By Eric Hornick
Nashville 4, Isles 1
Kevin Lankinen made a career-high 48 saves and Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Roman Josi combined for power play goals in each of the first two periods and that was enough as the Nashville Predators beat the Isles 4-1 before a crowd of 16,263 at UBS Arena.
Mathew Barzal got the Isles on the board with a power play goal in the third but the Noah Dobson had given the Isles the early lead on a 5-on-3 but that was the Isles' only goal of the game.
The Isles have dropped two straight and continue their homestand on Sunday against Chicago.
Filip Forsberg (8) Matt Duchene (14), Roman Josi (14) 14:18 NSH 1,NYI 0 PPG
Roman Josi (6) Filip Forsberg (14), Matt Duchene (15) 08:22 NSH 2,NYI 0 PPG
Mathew Barzal (3) Brock Nelson (13) 11:06 NSH 2,NYI 1 PPG
Matt Duchene (6)EN 18:47 NSH 3,NYI 1
Mikael Granlund (4)EN Mattias Ekholm (7) 19:23 NSH 4,NYI 1
The Isles went 1-4 on the power play; the power play is now 9-29 in the last nine games and has scored in five straight games (6-17), matching their longest power play goal streak since scoring in six straight games in December 2017 … Mathew Barzal has 12 points in his last ten games (3-9-12)… Barzal still leads the team in assists (23) and points (26); he is one assist behind Nikita Kucherov and Nathan MacKinnon for the NHL lead…Barzal matched a career high with nine shots on goal…Matt Martin's second period fight was the 102nd of his NHL career; the 102 fights lead all active NHL players (previous information that Tuesday was his 100th fight was later shown to be incorrect)…. Since opening the season 2-4-0, the Isles are 13-6-0 in the last 19 games… The Isles did not reach 15 wins last season until January 25th (15-14-6)... The Isles have outscored their opponents 36-22 in the third period… The Isles lead the NHL with 36 third period goals; they have scored 43 goals in the 1st period, 2nd period, and overtime combined… The Isles outshot Nashville 40-16 in the final two periods… A post-game scoring change removed a 50th Islander shot, leaving them with a UBS-record 49…Brock Nelson has a point in four straight games (2-2-4)…The Preds are 9-1-1 when leading after two periods...Matt Duchene scored his 300th career goal into an empty net; he is the second player from the 2009 draft class was 300 career goals...Roman Josi has ten points (2-8-10) in his last seven games against the Isles.
Ryan McDonagh left the game after blocking an Alexander Romanov shot in the third period. No update was provided after the game about the injury, which caused bleeding.
No 5-on-5 Goals
On a night the Isles honored #5, Denis Potvin, with a bobblehead, not a single goal was scored with both teams icing five skaters. Nashville scored a 5-on-4 and a 4-on-3 goal before adding two 5-on-6 empty-netters. The Islander goal was scored 5-on-4; it's the second straight game that the Isles scored only one goal and it came on a power play. The last Islander 5-on-5 goal was scored by Anthony Beauvillier on Saturday (22 seconds after Brock Nelson had scored). The Isles have gone 136:41 since then without a 5-on-5 goal.
The Newish Guys
The Isle recalled Cole Bardreau and Hudson Fasching on Thursday from Bridgeport. Bardreau played in his 11th NHL game (all with the Isles); the previous ten were in the 2019-2020 season. Fasching took warm-ups but was scratched when Josh Bailey was able to play. Fasching has played 38 games.
First Time in a Long Time
The Isles finished with 49 shots, most that they had in a game that ended in regulation since they fired 60 shots on Cam Ward on October 25, 2008, against Carolina.
They have had 49 in four games that went to overtime since then, most recently in a 5-4 shootout loss in Vancouver on March 11, 2020 – the last game before COVID shut down the sports world.
Last Year vs. This Year
• 2021-22 15-10-0 for 30 points in 25 games
• 2020-21 8-12-5 for 21 points in 25 games
Offense from Defense
• Today: 0-0-0
• Season: 19-37-56
• Last Season (Final) 32-128-160
The Islander defense have scored an NHL-leading nineteen goals; they didn't score their 19th goal last season until March 3rd.
Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 5-4-0 this season, despite allowing just 14 goals in the nine games (1.75 GAA, .951 save percentage). The Isles have scored only three goals in his four home losses this year and only 11 goals in his nine career regulation losses at UBS.
Sorokin has the 2nd highest home save percentage in the NHL this season (Connor Hellebuyck .957). Among goalies who have played at least eighteen home games over the last two seasons, Sorokin has the highest save percentage (.936) and the lowest goals against average (2.01).
Zach Parise has 415 career goals, good for 9th among actives and 92nd all-time. 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 (24-63-87)
• Tomas Jonsson (22-60-82)
• Paul Boutilier (20-69-89)
Dobson is now 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 15-10-0 overall; they are 8-4-0 at home and 7-6-0 on the road.
Nashville is 12-9-2 overall; they are 7-3-2 at home and 5-6-0 on the road.
East and West
The Isles are 8-6-0 against the East (6-2-0 vs. Metropolitan and 2-4-0 vs. Atlantic) and 7-4-0 against the West (3-4-0 vs. Central and 4-0-0 vs. Pacific).
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 53 games at UBS Arena and recorded 36 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,502
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,378
3. Glen Sather 1,319
First Things First
The Isles are 10-2-0 when scoring first and are 5-8-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 5-4-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 10-6-0 when they are outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 19 saves; he is 10-7-0 on the season and 0-2-1 vs Nashville.
Kevin Lankinen made a career-high 48 saves; he is 3-3-0 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (5:12); Nashville was 2-3 on the power play (2:34).
The Isles are 8-6-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-4-0 when they do not. The Isles are 8-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-6-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-8-0 when they do not.
The Isles are 6-2-0 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 3-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-4 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 New Jersey on December 9th and against Carolina on December 10th. The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front end and 3-1-0 in the back end.
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:36); Nashville: Roman Josi (24:04)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:32 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-0), Noah Dobson (2-5-0), Adam Pelech (3-2-0), Ryan Pulock (3-1-0), Scott Mayfield (2-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1-0)
Isles 24, Nashville 32 (43%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 12 of 23 for the Isles, but his teammates won only 12 of 33; Mark Jankowski won 7 of 10 for Nashville.
Isles 28 (Casey Cizikas -4)
Nashville 28 (Tanner Jeannot -5)
Matt Martin fought Michael McCarron in the second period. Season total: 9 (Martin-3, Lee-2, Wahlstrom-2, Johnston-2)
Isles 10 (Zach Parise-3)
Nashville 17 (Two with 4)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 79, Nashville 43
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 65, Nashville 33
Isles: Adam Pelech +23
Nashville: All Preds were below 0
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 19, Nashville 8
5-on-5: Isles 16, Nashville 5
(Kyle Palmieri-upper body-LTIR), Hunter Fasching, (Cal Clutterbuck – upper body)
Games Lost: 14
Zach Parise played in his 107th 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: 2 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood; Isles no goal vs NSH 12/2-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 two goal and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime.
For(2): Brock Nelson vs COL 10/29 (18:39;EN/GW)
Josh Bailey @ TOR 11/21 (17:02; Isles won in OT)
For (3): Noah Dobson vs CGY 11/7 (4:02)
Zach Parise vs CBJ 11/12 (0:39)
Anthony Beauvillier @ TOR 11/21 (1:56)
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,014…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Matt Martin 709 *** 10. Brock Nelson 701 *** 11. Brent Sutter 694 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 687…
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Anders Lee 620 *** 18. Cal Clutterbuck 609
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 220 *** 11. Brock Nelson 216 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 180
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 382…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 244 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Brock Nelson 195…
25. Alexei Yashin and Duane Sutter 171 *** 27. Jean Potvin 167 *** 28. Jeff Norton 166 *** 29. Anders Lee 165
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 562 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 411 *** 16. Anders Lee 385…
19. Fran Nielsen 349 *** 20. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 338
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 17. Garry Howatt +75 *** 18. Adam Pelech +73 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54
1. Denis Potvin 310 *** 2. Tomas Jonsson 84 *** Kenny Jonsson 57…
6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 7. Roman Hamrlik 43 **** 8. Mark Streit 40 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 39
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Roman Hamrlik 120 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 118…
18. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 20. Adam Pelech 91
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 157…
17. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 18. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 19. Adam Pelech and Adrian Aucoin 125
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 53 *** 12. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 13. Chris Osgood and Ilya Sorokin 49
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 *** 5. Ilya Sorokin and Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 7. Semyon Varlamov 11
On the Farm
William Dufour and Chris Terry each scored a goal and added an assist as Bridgeport improved to 12-3-4-0 with a 4-3 win over Providence on Sunday. Jakub Skarek made 21 saves for his 4th win of the season.
Samuel Bolduc leads the team in assists (15) and points (18); Andy Andreoff leads the team in goals (10). Cory Schneider is 8-1-1 on the season for Bridgeport; only two AHL goalies have more wins.
The Islanders are in Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday and then host Springfield on Sunday.
Season Series Stats
Nashville sweeps the season series, 2 game to 0 (and 4 points to 0), extending their recent string of success against The Islanders.
The Isles are 0-7-2 in their last nine games with Nashville and are 0-5-1 in their last six home games with the Preds. The last Islander win was in Nashville on October 28, 2017, by a 6-2 score; the Isles haven't beaten the Preds at home since their third-ever game at Barclays Center (October 15, 2015, by a 4-3 score).
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th —CHICAGO AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles look to snap the two-game losing streak as they entertain the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Isles are 3-1-2 in their last six games with Chicago; their only regulation defeat in that stretch came on December 27, 2019, in their first meeting with ex-mate Robin Lehner.
This is the second of three straight home games where a rested Islander team will host an opponent who played the previous night. Chicago is at The Garden on Saturday (and St. Louis is there Monday); Nashville beat New Jersey on Thursday night.
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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