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The Skinny: Philadelphia 2, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 60
Philadelphia 2, Isles 1
Kevin Hayes scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers overcame a first period Casey Cizikas goal and defeated the Islanders 2-1 before a crowd of 17,218 at Wells Fargo Center.

The loss broke the Isles' six-game point streak (5-0-1) as the Isles fell to 26-25-9 on the season, including 4-7-1 on the back-end of back-to-backs.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Casey Cizikas (8) 12:50 NYI 1,PHI 0

2nd Period
Kevin Hayes (6) Travis Konecny (27), Joel Farabee (14) 04:22 NYI 1,PHI 1
Kevin Hayes (7) Joel Farabee (15), Travis Konecny (28) 14:55 NYI 1,PHI 2 PPG

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny           
Casey Cizikas' goal was his third against the Flyers this season…Anders Lee's point streak ended at seven games (9-2-11), which matched his career high…The Isles have scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games after allowing the opening goal in 11 of the prior 12 games…Kevin Hayes recorded his 8th career two-goal game, and fourth as a Flyer…Keith Yandle played in his 984th consecutive game, extending his own NHL record…Cal Clutterbuck (maintenance day) did not dress for the first time this season…By allowing only two goals, the Isles lowered their goals against during the Trotz era to 2.50, best in the NHL in that stretch (Boston 2.51)…The loss ended Ilya Sorokin's four-game win streak; he has allowed just 7 goals in the last five games (4-1-0, 1.41, .958).

Strong PK
The Isles killed three of their four penalties and have now killed 29 of 33 in the last twelve games (87.9%).  At home they are even better, having killed 22 of 23 since the beginning of February; their 95.7% home PK in that span is the best in the NHL (Calgary 95.6%).

Offense from the Defense
The Islander defense has 51 assists in the last 21 games after having 47 helpers in the first 39 games. The Islander defense has recorded 35.8% of the team's assists; that is the third-highest percentage in the NHL.  Only Nashville (36.9%) and Detroit (35.9%) have a higher share of points from their defense.

All-Star Break Splits
The Islander offense has improved significantly since the All-Star break.  The Isles scored 92 goals in 39 games before the break (2.4/gm) and have scored 69 in 21 games since the break (3.3/gm).  

Forwards:
Before: 80-106-186 in 39 games (4.8/gm)
After:   61-70-131 in 21 games  (6.2/gm)

Defense:
Before: 12-47-59 in 39 games (1.5/gm)
After:     8-51-59 in 21 games (2.8/gm)

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
1. Derek King 211
2. Anders Lee 207
3. John Tonelli 206

Most Shutouts In a Season
7 Chico Resch 1975-76
7 Semyon Varlamov 2020-21 (56-game season)
6 Ilya Sorokin 2021-22
6 Robin Lehner 2018-19
6 Jaroslav Halak 2014-15

March Madness
The Isles are playing 17 games this month.  It is the first time in franchise history that they have played 17 games.  The Isles are 6-4-1 this month.

Home and Road
The Isles are 26-25-9 overall; they are 15-12-4 at home and 11-13-5 on the road.
Philadelphia is 20-31-11 overall; they are 13-15-6 at home and 7-16-5 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 31 home games and recorded 25 sellouts. 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 903-661-60-166 in 1,790 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz  903

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,790
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 1,482
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,352
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,255 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 21-7-5 when scoring first and are 5-18-4 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    6-13-8=27
Philadelphia    13-13-11=37
The Isles are 10-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-1 when the shots are even and 16-18-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 81-54-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 35 saves; he is 21-13-7 on the season and 7-1-1 vs. Philadelphia.   

Carter Hart made 26 saves; he is 13-19-7 on the season and 3-3-3 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (1:33); Philadelphia was 1-4 on the power play (7:14).

The Isles are 14-7-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-18-4 when they do not. The Isles are 6-10-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 20-15-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-7-4 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-18-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 109-16-15 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 7-8-9 in games decided by a single goal including 5-8 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-6 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-6 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 today, the Isles are 7-4-1 in the front end and 4-7-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be March 26th in Boston and March 27th vs. Tampa Bay (both afternoon games).
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 25-11-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
Including today, the Isles are 3-2-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on Saturday in Boston. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (21:41); Philadelphia: Travis Sanheim (23:13)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 18:32 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Adam Pelech (9-4-4), Noah Dobson (7-8-3), Ryan Pulock (6-4-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-3-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-2-0).

Face-offs
Isles 28, Philadelphia 27 (51%)
Brock Nelson won 10 of 16 for the Isles; Patrick Brown won 6 of 7 for Philadelphia. 

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Sebastian Aho -3)
Philadelphia 12 (Derick Brassard -4)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 19 (Chara 5, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Pageau 2, Mayfield 2,  Bellows 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Sebastian Aho and Ryan Pulock -3)
Philadelphia 20 (Ivan Provorov -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 58, Philadelphia 65
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 49, Philadelphia 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Zach Parise +10
Philadelphia: Travis Sanheim +8

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 8, Philadelphia 13
5-on-5: Isles 8, Philadelphia 9

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Cal Clutterbuck
Games Lost: 125 (76 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 149th consecutive game. Zach Parise is the only other Islander to have played in every game this season.

Challenges
Isles: 3 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-0-1 in games that they are successful (offside 1/18 @PHI, no goalie interference 2/22 @SEA, offside 3/15 @ WSH) and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful (no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR).

Opponents: 4 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK, goalie interference 3/5 vs STL) and 0-0-1 in games where challenges go the Isles' way (goalie interference 3/15 vs WSH)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored four goals and allowed two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 4  (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), (Anders Lee 18:01 – 3/15/22 @ WSH; Isles lost in SO), (Kyle Palmieri 17:16 – 3/17/22 vs. NYR -GWG)
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 971…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 663  *** 12. Brock Nelson 655 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 643 … 
18. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 19. Garry Howatt 596 *** 20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 587 *** 22. Anders Lee 574

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Derek King 211 *** 11. Anders Lee 207 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 195 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy and Josh Bailey 168

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 373…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 204 ***20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Brock Nelson 172

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 541 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 367 *** 18.  Anders Lee 351…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Mathew Barzal 292

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +64 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48  

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 266
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 141

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-0-1-0 in their last four and 24-25-6-4 on the season.

Chris Terry continues to lead the team with 21 goals and 45 points while Otto Koivula has a team-leading 29 helpers. Jakub Skurek is 15-11-4 in goal on the season while Cory Schneider is 8-10-3.

The Baby Isles begin a stretch of four straight road games on Wednesday in Utica. 

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series, 3 games to 1 (and 6 points to 2).   

The loss breaks an Islander eight-game winning streak against Philadelphia.  Despite the loss, the Isles are 12-2-2 in the last 15 games vs. the Flyers.

It was the Isles' first regulation loss in Philadelphia since January 4, 2018 (6-0-2).   

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, MARCH 22nd – OTTAWA AT ISLANDERS 2:00 PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]

The Isles look to complete a sweep of the season series as they host the Ottawa Senators in the third and final meeting of the season. The Isles defeated the Sens 5-3 in Kanata in December and then earned a 4-1 win at UBS on February 1st.

The Isles are 8-1-0 in the last 9 games vs. the Sens, including four straight home wins. 

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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