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The Skinny: Philadelphia 1, Isles 0 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 20
Philadelphia 1, Isles 0 (SO)
After Ilya Sorokin and Samuel Ersson battled through 65 scoreless minutes of hockey, Tyson Forester scored the only goal of a four-round shootout as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Isles 1-0  before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.   

The shootout loss ended the Isles' three-game win streak, but the Islanders do extend their point streak to six straight games (3-0-3), which is their longest point streak under Lane Lambert.  

The Isles are 8-6-6 on the season; they begin a three-game road trip in New Jersey on Tuesday. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
None

2nd Period
None

3rd Period
None

OT
None

The Shootout
Bo Horvat (NG)/ Cam Atkinson (NG)
Oliver Wahlstrom (NG)/ Sean Couturier (NG)
Mathew Barzal (NG)/Morgan Frost (NG)
Kyle Palmieri (NG)/ Tyson Foerster (G/GDG)

The Isles are 1-2 in the shootout while Philadelphia is 1-0… … Ilya Sorokin falls to 6-10 in his career in shootouts while Samuel Ersson won his first career shootout; both goalies are also credited with a shutout…The Isles are 4-14 in their last 18 shootouts...The Isles have scored on 4 of 16 shootout attempts, with Bo Horvat and Oliver Wahlstrom each scoring twice…Islander goalies have stopped 11 of 16 opponent shootout attempts.

The Skinny    
The Isles now have a shutout streak of 93:17 and a scoreless streak of 69:42… The Isles have outscored their opponents 20-11 in the first period this season … Brock Nelson's point streak ended at five games (4-4-8); he shares the team scoring lead with Mathew Barzal and Noah Dobson (each with 16 points)…Dobson and Barzal have identical 5-11-16 totals… Julien Gauthier had four shots on goal and a team-leading five hits in just 8:45 of ice-time; it was only his third appearance this season…Ryan Pulock blocked a career-high nine shots, most since Alexander Romanov did so in last season's opener (10/13/2022 vs. Florida); only one Islander has recorded more blocks in a game (Sean Hill- 12/3/2006 vs NYR – 12 blocks) …Noah Dobson has played just a fraction under 60 minutes in the last two games and is now 7th in the NHL in average Ice-time (25:01); no Islander has average 25 minutes per game since 2013-14.…Ilya Sorokin faced at least 35 shots for the 9th time this season (most in NHL); in his last two appearance Sorokin has lowered his GAA to 2.95 and raised his save percentage to .917…The Isles did not allow a third period goal for the second straight game; they have still been outscored 16-5 over the last eleven third periods…The Isles have been outscored 29-13 in the third period and overtime this season ..The Isles have led at some point of 16 of their first 20 games, but have won only eight of them…  Simon Holmstrom is only one goal shy of his rookie year total of 6; he is the only player in the NHL with at least five goals but no assists… …Hudson Fasching's next appearance will be his 100th NHL game…The Isles remain one point out of a playoff spot

Whole Lot of 0-0
This was the 19th game in Islander history that was scoreless through 60 minutes.  Six of them ended in a scoreless tie, including three where overtime was not played. Isles are now 6-7 in games that are scoreless through 60 minutes and decided in either overtime or a shootout. Seven were decided by an overtime goal (4-3) while six have gone to a shootout (2-4).

The Isles are now 2-4 all-time in scoreless games that were decided by a shootout:
7-Feb-12 @ Philadelphia Wso
24-Nov-14 Vs Philadelphia Wso
1-Feb-19 Vs Tampa Bay Lso
22-Apr-21 Vs Washington Lso
19-Dec-22 @ Colorado    Lso
25-Nov-23 Vs Philadelphia      Lso

Sorokin is now responsible for two of the six instances in NHL history where a goalie had at least 40 saves in a shutout that ended with a shootout loss.

Overtime/Shootout Losses
The Isles are 0-4 in games decided by an overtime goal. allowing four goals on 16 shots; the seven overtimes have taken 22:34 to play. They are 1-2 in shootouts.

Ilya Sorokin is 14-23 in his career in games that have gone beyond sixty minutes; he is 8-13 in games decided in overtime and 6-10 in games decided by a shootout.

The Isles have lost 21 of the last 32 games that were decided by an overtime goal (since January 11, 2020).

Most Overtime/Shootout Losses thru 20 games
2009-10 7  (7-6-7)
2023-24 6  (8-6-6)

Their 4 OTL/SOL is the most through eleven home games in club history.

5-on-5 
The Isles did not allow a 5-on-5 goal; they have allowed only eight 5-on-5 goals in the last seven games (with four coming in Calgary).

Shoot the Puck!
Although the Isles did not have a shot on goal during three power plays tonight, the Isles have been getting more rubber on goal during power plays than they did last season:
2023-24  Isles have 76 shots in 80:22 of PP   (0.95 shots per minute)
2022-23  Isles had 336 shots in 379:43 of PP (0.88 shots per minute)
That's a 7% increase in shots per minute spent on the power play.

Killing Their Own PP
The Isles have taken a penalty to interrupt their power play eight times this season.

Heavy Hitters
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are now 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,804
2. Matt Martin 3,734

Martin (7) and Clutterbuck (3) have combined for the 10-biggest hits seasons in Isles history in the Real-Time era, which began in 2005-06. 

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  8-6-6 for 22 points in 20 games
2022-23  12-8-0 for 24 points in 20 games

Offense from Defense
Today:  0-0-0
Season: 7-24-31
Last Season (Final) 41-132-173

The Islander defense scored 41 goals last season, which was the most since they scored 42 in 2003-04.  The 173 points were their most since 1993-94, when they had 174 points in an 84-game season.

Best of the Best
Ilya Sorokin has 18 shutouts in 143 career starts. He has recorded a shutout in 12.6% of his starts, which is the highest in NHL history (since 1943-44) among goalies with at least 100 starts:
Ilya Sorokin 12.6%
Roman Cechmanek 12.2%
Ken Dryden 11.8%
Dominik Hasek 11.3%

Varly, Varly
Semyon Varlamov has 40 career shutouts and 275 career wins.  Among active NHL goalies (and excluding Carey Price, who is technically still active), Varlamov is 6th in wins (275) and third in shutouts (40).

All-time Goalie Wins
50. Brian Elliott 279
51. Semyon Varlamov 275
      Marty Turco 275

Home and Road
The Isles are 8-6-6 overall; they are 4-3-4 at home and 4-3-2 on the road.
Philadelphia is 11-9-1 overall; they are 5-5-0 at home and 6-4-1 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 6-3-4 against the East (3-1-3 vs. Metropolitan and 3-2-1 vs. Atlantic) and 2-3-2 against the West (1-2-0 vs. Central and 1-1-2 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 93 games at UBS Arena and recorded 65 sellouts of 17,255. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,531
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,413
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 6-1-5 when scoring first and are 2-5-0 when allowing the opening goal. They are 0-0-1 when the game heads to a shootout following a scoreless tie.

The Shots
Isles                 6-9-6-3=24
Philadelphia   12-12-12-4=40
The Isles are 2-2-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 5-4-5 when they are out-shot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 40 saves; he is 5-3-5 on the season and 9-2-2 vs. Philadelphia.   
Samuel Ersson made 24 saves; he is 4-3-1 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.  

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

The Isles are 4-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-3-3 when they do not. The Isles are 2-4-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-2-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-5 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-1 when they do not.  Under Lane Lambert the Isles are 41-7-9 when scoring at least three goals.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 5-0-6 in games decided by a single goal including 4-0 in regulation. They are 0-4 in games decided in overtime and are 1-2 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     
Including tonight, the Isles are 1-0-2 in the front end and 0-1-2 in the back end this season. The next set of back-to-backs will be on December 15 vs Boston and December 16 at Montreal. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (28:41; 2nd -highest of career);  Philadelphia: Travis Sanheim (24:48)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 21:45 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-0-2), Noah Dobson (6-4-3), Alex Romanov (0-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-1).

Face-offs
Isles 36, Philadelphia 28 (56%)
Casey Cizikas won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Rudy Poehling won 11 of 19 for Philadelphia.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Julien Gauthier -5)
Philadelphia 20 (Owen Tippett -5)

Fights 
None. Season total: 2 (Martin 1, Pelech 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 24 (Ryan Pulock -9)
Philadelphia 26 (Marc Staal-4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, Philadelphia 80
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 48, Philadelphia 65
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Cal Clutterbuck +9
Philadelphia: Owen Tippett +12

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Philadelphia 16
5-on-5: Isles 8, Philadelphia 12

Scratches
Matt Martin (upper body-IR), Adam Pelech (upper body – LTIR), (Sebastian Aho). Hudson Fasching, Mike Reilly
Games Lost to injury: 17

The Ironmen
Three Islanders have played at least 100 consecutive games:
Anders Lee 132
Brock Nelson 104
Ryan Pulock 103

Challenges
Isles:2 successful, 0 failures – WSH goalie interference (11/2), OTT offside (11/24)

Opponents: 0 successful, 1 failures – BUF no offside  (10/21) 

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute once this season (no times at home and once on road-11/24 @OTT) and allowed two in the same span three times (COL 10/25 x2, MIN 11/8)

Multi-Goal 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from two goals behind after two periods to win no times this season and have allowed the opposition to do so once.
For (0):  
Vs (2): DET 10/30 (trailed 0-2, won 4-3 in OT); CAR 11/4 (trailed 1-3, won 4-3 in OT) 

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and have allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period to tie or go-ahead:
For (1): Bo Horvat 10/20 vs NJ 18:49 (Isles lost in OT)

OT Winners
For (0):  
Vs (4):   Jack Hughes (NJ) 10/20, Lucas Raymond (DET) 10/30, Sebastian Aho (CAR) 11/4, Quinn Hughes (VAN) 11/15

Shootout Winners
For (1):  Oliver Wahlstrom (Vs CGY) 11/18
Vs (2):  Kailer Yamamoto (SEA) 11/16, Tyson Foerster (PHI) 11/25

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,057…
6. Bob Bourne 814 *** 7. Matt Martin 780 *** 8.Brock Nelson 778 *** 9.  Casey Cizikas 765…
11. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 12. Anders Lee 698 *** 13. Brent Sutter 694 *** 14. John Tavares 669 *** 15. Cal Clutterbuck 656

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 251 *** 9. Anders Lee 244 …
28. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 29. Mathew Barzal 110 *** 30.Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 ***32. Anthony Beauvillier 102 *** 33. Anders Kallur 101 *** 34. Casey Cizikas 100

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 …
13. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 14. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 15. Mathew Barzal 267…
18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Brock Nelson 227…
23. Ed Westfall 181 *** 24. Anders Lee 177…
34. Steve Thomas 140 *** 35. Mark Streit 139 *** 36. Greg Gilbert 136 *** 37. Ryan Pulock 133

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
13. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 14. Brock Nelson 478 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 ***  16. Anders Lee 421 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 377…
34. Kenny Jonsson 232 *** 35. Greg Gilbert 231 *** 36. Benoit Hogue and Trent Hunter 229 *** 38. Casey Cizikas 228

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
15. Bob Lorimer +105 *** 16. Adam Pelech +83 ***  17. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 18. Garry Howatt +75 *** 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 *** 3. Kenny Jonsson 57…
5. Jean Potvin 46 *** 6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 7. Ryan Pulock 44 *** 8. Roman Hamrlik 43 *** 9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Johnny Boychuk and Noah Dobson 35

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
7. Jeff Norton 166 *** 8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 133…
12. Roman Hamrlik 110 *** 13. Tom Kurvers and Gerry Hart 108  ***15. Adam Pelech  and  Noah Dobson 102… 
20. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 22. Ken Morrow and Scott Mayfield 88

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
7. Jeff Norton 188 *** 8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 177…
11, Travis Hamonic 146 *** 12. Dave Lewis 141 *** 13. Noah Dobson 137… 
15. Johnny Boychuk and Bryan Berard 131 *** 17. Gerry Hart 128 *** 18. Adam Pelech 127…
20. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 21. Adrian Aucoin and Scott Mayfield 113

Goalie Games
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. Glenn Healy 176 *** 9. Ilya Sorokin 149 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 142

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
7. Roland Melanson 77 *** 8. Ilya Sorokin 75 *** 9. Glenn Healy 66 *** 10. Tommy Salo and Semyon Varlamov 62

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Ilya Sorokin 18 *** 
4. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 5. Semyon Varlamov 15

On the Farm  
Bridgeport dropped 5-11-1-0 on the with a 2-1 loss to Providence on Saturday night and Belleville on Sunday afternoon.

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied, 1 game to  (the Isles have earned three points to the Flyers' two).
The teams will meet again on April 1st at WellsFargo Center to complete the season series.

The Isles are 12-2-1 in their last 15 games with the Flyers; the shootout loss ended an eight game Isles win streak against Philadelphia. 

UP NEXT
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th  — ISLANDERS AT NEW JERSEY– 7:00pm ET
[MSGSN2 (pre-game at 6:30, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
The Isles begin a three-game road trip with their first trip to Newark in nearly a calendar year (12/9/2022). The Devils defeated the Isles at UBS on October 20th, as they used four power play goals enroute to a 5-4 overtime win.

The Isles are 8-2-0 in the last ten trips to New Jersey and are 14-5-1 in their last 20 meetings with the Devils. The Isles will play 50 games before they face the Devils again on March 24th at UBS Arena. 

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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