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Saturday, November 19, 2022

The Skinny: Dallas 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 19
Dallas 5, Isles 2
Jamie Benn scored a goal and added two assists while Jake Oettinger made 27 saves as the Dallas Stars rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits for a 5-2 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 18,532 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Mathew Barzal scored his first two goals of the season to twice give the Isles a one-goal lead, but Mason Marchment tied the game 40 seconds after the second tally. The Stars outscored the Isles 3-0 in the third period, earning an insurance goal just moments after Ryan Suter swept a puck off his own goal line that would have tied the game.

The Isles have lost consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak in October and fall to 11-8-0 on the season.  The road trip finishes on Monday in Toronto.

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Mathew Barzal (1) Alexander Romanov (6), Oliver Wahlstrom (5) 01:30 NYI 1,DAL 0
Radek Faksa (2) Tyler Seguin (10), Jamie Benn (11) 06:57 NYI 1,DAL 1
Mathew Barzal (2) Brock Nelson (10), Anders Lee (10) 14:19 NYI 2,DAL 1 PPG
Mason Marchment (6) Jamie Benn (12), Colin Miller (2) 14:59 NYI 2,DAL 2

3rd Period
Jamie Benn (8) Mason Marchment (6), Tyler Seguin (11) 08:17 NYI 2,DAL 3 
Jason Robertson (12) Joe Pavelski (11) 16:27  NYI 2,DAL 4
Jani Hakanpaa (3)EN Jake Oettinger (1) 19:39 NYI 2,DAL 5

The Skinny             
The Isles did not reach 11 wins last season until January 13th (11-12-6)...Mathew Barzal scored twice to both tie and pass Ziggy Palffy on the club's all-time scoring list; Barzal leads the Isles in points with 21 and is on pace for career highs in assists (82) and points (91)…Barzal now has a four game point streak, while Anders Lee has matched a career-best with an assist in his fourth straight game…The Isles have outscored their opponents 30-19 in the third period with six of those 30 goals being empty netters … The Isles lead the NHL with 30 third period goals; they have scored 33 goals in the 1st period, 2nd period, and overtime combined… For the first time since their season-opening penalty kill streak was stopped, the Isles took a penalty in a game and did not allow a power play goal; they have allowed ten power play goals in the last 11 games after being perfect on the penalty kill in the first eight games this season….The Isles power play is now 10-33 (30.3%) on the road, but only 2-25 (8.0%) at home….Brock Nelson played in his 695th game, passing Brent Sutter for 10th on the all-time club list…Kyle Palmieri played his 700th NHL game and Adam Pelech played in his 400th.…The Isles allowed three goals in the third period for the first time this season…It is only the 2nd comeback win of the season for Dallas, who has outscored the opposition 24-7 in the first period… The Isles had at least five power plays for the second time this season...Tyle Seguin recorded his 700th and 701st career points; he is the first player from the 2010 draft to reach 700 points.  (Seguin also leads 2010 draftees with 309 goals)… Jason Robertson's insurance goal extended his point streak to 11 games; only Mitch Marner (12 games, including tonight) has a longer active streak.

Most Assists Before Scoring First Goal (Forwards)
1. Alex Delvecchio 22 (1969-70)
2. Martin Erat 21 (2013-14)
3. Andrew Cassels 20 (1995)
4. *Mathew Barzal 19 (2022-23) 
*Scored tonight

Last Year vs. This Year
2021-22  11-8-0 for 22 points in 19 games
2020-21  5-10-4 for 14 points in 19 games

Offense from Defense
Today:  0-1-1
Season: 15-29-44
Last Season (Final) 32-128-160

The Islander defense have scored an NHL-leading fifteen goals; they didn't score their 15th goal last season until February 24th.   

Hit Parade 
Most Career Hits (recognized by NHL beginning with 2005-06 season)
1. Dustin Brown 3,632
2. Cal Clutterbuck 3,626
3. Matt Martin 3,471

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 4-3-0 this season,  despite allowing just 12 goals in the seven games (1.86 GAA, .945 save percentage). The Isles have scored only two goals in his three home losses this year and only ten goals in his eight career regulation losses at UBS.

Among goalies who have played at least fifteen home games over the last two seasons, Sorokin has the second highest save percentage (.933) and the third-lowest goals against average (2.08). 

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise has 413 career goals, good for 9th among actives.  Zach is now tied with Garry Unger and Islander Assistant Coach John MacLean for 92nd place.  Tony Amonte is 91st with 416 goals.

Most Goals and Points by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72-168-240) 
Bryan Berard (26-83-109)
Noah Dobson (22-61-83)
Tomas Jonsson (22-60-82)
Paul Boutilier (20-69-89) 

Dobson is now tied 3rd in goals and 4th in points. The Isles will play 41 games this season before Dobson turns 23 on January 7, 2023.

Home and Road
The Isles are 11-8-0 overall; they are 6-3-0 at home and 5-5-0 on the road.
Dallas is 11-5-2 overall; they are 5-2-0 at home and 6-3-2 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 5-5-0 against the East and 6-3-0 against the West.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 50 games at UBS Arena and recorded 34 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 1,498
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,374
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 6-1-0 when scoring first and are 5-7-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles    9-10-10=29
Dallas 13-13-10=36
The Isles are 5-3-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 6-4-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves; he is 4-3-0 on the season and 17-9-2 vs Dallas.

Jake Oettinger made 27 saves; he is 7-2-1 on the season and 2-1-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play (9:12); Dallas was 0-2 on the power play (4:00). 

The Isles are 5-4-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-4-0 when they do not. The Isles are 6-3-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-5-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-6-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-2-0 in games decided by a single goal including 2-2 in regulation. They are 2-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

The next set of back-to-backs will be in Columbus on November 25th and against Philadelphia on November 26th.  The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front end and 2-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (24:07);  Dallas: Miro Heiskanen (24:38)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 21:30 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-0), Noah Dobson (2-5-0), Adam Pelech (2-1-0), Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0)

Isles 21, Dallas 37 (36%)
No Islander who took multiple draws won more than he lost; Luke Glendenning won 12 of 15 for Dallas. 

Hit Count
Isles 17 (Matt Martin 5)
Dallas 16 (Joel Kiviranta 3)
None.  Season total: 3 (Johnston, Lee, Martin)
Blocked Shots
Isles 14 (Noah Dobson 3)
Dallas 17 (Jani Hakanpaa 6)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 55, Dallas 61  
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 40, Dallas 46

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Sebastian Aho and Zach Parise +2
Dallas: Colin Miller +12

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, Dallas 19
5-on-5: Isles 10, Dallas 15

Robin Salo, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 7

The Ironman
Zach Parise played in his 101st consecutive Islander game; he has played in every game since joining the team in October 2021.

Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures – STL goalie interference 11/3

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

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

Multi-Goal 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from two goals behind after two periods to win three times this season and have not allowed the opposition to do so.
For: Trailed 3-1, Won 5-3 vs. COL 10/29
Trailed 3-1, Won 4-3 (OT) vs CGY 11/7
Trailed 3-1, Won 4-3 at NYR 11/8

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), 

Overtime Winners
For (2): Noah Dobson vs CGY 11/7 (4:02)
Zach Parise vs CBJ 11/12 (0:39) 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,009…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Matt Martin 703 *** 10. Brock Nelson 695 *** 11. Brent Sutter 694 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 681… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Anders Lee 614 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 605 *** 19. Cal Clutterbuck 604

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 220 *** 11. Brock Nelson 214 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 178

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 381…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 239 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 192

1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
6.  Brent Sutter 610 *** 7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 560  …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 406 ***  16. Anders Lee 385…
19. Fran Nielsen 349 *** 20. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 21. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 332

1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 17. Garry Howatt +75 *** 18. Adam Pelech +70 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 52 *** 12. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 13. Chris Osgood 49 *** 14. Ilya Sorokin 46

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 is 8-3-3-0 after splitting the first two games of this weekend's 3-in-3 series.  Bridgeport dropped a 4-1 decision to Charlotte on Friday but rebounded for a 4-2 win over Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday.  

William Dufour and Otto Koivula had power play goals in Saturday's win, while Cory Schneider made 30 saves.  Dufour now has five goals on the season; only three AHL rookies have more.

Rookie Ruslan Iskhakov continues to lead the team in points (14); Andy Andreoff and Hudson Fasching lead the team in goals (6) while Samuel Bolduc has 11 assists to lead the squad.  Cory Schneider is 6-1-1 on the season for the Baby Isles; only two AHL goalies have more wins.

The Islanders visit Providence at 3pm on Sunday.

Season Series Stats
Dallas leads the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The teams will complete the season series on January 10 at UBS Arena. 

The Isles are 3-4-0 in their last seven games with Dallas.

[MSGSN2 (pre-game at 7:30pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles look to earn a split of the longest road trip so far this season as they head to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs for the first time this season. 

Toronto has won the last four games between the teams, outscoring the Isles 13-3, with a different Toronto goaltender earning all four wins.  The last Islander win was at the Coliseum on November 13, 2019.

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

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