Wednesday, April 13, 2022
The Skinny: Isles 5, Pittsburgh 4 (SO)
By Eric Hornick
Isles 5, Pittsburgh 4 (SO)
Zach Parise and Josh Bailey each scored twice, and Kyle Palmieri scored the only goal of the shootout as the Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 before a crowd of 15,924 at UBS Arena.
Ilya Sorokin set career highs in shots faced (47) and saves (43) before holding the Penguins scoreless in the shootout to record his 24th win of the season.
The Isles improve to 34-29-9, matching a season high at five games over NHL-.500. The Isles are 6-2-0 in their last eight games overall; after opening 0-4-3 in their first seven games at UBS, the Isles are 19-9-1 in their last 29 home games.
Jake Guentzel (34) Rickard Rakell (18), Sidney Crosby (48) 05:52 PIT 1,NYI 0
Zach Parise (12) Mathew Barzal (35), Noah Dobson (31) 09:10 PIT 1,NYI 1 PPG
Zach Parise (13) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (21), Adam Pelech (25) 12:03 PIT 1,NYI 2 SHG
Josh Bailey (9) 19:22 PIT 1,NYI 3
Danton Heinen (15) Kasperi Kapanen (20), Brian Boyle (8) 03:46 PIT 2,NYI 3
Jake Guentzel (35) Rickard Rakell (19), Chad Ruhwedel (8) 18:32 PIT 3,NYI 3
Josh Bailey (10) 02:49 PIT 3,NYI 4
Jeff Carter (18) Jake Guentzel (39), Sidney Crosby (49) 05:38 PIT 4,NYI 4 PPG
Zach Parise (NG)/Jake Guentzel (NG)
Kyle Palmieri (G/GDG)/Sidney Crosby (NG)
Mathew Barzal (NG)/ Kris Letang (NG)
The Isles are 2-6 in shootouts while the Penguins are 3-7…It was the 88th shootout win in Islander history, extending their NHL record while preventing the Penguins from winning their 87th shootout... Ilya Sorokin wins his first shootout in five attempts this season while Casey De Smith falls to 0-3, despite allowing only three shootout goals.
The Isles are 13-5-1 in their last 19 games… The Isles have been outscored 15-12 in the final minutes of periods this season (excluding empty nets) …The Isles are a perfect 27-0-0 in games that they have a 2-0 lead at any point; this was only the second time all season (3/31 vs CBJ) that the opponent tied the game at any point…Zach Parise recorded his 52nd career multi-goal game while Josh Bailey recorded his 12th…The Isles are 4-33 in shootout attempts; however, Kyle Palmieri, who recorded his 4th career game-deciding goal, is 2-2 on the season and 7-31 on his career…The Penguins elected not to use Rickard Rakell in the shootout; Rakell is 4-4 this season in shootouts...Noah Dobson's assist was his team-leading 15th power play assist and team-leading 17th power play point. Dobson is the first Islander defenseman to reach those totals on the power play since Nick Leddy had 16 assists and 19 points in 2015-16…Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists to reach 1,402 points, including 125 against the Isles. Crosby now has 77 points after having only two points through Thanksgiving…Matt Martin played in 675th game, one more than Billy Smith did as an Isle. Martin is 10th in games among Islander skaters...Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 19 of 30 faceoffs; both figures are the highest for any Islander this season.
First Times in a Long Time
• Zach Parise scored both shorthanded and on the power play. It is the first time in his career that he has done so in the same game. Frans Nielsen (2-23-2016 vs. Minnesota) was the last Islander to do so while Michael Grabner (4-5-2011 at Boston) was the last Islander to do so in a single period. It is the 22nd time in club history a player has scored both a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game.
• Josh Bailey is the first Islander to score two unassisted goals in a game since Brock Nelson did so on January 8, 2019, vs. Carolina.
The Penguins played most of the first period with 11 forwards and the rest of the game with only 10 after first Bryan Rust and then Evan Rodrigues left the game with non-Covid illnesses.
Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin is 13-4-3 at UBS Arena, with a 1.96 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
Since February 1st, he has been even better, going 7-1-1 in nine home starts (1.81 GAA, .944 save percentage); his goals against average is the best in the NHL among goalies who have played at least two home games in that stretch .
Great in the Nets
• Ilya Sorokin is 7-2-0 in his last nine games; he has allowed just 16 goals in those nine games (1.84, .945). His goals against average is the best in the NHL among goalies who have played at least four full games in that stretch while his save percentage is tied for first with Darcy Kuemper.
• Semyon Varlamov is 6-3-1 in his last ten decisions.
PK is More Than Okay
The Isles killed four of their five penalties and have now killed 25 of 26 over their last eight games and 64 of 71 in the last 22 games (90.1%). At home they are even better, having killed 37 of 40 since the beginning of February; their 92.5% home PK in that span tied-second in the NHL (Carolina 94.1%).
And How About That Home PP?
Since the beginning of February, the Isles home PP has converted at a 32.4% rate (12-37). Only Florida (17-45, 37.8%) has had a better home power play in that stretch.
Zach Parise scored twice to give him 406 career goals, tying him for 98th place all-time with Rod Gilbert and John LeClair; he is one goal behind Marian Gaborik and two behind Patrik Elias and Ray Ferraro.
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 106 in 33 games since the break (3.2/gm).
Before: 80-106-186 in 39 games (4.8/gm)
After: 94-112-206 in 33 games (6.2/gm)
Before: 12-47-59 in 39 games (1.5/gm)
After: 12-66-78 in 33 games (2.4/gm)
Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
1. Derek King 211
2. Anders Lee 209
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
Home and Road
The Isles are 34-29-9 overall; they are 19-13-4 at home and 15-16-5 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 42-22-11 overall; they are 20-12-5 at home and 22-10-6 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 36 home games and recorded 27 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 911-665-60-166 in 1,802 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 970
3. Barry Trotz 911
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Barry Trotz 1,802
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,488
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,360
3. Glen Sather 1,319
It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,271 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 27-8-5 when scoring first and are 7-21-4 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 12-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-2-1 when the shots are even and 21-21-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 87-57-17 when outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 43 saves; he is 24-14-7 on the season and 2-2-0 vs Pittsburgh.
Casey DeSmith made 33 saves; he is 8-4-5 on the season and 3-1-1 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play (2:18); Pittsburgh was 1-5 on the power play (4:39) but allowed a shorthanded goal to Zach Parise.
The Isles are 18-8-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 16-21-4 when they do not. The Isles are 7-12-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 27-17-5 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 29-8-4 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 5-21-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 116-17-15 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 11-9-9 in games decided by a single goal including 8-9 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 2-6 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).
The Isles are 9-5-1 in the front end and 5-9-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be April 14th in Pittsburgh and April 15th in Montreal.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 26-13-5 in back-ends.
The Isles are 4-4-3 in matinees this season; the final matinees will be on April 23rd in Buffalo and April 24th at home vs. Carolina.
Isles: Noah Dobson (25:13); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (27:16)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 22:33 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Adam Pelech (12-5-4), Noah Dobson (9-10-3), Ryan Pulock (7-5-1), 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).
Isles 33, Pittsburgh 25 (57%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 19 of 30 for the Isles; Teddy Blueger won 7 of 12 for Pittsburgh.
Isles 16 (Matt Martin -6)
Pittsburgh 17 (Two with 3)
There were no fights. Season total: 21 (Chara 5, Martin 5, Johnston 3, Pageau 2, Mayfield 2, Wahlstrom 2, Bellows 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1)
Isles 14 (Two with 3)
Pittsburgh 17 (Mark Friedman -3)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 52, Pittsburgh 68
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 48, Pittsburgh 58
Isles: Three with +3
Pittsburgh: Rickard Rakell +13
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Pittsburgh 16
5-on-5: Isles 6, Pittsburgh 11
(Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), (Scott Mayfield-INJ), Kieffer Bellows, Sebastian Aho
Games Lost: 158 (109 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)
Zach Parise is the only Islander to have played in every game this season.
Isles: 3 successful, 2 failures
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 0-2-0 in games that they are unsuccessful (no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR, no goalie interference 4/5 @DAL)
Opponents: 5 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-2-1 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, goalie interference 3/27 vs TB) 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 five goals and allowed two goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 5 (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), (Kyle Palmieri 19:45 – 4/8/22 @ CAR – 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)
The Isles allowed a tying goal to CAR on 4/8/22 but scored the winner in the final seconds.
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 983…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 675 *** 11. John Tavares 669 *** 12. Brock Nelson 667 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 653 …
18. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 19. Garry Howatt 596 *** 20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 587 *** 22. Anders Lee 586
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Derek King 211 *** 11. Anders Lee 209 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 201 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 172
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 375…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 211 ***20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Brock Nelson 179
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 547 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 380 *** 16. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 18. Anders Lee 361…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 301
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +62 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 278
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 149
On the Farm
Bridgeport improved to 8-3-2-0 in their last twelve games and 29-28-7-4 on the season following a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Cory Schneider made 42 saves for the Baby Islanders.
Chris Terry continues to lead the team with 28 goals and 55 points while Otto Koivula has a team-leading 32 helpers. Jakub Skurek is 16-14-4 in goal on the season while Cory Schneider, 8-1-2 in his last eleven games, is 12-10-3.
Bridgeport, who is just .008 out of a playoff spot, is off until Friday when they visit Lehigh Valley.
Season Series Stats
The season series is tied, 1 game to 1 (Pittsburgh has earned 3 points to the Isles' 2).
The Isles improve to 2-5-2 in their last nine (regular season) games against the Pens.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14th –ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH 7:00 PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles begin a three-game road trip as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the back end of a home-and home series.
It is the Islanders' only visit of the season to Pittsburgh; the Penguins are one of two Metro opponents that the Isles are facing only three times this season (Carolina is the other) in order to accommodate the two games added to the schedule against Seattle.
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