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The Skinny: St. Louis 7, Isles 4

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 27
St. Louis 7, Isles 4
Ivan Barbashev and Ryan O'Reilly scored second period goals to give the Blues a 3-1 advantage, which they built to 5-1 early in the third period, before an Islander 3-goal rally came up short in a 7-4 St. Louis victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 16,044 at UBS Arena.

Zach Parise, Hudson Fasching and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in the third period, the latter two 21 seconds apart to make it 5-4 before the Blues hit the empty net twice for the final margin of victory.

The Isles fall to 16-11-0 and will play in New Jersey on Friday. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Josh Leivo (1) Brayden Schenn (13) 17:13 STL 1,NYI 0
Noah Dobson (8) Mathew Barzal (25), Oliver Wahlstrom (7) 17:52 STL 1,NYI 1

2nd Period
Ivan Barbashev (4) William Bitten (1), Niko Mikkola (2) 03:51 STL 2,NYI 1
Ryan O'Reilly (9) Josh Leivo (7), Justin Faulk (13) 14:58 STL 3,NYI 1

3rd Period
Noel Acciari (7) Justin Faulk (14), Nathan Walker (1) 03:37 STL 4,NYI 1
Colton Parayko (1) Jordan Kyrou (12), Nick Leddy (9) 03:50 STL 5,NYI 1
Zach Parise (9) Josh Bailey (4), Noah Dobson (10) 05:36 STL 5,NYI 2 PPG
Hudson Fasching (1) Matt Martin (4), Brock Nelson (14) 14:43 STL 5,NYI 3
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (7) Zach Parise (5) 15:04 STL 5,NYI 4
Robert Thomas (5)EN Brandon Saad (2) 18:03 STL 6,NYI 4
Noel Acciari (8)EN 18:55 STL 7,NYI 4

The Skinny 
The Isles went 1-2 on the power play; the power play is now 10-33 in the last eleven games… Since opening the season 2-4-0, the Isles are 14-7-0 in the last 21 games… The Isles did not reach 16 wins last season until February 1st (16-16-6)... Brock Nelson has a point in six straight games (3-3-6)… The Isles had at least 40 shots for the third straight game, matching the club record set in February 2015 …Hudson Fasching scored his 2nd career goal in his 40th NHL game; his previous goal came 6 years, 8 months, and 10 days earlier in his NHL debut…It was the 5th time this season (all at home) that the Isles have scored two goals in under one minute…The Isles outshot the opponent in each period for the third straight game, matching the club record; this also happened in December 2009 and January 2015…The Isles dressed the same six defensemen for the 22nd straight game…Nick Leddy returned to the Island for the first time since the Isles dealt him to Detroit in 2021; the Isles acquired a draft pick used to select Aatu Raty in that deal…Leddy and Robert Thomas each extended their point streaks to four games…The Blues had scored only 20 third period goals (including three empty-netters) before tallying twice in :13 against Sorokin and twice into an empty-net…IT was only the 10th time in his career that Sorokin had allowed five goals (and only the 3rd time on home ice)…Colton Parayko scored for the first time in 54 games…The teams combined for seven goals in the third period; it was the second 7-goal period in UBS history (March 7, 2022 vs. Colorado, also in the 3rd period)…The Isles have now allowed 9 empty-net goals; they also scored a goal with a 6th attacker for the first time this season.

The Injury
Adam Pelech left the game with 15:55 to play following a collision with Robert Bortuzzo; he did not return.

Schedule Oddity
The opponent was on the back end of a back-to-back for all three games on this homestand.  Nashville played at New Jersey, while both Chicago and St. Louis visited UBS the day after playing at Madison Square Garden.  It is the first time in Islander history that a rested Islander team has hosted a team that has played at another metro-area opponent for three straight games, however the Isles went 1-2-0 in the three games.

Last Year vs. This Year
2021-22  16-11-0 for 32 points in 27 games
2020-21  9-12-6 for 24 points in 27 games

Offense from Defense
Today:  1-1-2
Season: 20-41-61
Last Season (Final) 32-128-160

The Islander defense have scored an NHL-leading nineteen goals; they didn't score their 20th goal last season until March 19th.  

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise scored his 417th career goal, good for 9th among actives; he passed Tony Amonte for 10th among American-born players and tied Jason Arnott is 90th all-time. Bill Barber is 89th with 420 career goals.

Most Goals and Points by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72-168-240) 
Bryan Berard (26-83-109)
Noah Dobson (25-64-89)
Tomas Jonsson (22-60-82)
Paul Boutilier (20-69-89) 

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

Home and Road
The Isles are 16-11-0 overall; they are 9-5-0 at home and 7-6-0 on the road.
St. Louis is 12-14-0 overall; they are 5-6-0 at home and 7-8-0 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 8-5-0 against the West (4-5-0 vs. Central and 4-0-0 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 55 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. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,503
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,379
3. Glen Sather 1,319

This was Lou's 2,700 game as an NHL GM, tying Glen Sather on the all-time list.

First Things First
The Isles are 11-2-0 when scoring first and are 5-9-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles   13-14-13=40
St. Louis 6-13-9=28
The Isles are 6-5-0 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 21 saves; he is 10-8-0 on the season and 2-1-0 vs St. Louis.

Thomas Greiss made 36 saves; he is 3-3-0 on the season and 2-2-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play (3:31); St. Louis was 0-2 on the power play (4:00).

The Isles are 8-7-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-4-0 when they do not. The Isles are 8-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-7-0 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-3-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-8-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
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 3-5 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 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. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (21:25);  St. Louis: Justin Faulk/Colton Parayko (22:41)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:59 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-0), Noah Dobson (2-6-0), Adam Pelech (3-2-0), Ryan Pulock (4-1-0), Scott Mayfield (2-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 36, St. Louis 25 (59%)
Casey Cizikas won 11 of 15 for the Isles; Ryan O'Reilly won 13 of 25 for St. Louis. 

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Matt Martin and Alexander Romanov-4)
St. Louis 18 (Tyler Pitlick -4)
Fights 
None.   Season total: 10 (Martin-3, Lee-2, Wahlstrom-2, Johnston-2, Cizikas)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 10 (Adam Pelech -2)
St. Louis 17 (Robert Bortuzzo-3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 64, St. Louis 50  
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 58, St. Louis 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Sebastian Aho +14
St. Louis: Josh Leivo +8  

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 22, St. Louis 16
5-on-5: Isles 21, St. Louis 15

Scratches
(Kyle Palmieri-upper body-LTIR), (Cal Clutterbuck – upper body), Ross Johnston, Robin Salo 
Games Lost: 16

The Ironman
Zach Parise played in his 109th consecutive Islander game; he has played in every game since joining the team in October 2021.

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

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews: 3 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood; Isles no goal vs NSH 12/2-stood; Isles goal- Martin vs CHI 12/4-awarded)

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute five times this season (all at home):
0:17 10/29 vs. COL (Mayfield and Beauvillier)
0:59 11/7 vs. CGY (Lee and Palmieri)
0:22 11/26 vs PHI (Nelson and Beauvillier)
0:43 12/4 vs CHI (Parise and Nelson)
0:21 12/6 vs STL (Fasching and Pageau)

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)

Overtime Winners
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 1,016…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Matt Martin 711 *** 10. Brock Nelson 703 *** 11. Brent Sutter 694 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 689… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson and Anders Lee 622 *** 18. Cal Clutterbuck 609

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 220 *** 11. Brock Nelson 217 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 180

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 383…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 245 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Brock Nelson 196…
25. Alexei Yashin and Duane Sutter 171 *** 27. Jean Potvin 167 *** 28. Jeff Norton and Anders Lee 166

Points
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 563  …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 413 ***  16. Anders Lee 386…
19. Fran Nielsen 349 *** 20. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 339

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 17. Garry Howatt +75 *** 18. Adam Pelech +74 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

Defense Goals
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

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Roman Hamrlik 120 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 119…
18. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 20. Adam Pelech 92

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 158…
17. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 18. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 19. Adam Pelech 126

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 54 *** 12. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 13. Chris Osgood and Ilya Sorokin 49

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

On the Farm
The Isles are 13-4-4-0 heading into this weekend's 3-on-3. The Islanders host Hershey Friday and then play a home-and-home with Providence next Saturday/Sunday. 

Andy Andreoff leads the team in goals (11) and Samuel Bolduc leads the team in assists (15); Andreoff, Bolduc and Chris Terry all have 19 points to share the team lead.  Cory Schneider is 9-1-1 on the season for Bridgeport; only two AHL goalies have more wins.

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series, 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2).

It was only the second regulation loss in the Isles' last nine games to St. Louis (6-2-1) and their first on home-ice since 2014 (ending a 5-0-1 stretch).

UP NEXT
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th - ISLANDERS AT NEW JERSEY 7:00pm
[MSGSN2 (pre-game at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles look to end the season series with the Devils as they visit New Jersey for the only time this season.   

The Devils defeated the Isles 4-1 at UBS Arena on October 20th.   That was right before the Devils got red hot, and New Jersey now leads the Metropolitan Division with a 21-4-1 record.  The Devils, 18-1-1 in their last 20 games, also have the most points in the NHL (43), although Boston can tie them in one fewer game with a win Wednesday in Denver. 

The Isles are 7-2-0 in their last nine trips to Newark, splitting a pair of games there last season.

New Jersey is the only Metropolitan Division opponent that the Isles will visit only once this season.

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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