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Sunday, October 30, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 5, Colorado 4

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 9
Isles 5, Colorado 4
In one of the most incredible comebacks in franchise history, Scott Mayfield and Anthony Beauvillier scored 17 seconds apart in the third period as the Isles rallied for five straight goals to erase a 3-0 Avalanche lead and defeat the Stanley Cup Champions 5-4 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Colorado had taken a 3-0 lead midway through the second period before Noah Dobson got the Isles on the board.  Zach Parise and Brock Nelson, the latter credited with the game-winner into an empty net, also scored for the Isles, who recorded their third straight win.

The Isles have dominated in the third period of the three wins, outscoring three teams who combined for seven playoff series wins a season ago by a 9-1 margin.

The Isles begin November with a three-game road trip, starting Tuesday in Chicago. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Evan Rodrigues (3) Mikko Rantanen (7), Artturi Lehkonen (4) 00:46 COL 1,NYI 0 PPG
Mikko Rantanen (4) Josh Manson (1) 07:28 COL 2,NYI 0
Evan Rodrigues (4) Nathan MacKinnon (8), Devon Toews (4) 08:33 COL 3,NYI 0 
Noah Dobson (3) Alexander Romanov (2), Oliver Wahlstrom (2) 09:53 COL 3,NYI 1

3rd Period
Zach Parise (3) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (5), Ryan Pulock (4) 03:35 COL 3,NYI 2
Scott Mayfield (3) Mathew Barzal (10), Casey Cizikas (2) 10:39 COL 3,NYI 3
Anthony Beauvillier (3) Anders Lee (5) 10:56 COL 3,NYI 4 
Brock Nelson (3)EN 18:39 COL 3,NYI 5
Alex Newhook (1) Cale Makar (8), Nathan MacKinnon (9) 19:30 COL 4,NYI 5

The Skinny             
The Isles now lead the NHL in goals from defensemen with nine and their 23 points is second only to the Avs' 24... 
Mathew Barzal now has ten assists in the first nine games; Barzal is the first Islander since Vladimir Malakhov (1993-94; 11 assists) with at least ten helpers thru the Isles' first nine games... Barzal is now 0-6-6 in the last four games…The Isles scored at least five goals for the fourth time this season, they did so only ten times all last season… Matt Martin played his 694th game as an Islander, tying Brett Sutter for 9th place among Islander skaters… Cal Clutterbuck played his 595th game as an Islander, passing John Tonelli for 21st place among Islander skaters…Zach Parise scored for the second straight game…The Isles have outscored their opponents 17-8 in the third period; the seventeen goals lead the NHL…Semyon Varlamov became the 12th goalie in club history to record 50 wins… The Isles played 51:16 short this season before allowing a goal; Evan Rodrigues' power play tally ended their 28-28 start, covering an NHL record eight games to start the season…Rodrigues' goal was Colorado's first in a 104:49 span… Noah Dobson is the fifth defenseman in Islander history to score his 20th career goal before his 23rd birthday…The Avs won the final eleven face-offs, and 32 of 56 overall… Lane Lambert called time-out following the third Avalanche goal; the Isles out-shot Colorado 28-17 the rest of the way, and outscored them 5-1….The Isles had lost 20 straight games, and gone 0-33-1 in the last 34 games, that they trailed by at least two goals entering the third period…The Isles had lost 16 straight games when allowing at least three goals in a period…Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist on his 26th birthday…The Isles last scored at least four goals in the third period on February 25, 2021, when they scored five vs. Boston…The Isles recorded the 24th comeback win from at least two goals in the NHL this season, and join Edmonton (vs. Vancouver 10/12) in coming back from three goals down to win.

First Times in a Long Time – 3 Goal Comebacks
First since 11/18/19 in Philadelphia (4-3 SOW)
First at home since 2/8/18 vs. Detroit (6-5 in OT in Brooklyn)
First to win in regulation since 3/10/14 in Vancouver (7-4)

…and the granddaddy of them all:  first to win in regulation at home since 10/23/1984 vs. Vancouver (6-5).

More First Times in a Long Time
The Isles have scored nine goals in their last three third periods.  The last time that they did this was in March 2014, when they scored ten goals in a three-game span (including seven in Vancouver – see above).

The Isles scored an Empty Net Goal for the second straight game.  The last time the Isles scored ENG's on both ends of a back-to-back was April 11-12, 2002 (Roman Hamrlik and Michael Peca).

Empty Net Game-Winners
Brock Nelson is the fifth player in club history to score an empty-net goal that eventually became a game-winner as well:
2019-11-13 Vs TOR Casey Cizikas
2017-01-31 Vs WSH Johnny Boychuk
2015-02-27 Vs CGY Cal Clutterbuck
2008-02-14 @TOR Freddy Meyer

Teach Those Children Well
(via Twitter) 
@MichaelB_NY2PHL writes: Fascinating that all five goal scorers scored their third goal of the season and credit to my 83-year-old father for pointing that out.

The Isles now have seven players with at least three goals (Boston is the only other team to do so).  It is the first time since the 1989-90 season that they have had at least seven players with three or more goals in the first nine games of the season.

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 1,001st NHL game after being honored by the team in a pre-game ceremony.

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored nine goals; they didn't score their ninth goal last season until January 18th.  The Isles have two defensemen with three goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 47 (February 24th in San Jose).

The nine defense goals lead the NHL; the Isles also had two assists from defensemen, raising the season total to 23 points for the defense.

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise scored his 411th career goal, good for 8th among actives and breaking a tie with Ray Bourque for 94th all-time.  Next-up are Garry Unger and Islander Assistant Coach John MacLean, who are tied for 92nd place with 413 goals.

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 2-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the four games. 

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Noah Dobson (20)
Paul Boutilier (20) 

Home and Road
The Isles are 5-4-0 overall; they are 4-2-0 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.
Colorado is 4-4-1 overall; they are 1-1-1 at home and 3-3-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 47 games at UBS Arena and recorded 33 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,494
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,368
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 3-0-0 when scoring first and are 2-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles     10-13-21=44
Colorado  11-12-13=36
The Isles are 3-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 2-2-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves; he is 2-1-0 on the season and 2-2-0 vs  Colorado.

Alexandar Georgiev made 39 saves; he is 4-1-1 on the season and 8-4-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Colorado was 1-2 on the power play (3:31).

The Isles are 0-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 1-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-4-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The next set of back-to-backs will be against Calgary on November 7th and at Madison Square Garden on November 8th. The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front end and 1-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfield (21:49);  Colorado: Cale Makar (28:02)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:00 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-1-0), Ryan Pulock (2-0-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0)

Face-offs
Isles 24, Colorado 32 (43%)
No Islander who took more than three draws won more than he lost; Nathan MacKinnon won 14 of 22 for Colorado. 

Hit Count
Isles 26 (Casey Cizikas and Jean-Gabriel Pageau -5)
Colorado 21 (Erik Johnson -5)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 15 (Four with 2)
Colorado 10 (Cale Makar  -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 64, Colorado 61
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 59, Colorado 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Three with +8
Colorado: Devon Toews +10

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 22, Colorado 15
5-on-5: Isles 22, Colorado 12

Scratches
Robin Salo, Nikita Soshnikov, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 4

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 
For: Brock Nelson vs COL 10/29 (18:39;EN/GW)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,001…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Brent Sutter and Matt Martin 694 *** 11. Brock Nelson 685 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 671… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 605 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 595

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 216 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. Brock Nelson 208 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 177

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 188

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 557 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 396 ***  16. Anders Lee 376…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 321

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson 76 *** 17. Garry Howatt 75 *** 18. Pat Price 70 *** 19. JP Parise and Adam Pelech +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 12. Semyon Varlamov 50 *** 13. Chris Osgood 49 *** 14. Garth Snow 44 *** 15. Ilya Sorokin 42

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 *** 5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6. Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov 11

On the Farm
Bridgeport extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1-0) with a 6-3 win over Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

For the second straight night, the Baby Isles got goals from six different players, including a power play marker for the first professional goal from Aatu Raty   Ruslan Iskhakov, Andy Andreoff and Samuel Bolduc each had three points.  Ishakov now leads all AHL rookies in both assists (7) and points (11).

Bridgeport returns home to begin a three game homestand with a School Day Matinee, at 10:30 on Tuesday against Charlotte.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will complete their season series on December 19th at Ball Arena.

The Isles are 7-1-0 in their last eight home games against the Avs.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st  —ISLANDERS AT CHICAGO 8:30pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 8pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders begin a three-game road trip and a fifteen-game November on Tuesday in Chicago.

The teams split a pair of games last season, with the Isles earning a 4-1 win at the United Center on October 19th and then dropping a 3-2 shootout decision at UBS Arena on December 4th; Noah Dobson earned the Isles a point by scoring the tying goal at 19:56.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Friday, October 28, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 6, Carolina 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 8
Isles 6, Carolina 2
Josh Bailey scored the game-winning goal in his 1,000th NHL game and Brock Nelson scored twice as the Isles defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,680 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

The Isles scored the game's final four goals, including all three goals scored in the third period after Bailey's winning tally at 16:26 of the second period.

The Isles head home to face the Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (4) Mathew Barzal (8), Scott Mayfield (1) 16:29 NYI 1,CAR 0

2nd Period
Martin Necas (4) Brady Skjei (3) 08:57 NYI 1,CAR 1
Matt Martin (2) Casey Cizikas (1) 14:29 NYI 2,CAR 1
Brent Burns (1) Jordan Martinook (2), Brett Pesce (2) 15:35 NYI 2,CAR 2
Josh Bailey (2) Mathew Barzal (9), Alexander Romanov (1) 16:26 NYI 3,CAR 2

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (1) Anthony Beauvillier (2), Anders Lee (4) 03:59 NYI 4,CAR 2
Brock Nelson (2) Anthony Beauvillier (3), Ryan Pulock (3) 11:06 NYI 5,CAR 2
Zach Parise (2)EN 18:06 NYI 6,CAR 2 SHG

The Skinny             
The Isles killed all three Hurricane power plays (including a 1:23 5-on-3) and have killed 28 of 28 this season to establish a new NHL RECORD by not allowing a power play goal in the first eight games…The Isles have played 49:45 short this season without allowing a goal; they have been 2-men short for 3:18 (most in NHL)...Mathew Barzal now has nine assists in the first eight games; Barzal is the first Islander since Vladimir Malakhov (1993-94) with at least nine helpers thru the Isles' first eight games... Barzal is now 0-5-5 in the last three games…Brock Nelson's two goals were the first from an Isles center this season; it gave him 207 as an Islander (passing John Tonelli (206) for 12th all-time…The Isles scored at least six goals for the second time this season, they did so only three times all last season… Ilya Sorokin had gone nearly 90 minutes, stopping 57 consecutive opponent shots, when Martin Necas scored Carolina's first goal…Cal Clutterbuck played his 594th game as an Islander, tying John Tonelli for 21st place among Islander skaters…Zach Parise scored the Isles' first shorty of the season; the empty-netter was his 10th career shorthanded goal…The Isles have outscored their opponents 13-7 in the third period… Oliver Wahlstrom is now tied for the team lead in goals (4)..Brent Burns scored his 228th goal, most among active defensemen...Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov (who recorded his first point as an Islander) each went +3.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles scored six goals, matching the most that they have ever scored in the state of North Carolina (also 4/2/04 and 1/22/08)
It was the first time the Isles scored even five goals in a road game vs. Carolina since October 10, 2014, when they did so in a season-opening win that marked the debuts of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on the ice and Shannon Hogan in the MSG studio.
The Isles defeated the Hurricanes by at least four goals in Carolina for only the second time ever (the other was on October 17, 2001; a 4-0 win in Peter Laviolette's sixth game as Isles coach).

NHL History Lessons
The Isles have established an NHL record by not allowing a power play goal in their first eight games.  (Records go back to 1977-78).  Minnesota set the previous record of seven in 2008-09 and Detroit equaled it six years later.
Josh Bailey is (fittingly) the 12th player in NHL history (and first Islander) have been credited with game-winning goal in game 1,000.  Carolina's Brent Burns, whose 2-2 goal set the stage for Bailey's winner, also was credited with the winning goal in his 1,000th game.
(thanks NHL) – This was the 4th career Sebastian Aho vs. Sebastian Aho game; they are one of nine sets of players with the same name to face each other.  (The record of 19 is shared by Bob Kelly/Bob Kelly and Greg Adams/Greg Adams).  No other Islander has ever faced a player with whom he shares a name .

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 1,000 NHL game to join Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. Bailey is in his 15th season with the Isles, which ties Potvin and Trottier for the most by an Islander skater. Billy Smith played 17 seasons for the team.  Bailey is the 369th skater (along with three goaltenders) in league history to have played 1,000 games.

More About Islanders in Game 1,000s
Josh Bailey is the 10th player to appear in his 1,000th NHL game while wearing an Islander uniform, and the second to do so in 2022 (Andy Greene).  The complete list:

Ed Westfall 1975-76 (*)
Butch Goring 1983-84
Denis Potvin 1987-88 (**)
Bryan Trottier 1988-89 (**)
Keith Acton 1993-94
Mike Sillinger 2007-08
Steve Staios 2011-12
Jason Chimera 2016-17 (*)
Andy Greene 2021-22
Josh Bailey 2022-23 (*) (**)
(*) Scored a goal in Game 1,000; only Bailey's was the game-winner.
(**) Played first 1,000 games exclusively for Isles,

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored seven goals; they didn't score their seventh goal last season until January 1st.  The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).

The seven defense goals are tied for the NHL lead; the Isles had three assists from defensemen, raising the total to 19 points for the defense.

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise scored his 410th career goals good for 8th among actives. Parise tied Ray Bourque for 94th all-time.  Next-up are Garry Unger and Islander Assistant Coach John MacLean, who are tied for 92nd place with 413 goals.

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 2-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the four games. 

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 216
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Paul Boutilier (20) 
Noah Dobson (19)

Home and Road
The Isles are 4-4-0 overall; they are 3-2-0 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.
Carolina is 4-2-1 overall; they are 1-1-0 at home and 3-1-1 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 46 games at UBS Arena and recorded 32 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,494
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,367
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 3-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles        9-12-11=32
Carolina   7-17-10=34
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 2-2-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 32 saves; he is 3-3-0 on the season and 2-1-0 vs  Carolina.

Frederik Andersen made 26 saves; he is 3-2-0 on the season and 8-4-1 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (2:00); Carolina was 0-3 on the power play (4:37, including a 1:23 5-on-3).

The Isles are 0-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-4-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
This set of back-to-backs concludes Saturday vs. Colorado. The next set of back-to-backs will be against Calgary on November 7th and at Madison Square Garden on November 8th. The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front end and 0-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:28);  Carolina: Brady Skjei (21:36)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 16:41 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-1-0), Ryan Pulock (2-0-0)

Face-offs
Isles 29, Carolina 34 (46%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 14 of 22 for the Isles; Sebastian Aho won 11 of 14 for Carolina. 

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin -4)
Carolina 22 (Andrei Svechnikov -3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 28 (Adam Pelech -5)
Carolina 10 (Brady Skjei  -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, Carolina 86
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 45, Carolina 72

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey +4
Carolina: Jordan Martinook +20

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Carolina 13
5-on-5: Isles 10, Carolina 13

Scratches
Robin Salo, Nikita Soshnikov, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 4

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,000…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 693 *** 11. Brock Nelson 684 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 670… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 604 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli and Cal Clutterbuck 594

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 216 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. Brock Nelson 207 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 177

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 229 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 188

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 557 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 395 ***  16. Anders Lee 375…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 320

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +65 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 12. Semyon Varlamov and Chris Osgood 49 *** 14. Garth Snow 44 *** 15. Ilya Sorokin 42

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 *** 5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6. Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov 11

On the Farm
Bridgeport saw their four-game winning streak end, but extended their point streak to five, with a 7-6 overtime loss in Springfield.

The Baby Isles got goals from six different players, including William Dufour and Simon Holmstrom; Denis Cholowski had three helpers while Aatu Raty added two.

Bridgeport plays at Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Their next home game is a School Day Matinee, at 10:30 on Tuesday, November 1st against Charlotte.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet on December 10th at UBS Arena.

The Isles have won two straight in Carolina and are 7-3-1 in their last 11 trips to Raleigh.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th —COLORADO AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[MSGSN, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders look for their first three-game winning streak of the season, but they will have to beat the Stanley Cup Champions to do so as the Avs make their only trip to Elmont this season. 

The Avs swept the series last season, winning 5-3 and 5-4 six days apart.  Their UBS win was their first in 
New York since 2014, as it broke a six-game Islander home winning streak against Colorado.

And Finally…
The last words on Josh Bailey go to former teammate Johnny Boychuk, who tweeted just before game time:
Few players can hit 1,000 games in the NHL with one team. Today my close friend, Josh Bailey, accomplishes this feat. Extremely proud of him on his accomplishment today. Great teammate on/off the ice and even better person. Congrats to Josh and the entire Bailey Family! Ohh Ahh!


Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Skinny : Isles 3, Rangers 0

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 7
Isles 3, Rangers 0
Ilya Sorokin made 41 saves for his 11th career shutout and Kyle Palmieri scored his first two goals of the season as the Islanders blanked the rival Rangers 3-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena. 

Josh Bailey, playing in his 999th NHL game also scored for the Isles while Adam Pelech and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each added a pair of assists to support Sorokin, who improved to 3-1-0 against the Blueshirts while blanking the Rangers for the first time this season.

The Isles head to Carolina to begin a back-to-back set with the Canes and Avs on Friday.

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Kyle Palmieri (1) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (3), Ryan Pulock (2) 08:44 NYR 0,NYI 1

3rd Period
Josh Bailey (1) Adam Pelech (3), Mathew Barzal (7) 05:37 NYR 0,NYI 2
Kyle Palmieri (2) Adam Pelech (4), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (4) 15:22 NYR 0,NYI 3

The Skinny             
The Isles killed all three Rangers power plays and have killed 25 of 25 this season; St. Louis (11-11) is the other NHL team not to allow a power play goal…The Isles have matched the NHL record by not  allowing a power play goal in the first seven games. ..Mathew Barzal tied Anders Lee for the team lead in points (7) while Barzal leads the team with seven assists.. The Isles do not have a goal from a center in the first seven games.…The Isles have allowed just one first period goal in five home games this season … The Isles scored first for the second time this season…Casey Cizikas played in his 670th game, passing John Tavares for 12th among Islander skaters…Adam Pelech had his second multi-assist game of the season…Jaroslav Halak is 0-3-2 against the Isles since leaving the team as a free agent in 2018…Kyle Palmieri recorded his third two-goal games as an Islander; he now has 27 career multi-goal games (including two hat tricks). Palmieri didn't score his second goal last season until his 30th game (February 15 vs Buffalo).

Lots of Shots Stopped
The Isles have had only 11 games in their history (10-0-1) where they allowed at least 40 shots but no goals; Ilya Sorokin (41 saves tonight) is the only goalie in club history with at least three of them (also 10/24/2021 at Vegas (42 saves) and 4/15/2022 at Montreal (44 saves).

It was the second time that an Islander goalie made at least 40 saves in a shutout win over the Rangers (Jaroslav Halak 2/15/2018 at Barclays Center -50 saves).

Most Shutouts prior to their 80th NHL Game (since 1966-67)
Tony Esposito -17 
Martin Jones -12 
Glenn Resch -12 

Ilya Sorokin recorded his 11th career shutout tonight.

NHL History Lesson
The Isles have tied an NHL record by not allowing a power play goal in their first seven games.  (Records go back to 1977-78).  Minnesota set the record in 2008-09 and Detroit equaled it six years later.

Beating The Blueshirts
Ilya Sorokin is 3-1-0 against the Rangers in his career with a 1.99 goals-against average.  However, that includes his NHL debut, when he allowed five goals as an emergency starter.  In the last three games vs. the Rangers, Ilya is 3-0-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average.

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored seven goals; they didn't score their seventh goal last season until January 1st.  The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).

The seven defense goals  is tied for the NHL lead; the Isles had three assists from defensemen, raising the total to 16 points for the defense.

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 2-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the four games. 

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 999th NHL game as he looks to join Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. Bailey is in his 15th season with the Isles, which ties Potvin and Trottier for the most by an Islander skater. Billy Smith played 17 seasons for the team.  Only 368 skaters and three goaltenders in league history have played in 1,000 games.

Zach Attack
Zach Parise has 409 career goals, good for 8th among actives and 95th place all-time. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th.   

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 216
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Paul Boutilier (20) 
Noah Dobson (19)

Home and Road
The Isles are 3-4-0 overall; they are 3-2-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
The Rangers are 3-3-2 overall; they are 2-1-2 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 46 games at UBS Arena and recorded 32 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,366
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 2-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles       8-12-9=29
Rangers   17-12-12=41
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 1-2-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 41 saves; he is 2-3-0 on the season and 3-1-0 vs  Rangers.

Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves; he is 0-3-0 on the season and 7-4-3 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); the Rangers were 0-3 on the power play (6:00).

The Isles are 0-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-4-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The next set of back-to-backs will be in Carolina on Friday and at home vs. Colorado on Saturday. The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front end and 0-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:44);  Rangers: Adam Fox (24:28)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 18:19 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-1-0), Ryan Pulock (1-0-0)

Face-offs
Isles 25, Rangers 24 (51%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 17 for the Isles; Mika Zibanejad won 10 of 17 for the Isles. 

Hit Count
Isles 35 (Cal Clutterbuck -9)
Rangers 43 (Vincent Trocheck -9)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 16 (Anders Lee and Scott Mayfield -3)
Rangers 14 (Braden Schneider -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 54, Rangers 72
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 44, Rangers 55

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal +7
Rangers: Adam Fox +17

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 10, Rangers 20
5-on-5: Isles 8, Rangers 16

Scratches
Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 4

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 999…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 692 *** 11. Brock Nelson 683 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 669… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 603 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 593

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 216 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 205 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 177

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 227 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 188

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 556 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 393 ***  16. Anders Lee 374…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 318

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +63 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 12. Semyon Varlamov and Chris Osgood 49 *** 14. Garth Snow 44 *** 15. Ilya Sorokin 41

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 *** 5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6. Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov 11

On the Farm
Bridgeport has won four straight to open their season with a 4-1-0 record.

The Baby Isles are on the road this weekend, playing at Springfield on Friday and Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Their next home game is a School Day Matinee, at 10:30 on Tuesday, November 1st against Charlotte.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will complete the season series with games at Madison Square Garden on November 8th and December 22nd. 

This was the Isles' first-ever win over the Rangers at UBS Arena (1-2-0).  Overall, the Isles are 7-2-0 in their last nine games with the Rangers.

UP NEXT
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th —ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA 7:00pm
[MSGSN2 (pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders head to Carolina to face the Hurricanes for the first time this season.  It is the Isles' first trip to Carolina since a 2-1 victory over the Canes last April 8th that featured the latest Islander winning goal in the last 30 years, and the 7th-latest all-time.

• Bryan Trottier 1/17/86 59:59  (at Philadelphia)
• Tom Fitzgerald 12/28/91 59:57 (vs Rangers)
• Pat LaFontaine 3/19/87 59:56 (at Detroit)
• Mike Bossy 4/1/78 59:55 (vs Washington)
• Brent Sutter 2/18/84 59:54 (vs. Rangers)
• Clark Gillies 1/7/82 59:47 (vs Philadelphia)
• Kyle Palmieri 4/8/22 59:45 (at Carolina)

That April game is one of four games in NHL history where a team led 1-0 through 59 minutes, allowed the tying goal but then scored the winning goal in the 60th minute.

Overall, the Isles are 6-2-2 in their last 10 trips to Raleigh, despite going only 2-3-1 at home in that same span.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Monday, October 24, 2022

The Skinny: Florida 3, Isles 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Florida 3, Isles 2
Anton Lundell scored :39 into play to give the Panthers the lead and the Islanders could never catch them as the Florida Panthers defeated the Isles 3-2 before a crowd of 16,342 at FLA Live Arena. 

Eetu Luosarinen and Ryan Lomberg also scored for Florida, offsetting a pair of power play goals from Anders Lee.

The Isles have lost three straight game and head home to face the Rangers for the first of only three meetings this season on Wednesday. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anton Lundell (1) 00:39 NYI 0,FLA 1
Eetu Luostarinen (2) 09:13 NYI 0,FLA 2

2nd Period
Anders Lee (3) Mathew Barzal (5), Noah Dobson (3) 04:27 NYI 1,FLA 2 PPG

3rd Period
Ryan Lomberg (1) Colin White (3), Eetu Luostarinen (3) 02:56 NYI 1,FLA 3
Anders Lee (4) Mathew Barzal (6), Brock Nelson (6) 09:07 NYI 2,FLA 3 PPG

The Skinny             
The Isles killed all four Florida power plays and have killed 22 of 22 this season; Detroit (17-17) and St. Louis (4-4) are the other NHL teams not to allow a power play goal…It is the first time in Islander history that they have not allowed a power play goal in the first six games. ..Semyon Varlamov allowed a goal in the first minute of the game for only the second time as an Islander (Jacob Bryson – 3/6/22 for Buffalo)…Anders Lee now leads the team in goals (4) and points (7) while Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal are tied for the team lead in assists; no Islander center has scored a goal in the first six games…Lee scored two power play goals in a game for the fourth time in his career (no Islander has scored three power play goals in a game since Miroslav Satan did so in 2006)…The Isles allowed just one goal in their four game homestand but allowed four first period goals in the games in Tampa Bay and Florida. … The Isles have allowed the opening goal in four straight games. (1-3-0)…Casey Cizikas played in his 669th game, tying John Tavares for 12th among Islander skaters…Spencer Knight recorded his 25th career win in game #38; only two Americans (Frank Brimsek – 34 and Jim Carey -37) did so in fewer games.

First Time in a Long Time
A mid-game scoring change made Eetu Luostarinen's goal unassisted; it is the first time the Isles have allowed two first period unassisted goals since November 19, 2011, at the Coliseum against Boston.  It had not happened in an Islander road game since a February 7, 1995, game at the Thunderdome in Tampa Bay.

L of a Game
There were four players in this game with a surname beginning with the letter "L".  Each of the three Panthers scored a goal, while Anders Lee scored twice for the Isles.

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored seven goals; they didn't score their seventh goal last season until January 1st.  The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).

The seven defense goals lead the NHL; Noah Dobson's assist gives the defense 13 points this season.

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 1-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the three games. 

Zach Attack
Zach Parise now has 409 career goals, good for 8th among actives and 95th place all-time. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th.   

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 216
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Paul Boutilier (20) 
Noah Dobson (19)

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 998th NHL game as he looks to join Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. Bailey is in his 15th season with the Isles, which ties Potvin and Trottier for the most by an Islander skater. Billy Smith played 17 seasons for the team.  Only 368 skaters and three goaltenders in league history have played in 1,000 games.

Home and Road
The Isles are 2-4-0 overall; they are 2-2-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
Florida is 4-1-1 overall; they are 2-0-1 at home and 2-1-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 45 games at UBS Arena and recorded 31 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,365
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles      8-7-10=25
Florida   15-10-7=32
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-2-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves; he is 1-1-0 on the season and 8-4-1 vs. Florida.

Spencer Knight made 23 saves; he is 2-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 2-6 on the power play (10:08), scoring :22 into a 5-on-3 opportunity; Florida was 0-4 on the power play (8:00).

The Isles are 0-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-4-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The next set of back-to-backs will be in Carolina on Friday and at home vs. Colorado on Saturday. The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front end and 0-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:02); Florida: Brandon Montour (25:42)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:45 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders:Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 24, Florida 25 (49%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 11 of 18 for the Isles; Aleksander Barkov won 16 of 23 for Florida (including 14 of 16 in the first two periods).

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Adam Pelech -4)
Florida 9 (Sam Bennett -3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 21 (Noah Dobson and Casey Cizikas -3)
Florida 9 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 43, Florida 60
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 24, Florida 43

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Matt Martin  Even
Florida: Sam Reinhart +13

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 3, Florida 10
5-on-5: Isles 1, Florida 8

Scratches
Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov, Anthony Beauvillier
Games Lost: 4

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 998…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 691 *** 11. Brock Nelson 682 *** 12. John Tavares and Casey Cizikas 669… 
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 602 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 592

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 216 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 205 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 176

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 226 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 188

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 555 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 393 ***  16. Anders Lee 374…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 317

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +61 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 4-1-0 to open their season after completing a sweep of their 3-in-3 weekend a 5-2 win over Hartford. 

Cory Schneider made 34 saves and Paul Thompson, making his season debut, scored the winning goal with 5:31 to play.

The Baby Isles will be on the road next weekend, playing at Springfield on Friday and Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Their next home game is a School Day Matinee, at 10:30 on Tuesday, November 1st against Charlotte.

Season Series Stats
Florida leads the season series, 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will complete the season series on December 23rd at UBS Arena. 

The Isles have lost five straight regular season games to Florida (0-4-1), including three at FLA Live Arena (0-3-0).

UP NEXT
WEDNEDAY, OCTOBER 26th — RANGERS AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[TNT, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders return home to host the Rangers at UBS Arena for the only time this season. Six divisional opponents will make two visits to UBS, but the Rangers will make only one.

The teams split four games last season, with the road team winning all four games.  Overall, the Isles have won six of the last eight games from the Rangers.  

This game will be nationally televised by TNT; Kenny Albert, Ed Olczyk and Keith Jones will have the call.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Skinny: Tampa Bay 5, Isles 3

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 5
Tampa Bay 5, Isles 3
Nicholas Paul's second period buzzer-beater turned out to be the Game-Winning Goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Isles 5-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena. 

Paul, Brayden Point and Brandon Hagel all finished with a goal and an assist to hand the Isles their second straight loss.  Matt Martin and Ryan Pulock each scored unassisted goals for the Isles, while Anthony Beauvillier added his 2nd goal of the season.

The Isles conclude their first road trip of the season in Florida at 5pm on Sunday.  

The Scoring:
1st Period
Brayden Point (4) Nikita Kucherov (8), Brandon Hagel (1) 10:43 NYI 0,TBL 1
Matt Martin (1) 12:29 NYI 1,TBL 1
Brandon Hagel (1) Brayden Point (2), Victor Hedman (5) 18:03 NYI 1,TBL 2

2nd Period
Corey Perry (2) Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (1), Pat Maroon (1) 03:12 NYI 1,TBL 3
Anthony Beauvillier (2) Brock Nelson (5) 09:36 NYI 2,TBL 3
Nicholas Paul (1) Ross Colton (2) 19:59 NYI 2,TBL 4

3rd Period
Ryan Pulock (1) 05:45 NYI 3,TBL 4
Alex Killorn (1) Nicholas Paul (1), Mikhail Sergachev (4) 14:08 NYI 3,TBL 5

The Skinny             
The Isles killed all three Tampa Bay power plays and have killed 18 of 18 this season; Detroit (13-13) and St. Louis (4-4) are the other NHL teams not to allow a power play goal.  It was the first time this season that Tampa Bay failed to score a power play goal ..The Isles' identity line combined for 24 hits; it was the first time that Cal Clutterbuck (10), Matt Martin (7), and Casey Cizikas (7) each had at least seven hits in the same game…Clutterbuck had at least ten hits in a game for the first time since 2015 and the third time as an Islander while Martin scored for the 7th time in 32 games against Tampa Bay…Ilya Sorokin allowed a goal in the last second of a period for the second time in his career (also February 15, 2022 in Buffalo)..,Brock Nelson tied Anders Lee for the team scoring lead with his 5th points; unlike previous Octobers all of Nelson's points this month have been assists…The Isles held Steven Stamkos off the scoreboard, ending his goal and point streaks at five games…Victor Hedman earned a single assist for the fifth straight game…There were three combined goals in the first period after the Isles and their opponents combined for just three goals in the first four games...Amalie Arena was sold out for the 288th consecutive game (regular season/playoffs, not including COVID-limited games).

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored seven goals; they didn't score their seventh goal last season until January 1st.  The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).

The seven defense goals lead the NHL.

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 1-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the three games. 

Zach Attack
Zach Parise now has 409 career goals, good for 8th among actives and 95th place all-time. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th.  Corey Perry is right behind Zach among actives; he scored his 407th goal tonight.

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 214 
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Paul Boutilier (20) 
Noah Dobson (19)

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey did not dress and remains at 997 NHL games as he looks to join Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. Bailey is in his 15th season with the Isles, which ties Potvin and Trottier for the most by an Islander skater. Billy Smith played 17 seasons for the team.  Only 368 skaters and three goaltenders in league history have played in 1,000 games.

Home and Road
The Isles are 2-3-0 overall; they are 2-2-0 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 3-3-0 overall; they are 1-1-0 at home and 2-2-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 45 games at UBS Arena and recorded 31 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,365
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-3-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles          11-11-13=35
Tampa Bay   7-14-5=26
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-1-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 21 saves; he is 1-3-0 on the season and 0-3-0 vs  Tampa Bay.

Brian Elliott made 32 saves; he is 1-1-0 on the season and 10-2-9 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00);  Tampa Bay was 0-3 on the power play (5:18, including a :42 5-on-3).

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-3-0 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
This set of back-to-backs concludes Sunday in Florida. The next set of back-to-backs will be in Carolina on Friday and at home vs. Colorado on Saturday. The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front end and 0-0-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (23:03);  Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (25:58)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:29 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0).

Face-offs
Isles 23, Tampa Bay 31 (43%)
For the second straight game, no Islander who took multiple face-offs won more than he lost: Nicholas Paul won 10 of 16 for Tampa Bay. 

Hit Count
Isles 48 (Cal Clutterbuck-10)
Tampa Bay 21 (Mikhail Sergachev-7)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 9 (Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech -2)
Tampa Bay 20 (Two with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 72, Tampa Bay 46
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 52, Tampa Bay 31

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Sebastian Aho +15
Tampa Bay: Philippe Myers +5

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Tampa Bay 11
5-on-5: Isles 9, Tampa Bay 7

Scratches
Ross Johnston, Kieffer Bellows, Josh Bailey
Games Lost: 4

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 997…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 690 *** 11. Brock Nelson 681 *** 12. John Tavares 669 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 668… 
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 601 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 591

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 214 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 205 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 176

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 224 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 187

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 555 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 392 ***  16. Anders Lee 372…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 315

+/-
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   

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-1-0 to open their season after opening the weekend with victories on Friday (3-2 in overtime in Providence) and Saturday (5-2 over Laval). 

William Dufour scored the overtime winner on Friday, off a set-up from Aatu Raty; Simon Holmstrom had a pair of goals on Saturday while Andy Andreoff added three assists.

The Baby Isles will look to sweep the 3-in-3 as they host Hartford on Sunday at 3pm.

Season Series Stats
Tampa Bay leads the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will not meet again until the Isles return to Tampa Bay April 1st for the first of two meetings in six days.

The Isles have lost five straight regular season games to Tampa Bay, including three at Amalie Arena.

UP NEXT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd — ISLANDERS AT FLORIDA 5:00pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 6:30pm); WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders conclude the road trip as they face the President's Trophy champion Florida Panthers. 

The Panthers defeated the Islanders 3-1 in the season opener at UBS Arena and have defeated the Isles in four straight games (including once in overtime).

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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


 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Skinny: New Jersey 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 4
New Jersey 4, Isles 1
Jack Hughes broke a scoreless tie early in the second period and Ondrej Palat added a pair of goals as the New Jersey Devils held the Isles to 17 shots in a 4-1 victory before a crowd of 16,046 at UBS Arena. 

Palat only scored twice in 23 regular season games with the Lightning against the Isles but matched that total in his first games with the Devils. Anders Lee broke up Mackenzie Blackwood's shutout with 3:15 to play and Ilya Sorokin on the bench for an extra attacker.

The Isles finish their season-opening homestand with a 2-2-0 record. Their next five opponents all won at least one playoff series last season.

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Jack Hughes (1) Damon Severson (1) 01:35 NJD 1,NYI 0
Ondrej Palat (2) Jesper Bratt (6), Nico Hischier (2) 08:09 NJD 2,NYI 0

3rd Period
Ondrej Palat (3) Jesper Bratt (7), Nico Hischier (3) 15:28 NJD 3,NYI 0
Anders Lee (2) Kyle Palmieri (1), Mathew Barzal (4) 16:44 NJD 3,NYI 1
Nico Hischier (2)EN 19:25 NJD 4,NYI 1

The Skinny            
Noah Dobson and Brock Nelson each saw three-game point streaks to open the season come to an end…The Devils had the first 13 shots of the game and then had nine of the first ten shots in the third period…Anders Lee scored for the second straight game; Lee was playing in his 600th Islander game…The Devils finished with 43 shots; it was the most shots the Devils had had since Jaroslav Halak stopped 42 of 46 in a shootout win on January 7, 2018….The Isles killed all three New Jersey power plays and have killed 15 of 15 this season…Erik Haula had a career-high eight shots on goal.

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored six goals; they didn't score their sixth goal last season until December 30th.  The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 1-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the three games. 

Zach Attack
Zach Parise now has 409 career goals, good for 95th place all-time. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th.

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 997th NHL game as he looks to join Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. Bailey is beginning his 15th season with the Isles, which ties Potvin and Trottier for the most by an Islander skater. Billy Smith played 17 seasons for the team.  Only 368 skaters and three goaltenders in league history have played in 1,000 games; the most recent is Minnesota's Alex Goligoski, who played his 1,000th game tonight.

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 214 
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Paul Boutilier (20) 
Noah Dobson (19)

Home and Road
The Isles are 2-2-0 overall; they are 2-2-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.
New Jersey is 2-2-0 overall; they are 1-1-0 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 45 games at UBS Arena and recorded 31 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,365
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-2-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles        3-9-5=17
New Jersey   13-10-20=43
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-1-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 39 saves; he is 1-2-0 on the season and 5-3-0 vs  New Jersey.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 16 saves; he is 2-1-0 on the season and 4-4-1 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (3:19);  New Jersey was 0-3 on the power play (5:19).

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The first set of back-to-backs will be in Tampa Bay on October 22nd and Florida on October 23rd. The Isles are 0-0-0 in the front end and 0-0-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (24:14);  New Jersey: Jesper Bratt (20:03)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:21 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 20, New Jersey 31 (39%)
No Islander who took multiple face-offs won more than he lost: Erik Haula won 9 of 12 for New Jersey. 

Hit Count
Isles 39 (Casey Cizikas -6)
New Jersey 21 (Nathan Bastian -4)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 19 (Three with 3)
New Jersey 21 (Two with 4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, New Jersey 75
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 35, New Jersey 57

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey +3
New Jersey: Three with +12

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 5, New Jersey 18
5-on-5: Isles 4, New Jersey 14

Scratches
Ross Johnston, (Sebastian Aho-IR), Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov
Games Lost: 4

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 997…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 689 *** 11. Brock Nelson 680 *** 12. John Tavares 669 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 667… 
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 600 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 590

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 214 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 205 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 176

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 224 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 186

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 555 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 391 ***  16. Anders Lee 372…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 315

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +63 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 1-1-0 to open their season heading into a three in three weekend that begins Friday in Springfield.

The Baby Isles' home opener is on Saturday vs. Laval; they will host Hartford on Sunday

Season Series Stats
New Jersey leads the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet again on December 9th  in New Jersey; it is the only Islander appearance in Newark this season.

The loss was only the 5th for the Isles in their last 19 games with the Devils overall, and just their third in the last ten home games against the Devils. 

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd — ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY 7:00pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 6:30pm); WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders begin their road schedule as they face the reigning Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning won the Stanley Cup in both 2020 and 2021 but lost to Colorado in the 2022 Cup Final.

The Bolts swept the season series last year, outscoring the Isles 14-6 in the third period.

And Finally…
Happy Birthday Lou Lamoriello (Friday).

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The Skinny: Isles 5, San Jose 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 3
Isles 5, San Jose 2
Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice, including the winning goal with 55.4 seconds left in the middle session as the Isles earned a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks before a crowd of 13,892 at UBS Arena. 

Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves in his season debut to earn his 262nd career victory; Noah Dobson ,Brock Nelson  and Adam Pelech each added a pair of assists as the Isles have now scored 12 goals over the last two games.  It is the first time since November 2018 that the Islanders have totaled a dozen goals in a two-game span.

The Isles are 2-1-0 with one game to play on their season-opening homestand.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Nico Sturm (2) Evgeny Svechnikov (1), Jaycob Megna (2) 12:50 SJS 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Anders Lee (1) Adam Pelech (1), Brock Nelson (3) 10:03 SJS 1,NYI 1
Zach Parise (1) Noah Dobson (1), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2) 14:48 SJS 1,NYI 2
Evgeny Svechnikov (2) Matt Benning (1) 17:10 SJS 2,NYI 2
Oliver Wahlstrom (2) Brock Nelson (4) 19:04 SJS 2,NYI 3

3rd Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (3) Noah Dobson (2) 05:24 SJS 2,NYI 4
Cal Clutterbuck (1)EN Matt Martin (2), Adam Pelech (2) 17:34 SJS 2,NYI 5

The Skinny            
The Isles have scored thirteen goals in three games – it's only the second time in the last 32 years that they have scored that often in their first three games.…Oliver Wahlstrom, who is still the youngest Islander, now has seven goals in 14 career October game; it was his third career two-goal game.  The Sharks haven't opened 0-5-0 for the first time in their history…The Isles finished with 46 shots and 80 attempts.  The 46 shots are their most ever at UBS Arena while the 21 shots in the second period match their highest total in their new building (1/21/2022 vs Arizona)…They had only one game with more shots on goal all last season, firing 47 in San Jose last February; like tonight, James Reimer was in goal that night as well…Noah Dobson has a three-game point streak to open the season (he has had two longer streaks- both were five games); no Islander defenseman has ever had a point in the team's first four games...Brock Nelson had a three-game assist streak (just one game shy of career high, set in November 2019)…Anders Lee passed Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson for 16th place on the points list (366)…Four Islanders finished with multiple points…The Isles won all six draws on their power play and scored twice in the second period off of even-strength face-off wins…The Isles held Logan Couture (8 goals in 15 prior games vs the Isles) to no points and two shots on goal…Semyon Varlamov started last season 0-5-1 and did not earn his first win until mid-December.

Lots of Shots
The Isles have 117 shots through three games (39.0 per game); last season they averaged 28.9 shots per games (30th in the NHL).

The 117 shots through three games are the second-highest total in team history (119 in 1995).

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored six goals; they didn't score their sixth goal last season until December 30th.  The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).

While the Islander defense did not score a goal in this game, they did contribute three assists.

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 1-1-0 this season, allowing just three goals in the two games. 

Zach Attack
Zach Parise now has 409 career goals, breaking a tie for 95th place all-time with Patrik Elias and Ray Ferraro. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th.

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 996th NHL game as he looks to join Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. Bailey is beginning his 15th season with the Isles, which ties Potvin and Trottier for the most by an Islander skater. Billy Smith played 17 seasons for the team.  Only 367 skaters and three goaltenders in league history have played in 1,000 games; Minnesota's Alex Goligoski (999) could reach 1,000 prior to Bailey.

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 213
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Paul Boutilier (20) 
Noah Dobson (19)
Bryan McCabe (18) 
Scott Lachance (18)

Home and Road
The Isles are 2-1-0 overall; they are 2-1-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.
San Jose is 0-5-0 overall; they are 0-3-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 44 games at UBS Arena and recorded 31 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493 (pending late game on Tuesday)
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,365
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-1-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles     11-21-13=45
San Jose    9-8-12=29
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-0-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves; he is 1-0-0 on the season and 7-6-4 vs  San Jose.

James Riemer made 40 saves; he is 0-3-0 on the season and 8-3-2 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (4:34);  San Jose was 0-3 on the power play (4:34).

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-0-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-0 when they do not.
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One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The first set of back-to-backs will be in Tampa Bay on October 22nd and San Jose on October 23rd. The Isles are 0-0-0 in the front end and 0-0-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Alexander Romanov (21:59);  San Jose: Mario Ferraro (23:25)
Kyle Palmieri led Isles forwards with 16:43 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 35, San Jose 32 (52%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 12 for the Isles; Nico Sturm won 12 of 14 for San Jose. 

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Jean-Gabriel Pageau-5)
San Jose 22 (Jonah Gadjovich -3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 28 (5 with 2)
San Jose 14 (Three with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, San Jose 40
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 80, San Jose 50

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Alexander Romanov +19
San Jose: Erik Karlsson +1

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 18, San Jose 13
5-on-5: Isles 14, San Jose 13

Scratches
Ross Johnston, (Sebastian Aho-IR), Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov
Games Lost: 3

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 996…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 688 *** 11. Brock Nelson 679 *** 12. John Tavares 669 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 667… 
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 599 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 589

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 213 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 205 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 176

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 223 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 186

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 555 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 391 ***  16. Anders Lee 371…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 314

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +65 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 1-1-0 to open their season, following a split last weekend.

The Baby Isles are off until Friday in Springfield when they begin a 3-in-3 weekend; their home opener is on Saturday vs. Laval.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet again on March 18th in San Jose.

The Isles are 5-1-3 in their last nine games against San Jose and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games at home against the Sharks.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th— NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[ESPN+/Hulu, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders conclude their season opening homestand as they welcome the New Jersey Devils to UBS Arena for the third time. The Isles took three of the four games last season, including both at home. The Isles have done well against New Jersey in recent years, winning 7 of the last 9 at home and 14 of the last 18 overall.

This is an ESPN+ streaming game. Mike Monaco and Kevin Weekes are on the call.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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