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The Skinny: Seattle 3, Isles 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 39
Seattle 3, Isles 0         
Jared McCann and Vince Dunn scored 2:21 apart in the third period to break a scoreless tie as the Seattle Kraken blanked the Islanders 3-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves to record the first shutout in Kraken history as the Isles hit the All-Star Break one game below NHL-.500 (16-17-6).   

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Jared McCann (19) Jordan Eberle (14), Mark Giordano (14) 06:04 SEA 1,NYI 0
Vince Dunn (5) Mason Appleton (7), Adam Larsson (11) 08:35 SEA 2,NYI 0
Mason Appleton (5)EN Colin Blackwell (5), Jared McCann (11) 19:58 SEA 3,NYI 0

The Skinny         
The Isles have allowed only 28 goals in their last thirteen games; their 2.15 goals against average is the lowest in the NHL in that span, dating back to December 30th…After starting the season with a 13-game road trip, the Isles have now played 22 of their last 26 games on home ice…  The Isles have allowed the opening goal in the last six games; this was the fifth time in those six games that they did not trail by two goals at some point….Jared McCann scored his Kraken-leading 19th goal  (19-10—29 in 41 GP), tying his career high...The Isles have been shut-out five times, including four times at UBS Arena.

Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star  Break. The Isles are 6-4-0 in that stretch, and have outscored opponents 30-21 (including SO winner):
1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
1/15 vs. Washington L 0-2
1/17 vs. Philadelphia W 4-1
1/18 @ Philadelphia W 4-3 (SO)
1/21 vs. Arizona W 4-0
1/22 vs. Toronto L 1-3
1/25 vs. Philadelphia W 4-3
1/27 vs. Los Angeles L 2-3
1/30 vs. Minnesota L 3-4
2/1 vs. Ottawa W 4-1
2/2 vs. Seattle L 0-3

Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles played 16 of 18 at home; they went 10-7-1 in that stretch.  The schedule will flip after the All-Star break, with the Isles playing nine of their next 11 on the road.

Wednesday marked the end of a stretch of 14 out of 15 at home, consisting of two franchise record-matching seven-game homestands, separated by a road game in Philadelphia.

Histor-Z
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,644th NHL game;  Chara is just seven games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen.

All-time Games:
7. Mark Recchi 1,652
8. Chris Chelios 1,651  
9. Zdeno Chara 1,644

Home and Road
The Isles are 16-17-6 overall; they are 9-10-3 at home and 7-7-3 on the road.
Seattle is 15-27-4 overall; they are 9-14-2 at home and 6-13-2 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 22 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 893-652-60-164 in 1,769 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    893

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,769
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 1,342
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,235 wins between them. They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together). Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together. 

First Things First
The Isles are 12-4-4 when scoring first and are 4-13-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    5-6-8=19
Seattle    11-9-11=31
The Isles are 6-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-11-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-47-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves; he is 3-9-1 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. Seattle. 

Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves; he is 12-17-4 on the season and 2-2-0 vs. the Isles.   

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

The Isles are 8-4-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-13-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-11-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-3-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-14-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 102-12-13 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 0-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game (including one game the Isles scored after allowing an empty-netter).

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-2-1 in the front end and 2-5-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for February 11th in Edmonton and February 12th in Calgary.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-9-5 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 (22:40); Seattle: Adam Larsson (21:59)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 17:46 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (5-4-2), 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 (6-5-2).

Face-offs
Isles 18, Seattle 29 (38%)
Casey Cizikas won 8 of 14 for the Isles; Jared McCann won 9 of 14 for Seattle. 

The Isles are 9-10-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-9-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Matt Martin -4)
Seattle 15 (Haydn Fleury -6)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 14 (Chara 4, Martin 4, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Zdeno Chara -4)
Seattle 21 (Cale Fleury -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 54, Seattle 58
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 43 Seattle 51

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Casey Cizikas +6
Seattle: Jeremy Lauzon +9

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 8, Seattle 9
5-on-5: Isles 8, Seattle 9

Scratches
(Austin Czarnik -IR), Kieffer Bellows, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 106 (61 to injuries and 45 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 128th 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 two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs:  2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs VGK; Isles lost in SO)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 953…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 645  *** 12. Derek King 638 *** 13. Brock Nelson 634*** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson and Casey Cizikas 622 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 567 *** 22. Anders Lee 555

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 195 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 182 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 366…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Nick Leddy 198 *** 20. Mathew Barzal 194 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexi Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 167

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 531 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 350 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 334…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 280

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 23. Adam Pelech +52 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 245
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 131

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 16-18-4-4 on the season after defeating Lehigh Valley 4-1 in a School Day Matinee on Wednesday. 

Season Series Stats
Seattle leads the season series1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).   

The teams will meet again on February 22nd at Climate Pledge Arena.

UP NEXT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th–ISLANDERS AT VANCOUVER 10:30 PM 
[TNT, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles will play 9-of-11 on the road coming out of the All-Star break, beginning next Wednesday in Vancouver.

It will be the first meeting of the teams since March 10, 2020, when a 5-4 shootout loss in British Columbia ended up being the final game before COVID canceled the rest of the regular season.

Brendan Burke and Darren Pang will have the call on TNT. 

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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