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The Skinny: Calgary 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 41
Calgary 4, Isles 1
Milan Lucic and Blake Coleman scored 1:29 apart to give the Flames a 2-0 lead 6:05 in, and Calgary defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a crowd of 18,837 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Zach Parise scored the only goal for the Islanders but by then Calgary had built a 3-0 lead.  The Isles played without Mathew Barzal, who could not go after taking warmups.  His absence ended his goal-scoring streak at a career-best five games.

The Isles end the first half with a 22-17-2 record and now head home to begin a five-game homestand on Tuesday against Dallas. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Milan Lucic (3) Jonathan Huberdeau (19) 04:36 NYI 0,CGY 1
Blake Coleman (7) Andrew Mangiapane (10), Mikael Backlund (13) 06:05 NYI 0,CGY 2
Nikita Zadorov (6) Trevor Lewis (6) 14:21 NYI 0,CGY 3
Zach Parise (12) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (14), Scott Mayfield (6) 19:00 NYI 1,CGY 3

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Nazem Kadri (15) Tyler Toffoli (17) 06:59 NYI 1,CGY 4

The Skinny   
The Isles did not reach 22 wins last season until March 10th (22-24-8)... The Isles have outscored the opposition 51-39 in the third period… The Isles went 0-1 on the power play, dropping them to 2-36 over the past 13 games…The Isles fell below NHL-.500 on the road for the first time since opening 0-2-0….Alexander Romanov had four hits on his 23rd birthday; Noah Dobson turns 23 on Saturday…The Isles allowed the opening goal in all four games on the road trip and finished the trip with a 1-3-0 record….The Isles were outscored 7-2 in the first period of the four games…The Isles have scored first in only 7 of their 23 road games…It was only the second time this season that the Isles allowed three goals in the first period (also at Nashville on November 17th).

Last Year vs. This Year
2022-23  22-17-2 for 46 points in 41 games
2021-22  17-18-6 for 40 points in 41 games

Last Season                        This Season
Goals For  99                              129
Goals Against 108                      112
Power Play  17.9%                      18.3%
Penalty Kill  82.5%                      81.3%

Leaders
Games    3 with 41                 8 with 41   
Goals  Nelson 15                Nelson 15
Assists Barzal/Bailey 18       Barzal 30
Points    Barzal 29                 Barzal 41

Goalies
Sorokin   14-9-5 .924 2.37        14-13-1  .924  2.35
Varlamov  3-9-1 .916 2.57          8-4-1     .906  2.76

Offense from Defense
Today:  0-1-1
Season: 25-60-85
Last Season (Final) 32-128-160

The Islander defense have scored an NHL-leading 25 goals; they didn't score their 25th goal last season until April 14th.  

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise scored his 420th career goals good for 9th among actives.  The goal tied Bill Barber for 89th  all-time with 420 career goals; Stephane Richer, Vincent Lecavalier and Steve Thomas are tied-86th with 421.

Most Goals and Points by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72-168-240) 
Noah Dobson (27-68-95)
Bryan Berard (26-83-109)
Tomas Jonsson (22-60-82)
Paul Boutilier (20-69-89) 
 Dobson turns 23 this Saturday, January 7th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 22-17-2 overall; they are 12-6-0 at home and 10-11-2 on the road.
Calgary is 19-14-7 overall; they are 12-7-2 at home and 7-7-5 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 12-8-1 against the East (9-4-0 vs. Metropolitan and 3-4-1 vs. Atlantic) and 10-9-1 against the West (4-6-1 vs. Central and 6-3-0 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 59 games at UBS Arena and recorded 40 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 1,509
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,385
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 14-4-0 when scoring first and are 8-13-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles     8-8-9=25
Calgary 6-9-6=21
The Isles are 11-7-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 10-10-2 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves; he is 8-4-1 on the season and 7-11-2 vs Calgary. 

Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves; he is 13-10-4 on the season and 6-5-1 vs. the Isles.

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

The Isles are 11-8-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-9-2 when they do not. The Isles are 11-7-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-10-1 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-5-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-1 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 7-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 4-3 in regulation. They are 3-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-2 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-6 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 on January 18th vs Boston and on January 19th in Buffalo. Including tonight, the Isles are 4-4-0 in the front end and 5-3-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:57);  Calgary: Rasmus Andersson (22:54)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:46 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-1), Noah Dobson (4-9-1), Adam Pelech (3-2-0), Ryan Pulock (5-3-0), Scott Mayfield (5-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Calgary 21 (58%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 12 of 17 for the Isles;  Radim Zahorna won 4 of 7 for Calgary. 

Hit Count
Isles 31 (Cal Clutterbuck -5)
Calgary 19 (Trevor Lewis -3)
Fights 
None. Season total: 13 (Martin-5, Lee-2, Wahlstrom-2, Johnston-2, Cizikas, Romanov)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 19 (Three with 3)
Calgary 8 (Mackenzie Weegar -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 36, Calgary 56
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 33, Calgary 52

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck +2
Calgary:  Mackenzie Weegar +19

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 5, Calgary 8
5-on-5: Isles 5, Calgary 7

Scratches
(Adam Pelech – upper body-IR), (Kyle Palmieri- upper body-IR),  (Simon Holmstrom-INJ), (Oliver Wahlstrom-INJ), Robin Salo, (Mathew Barzal-INJ)
Games Lost: 74

The Ironmen
Zach Parise played in his 123rd consecutive Islander game; he has played in every game since joining the team in October 2021. It is the 24th-longest active streak in the NHL.  

Noah Dobson played in his 106th consecutive Islander game.

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

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures – PIT offside 12/27

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 six times this season (five times at home and once on road):
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)
0:34 12/9 @ NJD (Cizikas and Wahlstrom)

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 one goal 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)
Vs (1): Kappo Kaako @NYR  12/22 (17:13: GW)

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)

Shootout Winners
Vs (2):  David Pastrnak vs BOS 12/13
Evan Rodrigues @COL 12/19

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,030…
7. Mike Bossy 752 *** 8. Matt Martin 725 *** 9. Brock Nelson 717*** 10. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 11. Casey Cizikas 704… 
14. Derek King 638 *** 15. Anders Lee 637 *** 16. Billy Harris 623 *** 17. Stefan Persson 622 *** 18. Cal Clutterbuck 615

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 226 *** 11. Brock Nelson 220 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 182

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 390…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Mathew Barzal 250 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Brock Nelson 205…
23. Ed Westfall 181 *** 24. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 25. Alexei Yashin and Duane Sutter 171 *** 27. Anders Lee 169

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
6.  Brent Sutter 610 *** 7. Josh Bailey 572  …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 425 ***  16. Anders Lee 395 *** 17. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369…19. Mathew Barzal 352

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
15. Bob Lorimer +105 *** 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. Ryan Pulock +55 *** 24. 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 and  Ryan Pulock 40 *** 10. Johnny Boychuk *** 11. Adrian Aucoin 33 *** 12. Bryan Berard 31***13. Vladimir Malakhov and Noah Dobson 27

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 121…
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 161…
17. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 18. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 19. Adam Pelech 114

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 56 *** 12. Ilya Sorokin 53

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 ***5. Ilya Sorokin 13 *** 6. Semyon Varlamov and Jaroslav Halak 12 

On the Farm
Bridgeport got third period goals from William Dufour and Chris Terry to force overtime, but Martin Frk gave Springfield a 4-3 OT win on Friday night.  The Islanders have fallen to 14-12-6-1 on the season after having gone 1-9-2-1 in the last thirteen games.

Andy Andreoff is tied-5th in the AHL with a team-leading 17 goals, while Chis Terry leads the team in assists (22) and points (32).   

Bridgeport hosts Providence on Saturday.

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series, 1 game to 1 (Calgary earned 3 points to the Isles' 2). 
   
The Isles failed to sweep the Flames for the first time since 2015-16 and are 2-7-0 in their last nine meetings.

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10th –DALLAS AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders return home to start the second half of the season as they begin a season-long five-game homestand by hosting the Dallas Stars. 

The Isles dropped a 5-2 decision in Dallas on November 19th; Mathew Barzal had his first two goals of the season in that one.    The Isles have won their last two home games with Dallas (one in Brooklyn, one at UBS Arena) and are 3-3-0 in their last six games overall with the Stars.

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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