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"The Skinny"       By Eric Hornick Game 81 Tampa Bay 6, Isles 4 Zdeno Chara scored the Islanders' final goal of the season, th...

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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

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