Friday, November 17, 2023
The Skinny: Seattle 4, Isles 3 (SO)
By Eric Hornick
Seattle 4, Isles 3 (SO)
Kailer Yamamoto tied the game with a third period power play goal and then scored the deciding goal in the eighth round of the shootout as the Seattle Kraken rallied from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits for a 4-3 victory over the Isles before a crowd of 17,151 at Climate Pledge Arena.
Five of the six goals scored in the game were on the power play, with the Isles allowing three of them for the second straight night.
The Isles are winless in their last seven games (0-4-3) and remain one game below NHL-.500 (5-6-5); the road trip set concludes on Saturday in Calgary.
Anders Lee (2) Bo Horvat (8), Brock Nelson (3) 03:46 NYI 1,SEA 0 PPG
Matty Beniers (2) Vince Dunn (14), Kailer Yamamoto (3) 09:54 NYI 1,SEA 1 PPG
Alex Wennberg (2) Oliver Bjorkstrand (8), Jordan Eberle (5) 18:29 NYI 1,SEA 2 PPG
Casey Cizikas (3) Mathew Barzal (10), Ryan Pulock (4) 14:25 NYI 2,SEA 2
Noah Dobson (5) Mathew Barzal (11), Kyle Palmieri (6) 01:48 NYI 3,SEA 2 PPG
Kailer Yamamoto (3) Jaden Schwartz (7), Eeli Tolvanen (8) 04:50 NYI 3,SEA 3 PPG
1. Justin Schultz (NG)/Mathew Barzal (NG)
2. Matty Beniers (NG)/Bo Horvat (G)
3. Oliver Bjorkstrand (G)/ Simon Holmstrom(NG)
4. Jared McCann (NG)/Kyle Palmieri(NG)
5. Alex Wennberg(NG)/Brock Nelson (NG)
6. Jordan Eberle (G)/Oliver Wahlstrom (G)
7. Eeli Tolvanen (NG)/Jean-Gabriel Pageau(NG)
8. Kailer Yamamoto(G/GDG)/ Noah Dobson (NG)
The Isles are 0-1 in the shootout while Seattle is 1-2… The Isles needed only six shots to score a second shootout goal this season; last season it took until their sixth (and final) shootout to score a second goal. …Semyon Varlamov is 34-23 in his career in shootouts…The Isles are 3-13 in their last 16 shootouts.
The Isles have outscored their opponents 17-9 in the first period this season … Casey Cizikas is the 34th player in Islander history to reach 100 goals…Bo Horvat extended his point streak to four games while Mathew Barzal recorded a point for the third straight game…The Isles have been outscored 16-4 in the third period over the last eight games and 11-2 over the last seven games…The Isles have been outscored 26-10 in the third period and overtime this season…The Isles are -12 in the third period; only San Jose (-22) and Seattle (-17) have a lower differential….The Isles have led at some point of 13 of their first 16 games, but recorded only five wins…Bo Horvat is 4-6-10 in his last ten games…. Noah Dobson recorded his 35th goal, tying Johnny Boychuk for 10th place among Isles defensemen; he shares the team lead in points with Matthew Barzal -each has 14 points… …Cal Clutterbuck had two hits in his 998th NHL game… The Isles allowed at least three power play goals for the third time this season (New Jersey-October 20th and Vancouver -November 15th); it is the first time since 2013-14 (four times) that this has happened…By scoring twice on their own power plays, the Isles power play improved to 22.2% (10-45), which is 11th in the NHL….The Isles have been shorthanded 57 times (18-57, 68.4%), which is a difference of 0.75 power plays per game….The Isles did not allow a shot on goal in the overtime. …The Isles scored first for the 11th time; only Pittsburgh (12) has scored first more often.
First Times in a Long Time
The Isles have allowed eight power play goals in a three-game span for the first time since December 17-21, 2009, when the Rangers, Montreal and Tampa Bay also scored eight power play goals.
The Isles have scored multiple power play goals on consecutive nights for the first time since October 10-11, 2014 – a home/home series with Carolina to open that season.
Always Something New
The Isles have allowed three power play goals on consecutive nights for the first time in their history. It is the 12th time it has happened in consecutive games.
Not counting the shootout, the Isles have allowed 11 goals on this road trip. Only one has been scored at 5-on-5. The Isles have allowed 8 power play goals, a 3-on-3 OT goal, and a shorthanded -empty netter.
Overtime Is (Not) Our Time
The Isles have not won a game that has gone beyond sixty minutes this season. They are 0-4 in games decided by an overtime goal. allowing four goals on eight shots; the five overtimes have taken only 12:34 to play. They are also 0-1 in shootouts.
Ilya Sorokin is 13-22 in his career in games that have gone beyond sixty minutes; he is 8-13 in games decided in overtime and 5-9 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).
Shoot the Puck!
The Isles have been getting more rubber on goal during power plays than they did last season:
• 2023-24 Isles have 69 shots in 67:44 of PP (1.02 shots per minute)
• 2022-23 Isles had 336 shots in 379:43 of PP (0.88 shots per minute)
That's a 16% 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.
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are now 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,796
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 5-6-5 for 15 points in 16 games
• 2022-23 10-6-0 for 20 points in 16 games
Offense from Defense
• Today: 1-1-2
• Season: 7-18-25
• 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 17 shutouts in 140 career starts. He has recorded a shutout in 12.1% of his starts, which is the second-highest in NHL history (since 1943-44) among goalies with at least 100 starts:
• Roman Cechmanek 12.2%
• Ilya Sorokin 12.1%
• Ken Dryden 11.8%
• Dominik Hasek 11.3%
Semyon Varlamov has 40 career shutouts and 274 career wins. Among active NHL goalies (and excluding Carey Price, who is technically still active), Varlamov is 6th in wins (274) and third in shutouts (40).
Home and Road
The Isles are 5-6-5 overall; they are 3-3-3 at home and 2-3-2 on the road.
Seattle is 6-8-4 overall; they are 3-5-0 at home and 3-3-4 on the road.
East and West
The Isles are 4-3-3 against the East (2-1-2 vs. Metropolitan and 2-2-1 vs. Atlantic) and 1-3-2 against the West (1-2-0 vs. Central and 0-1-2 vs. Pacific).
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 91 games at UBS Arena and recorded 63 sellouts of 17,255.
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,531
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,410
3. Glen Sather 1,319
First Things First
The Isles are 5-1-5 when scoring first and are 0-5-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 1-2-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 3-4-4 when they are out-shot.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves; he is 2-3-1 on the season and 0-1-1 vs. Seattle.
Philipp Grubauer made 20 saves; he is 4-6-0 on the season and 3-3-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 2-5 on the power play (7:30); Seattle was 3-4 on the power play (6:29).
The Isles are 2-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-3-2 when they do not. The Isles are 2-3-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-2-1 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-5 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-5-0 when they do not. Under Lane Lambert the Isles are 38-7-8 when scoring at least three goals.
The Isles are 3-0-5 in games decided by a single goal including 3-0 in regulation. They are 0-4 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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.
Including tonight, the Isles are 0-0-2 in the front end and 0-1-1 in the back end this season. The next set of back-to-backs will be on November 24 in Ottawa and November 25 vs. Philadelphia.
Isles: Noah Dobson (24:51); Seattle: Adam Larsson (24:27)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with a season-high 21:36 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-0-2), Noah Dobson (3-4-2), Alex Romanov (0-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-1).
Isles 32, Seattle 26 (55%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 9 of 13 for the Isles; Alex Wennberg won 8 of 14 for Seattle.
Isles 9 (Two with 2)
Seattle 13 (Will Borgen -3)
None. Season total: 2 (Martin 1, Pelech 1)
Isles 11 (Ryan Pulock -2)
Seattle 21 (Jamie Oleskiak -5)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 63, Seattle 63
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 41, Seattle 50
Isles: Alex Romanov +9
Seattle: Vince Dunn +13
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, Seattle 11
5-on-5: Isles 7, Seattle 7
Matt Martin (upper body), Julien Gauthier (sick), Samuel Bolduc
Games Lost: 13
Anders Lee played in his 128th consecutive Islander game; it Is the longest active streak on the team. (Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson are the other current Islanders to appear in every game last season and this season.)
Isles:1 successful, 0 failures – WSH goalie interference (11/2)
Opponents: 0 successful, 1 failures – BUF no offside (10/21)
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute no times this season (no times at home and none on road) 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.
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)
Vs (4): Jack Hughes (NJ) 10/20, Lucas Raymond (DET) 10/30, Sebastian Aho (CAR) 11/4, Quinn Hughes (VAN) 11/15
Vs (1): Kailer Yamamoto (VAN) 11/16)
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 774 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 761…
12. Brent Sutter and Anders Lee 694 *** 14. John Tavares 669 *** 15. Cal Clutterbuck 652
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 248 *** 9. Anders Lee 242 …
28. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 29 Mathew Barzal 108
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 224…
23. Ed Westfall 181 *** 24. Anders Lee 177
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
13. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 14. Brock Nelson 472 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 *** 16. Anders Lee 419 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 375
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
15. Bob Lorimer +105 *** 16. Adam Pelech +79 *** 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
1. Denis Potvin 310 *** 2. Tomas Jonsson 84 *** Kenny Jonsson 57…3
6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 7. Ryan Pulock 44 *** 8. Roman Hamrlik 43 *** 9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Johnny Boychuk and Noah Dobson 35
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 133…
13. Tom Kurvers and Gerry Hart 108 ***15. Bryan Berard, Adam Pelech and Noah Dobson 100…
21. Ken Morrow 88 *** 23. Bert Marshall 87 ***24. Scott Mayfield 86
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 177…
11, Travis Hamonic 146 *** 12. Dave Lewis 141 *** 13. Noah Dobson 135…
17. Gerry Hart 128 *** 18. Vladimir Malakhov and Adam Pelech 125 *** 20. Thomas Hickey 117 ***
21. Adrian Aucoin 113 *** 22. Scott Mayfield 112
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. *** Glenn Healy 176 *** 9. Ilya Sorokin 146 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 141
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
7. Roland Melanson 77 *** 8. Ilya Sorokin 73 *** 9. Glenn Healy 66 *** 10. Tommy Salo 62 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 61
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Ilya Sorokin 17 ***
4. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 5. Semyon Varlamov 15
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 4-7-1-0 on the season as they get set to begin a home-and-home series with Hershey on Friday in Chocolatetown. The same teams will battle in Bridgeport on Saturday; the Baby Isles will conclude a 3-in-3 weekend by hosting Providence on Sunday afternoon.
Season Series Stats
Seattle leads the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1). The teams will meet on February 13th at UBS Arena to complete the season series.
The Isles are 1-1-1 in their three trips to Seattle and 2-2-1 all-time against the Kraken.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th —ISLANDERS AT CALGARY– 7:00pm ET
[MSGSN2, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles conclude the road trip on Saturday in Calgary. Note that it is a 5:00 local start and 7:00 back in New York.
The Isles have lost three straight in Calgary since they earned a 5-2 win in Alberta in March 2018, and are 1-5-0 in their last six games overall against the Flames.
I was honored to be featured on the latest edition of Talkin Isles with Greg Picker and Cory Wright. Find it here: https://talkin-isles.simplecast.com/episodes/eric-hornick
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