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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.

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).

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).

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)
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

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.

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

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

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

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. 

[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

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