brock Nelson (19) Scott Mayfield (13), Kieffer Bellows (9) 14:56 NYI 1,SJS 0
Alexander Barabanov (8) Brent Burns (30), Tomas Hertl (19) 15:55 NYI 1,SJS 1 PPG
Jasper Weatherby (4) Jeffrey Viel (2) 17:32 NYI 1,SJS 2

2nd Period
Zach Parise (7) Sebastian Aho (6), Mathew Barzal (23) 12:48 NYI 2,SJS 2
Logan Couture (18) Ryan Merkley (2), Tomas Hertl (20) 16:31 NYI 2,SJS 3 PPG
Adam Pelech (3) Mathew Barzal (24), Zach Parise (14) 16:50 NYI 3,SJS 3

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Anthony Beauvillier (NG)/ Logan Couture (G/GDG)
Mathew Barzal (NG)/ Tomas Hertl (NG)
Brock Nelson (NG)

Ilya Sorokin dropped to 0-4 in the shootout this season, allowing seven goals on ten shots; the Isles still have only 2 shootout goals this season (in 22 attempts)… Logan Couture is now 31 for 70 in the shootout, including thirteen career game-deciding goals; he is one of ten active players with at least 31 shootout goals.

The Skinny         
The Isles scored the first goal for the second straight game (after allowing the opening goal in 11 of the previous 12) …The Isles allowed two power play goals for the first time since November 20 (UBS Opener vs. Calgary); it was the club-record 15th straight game that they were shorthanded twice or fewer. …Brock Nelson scored for the fourth straight game. Nelson has 19 goals in 38 games played; he has not scored more than 26 goals in any NHL season... Mathew Barzal had two assists to give him 200 career helpers; he is the 19th player in club history to do so … The Isles are 2-0-2 in their last four games; it's the first time that they have earned points in four  straight games since December 16- January 13 (5 games, 4-0-1)…Brett Burns played 30:02 in his 648th consecutive game.  He is the 2nd opponent to play over 30 minutes in a game against the Isles (Thomas Chabot on 12/7/21) this season; no Islander has played 30 minutes in a single game since March 27, 2014 when both Travis Hamonic and Calvin deHaan did so…The Isles set season highs in shots (47) and attempts (80); it was only the 2nd time that the Isles have ever had at least 47 shots vs. San Jose (48 on March 27, 1993 at the Coliseum)…Zdeno Chara is the oldest player in NHL history to be involved in a fight, breaking his own record…Matt Nieto fought JG Pageau; it was the first fight of Nieto's career…Sebastian Aho has an assist in three straight games and four assists in the last five games…Zach Parise is 3-3-6 in the last four games (and 3-2-5 in the last two).

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,652nd NHL game, breaking Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen.  He is also tied Mark Recchi for 7th place on the all-time games played list.

All-time Games:
7. Mark Recchi 1,652
    Zdeno Chara 1,652
9. Chris Chelios 1,651  

Zach Attack
Zach Parise had a goal and an assist; the goal was his 400th career goal.  He is the 10th active player with at least 400 goals (matching Corey Perry, who scored his 400th on Wednesday). 

Parise is the 104th NHL player to hit 400 goals and the 11th American to do so.  He did it in his 1,107th career game, matching Jason Chimera, Butch Goring and Derek Morris for 199th all-time.

Road Warriors
The Isles are playing 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles are 3-3-2 in that stretch; they have scored 26 goals and allowed 27 (including shootout winners).
2/9 @ Vancouver 6-3 W
2/11 @ Edmonton 1-3 L
2/12 @ Calgary 2-5 L
2/15 @ Buffalo 3-6 L
2/17 Vs. Boston 4-1 W
2/20 Vs. Montreal 2-3 L (SO)
2/22 @ Seattle 5-2 W
2/24 @ San Jose 3-4 L (SO)
2/26 @ Los Angeles
2/27 @ Anaheim
3/1 @ Colorado 

Home and Road
The Isles are 19-20-8 overall; they are 10-10-4 at home and 9-10-4 on the road.
San Jose is 17-33-4 overall; they are 10-17-2 at home and 7-16-2 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 24 home games and sold out 21 of them. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the 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 896-656-60-165 in 1,777 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    896

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,777
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,476
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,345
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,241 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 14-4-5 when scoring first and are 5-16-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    12-17-13-5=47
San Jose    14-9-4-1=28
The Isles are 8-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-13-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 76-49-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves; he is 16-11-7 on the season and 0-0-2 vs. San Jose.  He is 3-5 all-time in shootouts.

James Reimer made 44 saves; he is 14-11-5 on the season and 8-2-2 vs. the Isles.   He is 25-24 all-time in shootouts.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); San Jose was 2-2 on the power play (1:29).

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-14-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-12-4 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-4-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-15-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 105-13-14 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-5-8 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-5 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-5 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).

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-3-1 in the front end and 2-6-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for February 26th in Los Angeles and February 27th in Anaheim.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on March 5th against St. Louis. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:11); San Jose: Brent Burns (30:02)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:16 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-2-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (8-4-4), 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 (6-7-2).

Face-offs
Isles 37, San Jose 34 (52%)
Brock Nelson won 12 of 18 for the Isles; Logan Couture won 10 of 19 for San Jose. 

The Isles are 10-12-6 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when face-offs are even, and 6-9-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Kieffer Bellows -3)
San Jose 32 (Two with 5)
Fights 
Zdeno Chara fought Jeffrey Viel and JG Pageau fought Matt Nieto in the second period. Season total: 18 (Chara 5, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Pageau 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 9 (Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech -2)
San Jose 20 (Jacob Middleton-4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 80, San Jose 46
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 64, San Jose 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Anthony Beauvillier and Scott Mayfield +14
San Jose: Jeffrey Veil +4

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, San Jose 8
5-on-5: Isles 10, San Jose 8

Scratches
Josh Bailey, Andy Greene, Ross Johnston 
Games Lost: 113 (64 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 136th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-0-0 in games that they are successful (offside 1/18 @PHI, no goalie interference 2/22 @SEA) and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful (no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR).

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK) and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed three goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 2  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO) (Brock Nelson 17:03 – 2/20/22 vs OTT; 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 959…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 653  *** 12. Brock Nelson 642 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 630 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 575 *** 22. Anders Lee 563

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 197 *** 13. Brock Nelson 187 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 368…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 200 ***20. Nick Leddy 298*** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 168

Points
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 533 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 356 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 339…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Mathew Barzal 288

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Adam Pelech +56 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 253
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 134

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-22-5-4 on the season following a 5-3 loss in Springfield on Wednesday, despite 45 saves from Ken Appleby.

Chris Terry leads the team with 16 goals and 36 points; Otto Koivula has a club-leading 25 assists and is one point behind Terry for the club lead.

Bridgeport begins a four-game homestand against Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday; the Penguins are the opposition for three of the four games.

Season Series Stats
San Jose sweeps the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 2), winning once in overtime and once in a shootout.

Overall, the Isles are 4-1-3 in their last eight games with the Sharks.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26th- ISLANDERS AT LOS ANGELES  10:30 PM 
[MSG+ (pre-game at 10:00PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The road trip continues in Southern California on Saturday as the Islanders face the Kings. 

Los Angeles defeated the Isles 3-2 at UBS Arena back on January 27th so the Isles will need a win in LA to earn a split of the season series.

The newly-rechristened Crypto.com Arena in LA has not been a successful stop in recent years for the Isles as they have gone 2-8-0 in their last ten visits (with one of the wins coming in a shootout).

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

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 5, Seattle 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 46
Isles 5, Seattle 2     
Zach Parise scored two goals, the latter into an empty net, as the Islanders built a 4-0 lead and defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-2 before a sell-out crowd of 17,151 at Climate Pledge Arena.

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,651st NHL game, tying Chris Chelios for the most games played by an NHL defenseman.  

Brock Nelson, Kyle Palmieri and Casey Cizikas also scored for the Isles, who moved within one game of NHL-.500 (19-20-7).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Brock Nelson (18) Anthony Beauvillier (11), Ryan Pulock (5) 08:53 NYI 1,SEA 0
Zach Parise (5) Noah Dobson (15), Mathew Barzal (22) 17:19 NYI 2,SEA 0

2nd Period
Kyle Palmieri (5) Zach Parise (13) 05:34 NYI 3,SEA 0
Casey Cizikas (5) Scott Mayfield (12), Sebastian Aho (5) 10:33 NYI 4,SEA 0
Yanni Gourde (11) 11:18 NYI 4,SEA 1

3rd Period
Riley Sheahan (2) 01:35 NYI 4,SEA 2
Zach Parise (6) Zdeno Chara (8) 18:02 NYI 5, SEA 2

The Skinny         
The Isles scored the first goal for only the second time in the last thirteen games; they have led 5-0 and 4-0 in the two games in that stretch that they have scored first …The Isles killed the only Seattle power plays; they have killed 18 of 21 over the last fourteen games and have been shorthanded twice or less in each of them …Brock Nelson scored for the third straight game; Nelson has 18 goals in 37 games played; he has not scored more than 26 goals in any NHL season ..Mathew Barzal's assist was his 286th point, tying Ed Westfall for 26th place in club history; he also tied Nick Leddy for 19th in assists with his 198th…Scott Mayfield matched a career high with season-best five shots on goal…Zach Parise scored twice for the first time since January 14, 2020; it was the 51st multi-goal game of his career.  He also added an assist for his first three-point game since January 28, 2020…Parise now has 399 career goals (only eight active players have scored 400; Corey Perry is also at 399) … Kyle Palmieri has scored four times in the last four games….Yanni Gourde, who scored the goal that eliminated the Islanders last summer, now has six goals in 11 regular season games against the Isles…The Isles are 2-0-1 in their last three games; it's the first time that they have earned points in three straight games since January 17-21 (3-0-0).

Road Warriors
The Isles are playing 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles are 3-3-1 in that stretch; they have scored 23 goals and allowed 23 (including shootout winners).
2/9 @ Vancouver 6-3 W
2/11 @ Edmonton 1-3 L
2/12 @ Calgary 2-5 L
2/15 @ Buffalo 3-6 L
2/17 Vs. Boston 4-1 W
2/20 Vs. Montreal 2-3 L (SO)
2/22 @ Seattle 5-2 W
2/24 @ San Jose
2/26 @ Los Angeles
2/27 @ Anaheim
3/1 @ Colorado 

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,651st NHL game, tying Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen.  He is also only one game behind Mark Recchi for 7th place on the all-time games played list.

All-time Games:
7. Mark Recchi 1,652
8. Chris Chelios 1,651  
    Zdeno Chara 1,651

Home and Road
The Isles are 19-20-7 overall; they are 10-10-4 at home and 9-10-3 on the road.
Seattle is 16-33-4 overall; they are 9-17-2 at home and 7-16-2 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 24 home games and sold out 21 of them. The 17,255 sellout crowds are the 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 896-656-60-164 in 1,776 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    896

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,776
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,475
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,345
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,241 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 14-4-4 when scoring first and are 5-16-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    13-14-9=36
Seattle    4-11-10=25
The Isles are 8-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-13-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 76-49-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 23 saves; he is 16-11-6 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. Seattle. 

Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves; he is 12-22-4 on the season and 2-3-0 vs. the Isles.    

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (0:34); Seattle was 0-1 on the power play (0:34).

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-14-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-12-4 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-15-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 105-13-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-5 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).

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-3-1 in the front end and 2-6-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for February 26th in Los Angeles and February 27th in Anaheim.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on March 5th against St. Louis. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:38); Seattle: Vince Dunn (22:29)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 16:40 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-2-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (8-4-3), 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 (6-7-2).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Seattle 21 (56%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 11 of 16 for the Isles; Alex Wennberg won 6 of 11 for Seattle. 

The Isles are 10-12-5 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when face-offs are even, and 6-9-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Cal Clutterbuck and Zdeno Chara -4)
Seattle 19 (Mark Giordano -3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 16 (Chara 4, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Ryan Pulock -5)
Seattle 16 (Five with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 56, Seattle 64
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 53, Seattle 60

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Zach Parise +12
Seattle: Jamie Oleksiak +14

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, Seattle 12
5-on-5: Isles 12, Seattle 11

Scratches
(Oliver Wahlstrom -INJ), Andy Greene, Ross Johnston 
Games Lost: 113 (64 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 135th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-0-0 in games that they are successful (offside 1/18 @PHI, no goalie interference 2/22 @SEA) and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful (no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR).

Opponents: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK) and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed three goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 2  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO) (Brock Nelson 17:03 – 2/20/22 vs OTT; 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 959…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 652  *** 12. Brock Nelson 641 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 629 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 574 *** 22. Anders Lee 562

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 197 *** 13. Brock Nelson 186 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 368…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Nick Leddy and Mathew Barzal 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 168

Points
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 533 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 355 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 339…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Ed Westfall and Mathew Barzal 286

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Adam Pelech +55 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 252
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 134

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-21-5-4 on the season heading into Wednesday's game in Springfield.

Chris Terry leads the team with 16 goals and 35 points; Otto Koivula has a club-leading 24 assists and is one point behind Terry for the club lead.

Following Wednesday's game, Bridgeport will play four straight games at home beginning on Saturday; the Penguins are the opposition for three of the four games.

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2), with each team winning on the road.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24th- ISLANDERS AT SAN JOSE  10:30 PM 
[MSG+ (pre-game at 10:00PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The next three games of this trip will be played in California beginning with Thursday's game in San Jose. It will be the Isles' first game in San Jose since November 23, 2019, when the Isles extended their point streak to a franchise-record 17 games with a 2-1 overtime loss on a Logan Couture goal.

The Sharks also beat the Isles 2-1 in overtime at UBS Arena back on December 2nd, in the first game the Isles played after their COVID outbreak postponed a pair of games.

Overall, the Isles are 4-1-2 in their last seven games with the Sharks.

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

Sunday, February 20, 2022

The Skinny: Montreal 3, Isles 2 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 45
Montreal 3, Isles 2 (SO)     
Rem Pitlick scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Islanders 3-2 before a sell-out crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Kyle Palmieri and Brock Nelson scored for the Isles, who twice erased one-goal deficits, and Anthony Beauvillier scored a shootout goal, but the Isles could not prevent Montreal from winning consecutive games for the first time this season. The Isles remain two games below NHL-.500 (18-20-7).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Jeff Petry (3) Brett Kulak (9), Ryan Poehling (6) 09:01 MTL 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Kyle Palmieri (4) Zach Parise (12), Josh Bailey (19) 01:29 MTL 1,NYI 1 PPG
Josh Anderson (10) Nick Suzuki (20), Cole Caufield (8) 18:49 MTL 2,NYI 1

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (17) Kieffer Bellows (8), Sebastian Aho (4) 17:03 MTL 2,NYI 2

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Anthony Beauvillier (G)/Cole Caufield (G)
Mathew Barzal (NG)/ Rem Pitlick (G/ GDG)
Brock Nelson (NG)

The Isles are 2-7 in games beyond 60 minutes this season while the Canadiens are 3-7…Andrew Hammond improves to 3-5 in shootouts while Ilya Sorokin falls to 3-4; Sorokin has allowed eight goals on ten shootout attempts this season, losing all three….The Isles are 1-4 in shootouts this season; Anthony Beauvillier is the only player to have an attempt in all five games…The Isles are 4-2 in shootouts all-time against Montreal…Rem Pitlick had the deciding goal in his first career shootout attempt.

The Skinny         
The Isles allowed the first goal for the eleventh time in twelve games... Kieffer Bellows earned an assist on the tying goal; Bellows had four shots and finished with two hits…The Isles killed both Montreal power plays; they have killed 17 of 20 over the last thirteen …Brock Nelson's tying goal was his 185th goal, passing Billy Harris for 13th place in club history.  Nelson has 17 goals in 36 games played; he has not scored more than 26 goals in any NHL season…Andrew Hammond made his Canadiens debut, played in his first NHL game since 2018, and earned his first win since April 9, 2016.  The 2,143 day gap between wins is the 8th-longest in modern NHL history…The Isles had a :36 5-on-3 to start the second period; it was the first time all season that the Isles had had a 5-on-3; in fact they had not had a 5-on-3 in regular season play since March 10, 2020 – the final game played before the COVID pause, making this their first 5-on-3 in 101 games.

Oh, Nelly!
Brock Nelson is the third player in club history to score five goals against Montreal in a single season:
Mike Bossy  6 (1983-84, 3 games)
Brock Nelson 5 (2021-22, 2 games, with one to play)
Alexei Yashin 5 (2001-02, 4 games)

Road Warriors
Beginning with the All-Star Break, the Isles are playing 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles are 2-3-1 in that stretch and have been outscored 21-18 (including shootout winners).
2/9 @ Vancouver 6-3 W
2/11 @ Edmonton 1-3 L
2/12 @ Calgary 2-5 L
2/15 @ Buffalo 3-6 L
2/17 Vs. Boston 4-1 W
2/20 Vs. Montreal 2-3 L (SO)
2/22 @ Seattle
2/24 @ San Jose
2/26 @ Los Angeles
2/27 @ Anaheim
3/1 @ Colorado 

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,650th NHL game;  Chara is just one game behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen.

All-time Games:
7. Mark Recchi 1,652
8. Chris Chelios 1,651  
9. Zdeno Chara 1,650

Last Second Disappointments
The Isles have allowed a (non-empty net) goal in the last minute of a period four times since January 22nd; three of those goals have come in the last six seconds of a period:
Pierre Engvall (TOR) 1/22   19:59 (1st pd)
Andreas Athanasiou (LA) 1/27  19:54 (2nd pd)
Cody Ceci (EDM) 2/11 19:03 (1st pd)
Alex Tuch  (BUF) 2/15 19:59 (2nd pd)

This season, the Isles have allowed ten (non-empty net) goals in the final minute of the period.

Home and Road
The Isles are 18-20-7 overall; they are 10-10-4 at home and 8-10-3 on the road.
Montreal is 10-33-7 overall; they are 6-17-1 at home and 4-16-6 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 24 home games and sold out 21 of them. The 17,255 sellout crowds are the 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 895-656-60-164 in 1,775 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    895

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,775
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,474
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,344
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,239 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 13-4-4 when scoring first and are 5-16-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    10-12-9-1=32
Montreal    13-5-6-3=27
The Isles are 7-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-13-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 76-49-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves; he is 15-11-6 on the season and 1-0-1 vs. Montreal. 

Andrew Hammond made 30 saves; he is 1-0-0 on the season and 2-2-0 vs. the Isles.    

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (6:53, including a :36 5-on-3); Montreal was 0-2 on the power play (4:00).

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-14-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-12-4 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-15-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 104-13-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-5 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).

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-3-1 in the front end and 2-6-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for February 26th  in Los Angeles and February 27th in Anaheim.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
Including today, the Isles are 1-1-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on March 5th against St. Louis. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (22:53); Montreal: Ben Chiarot (23:48)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:22 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-2-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (7-4-3), 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 (6-7-2).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Montreal 19 (59%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 11 of 15 for the Isles; Nick Suzuki won 9 of 16 for Montreal. 

The Isles are 9-12-5 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when face-offs are even, and 6-9-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 33 (Jean-Gabriel Pageau  and Matt Martin -5)
Montreal 24 (Two with 4)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 16 (Chara 4, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 12 (Zdeno Chara -4)
Montreal 10 (Jeff Petry -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 57, Montreal 45
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 43, Montreal 36

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Brock Nelson +9
Montreal: Three with +7

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 14, Montreal 6
5-on-5: Isles 9, Montreal 5

Scratches
(Oliver Wahlstrom -INJ), Andy Greene, Ross Johnston, (Semyon Varlamov – COVID)
Games Lost: 112 (63 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 134th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
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 three goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 2  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO) (Brock Nelson 17:03 – 2/20/22 vs OTT; 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 958…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 651  *** 12. Brock Nelson 640 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 628 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 573 *** 22. Anders Lee 561

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 197 *** 13. Brock Nelson 185 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 368…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Nick Leddy 198 *** 20. Mathew Barzal 197 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 168

Points
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 533 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 354 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 339…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 285

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Adam Pelech +55 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 251
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 133

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-21-5-4 on the season after splitting a pair of weekend home games; Hershey beat Bridgeport 4-2 on Saturday but the Islanders got a 30-save shutout from Ken Appleby to defeat Hartford 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.  Chris Terry had both Isles goals on Saturday, with Otto Koivula earning an assist on each tally. 

Bridgeport visits Springfield on Wednesday before opening a four-game homestand on Saturday; the Penguins are the opposition for three of the four games.

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied 1 game to 1 (the Isles have earned 3 points to Montreal's 2).

The Isles are 2-5-2 in their last nine games with Montreal, including 1-2-2 at home.

The final meeting of the season will be in Montreal on April 15th.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd–ISLANDERS AT SEATTLE  10:00 PM 
[ESPN+/Hulu, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles head back out west to play five games in eight days, beginning on Tuesday in Seattle.

The Isles will play their first game ever at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle and will look to score their first goal ever against the Kraken as Seattle blanked the Isles 3-0 on February 2nd. 

There will be MSG telecast of this game as it will be exclusively streamed by ESPN+/Hulu.

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

Friday, February 18, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 4, Boston 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 44
Isles 4, Boston 1     
Noah Dobson scored the winning goal with 14:10 to play to key a three-goal Islander third period as they defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 before a crowd of 16,518 at UBS Arena.

Taylor Hall had given Boston a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Jean-Gabriel Pageau' power play goal, his second goal in three games, tied the game heading to the third.  Three Islander goals later, their three game losing streak was over as the Isles improved to two games below NHL-.500 (18-20-6).

The Scoring:

1st Period
Taylor Hall (11) Craig Smith (10), Mike Reilly (7) 17:26 BOS 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (7) Noah Dobson (14), Mathew Barzal (21) 11:30 BOS 1,NYI 1 PPG

3rd Period
Noah Dobson (8) Brock Nelson (9) 05:50 BOS 1,NYI 2
Mathew Barzal (12) Kieffer Bellows (7), Adam Pelech (12) 13:32 BOS 1,NYI 3
Brock Nelson (16)EN Zdeno Chara (7) 18:47 BOS 1,NYI 4

The Skinny         
The Isles allowed the first goal for the tenth time in eleven games... Sebastian Aho celebrated his 26th birthday by playing his second consecutive game…Barry Trotz coached his 250th regular season game behind the Islander bench, joining Al Arbour and Jack Capuano as the only ones to do so; 25 of the other 31 NHL teams have named a new coach since Trotz joined the Islanders on June 21, 2018)…The Isles earned only their second win (2-14-1) when trailing after one period; the other was on December 11th vs. New Jersey…Kieffer Bellows returned to the lineup and earned an assist on the insurance goal; Bellows had a career-high five shots and also finished with five hits…The Isles killed both Boston power plays; they have killed 15 of 18 over the last twelve games and have held the opposition to two or fewer power play in a franchise-record 12 consecutive games…The Isles have won six straight home games against Boston for the first time…Noah Dobson has eight of the Isles' 14 goals by defensemen this season; his 22 points this season are one more than he had in his first two seasons.  He needs two more goals to become the youngest Islander defenseman in 24 years to score at least ten goals…Each of the four Islander goals featured a point by a defenseman...Brock Nelson hit the empty-net for his 184th goal, matching Billy Harris' total for 12th in club history.

Road Warriors
Beginning with the All-Star Break, the Isles are playing 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles are 2-3-0 in that stretch and have been outscored 18-16.
2/9 @ Vancouver 6-3 W
2/11 @ Edmonton 1-3 L
2/12 @ Calgary 2-5 L
2/15 @ Buffalo 3-6 L
2/17 Vs. Boston 4-1 W
2/20 Vs. Montreal
2/22 @ Seattle
2/24 @ San Jose
2/26 @ Los Angeles
2/27 @ Anaheim
3/1 @ Colorado 

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,649th NHL game;  Chara is just two games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen.

All-time Games:
7. Mark Recchi 1,652
8. Chris Chelios 1,651  
9. Zdeno Chara 1,649

Last Second Disappointments
The Isles have allowed a (non-empty net) goal in the last minute of a period four times since January 22nd; three of those goals have come in the last six seconds of a period.:
Pierre Engvall (TOR) 1/22   19:59 (1st pd)
Andreas Athanasiou (LA) 1/27  19:54 (2nd pd)
Cody Ceci (EDM) 2/11 19:03 (1st pd)
Alex Tuch  tonight 19:59 (2nd pd)

This season, the Isles have allowed ten (non-empty net) goals in the final minute of the period.

Home and Road
The Isles are 18-20-6 overall; they are 10-10-3 at home and 8-10-3 on the road.
Boston is 28-16-4 overall; they are 15-10-1 at home and 12-7-3 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 23 home games and sold out 20 of them. They are the twenty 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 895-655-60-164 in 1,774 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    895

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,774
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,474
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,344
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,239 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 13-4-4 when scoring first and are 5-16-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    6-13-10=29
Boston    13-7-7=27
The Isles are 7-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-ZLinus Ullmark made 25 saves; he is 16-8-1 on the season and 3-5-1 vs. the Isles.    

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play (3:02); Boston was 0-2 on the power play (4:00).

The Isles are 9-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-14-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-12-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-15-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 104-13-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
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 0-5 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).

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-3-1 in the front end and 2-6-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for February 26th  in Los Angeles and February 27th in Anaheim.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
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.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (20:43); Boston: Charlie McAvoy (26:19)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:03 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-2-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (7-4-2), 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 (6-7-2).

Face-offs
Isles 20, Boston 30 (40%)
Casey Cizikas won 4 of 5 for the Isles; Tomas Nosek won 6 of 7 for Boston. 

The Isles are 9-12-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when face-offs are even, and 6-9-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 35 (Cal Clutterbuck -8)
Boston 20 (Two with 3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 16 (Chara 4, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 15 (Adam Pelech -4)
Boston 11 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 45, Boston 52
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 40, Boston 39

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Sebastian Aho and Anthony Beauvillier +9
Boston: Taylor Hall +16

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 8, Boston 8
5-on-5: Isles 7, Boston 8

Scratches
(Josh Bailey -INJ), Andy Greene, Ross Johnston, (Semyon Varlamov – COVID)
Games Lost: 110 (62 to injuries and 48 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 133rd consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
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 three 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 957…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 650  *** 12. Brock Nelson 639 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 627 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 572 *** 22. Anders Lee 560

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 197 *** 13. Billy Harris and Brock Nelson 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 367…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Nick Leddy 198 *** 20. Mathew Barzal 197 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 168

Points
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 532 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 353 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 339…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 285

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Adam Pelech +56 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 250
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 133

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 17-20-5-4 on the season heading into a pair of weekend home games; Bridgeport hosts Hershey on Saturday night and Hartford on Sunday afternoon. 

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).

The Isles are 7-2-1 in their last ten regular season games with the Bruins, including a franchise-record six straight wins over the B's on home ice. 

The final meeting of the season will be in Boston on March 26th.

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20th–MONTREAL AT ISLANDERS 2:00 PM 
[MSG+ (pre-game at 1:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles conclude the short homestand as they welcome the Canadiens to UBS for the first time.

This will be the second meeting of the season between the squads; the Isles defeated Montreal 6-2 back on November 4th as Brock Nelson scored four times.

It is the first home game with Montreal since the Habs defeated the Islanders 6-2 on March 3, 2020 in what turned out to be the final Islander game in Brooklyn. 

The Habs, who lost in the Stanley Cup Final last season, broke a 10-game skein with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis on Thursday.  Cole Caufield scored the tying goal and the overtime winner as Montreal recorded just their ninth win of the season.

The teams will conclude the season series on April 15th in Montreal.

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