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Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Skinny: Isles 5, Detroit 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 59
Isles 5, Detroit 3
Mathew Barzal banked in a shot off goaltender Alex Lyon for the winning goal with 6:02 to play and then Pierre Engvall became the first Islander this season to hit the empty-net as the Islanders earned their second straight victory with a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings before a sellout crowd of 19,514 at Little Caesars Arena.

The Isles never trailed but Detroit erased 2-0 and 3-2 leads before Barzal scored the winner. 

The Isles are 6-5-3 under Patrick Roy and 25-20-14 overall as they once again climb within five points of Philadelphia for third place in the Metro Division. The Isles return home to host Boston on Saturday night.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
Brock Nelson (26) 12:11 NYI 1,DET 0
Casey Cizikas (7) Adam Pelech (8), Noah Dobson (54) 16:18 NYI 2,DET 0

2nd Period
Olli Maatta (3) David Perron (19), Joe Veleno (15) 05:04 NYI 2,DET 1

3rd Period
Patrick Kane (13) Dylan Larkin (28), Jeff Petry (16) 00:10 NYI 2,DET 2
Brock Nelson (27) Mathew Barzal (45), Kyle Palmieri (18) 05:04 NYI 3,DET 2 PPG
Olli Maatta (4) Shayne Gostisbehere (30), Daniel Sprong (23) 10:49 NYI 3,DET 3
Mathew Barzal (18) 13:58 NYI 4,DET 3
Pierre Engvall (7)EN Simon Holmstrom (8), Casey Cizikas (8) 19:24 NYI 5,DET 3

The Skinny     
The Isles are 5-3-2 since the All-Star Break and are 9-12-5 since the Christmas break… Since Christmas, the Isles are 4-4-3 at home and 5-7-2 on the road…The Isles scored the first goal in for the second straight game and only the eleventh time in the last 26 games.… The Isles' defense has 78 points in the last 36 games and have 59 points in the last 28 games (14-45-59)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 49-38 in the first period but have been outscored 79-59 in the second period and 79-66 in the third period and overtime this season…The Isles have been outscored 41-20 in the second period since the Christmas break; they have allowed the most 2nd period goals over that span and have allowed at least two goals in 14 of the 26 games …The Isles are 18-3-9 when they score the opening goal, including 5-0-0 under Patrick Roy …Mathew Barzal is now 18-45-63; his assists and points are his highest totals since his rookie season (22-63-85 in 2017-18)... Barzal now has 32 primary assists while Noah Dobson had 31 primary assists; Dobson leads all NHL defensemen in that category… The Isles went 4-1-0 on the road in February, bookending the month with two-game win streaks on each end; they were 5-3-2 overall this month…Detroit falls to 16-5-2 in 2024… Daniel Sprong had an assist on the tying goal; he has more goals, assists and points than any NHL player who averages less than thirteen minutes per game…The Red Wings have 36 goals from their defense, more than any other Eastern Conference team…Brock Nelson recorded his fifth two-goal game of the season; he now had 35 multi-goal games, passing Ziggy Palffy for 9th in club history…Patrick Kane now has a point in ten straight games…Olli Maatta scored twice; it was his 3rd career two-goal game…There have been four goals scored in the first 10 seconds of a period in the NHL this season; two of those have been against the Islanders (Artemi Panarin in overtime at Met Life).

First Times in a Long Time 
The Isles won on February 29th for the first time since 1984.
The Red Wings have existed for 98 years; Patrick Kane's goal was the first they ever scored exactly ten seconds into a period.
The Isles scored an empty-net goal for the first time in 65 games (Zach Parise 3/27/2023 vs. New Jersey).

Leap Day
The Isles earned their first Leap Day win in 40 years tonight as they improve to 2-3-1 all-time on this date:

29-Feb-84 @ Winnipeg     4 3 W
29-Feb-92 Vs New Jersey 1 3 L
29-Feb-96 @ Detroit          1 5 L
29-Feb-04 Vs Pittsburgh    2 3 Lot
29-Feb-20 Vs Boston        0 4 L
29-Feb-24 @ Detroit         5 3 W

Milestone Men 
Ilya Sorokin recorded his 88th win, tying Jaroslav Halak for 6th place in club history.
Cal Clutterbuck played his 695th game, passing Brent Sutter for 13th place in club history.

Woah Noah
Dobson is the first Islander defenseman with at least 61 points since 1984-85 when Denis Potvin had 68, and the first with at least 54 assists since 1983-84, when Denis Potvin also recorded 63.

Dobson is on pace for 75 assists; Denis Potvin holds the club record for assists by a defenseman (70 in 1978-79). Dobson is on pace for 85 points, which would trail only three seasons by Potvin.

Dobson has recorded the 14th 60-point season by an Islander defenseman (Denis Potvin 10, Stefan Persson 2, Jean Potvin 1) and he needs just three assists to record only the fifth 57 assist season by an Islander defensemen (Denis Potvin has the other 4).

The New Coach
The Isles are 6-5-3 under Patrick Roy and have allowed only two goals in four of their six wins. Ilya Sorokin is 6-2-2 under Roy while Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-1.

Inter-Division Games
Tonight was the fourth of eleven consecutive inter-division games; the Isles are 2-2-0 in that stretch. The next divisional opponent will be the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day.
 
Overtime is Our Time
The Isles have played 22 overtime games. They are 7-10 in games decided by an overtime goal, and they are 1-4 in shootouts. Ilya Sorokin is 6-7 in overtime and 1-3 in shootouts, while Semyon Varlamov is 1-3 in overtime and 0-1 in shootouts. 

The NHL record for overtime games is 30, played by Boston in 2003-04. The Isles are on pace to play 31 overtime games.

The Isles have won 18 of the last 45 games decided by an overtime goal (since January 11, 2020).

Most Islander OT/SO Losses 
14 (2023-24; CURRENT)
13 (2010-11)

Most OT/SO Losses in a Season (Isles Goalie)
1. Ilya Sorokin 11 (2023-24; CURRENT)
2. Rick DiPietro 9 (2006-07)
3. Ilya Sorokin 8 (2022-23)
Evgeni Nabokov 8 (2013-14)

Most Career OT/SO Losses (Isles Goalie)
Ilya Sorokin 29 (CURRENT)
Rick DiPietro 28 

Empty Netters 
The Isles have scored 1 empty-net goal (11:19) and allowed 14 (10:04)

This was the latest that the Islanders have gone into a season without scoring an empty net goal. They had gone 64 consecutive games dating back to last season without an ENG. The club record of 76 games was set between December 2, 1997, and November 21, 1998. 

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

Power Play Up; Penalty Killing Down
The Isles have scored 37 power play goals; they scored 35 all last season.
The Isles have allowed 51 power play goals; they allowed 39 all last season. 

Under Patrick Roy, the Isles Power Play is 9-42 (21.4%) and the Penalty Kill is 14-41 (65.9%). The PK has the lowest percentage in the NHL over that span.
 
Building on a Lead
The Islanders have had a two-goal lead 40 times this season:
Score the next goal: 9 times
Allowed the next goal: 28 times
Game ended with 2-goal difference: 3 times 

Heavy Hitters
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,959
2. Matt Martin 3,820

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. 

The 25-Goal Club
Brock Nelson is the 8th player in club history to have at least six seasons of at least 25 goals:
Bryan Trottier 12
Mike Bossy 10
John Tavares/ Clark Gillies 7
Pat LaFontaine/ Brent Sutter/ Anders Lee/ Brock Nelson 6

Anders Lee needs ten more goals this season for his 7th season with at least 25 goals.

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  25-20-14 for 64 points in 59 games
2022-23  28-24-7 for 63 points in 59 games

Offense from Defense
Today:   0-2-2
Season: 24-98-122
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.

Lots of Work for Sorokin
Most shots against:
Ilya Sorokin 1,440
Alexandar Georgiev 1,376 
Juuse Saros 1,373
Thatcher Demko 1,343 (*)
* late game Thursday

No goalie has ever played the full season for the Islanders and led the NHL in this category; Kelly Hrudey led the NHL in 1988-89; he was traded at the deadline to Los Angeles.

Facing 40
Ilya Sorokin has faced at least forty shots ten times this season and 27 times in his career. 

Most Games, 40+ Shots in a Season vs Isles Goalie
1. Jaroslav Halak 11  2017-18
2. Gerry Desjardins 10 1972-73
Ilya Sorokin 10 2023-24

No other NHL goalie has faced 40+ shots more than six times this season.

Most games, 40+ Shots (Since 2021-22)
1. John Gibson 34
2. Ilya Sorokin 27
3. Darcy Kuemper 23
4. Sam Montembault 21
    Karel Vejmelka 21

Most Games, 40+ Shots (Islander History)
1. Billy Smith 46    (674 games)
2. Kelly Hrudey 27 (241 games)
    Ilya Sorokin 27 (179 games)

Sorokin has made at least 40 saves six times this season and a franchise-record 16 times in his career. 

Varly, Varly
Semyon Varlamov has 40 career shutouts and 278 career wins. Among active NHL goalies (and excluding Carey Price, who is technically still active), Varlamov is sixth in wins and fourth in shutouts.

All-time Goalie Wins
50. Brian Elliott 279
51. Semyon Varlamov 278
52. Marty Turco 275

Home and Road
The Isles are 25-20-14 overall; they are 13-8-9 at home and 12-12-5 on the road.
Detroit is 33-21-6 overall; they are 18-9-5 at home and 15-12-1 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 17-9-8 against the East (8-4-5 vs. Metropolitan and 9-5-3 vs. Atlantic) and 8-11-6 against the West (4-6-2 vs. Central and 4-5-4 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 111 games at UBS Arena and recorded 77 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 1,430
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Leaders of the Pack
Lou Lamoriello (1,430) and Patrick Roy (136) have combined for 1,566 wins as general manager and coach. That is the highest in the NHL among active combos by a wide margin.

First Things First
The Isles are 18-3-9 when scoring first and are 7-17-5 when allowing the opening goal. Under Patrick Roy, the Isles are 5-0-0 when they score first and are 1-5-3 when they do not.

The Shots
Isles      9-7-11=27
Detroit 6-9-11=26
The Isles are 8-7-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 16-12-9 when the opposition has more shots.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 23 saves; he is 19-13-11 on the season and 4-1-2 vs. Detroit.
Alex Lyon made 22 saves; he is 18-9-2 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play (4:40); Detroit was 0-2 on the power play (4:00).

The Isles are 13-7-8 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-13-6 when they do not. The Isles are 10-14-9 when they allow at least one power play goal and 15-6-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-4-10 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-16-4 when they do not. 

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-3-14 in games decided by a single goal including 8-3 in regulation. They are 7-10 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs     
The Isles are 2-1-3 in the front end and 0-3-3 in the back end this season. The next back-to-back set will be on March 10th in Anaheim and March 11th in Los Angeles. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (24:11); Detroit: Moritz Seider (23:02)
Mathew Barzal led Islander forwards with 19:18 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-0-2), Noah Dobson (20-18-9), Alex Romanov (2-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-2), Matthew Barzal (0-0-1), Bo Horvat (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 30, Detroit 24 (56%)
Bo Horvat won 16 of 21 for the Isles; JT Compher won 7 of 12 for Detroit.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Detroit 13 (Jeff Petry -3)

Fights 
None. Season total: 7 (Martin 3, Pelech 1, Lee 1, Mayfield 1, Horvat 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 20 (Ryan Pulock -5)
Detroit 13 (Olli Maatta-2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 53, Detroit 65
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 39, Detroit 53
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Mike Reilly +8
Detroit: Jeff Petry +10

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 9, Detroit 5
5-on-5: Isles 5, Detroit 4

Scratches
(Robert Bortuzzo -LTIR), Oliver Wahlstrom, (Scott Mayfield – INJ), (Hudson Fasching- LTIR)
Games Lost to injury: 145

The Ironmen
Anders Lee is the Islanders' ironman, having played 171 consecutive games. Brock Nelson (143) is the only other Islander to have played at least 100 consecutive games. Four other Islanders (Noah Dobson, Cal Clutterbuck, Kyle Palmieri, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau) have played every game this season.

Most Overtime Goals, Season (Islanders)
1. John Tavares 4 (2014-15)
2. Bo Horvat 3 (2023-24)
Brock Nelson 3 (2019-20)
John Tavares 3 (2010-11)

Most Overtime Assists, Career (Islanders)
1. Mathew Barzal 15
2. John Tavares 12

Most Overtime Points, Career (Islanders)
1. John Tavares 23
2. Mathew Barzal 20
Barzal has a point on 20 of the 37 overtime goals that the Isles have scored since he became a regular in 2016-17.

National TV Games 
The Isles are 4-0-3 in games that air on one of the NHL's US national broadcast partners. The next nationally televised game will be on March 5th (ESPN+) vs. the Blues.

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-2-1 in matinee games (all at home, including an OT loss at Met Life). The remaining matinee games are March 16th vs OTT, March 17th at NYR, March 23rd vs WPG, and April 13th at NYR.
The NHL considers games that start before 5:00 local time to be afternoon games.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 3 failures – WSH goalie interference (11/2), OTT offside (11/24), LA no goalie interference (12/9), VGK no goalie interference (1/6), PIT no hand pass (2/20) 

Opponents: 3 successful, 2 failures – BUF no offsides (10/21), CAR no high-stick (11/30); ANA goalie interference (12/13), CGY offside (2/10), TB offside (2/24)

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute six times this season (four times at home – CBJ 12/7 x2, WSH 12/29, NYR 2/18-MetLife and twice on road-@OTT 11/24, @ARI 1/4) and allowed two in the same span eight times (COL 10/25 x2, MIN 11/8, @MTL 12/16, PIT 12/27, @NAS 1/13, @PIT 2/20, @STL 2/22 (3 in :32))

Multi-Goal 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from at least two goals behind in the third period to win one time this season and have allowed the opposition to do so five times.
For (1): LA 12/9 (trailed 0-2, won 3-2 in OT)
Vs (5): DET 10/30 (trailed 0-2, won 4-3 in OT); CAR 11/4 (trailed 1-3, won 4-3 in OT) ; @ NJ 11/28 (trailed 2-4, won 5-4 in regulation); SJ 12/5 (trailed 1-4; won 5-3 in OT); NYR 2/18 (trailed 3-5, won 6-5 in OT)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored four goals and have allowed six goals in the final three minutes of the third period to tie or go-ahead:
For (4): Bo Horvat 10/20 vs NJ 18:49 (Isles lost in OT); Simon Holmstrom 12/13 vs ANA 18:27 (GWG); Kyle Palmieri 1/27 vs FLA 18:31 (Isles lost in OT); Pierre Engvall 2/5 @ TOR 17:58 (GWG)
Vs (7): Curtis Lazar 11/28 @ NJ 19:37 (GWG); Sebastian Aho 11/30 @ CAR 19:57 (Isles won in OT); Tomas Hertl vs SJ 18:30 (SJ won in OT); Morgan Rielly 12/11 vs TOR 19:53 (Isles won in OT); Alexandre Carrier 1/13 @ NAS 19:52 (GWG); Sean Monahan 1/25 @ MTL 17:48 (GWG); Mika Zibanejad vs NYR – Met Life 18:31 (NYR won in OT)

OT Winners
For (7):   Mathew Barzal (vs CAR) 11/30, Jean Gabriel Pageau (vs LA) 12/9, Bo Horvat (vs TOR) 12/11, Mathew Barzal (vs TOR) 1/11, Bo Horvat (vs DAL) 1/21, Adam Pelech (vs PIT) 2/20, Bo Horvat (vs DAL) 2/26
Vs (10):   Jack Hughes (NJ) 10/20, Lucas Raymond (DET) 10/30, Sebastian Aho (CAR) 11/4, Quinn Hughes (VAN) 11/15; William Eklund (SJ) 12/5; Dylan Strome (WAS) 12/20; Nathan MacKinnon (COL) 1/2; Seth Jones (CHI) 1/19, Oliver Ekman-Larsson (FLA) 1/27; Artemi Panarin (NYR) 2/18

Shootout Winners
For (1):  Oliver Wahlstrom (Vs CGY) 11/18
Vs (4):  Kailer Yamamoto (SEA) 11/16, Tyson Foerster (PHI) 11/25, David Pastrnak (BOS) 12/15, Tomas Tatar (SEA) 2/13

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,057…
5. Clark Gillies 872 *** 6. Brock Nelson 817 *** 7. Bob Bourne 814 *** 8. Matt Martin 803 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 792 *** 10. Mike Bossy 752 *** 11. Anders Lee 737 *** Patrick Flatley 712 *** 13. Cal Clutterbuck 695…
32. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 34. Ed Westfall 493 *** 35. Radek Martinek 479 *** 36. Mathew Barzal 477 *** 37. Gerry Hart and Adam Pelech 476 *** 39. Mariusz Czerkawski 470 *** 40. Scott Mayfield 468 *** 41. Ryan Pulock 462

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 268 *** 9. Anders Lee 255 …
21. Jason Blake 127 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 123…
30. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 32. Casey Cizikas 104

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 …
10. Stefan Persson 317 *** 11. Bob Bourne 304 *** 12. Mathew Barzal 302…
16. Billy Harris 259 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249  *** 18. Brock Nelson 242…
21. Nick Leddy 198 *** 22. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 23. Anders Lee 184…
31. David Volek 154 *** 32. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 33. Noah Dobson and Travis Green 145 *** 35. Steve Thomas 140 *** 36. Mark Streit 139 *** 37. Greg Gilbert 136 *** 38. Ryan Pulock 135

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Bourne 542 *** 11. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 12. Brock Nelson 510 *** 13. Derek King 499 *** 14. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 *** 16. Anders Lee 439 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 425…
31. Nick Leddy 243 *** 32. Ray Ferraro 238 *** 33. Travis Green and Casey Cizikas 237

+/-
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 +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…
4. Stefan Persson 52 *** 5. Ryan Pulock 47 *** 6. Jean Potvin 46 *** 7. Nick Leddy 45 *** 8. Roman Hamrlik 43 *** 9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Noah Dobson 37

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
7. Jeff Norton 166 *** 8. Noah Dobson 145 *** 9. Mark Streit 139 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 135…
13. Roman Hamrlik 110 *** 14. Tom Kurvers and Gerry Hart 109 *** 16. Adam Pelech 107… 
20. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 22. Scott Mayfield 91

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
6. Jean Potvin 213 *** 7. Jeff Norton 188 *** 8. Noah Dobson and Ryan Pulock 182 … 
13. Dave Lewis 141 *** 14. Tom Kurvers 134 *** 15. Adam Pelech 133…
19. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 20. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 21. Scott Mayfield 116

Goalie Games
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
5. Thomas Greiss 193 *** 6. Tommy Salo 187 *** 7. Ilya Sorokin 179 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 9. Glenn Healy 176 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 153

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Thomas Greiss 101 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak and Ilya Sorokin 88 *** 8. Roland Melanson 77 *** 9. Glenn Healy 66 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 65

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 allowed four goals in the second period on Wednesday and lost to Lavel 4-0 to fall to 16-29-6-1 on the season. 

The Baby Isles head to Lehigh Valley to begin a three-game road trip on Saturday.

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied, 1 game to 1 (the isles have 3 points to Detroit's 2). The season series will be decided with a March 21st game in Detroit.

The Isles are 11-3-2 in their last sixteen games against the Red Wings.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd  –BOSTON AT ISLANDERS – 7:30pm
[MSGSN(pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
After playing only ten games in February, the Isles begin a 14-game March as they welcome the Bruins to UBS Arena for the second time this season.

The Bruins defeated the Isles 5-2 on November 9th in Boston and then rallied for a 5-4 shootout win at UBS on December 15th.

The Isles are 6-1-1 in their last eight home games with Boston, but the Bruins have beaten the Isles six straight times, including twice in shootouts.

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

The Skinny on Leap Day

The Isles will be looking for their first Leap Day win in 40 years tonight.

It is the 6th time the Isles have ever played on 2/29 and the first time on the road since they were in Detroit 28 years ago tonight.

29-Feb-84 @ Winnipeg     4 3 W
29-Feb-92 Vs New Jersey 1 3 L
29-Feb-96 @ Detroit       1 5 L
29-Feb-04 Vs Pittsburgh 2 3 Lot
29-Feb-20 Vs Boston      0 4 L

Of those, the 2/29/84 game is by far the most interesting (beyond the fact that the Isles won) -  LaFontaine and Flatley made their NHL debuts in that game.   Flatley had a goal and an assist in his debut; LaFontaine was held scoreless that night but would have a hat trick three days later in Toronto.  Check the video of Flats' goal here: https://youtu.be/bLPKPXXqgWM?t=619 which begins with Jiggs and Eddie explaining Leap Day.

The others:
1992 - Chris Terreri made 28 saves; David Volek's goal with 51 seconds to play got the Isles within one before an ENG sealed matters.

1996 - Ziggy Palffy had the only Isles goal as the reigning Champs completed a sweep of a home/home. Chris Osgood was in goal for Detroit.

2004 - Ryan Malone beat Garth Snow in overtime; Andy Chiodo (an Isles draft pick) recorded the second of his three NHL wins.

2020 - Butch Goring's #91 heads to the Coliseum rafters but the Isles are blanked by Boston 4-0. You can see the ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nor1swktLCo

If you check out that Winnipeg game, you will find Doug Soetaert in goal for the Jets; he faced the Islanders in another famous game about 4 1/2 years earlier: Double Chili.


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

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Skinny: Isles 3, Dallas 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 58
Isles 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Mathew Barzal set-up Bo Horvat for the overtime goal as the Islanders completed the season sweep with a 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars before a sellout crowd of 18,532 at American Airlines Center.

The Islanders, who got goals from both Ryan Pulock and Kyle MacLean as they twice had one goal leads only to have Dallas knot the score each time. However, the Stars would have no chance to equal after Horvat scored his third overtime goal of the season, including two against the Dallas Stars.

The Isles are 5-5-3 under Patrick Roy and 24-20-14 overall as they climb within five points of Philadelphia for third place in the Metro Division. The Isles head to Detroit in search of their first February 29th win in 40 years on Thursday.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
Ryan Pulock (4) Simon Holmstrom (7), Casey Cizikas (7) 15:59 NYI 1,DAL 0

2nd Period
Matt Duchene (23) Thomas Harley (21), Logan Stankoven (1) 07:11 NYI 1,DAL 1 PPG
Kyle MacLean (2) Pierre Engvall (12), Ryan Pulock (6) 15:24 NYI 2,DAL 1
Logan Stankoven (1) Wyatt Johnston (22) 18:17 NYI 2,DAL 2

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
Bo Horvat (23) Mathew Barzal (44), Mike Reilly (10) 02:54 NYI 3,DAL 2

The Skinny     
The Isles are 4-3-2 since the All-Star Break and are 8-12-5 since the Christmas break… Since Christmas, the Isles are 4-4-3 at home and 4-7-2 on the road…The Isles scored the first goal in for the first time in seven games and only the tenth time in the last 25 games.… The Isles' defense has 76 points in the last 35 games and have 57 points in the last 27 games (14-43-57)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 47-38 in the first period but have been outscored 78-59 in the second period and 77-63 in the third period and overtime this season…The Isles have been outscored 40-22 in the second period since the Christmas break; they have allowed the most 2nd period goals over that span and have allowed at least two goals in 14 of the 25 games …The Isles are 17-3-9 when they score the opening goal….Bo Horvat scored his third overtime goal of the season and eighth of his career; he scored the winner in both games this season vs. Dallas… Horvat reached 50 points for the 6th time in his career…Mathew Barzal recorded his 301st career assist on the winning goal as he regained the team lead in points (61)…It was Barzal's 15th overtime assist, extending his club record (Tavares 12 is 2nd)… Barzal now has 33 primary assists while Noah Dobson had 31 primary assists; Dobson leads all NHL defensemen in that category…The Isles have allowed 14 power play goals under Patrick Roy; they have allowed only 20 goals at 5-on-5…The Isles regain the NHL lead in overtime games (22) from Boston (21); only Detroit (8) has more wins on an overtime goal this season than the Isles…Horvat's game-winner came on his 7th shot; it's the first time since Opening Night (8 vs BUF) that he has had at least seven shots on goal. …Logan Stankhoven, playing on his 21st birthday, scored his first NHL goal and added his first assist; he is the 4th player in franchise history to score on his 21st birthday (Dino Ciccarelli, Ken Solheim, Val Nichushkin)…Ryan Pulock had his first multiple point game of the season…Matt Duchene became the second member of the 2009 draft class to reach 800 points, joining John Tavares.

First Times in a Long Time
The Islanders have won consecutive road games on an overtime goal for the first time since March 22-25, 2021, when Anthony Beauvillier scored them both. 
Bo Horvat is the first Islander since Brock Nelson (2019-20 vs. Pittsburgh) to have two overtime goals in a season against the same opponent.

Most Overtime Goals, Season (Islanders)
1. John Tavares 4 (2014-15)
2. Bo Horvat 3 (2023-24)
    Brock Nelson 3 (2019-20) 
    John Tavares 3 (2010-11)

Most Overtime Assists, Career (Islanders)
1. Mathew Barzal 15
2. John Tavares 12

Most Overtime Points, Career (Islanders)
1. John Tavares 23
2. Mathew Barzal 20
Barzal has a point on 20 of the 37 overtime goals that the Isles have scored since he became a regular in 2016-17.

Milestone Men
Ryan Pulock scored his 47th goal, passing Jean Potvin for 5th place on the Isles defense goal list.
Ilya Sorokin played in his 1787th game, passing Jaroslav Halak for 7th place in club history.
Cal Clutterbuck played his 694th game, tying Brent Sutter for 13th place in club history.

Most OT/SO Losses in a Season (Isles Goalie)
1. Ilya Sorokin 11 (2023-24; CURRENT)
2. Rick DiPietro 9 (2006-07)
3. Ilya Sorokin 8 (2022-23)
    Evgeni Nabokov 8 (2013-14)

Most Career OT/SO Losses (Isles Goalie)
Ilya Sorokin 29 (CURRENT)
Rick DiPietro 28 

Woah Noah
Dobson is the first Islander defenseman with at least 60 points since 1984-85 when Denis Potvin had 68, and the first with at least 53 assists since 1983-84, when Denis Potvin also recorded 63.

Dobson is on pace for 75 assists; Denis Potvin holds the club record for assists by a defenseman (70 in 1978-79). Dobson is on pace for 85 points, which would trail only three seasons by Potvin.

Dobson has recorded the 14th 60-point season by an Islander defenseman (Denis Potvin 10, Stefan Persson 2, Jean Potvin 1) and he needs just four assists to record only the fifth 57 assist season by an Islander defensemen (Denis Potvin has the other 4).

The New Coach
The Isles are 5-5-3 under Patrick Roy and have allowed only two goals in four of their five wins. Ilya Sorokin is 5-2-2 under Roy while Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-1.

Inter-Division Games
Tonight was the third of eleven consecutive inter-division games; the Isles are 1-2-0 in that stretch. The next divisional opponent will be the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day.
 
Overtime is Our Time
The Isles have played 22 overtime games. They are 7-10 in games decided by an overtime goal, and they are 1-4 in shootouts. Ilya Sorokin is 6-7 in overtime and 1-3 in shootouts, while Semyon Varlamov is 1-3 in overtime and 0-1 in shootouts. 

The NHL record for overtime games is 30, played by Boston in 2003-04. The Isles are on pace to play 31 overtime games.

The Isles have won 18 of the last 45 games decided by an overtime goal (since January 11, 2020).

Most Islander OT/SO Losses 
14 (2023-24; CURRENT)
13 (2010-11)

Empty Netters 
The Isles have scored 0 empty-net goals (10:17) and allowed 14 (10:04); they have scored six overtime goals and allowed ten.

This is the latest that the Islanders have gone into a season without scoring an empty net goal. They have now gone 64 consecutive games dating back to last season without an ENG. The club record of 76 games was set between December 2, 1997, and November 21, 1998. 

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

Power Play Up; Penalty Killing Down
The Isles have scored 36 power play goals; they scored 35 all last season.
The Isles have allowed 51 power play goals; they allowed 39 all last season. 

Under Patrick Roy, the Isles Power Play is 8-39 (20.5%) and the Penalty Kill is 14-39 (64.1%). The PK has the lowest percentage in the NHL over that span.
 
Building on a Lead
The Islanders have had a two-goal lead 38 times this season:
Score the next goal: 9 times
Allowed the next goal: 27 times
Game ended with 2-goal difference: twice 

Heavy Hitters
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,955
2. Matt Martin 3,817

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. 

The 25-Goal Club
Brock Nelson is the 8th player in club history to have at least six seasons of at least 25 goals:
Bryan Trottier 12
Mike Bossy 10
John Tavares/ Clark Gillies 7
Pat LaFontaine/ Brent Sutter/ Anders Lee/ Brock Nelson 6

Anders Lee needs ten more goals this season for his 7th season with at least 25 goals.

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  24-20-14 for 62 points in 58 games
2022-23  28-23-7 for 63 points in 58 games

Offense from Defense
Today:   1-2-3
Season: 24-96-120
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.

Lots of Work for Sorokin
Most shots against:
Ilya Sorokin 1,414
Alexandar Georgiev 1,342 
Juuse Saros 1,314
Thatcher Demko 1,300

No goalie has ever played the full season for the Islanders and led the NHL in this category; Kelly Hrudey led the NHL in 1988-89; he was traded at the deadline to Los Angeles.

Facing 40
Ilya Sorokin has faced at least forty shots ten times this season and 27 times in his career. 

Most Games, 40+ Shots in a Season vs Isles Goalie
1. Jaroslav Halak 11  2017-18
2. Gerry Desjardins 10 1972-73
Ilya Sorokin 10 2023-24

No other NHL goalie has faced 40+ shots more than six times this season.

Most games, 40+ Shots (Since 2021-22)
1. John Gibson 34
2. Ilya Sorokin 27
3. Darcy Kuemper 23
4. Sam Montembault 21
Karel Vejmelka 21

Most Games, 40+ Shots (Islander History)
1. Billy Smith 46    (674 games)
2. Kelly Hrudey 27 (241 games)
Ilya Sorokin 27 (177 games)

Sorokin has made at least 40 saves six times this season and a franchise-record 16 times in his career. 

Varly, Varly
Semyon Varlamov has 40 career shutouts and 278 career wins. Among active NHL goalies (and excluding Carey Price, who is technically still active), Varlamov is sixth in wins and fourth in shutouts.

All-time Goalie Wins
50. Brian Elliott 279
51. Semyon Varlamov 278
52. Marty Turco 275

Home and Road
The Isles are 24-20-14 overall; they are 13-8-9 at home and 11-12-5 on the road.
Dallas is 35-16-9 overall; they are 17-8-4 at home and 18-8-5 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 16-9-8 against the East (8-4-5 vs. Metropolitan and 8-5-3 vs. Atlantic) and 8-11-6 against the West (4-6-2 vs. Central and 4-5-4 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 111 games at UBS Arena and recorded 77 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 1,429
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Leaders of the Pack
Lou Lamoriello (1,429) and Patrick Roy (135) have combined for 1,564 wins as general manager and coach. That is the highest in the NHL among active combos by a wide margin.

First Things First
The Isles are 17-3-9 when scoring first and are 7-17-5 when allowing the opening goal. Under Patrick Roy, the Isles are 4-0-0 when they score first and are 1-5-3 when they do not.

The Shots
Isles   10-13-4-1=28
Dallas 13-9-9-1=32
The Isles are 7-7-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 16-12-9 when the opposition has more shots.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves; he is 18-13-11 on the season and 2-0-1 vs. Dallas.
Scott Wedgewood made 25 saves; he is 13-6-5 on the season and 1-2-3 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (5:31, including :29 of 5-on-3); Dallas was 1-1 on the power play (1:50).

The Isles are 12-7-8 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-13-6 when they do not. The Isles are 10-14-9 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-6-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-4-10 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-16-4 when they do not. 

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-3-14 in games decided by a single goal including 8-3 in regulation. They are 7-10 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs     
The Isles are 2-1-3 in the front end and 0-3-3 in the back end this season. The next back-to-back set will be on March 10th in Anaheim and March 11th in Los Angeles. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (26:05); Dallas: Thomas Harley (26:56)
Mathew Barzal led Islander forwards with 25:17 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-0-2), Noah Dobson (19-18-9), Alex Romanov (2-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-2), Matthew Barzal (0-0-1), Bo Horvat (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 28, Dallas 30 (48%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 18 for the Isles; Matt Duchene won 10 of 12 for Dallas.

Hit Count
Isles 35 (Cal Clutterbuck -7)
Dallas 27 (Logan Stankoven -5)

Fights 
None. Season total: 7 (Martin 3, Pelech 1, Lee 1, Mayfield 1, Horvat 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 26 (Ryan Pulock -5)
Dallas 19 (Two with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 61, Dallas 70
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 51, Dallas 62
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Sebastian Aho +10
Dallas: Thomas Harley +13

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, Dallas 12
5-on-5: Isles 11, Dallas 8

Scratches
(Robert Bortuzzo -LTIR), Oliver Wahlstrom, (Scott Mayfield – INJ)
Games Lost to injury: 142

The Ironmen
Anders Lee is the Islanders' ironman, having played 170 consecutive games. Brock Nelson (142) is the only other Islander to have played at least 100 consecutive games. Four other Islanders (Noah Dobson, Cal Clutterbuck, Kyle Palmieri, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau) have played every game this season.

National TV Games 
The Isles are 4-0-3 in games that air on one of the NHL's US national broadcast partners. The next nationally televised game will be on March 5th (ESPN+) vs. the Blues.

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-2-1 in matinee games (all at home, including an OT loss at Met Life). The remaining matinee games are March 16th vs OTT, March 17th at NYR, March 23rd vs WPG, and April 13th at NYR.
The NHL considers games that start before 5:00 local time to be afternoon games.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 3 failures – WSH goalie interference (11/2), OTT offside (11/24), LA no goalie interference (12/9), VGK no goalie interference (1/6), PIT no hand pass (2/20)

Opponents: 3 successful, 2 failures – BUF no offsides (10/21), CAR no high-stick (11/30); ANA goalie interference (12/13), CGY offside (2/10), TB offside (2/24)

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute six times this season (four times at home – CBJ 12/7 x2, WSH 12/29, NYR 2/18-MetLife and twice on road-@OTT 11/24, @ARI 1/4) and allowed two in the same span eight times (COL 10/25 x2, MIN 11/8, @MTL 12/16, PIT 12/27, @NAS 1/13, @PIT 2/20, @STL 2/22 (3 in :32))

Multi-Goal 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from at least two goals behind in the third period to win one time this season and have allowed the opposition to do so five times.
For (1): LA 12/9 (trailed 0-2, won 3-2 in OT)
Vs (5): DET 10/30 (trailed 0-2, won 4-3 in OT); CAR 11/4 (trailed 1-3, won 4-3 in OT) ; @ NJ 11/28 (trailed 2-4, won 5-4 in regulation); SJ 12/5 (trailed 1-4; won 5-3 in OT); NYR 2/18 (trailed 3-5, won 6-5 in OT)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored four goals and have allowed six goals in the final three minutes of the third period to tie or go-ahead:
For (4): Bo Horvat 10/20 vs NJ 18:49 (Isles lost in OT); Simon Holmstrom 12/13 vs ANA 18:27 (GWG); Kyle Palmieri 1/27 vs FLA 18:31 (Isles lost in OT); Pierre Engvall 2/5 @ TOR 17:58 (GWG)
Vs (7): Curtis Lazar 11/28 @ NJ 19:37 (GWG); Sebastian Aho 11/30 @ CAR 19:57 (Isles won in OT); Tomas Hertl vs SJ 18:30 (SJ won in OT); Morgan Rielly 12/11 vs TOR 19:53 (Isles won in OT); Alexandre Carrier 1/13 @ NAS 19:52 (GWG); Sean Monahan 1/25 @ MTL 17:48 (GWG); Mika Zibanejad vs NYR – Met Life 18:31 (NYR won in OT)

OT Winners
For (7):   Mathew Barzal (vs CAR) 11/30, Jean Gabriel Pageau (vs LA) 12/9, Bo Horvat (vs TOR) 12/11, Mathew Barzal (vs TOR) 1/11, Bo Horvat (vs DAL) 1/21, Adam Pelech (vs PIT) 2/20, Bo Horvat (vs DAL) 2/26
Vs (10):   Jack Hughes (NJ) 10/20, Lucas Raymond (DET) 10/30, Sebastian Aho (CAR) 11/4, Quinn Hughes (VAN) 11/15; William Eklund (SJ) 12/5; Dylan Strome (WAS) 12/20; Nathan MacKinnon (COL) 1/2; Seth Jones (CHI) 1/19, Oliver Ekman-Larsson (FLA) 1/27; Artemi Panarin (NYR) 2/18

Shootout Winners
For (1):  Oliver Wahlstrom (Vs CGY) 11/18
Vs (4):  Kailer Yamamoto (SEA) 11/16, Tyson Foerster (PHI) 11/25, David Pastrnak (BOS) 12/15, Tomas Tatar (SEA) 2/13

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,057…
5. Clark Gillies 872 *** 6. Brock Nelson 816 *** 7. Bob Bourne 814 *** 8. Matt Martin 802 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 791 *** 10. Mike Bossy 752 *** 11. Anders Lee 736 *** Patrick Flatley 712 *** 13. Brent Sutter and Cal Clutterbuck 694…
32. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 34. Ed Westfall 493 *** 35. Radek Martinek 479 *** 36. Gerry Hart and Mathew Barzal 476 *** 38. Adam Pelech 475 *** 39. Mariusz Czerkawski 470 *** 40. Scott Mayfield 468 *** 41. Ryan Pulock 461

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 266 *** 9. Anders Lee 255 …
21. Jason Blake 127 *** 22. Duane Sutter 121 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 122…
30. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 32. Casey Cizikas 103

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 …
10. Stefan Persson 317 *** 11. Bob Bourne 304 *** 12. Mathew Barzal 301…
16. Billy Harris 259 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249  *** 18. Brock Nelson 242…
22. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 23. Anders Lee 184…
33. Travis Green 145 *** 34. Noah Dobson 144 ***35. Steve Thomas 140 *** 36. Mark Streit 139 *** 37. Greg Gilbert 136 *** 38. Ryan Pulock 135

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
11. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 12. Brock Nelson 507 *** 13. Derek King 499 *** 14. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 *** 16. Anders Lee 439 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 423…
32. Ray Ferraro 238 *** 33. Travis Green 237 *** 34. Casey Cizikas 235

+/-
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 +72 *** 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…
4. Stefan Persson 52 *** 5. Ryan Pulock 47 *** 6. Jean Potvin 46 *** 7. Nick Leddy 45 *** 8. Roman Hamrlik 43 *** 9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Noah Dobson 37

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
7. Jeff Norton 166 *** 8. Noah Dobson 144 *** 9. Mark Streit 139 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 135…
13. Roman Hamrlik 110 *** 14. Tom Kurvers and Gerry Hart 109 *** 16. Adam Pelech 106… 
20. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 22. Scott Mayfield 91

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
7. Jeff Norton 188 *** 8. Ryan Pulock 182 *** 9. Noah Dobson 181 … 
13. Dave Lewis 141 *** 14. Tom Kurvers 134 *** 15. Adam Pelech 132…
19. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 20. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 21. Scott Mayfield 116

Goalie Games
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
5. Thomas Greiss 193 *** 6. Tommy Salo 187 *** 7. Ilya Sorokin 178 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 9. Glenn Healy 176 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 153

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Thomas Greiss 101 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 7. Ilya Sorokin 87 *** 8. Roland Melanson 77 *** 9. Glenn Healy 66 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 65

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 split a pair of games over the weekend to move to 16-28-6-1 on the season. On Saturday, they dropped a 4-1 decision at Wilkes Barre-Scranton and then on Sunday they beat Springfield 5-3 at Total Mortgage Arena. In Sunday's win Ruslan Iskhakov scored a pair of goals to tie the game 1:56 apart to tie the game in the second period; Samuel Bolduc scored the winner midway through the third before Hudson Fasching scored an empty-net goal. 

The Baby Isles will host Laval on Wednesday.

Season Series Stats
The Isles sweep the season series, 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 2).  

The Isles also defeated the Stars 3-2 in Patrick Roy's debut and swept the season series from Dallas for the first time since 2016-17 (ironically the first meeting that season was Doug Weight's coaching debut).

While the Isles are 3-0-1 in their last four home games with the Stars, this was their first win in their last four trips to Dallas.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29th –ISLANDERS AT DETROIT– 7:00pm
[MSGSN(pre-game at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
The Isles look to sweep the road trip on Thursday as they make their first trip to Detroit since November 5, 2022.

The teams have met once this season, back on October 30th at UBS Arena. The Red Wings trailed 2-0 in the third period,  then scored three straight before Bo Horvat's power play goal forced overtime. Lucas Raymond scored the winning goal in the extra session. 

While that overtime loss broke a 7-game Isles home winning streak vs. the Red Wings, the are 0-2-1 in their last three trips to Detroit where they will return on March 21st.

This will be only the 6th Leap Day game in Isles history – they have won only once, in the debut of Patrick Flatley and Pat LaFontaine, in 1984.

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

Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Skinny: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 57
Tampa Bay 4, Isles 2
The Isles scored two sixth attacker goals in the third period to make it close, but the Tampa Bay Lightning held off the Isles 4-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each had an assist on an empty-net goal to complete a three-point game as the Lightning snapped their own three-game losing streak.

The Isles are 4-5-3 under Patrick Roy and 23-20-14 overall as they now trail Tampa Bay by seven points for the final wild card spot. The Isles will end February with road games in Dallas on Monday and Detroit on Thursday.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
Nicholas Paul (16) Brandon Hagel (34), Darren Raddysh (17) 04:12 TBL 1,NYI 0
Nikita Kucherov (37) Victor Hedman (46), Nick Perbix (18) 05:34 TBL 2,NYI 0

2nd Period
Brayden Point (29) Nikita Kucherov (60), Victor Hedman (47) 05:00 TBL 3,NYI 0 PPG

3rd Period
Anders Lee (15) Mathew Barzal (43), Noah Dobson (52) 13:44 TBL 3,NYI 1
Brock Nelson (25) Noah Dobson (53) 17:25 TBL 3,NYI 2 PPG
Luke Glendening (9)EN Victor Hedman (48), Nikita Kucherov (61) 19:29 TBL 4,NYI 2

The Skinny     
The Isles are 3-3-2 since the All-Star Break and are 7-12-5 since the Christmas break…Since Christmas the Isles are 4-4-3 at home and 3-7-2 on the road… The Isles' defense has 73 points in the last 33 games and have 54 points in the last 26 games (13-41-54)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 46-38 in the first period but have been outscored 76-58 in the second period and 77-62 in the third period and overtime this season…The Isles have been outscored 38-21 in the second period since the Christmas break; they have allowed the most 2nd period goals over that span and have allowed at least two goals in 13 of the 24 games …The Isles are 7-17-5 when they allow the opening goal…. Mathew Barzal recorded his 300th career assist on Anders Lee's 6-on-5 goal; Noah Dobson tied Barzal for the team scoring lead (60) points with assists on both goals …  Mathew Barzal now has 32 primary assists while Noah Dobson had 31 primary assists; Dobson leads all NHL defensemen in that category…The Isles have allowed 13 power play goals under Patrick Roy; they have allowed only 19 goals at 5-on-5… The Isles were credited with 19 shots in the third period… The Isles have allowed the first goal in 10 of the last 12 games…Nikita Kucherov leads the NHL with 98 points; he is two points shy of his fourth 100-point season…Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his eighth consecutive 20-win season, matching Connor Hellebuyck and Marc-Andre Fleury for most by an active goalie….Anders Lee's goal stopped a 113:44 team scoreless streak; he now has scored at least 15 goals in nine of the last ten seasons, missing only in the shortened 2021 season when he scored 12 goals in 27 games.

First Time in a Long Time
Brayden Point's power play goal was the 50th allowed by the Isles this season; it is the first time since 2017-18 they have allowed at least 50.  (They allowed 63 that season)

Milestone Men
Matthew Barzal is the 12th player in Islander history to record 300 assists.
Brock Nelson played his 815th game as an Islander (passing Bob Bourne for 7th)
Noah Dobson had two assists to pass both Mark Streit and Ryan Pulock on the Isles point list; he is now 8th among defensemen.
Ilya Sorokin played in his 177th game, passing Glenn Healy and tying Jaroslav Halak for 7th place in club history.

Most OT/SO Losses in a Season (Isles Goalie)
1. Ilya Sorokin 11 (2023-24; CURRENT)
2. Rick DiPietro 9 (2006-07)
3. Ilya Sorokin 8 (2022-23)
Evgeni Nabokov 8 (2013-14)

Most Career OT/SO Losses (Isles Goalie)
Ilya Sorokin 29 (CURRENT)
Rick DiPietro 28 

Woah Noah
Dobson is the first Islander defenseman with at least 60 points since 1984-85 when Denis Potvin had 68, and the first with at least 53 assists since 1983-84, when Denis Potvin also recorded 63.

Dobson is on pace for 76 assists; Denis Potvin holds the club record for assists by a defenseman (70 in 1978-79). Dobson is on pace for 86 points, which would trail only three seasons by Potvin.

Dobson has recorded the 14th 60-point season by an Islander defenseman (Denis Potvin 10, Stefan Persson 2, Jean Potvin 1) and he needs just four assists to record only the fifth 57 assist season by an Islander defensemen (Denis Potvin has the other 4).

The New Coach
The Isles are 4-5-3 under Patrick Roy and have allowed only two goals in three of their four wins. Ilya Sorokin is 4-2-2 under Roy while Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-1.

Inter-Division Games
Tonight was the first of eleven consecutive inter-division games; the Isles are 0-2-0 in that stretch. The next divisional opponent will be the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day.
 
Overtime is Our Time
The Isles have played 21 overtime games. They are 6-10 in games decided by an overtime goal, and they are 1-4 in shootouts. Ilya Sorokin is 5-7 in overtime and 1-3 in shootouts, while Semyon Varlamov is 1-3 in overtime and 0-1 in shootouts. 

The NHL record for overtime games is 30, played by Boston in 2003-04. The Isles are on pace to play 31 overtime games.

The Isles have won 17 of the last 44 games decided by an overtime goal (since January 11, 2020).

Most Islander OT/SO Losses 
14 (2023-24; CURRENT)
13 (2010-11)

Most OT/SO Losses (since 1999-00)
1. ISLES 14 (2023-24;CURRENT)
2. Dallas 14 (2021)

Empty Netters 
The Isles have scored 0 empty-net goals (10:17) and allowed 14 (10:04); they have scored six overtime goals and allowed ten.

This is the latest that the Islanders have gone into a season without scoring an empty net goal. They have now gone 63 consecutive games dating back to last season without an ENG.  The club record of 76 games was set between December 2, 1997, and November 21, 1998. 

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

Power Play Up; Penalty Killing Down
The Isles have scored 36 power play goals; they scored 35 all last season.
The Isles have allowed 50 power play goals; they allowed 39 all last season. 

Under Patrick Roy, the Isles Power Play is 8-36 (22.2%) and the Penalty Kill is 13-38 (65.8%)
 
Building on a Lead
The Islanders have had a two-goal lead 38 times this season:
Score the next goal: 9 times
Allowed the next goal: 27 times
Game ended with 2-goal difference: twice 

Heavy Hitters
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,947
2. Matt Martin 3,812

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. 

The 25-Goal Club
Brock Nelson is the 8th player in club history to have at least six seasons of at least 25 goals:
Bryan Trottier 12
Mike Bossy 10
John Tavares/ Clark Gillies 7
Pat LaFontaine/ Brent Sutter/ Anders Lee/ Brock Nelson 6

Anders Lee needs ten more goals this season for his 7th season with at least 25 goals.

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  23-20-14 for 60 points in 57 games
2022-23  27-23-7 for 61 points in 57 games

Offense from Defense
Today:   0-2-2
Season: 23-94-117
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.

Lots of Work for Sorokin
Most shots against:
Ilya Sorokin 1,386
Alexandar Georgiev 1,312 (*)
Juuse Saros 1,289 (*)
Thatcher Demko 1,278 (*)
(*) Game on Saturday night

No goalie has ever played the full season for the Islanders and led the NHL in this category; Kelly Hrudey led the NHL in 1988-89; he was traded at the deadline to Los Angeles.

Facing 40
Ilya Sorokin has faced at least forty shots ten times this season and 27 times in his career. 

Most Games, 40+ Shots in a Season vs Isles Goalie
1. Jaroslav Halak 11  2017-18
2. Gerry Desjardins 10 1972-73
Ilya Sorokin 10 2023-24

No other NHL goalie has faced 40+ shots more than six times this season.

Most games, 40+ Shots (Since 2021-22)
1. John Gibson 33
2. Ilya Sorokin 27
3. Darcy Kuemper 23
4. Sam Montembault 21
    Karel Vejmelka 21

Most Games, 40+ Shots (Islander History)
1. Billy Smith 46    (674 games)
2. Kelly Hrudey 27 (241 games)
    Ilya Sorokin 27 (177 games)

Sorokin has made at least 40 saves six times this season and a franchise-record 16 times in his career. James Reimer (29) is the only NHL goalie to debut in the last 30 years to have faced at least 40 shots more times in his first 177 career games.

Varly, Varly
Semyon Varlamov has 40 career shutouts and 278 career wins. Among active NHL goalies (and excluding Carey Price, who is technically still active), Varlamov is sixth in wins and fourth in shutouts.

All-time Goalie Wins
50. Brian Elliott 279
51. Semyon Varlamov 278
52. Marty Turco 275

Home and Road
The Isles are 23-20-14 overall; they are 13-8-9 at home and 10-12-5 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 31-23-5 overall; they are 18-8-3 at home and 12-16-2 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 16-9-8 against the East (8-4-5 vs. Metropolitan and 8-5-3 vs. Atlantic) and 7-11-6 against the West (3-6-2 vs. Central and 4-5-4 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 111 games at UBS Arena and recorded 77 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 1,428
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Leaders of the Pack
Lou Lamoriello (1,428) and Patrick Roy (134) have combined for 1,562 wins as general manager and coach. That is the highest in the NHL among active combos by a wide margin.

First Things First
The Isles are 16-3-9 when scoring first and are 7-17-5 when allowing the opening goal. Under Patrick Roy, the Isles are 3-0-0 when they score first and are 1-5-3 when they do not.

The Shots
Isles       6-9=19=34
Tampa Bay 9-7-5=21
The Isles are 7-7-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 15-12-9 when the opposition has more shots.

Ilya Sorokin made 17 saves; he is 17-13-11 on the season 2-5-0 vs. Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves; he is 20-14-0 on the season and 12-4-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play (9:22); Tampa Bay was 1-3 on the power play (4:28).

The Isles are 12-7-8 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-13-6 when they do not. The Isles are 9-14-9 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-6-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-4-10 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-16-4 when they do not. 

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 15-3-14 in games decided by a single goal including 8-3 in regulation. They are 6-10 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs     
The Isles are 2-1-3 in the front end and 0-3-3 in the back end this season. The next back-to-back set will be on March 10th in Anaheim and March 11th in Los Angeles. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (24:28); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (25:40)
Mathew Barzal led Islander forwards with 22:57 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-0-2), Noah Dobson (18-18-9), Alex Romanov (2-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-2), Matthew Barzal (0-0-1), Bo Horvat (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26, Tampa Bay 27 (49%)
Bo Horvat won 12 of 20 for the Isles; Brayden Point won 8 of 13 for Tampa Bay.

Hit Count
Isles 11 (Alex Romanov - 4)
Tampa Bay 14 (Mitchell Chaffee -3)

Fights 
None. Season total: 7 (Martin 3, Pelech 1, Lee 1, Mayfield 1, Horvat 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 20(Alexander Romanov -6)
Tampa Bay 12 (Luke Glendenning -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 63, Tampa Bay 60
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Tampa Bay 50
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Jean-Gabriel Pageau +11
Tampa Bay: Michael Eyssimont +18

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 15, Tampa Bay 8
5-on-5: Isles 7, Tampa Bay 7

Scratches
(Robert Bortuzzo -LTIR), Kyle MacLean, (Scott Mayfield – INJ)
Games Lost to injury: 140

The Ironmen
Anders Lee is the Islanders' ironman, having played 169 consecutive games. Brock Nelson (141) is the only other Islander to have played at least 100 consecutive games.  Four other Islanders (Noah Dobson, Cal Clutterbuck, Kyle Palmieri, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau) have played every game this season.

National TV Games 
The Isles are 4-0-3 in games that air on one of the NHL's US national broadcast partners. The next nationally televised game will be on March 5th (ESPN+) vs. the Blues.

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-2-1 in matinee games (all at home, including an OT loss at Met Life).  The remaining matinee games are March 16th vs OTT, March 17th at NYR, March 23rd vs WPG, and April 13th at NYR. The NHL considers games that start before 5:00 local time to be afternoon games.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 3 failures – WSH goalie interference (11/2), OTT offside (11/24), LA no goalie interference (12/9), VGK no goalie interference (1/6), PIT no hand pass (2/20)

Opponents: 3 successful, 2 failures – BUF no offsides (10/21), CAR no high-stick (11/30); ANA goalie interference (12/13), CGY offside (2/10), TB offside (2/24)

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute six times this season (four times at home – CBJ 12/7 x2, WSH 12/29, NYR 2/18-MetLife and twice on road-@OTT 11/24, @ARI 1/4) and allowed two in the same span eight times (COL 10/25 x2, MIN 11/8, @MTL 12/16, PIT 12/27, @NAS 1/13, @PIT 2/20, @STL 2/22 (3 in :32))

Multi-Goal 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from at least two goals behind in the third period to win one time this season and have allowed the opposition to do so five times.
For (1): LA 12/9 (trailed 0-2, won 3-2 in OT)
Vs (5): DET 10/30 (trailed 0-2, won 4-3 in OT); CAR 11/4 (trailed 1-3, won 4-3 in OT) ; @ NJ 11/28 (trailed 2-4, won 5-4 in regulation); SJ 12/5 (trailed 1-4; won 5-3 in OT); NYR 2/18 (trailed 3-5, won 6-5 in OT)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored four goals and have allowed six goals in the final three minutes of the third period to tie or go-ahead:
For (4): Bo Horvat 10/20 vs NJ 18:49 (Isles lost in OT); Simon Holmstrom 12/13 vs ANA 18:27 (GWG); Kyle Palmieri 1/27 vs FLA 18:31 (Isles lost in OT); Pierre Engvall 2/5 @ TOR 17:58 (GWG)
Vs (7): Curtis Lazar 11/28 @ NJ 19:37 (GWG); Sebastian Aho 11/30 @ CAR 19:57 (Isles won in OT); Tomas Hertl vs SJ 18:30 (SJ won in OT); Morgan Rielly 12/11 vs TOR 19:53 (Isles won in OT); Alexandre Carrier 1/13 @ NAS 19:52 (GWG); Sean Monahan 1/25 @ MTL 17:48 (GWG); Mika Zibanejad vs NYR – Met Life 18:31 (NYR won in OT)

OT Winners
For (6):   Mathew Barzal (vs CAR) 11/30, Jean Gabriel Pageau (vs LA) 12/9, Bo Horvat (vs TOR) 12/11, Mathew Barzal (vs TOR) 1/11, Bo Horvat (vs DAL) 1/21, Adam Pelech (vs PIT) 2/20
Vs (10):   Jack Hughes (NJ) 10/20, Lucas Raymond (DET) 10/30, Sebastian Aho (CAR) 11/4, Quinn Hughes (VAN) 11/15; William Eklund (SJ) 12/5; Dylan Strome (WAS) 12/20; Nathan MacKinnon (COL) 1/2; Seth Jones (CHI) 1/19, Oliver Ekman-Larsson (FLA) 1/27; Artemi Panarin (NYR) 2/18

Shootout Winners
For (1):  Oliver Wahlstrom (Vs CGY) 11/18
Vs (4):  Kailer Yamamoto (SEA) 11/16, Tyson Foerster (PHI) 11/25, David Pastrnak (BOS) 12/15, Tomas Tatar (SEA) 2/13

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,057…
5. Clark Gillies 872 *** 6. Brock Nelson 815 *** 7. Bob Bourne 814 *** 8. Matt Martin 801 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 790*** 10. Mike Bossy 752 *** 11. Anders Lee 735 *** Patrick Flatley 712 *** 13. Brent Sutter 694 *** 14. Cal Clutterbuck 693…
32. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 34. Ed Westfall 493 *** 35. Radek Martinek 479 *** 36. Gerry Hart 476 *** 37. Mathew Barzal 475 *** 38. Adam Pelech 474 *** 39. Mariusz Czerkawski 470 *** 40. Scott Mayfield 468 *** 41. Ryan Pulock 460

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 266 *** 9. Anders Lee 255 …
21. Jason Blake 127 *** 22. Duane Sutter 121 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 122…
30. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 32. Casey Cizikas 103

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 …
10. Stefan Persson 317 *** 11. Bob Bourne 304 *** 12. Mathew Barzal 300…
16. Billy Harris 259 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249  *** 18. Brock Nelson 242…
22. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 23. Anders Lee 184…
33. Travis Green 145 *** 34. Noah Dobson 144 ***35. Steve Thomas 140 *** 36. Mark Streit 139 *** 37. Greg Gilbert 136 *** 38. Ryan Pulock 134

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
11. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 12. Brock Nelson 507 *** 13. Derek King 499 *** 14. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 *** 16. Anders Lee 439 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 422…
32. Ray Ferraro 238 *** 33. Travis Green 237 *** 34. Casey Cizikas 234

+/-
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 +73 *** 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 and Ryan Pulock 46 *** 6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 8. Roman Hamrlik 43 *** 9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Noah Dobson 37

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
7. Jeff Norton 166 *** 8. Noah Dobson 144 *** 9. Mark Streit 139 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 134…
13. Roman Hamrlik 110 *** 14. Tom Kurvers and Gerry Hart 109 *** 16. Adam Pelech 106… 
20. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 22. Scott Mayfield 91

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
7. Jeff Norton 188 *** 8. Noah Dobson 181 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 180 … 
13. Dave Lewis 141 *** 14. Tom Kurvers 134 *** 15. Adam Pelech 132…
19. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 20. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 21. Scott Mayfield 116

Goalie Games
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Tommy Salo 187 *** 7. Ilya Sorokin and Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 9. Glenn Healy 176 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 153

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Thomas Greiss 101 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 7. Ilya Sorokin 86 *** 8. Roland Melanson 77 *** 9. Glenn Healy 66 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 65

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 is 15-27-6-1 on the season heading into their game at Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday.  The Babay Isles will host Springfield on Sunday afternoon.

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied, 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2). The teams will meet in Tampa Bay on March 30th to conclude the season series.

The Isles have won just two of their last nine regular season games against Tampa Bay. 

UP NEXT
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26th –ISLANDERS AT DALLAS– 8:00pm
[MSGSN(pre-game at 7:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
The Isles begin a two-game road trip on Monday as they make their only trip to Dallas this season.

The Isles defeated the Stars 3-2 in Patrick Roy's debut and will be looking to sweep the season series from Dallas for the first time since 2016-17 (ironically the first meeting that season was Doug Weight's coaching debut).

While the Isles are 3-0-1 in their last four home games with the Stars, they have lost their last three games at American Airlines Center.

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

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Skinny: St. Louis 4, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 56
St. Louis 4, Isles 0
The St. Louis Blues scored three times in a 32 second span of the 2nd period, including two from Pavel Buchnevich, as they defeated the Islanders 4-0 before a sellout crowd of 18,096 at Enterprise Center.

Buchnevich completed his hat trick by scoring an empty net goal at the 9:21 mark of the 3rd as the Blues blanked the Isles for the first time in nearly 33 years.

The Isles are 4-4-3 under Patrick Roy and 23-19-14 overall as they remain tied with New Jersey but now trail Tampa Bay by five points for the final wild card spot. The Isles host the Lightning on Saturday afternoon before ending February with road games in Dallas and Detroit. 

The Scoring:  
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Brandon Saad (16) Oskar Sundqvist (15), Brayden Schenn (18) 04:38 NYI 0,STL 1 PPG
Pavel Buchnevich (20) Robert Thomas (44), Jordan Kyrou (25) 04:45 NYI 0,STL 2
Pavel Buchnevich (21) Jordan Kyrou (26), Robert Thomas (45) 05:10 NYI 0,STL 3

3rd Period
Pavel Buchnevich (22)EN Robert Thomas (46) 09:21 NYI 0,STL 4

The Skinny     
The Isles are 3-2-2 since the All-Star Break and are 7-11-5 since the Christmas break…Since Christmas the Isles are 4-3-3 at home and 3-7-2 on the road… The Isles' defense has 71 points in the last 32 games and have 52 points in the last 25 games (13-39-52)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 46-36 in the first period but have been outscored 75-58 in the second period and 76-60 in the third period and overtime this season…The Isles have been outscored 37-19 in the second period since the Christmas break; they have allowed the most 2nd period goals over that span and have allowed at least two goals in 13 of the 23  …The Isles are 7-16-5 when they allow the opening goal…. Mathew Barzal saw his point streak end at eight games, one shy of his career high…Barzal still has 299 career assists …  The Isles have allowed 12 power play goals under Patrick Roy; they have allowed only 17 goals at 5-on-5… Pavel Buchnevich reached the 20-goal mark for the 4th straight season (and 5th time in his career); it was his 4th career hat trick and second this season…Robert Thomas assisted on the last three goals to give him seven assists in the last four times… The Blues have eleven players who have appeared in every game this season…Twelve minor penalties were called in a game between two of the four least-penalized teams in the NHL this season…The Isles were credited with 20 shots in the 2nd period; it was their most in any period this season…Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-3 with two no decisions (pulled in both due to injury) since beating Anaheim December 13th…The Isles had 16 power play shots in a game for the 2nd time this season (also January 25th in Montreal)…Jordan Binnington recorded his 15th career shutout as he tied Curtis Joseph for third place in Blues history with his 137th win…St. Louis is 24-2-0 when scoring first.

Milestone Men
Matt Martin played his 800th game as an Islander
Brock Nelson played his 814th game as an Islander (tying Bob Bourne for 7th)

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles were shutout by St. Louis for the first time since Vincent Riendeau did so on March 28, 1991.
Pavel Buchnevich's two goals in 25 seconds were the fastest by a Blue since Pavol Demitra had two in 25 seconds in 2000.

Record-Setters
The three goals in 32 seconds were the fastest in Blues history, and the fastest allowed by the Islanders. Buffalo scored three times in 41 seconds against the Isles in 1980.
The empty-netter was by far the earliest allowed by the Isles in an end-of-game situation. Tom Wilson scored with 4:16 to play in Game 81 last season (April 10th) in DC.  [The only earlier ENG allowed was a 2nd period goal to the Rangers' Brad Shaw in 1987 on a delayed penalty situation – Ranger goalie Bob Froese had originally been credited with it, but it was changed to Shaw five days later.]

Most OT/SO Losses in a Season (Isles Goalie)
1. Ilya Sorokin 11 (2023-24; CURRENT)
2. Rick DiPietro 9 (2006-07)
3. Ilya Sorokin 8 (2022-23)
Evgeni Nabokov 8 (2013-14)

Most Career OT/SO Losses (Isles Goalie)
Ilya Sorokin 29 (CURRENT)
Rick DiPietro 28 

Woah Noah
Dobson is the first Islander defenseman with at least 58 points since 1989-90 when Doug Crossman had 59, and the first with at least 51 assists since 1984-85, when Denis Potvin also recorded 51.

Dobson is on pace for 75 assists; Denis Potvin holds the club record for assists by a defenseman (70 in 1978-79). Dobson is on pace for 86 points, which would trail only three seasons by Potvin.

Dobson has recorded the 14th 50-assist season by an Islander defenseman (Denis Potvin 9, Stefan Persson 3, Jean Potvin 1) and is the 10th Islander with 50 assists thru 54 games (Bryan Trottier 5, Mike Bossy 3, Denis Potvin 1).

The New Coach
The Isles are 4-4-3 under Patrick Roy and have allowed only two goals in three of their four wins. Ilya Sorokin is 4-1-2 under Roy while Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-1.

Inter-Division Games
Tonight was the first of eleven consecutive inter-division games; the Isles are 0-1-0 in that stretch. The next divisional opponent will be the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day.
 
Overtime is Our Time
The Isles have played 21 overtime games. They are 6-10 in games decided by an overtime goal, and they are 1-4 in shootouts. Ilya Sorokin is 5-7 in overtime and 1-3 in shootouts, while Semyon Varlamov is 1-3 in overtime and 0-1 in shootouts. 

The NHL record for overtime games is 30, played by Boston in 2003-04. The Isles are on pace to play 31 overtime games.

The Isles have won 17 of the last 44 games decided by an overtime goal (since January 11, 2020).

Most Islander OT/SO Losses 
14 (2023-24; CURRENT)
13 (2010-11)

Most OT/SO Losses (since 1999-00)
1. ISLES 14 (2023-24;CURRENT)
2. Dallas 14 (2021)

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

Power Play Up; Penalty Killing Down
The Isles have scored 35 power play goals; they scored 35 all last season.
The Isles have allowed 49 power play goals; they allowed 39 all last season. 

Under Patrick Roy, the Isles Power Play is 7-31 (22.6%) and the Penalty Kill is 12-35 (65.7%)
 
Building on a Lead
The Islanders have had a two-goal lead 38 times this season:
Score the next goal: 9 times
Allowed the next goal: 27 times
Game ended with 2-goal difference: twice 

Heavy Hitters
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,947
2. Matt Martin 3,811

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. 

The 20-Goal Club
Brock Nelson is the 7th player in club history to have at least eight seasons of at least 20 goals:
Bryan Trottier 13
Brent Sutter/Mike Bossy 10
John Tavares/Denis Potvin 9
Clark Gillies/Brock Nelson 8

Anders Lee needs six more goals this season for his 8th season with at least 20 goals.

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  23-19-14 for 60 points in 56 games
2022-23  27-23-6 for 60 points in 56 games

Offense from Defense
Today:   0-0-0
Season: 23-92-115
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.

Lots of Work for Sorokin
Most shots against:
Ilya Sorokin 1,366
Alexandar Georgiev 1,312
Juuse Saros 1,261 (*)
Thatcher Demko 1,248 (*)
(*) Late game Thursday

No goalie has ever played the full season for the Islanders and led the NHL in this category; Kelly Hrudey led the NHL in 1988-89; he was traded at the deadline to Los Angeles.

Facing 40
Ilya Sorokin has faced at least forty shots ten times this season and 27 times in his career. 

Most Games, 40+ Shots in a Season vs Isles Goalie
1. Jaroslav Halak 11  2017-18
2. Gerry Desjardins 10 1972-73
Ilya Sorokin 10 2023-24

No other NHL goalie has faced 40+ shots more than six times this season.

Most games, 40+ Shots (Since 2021-22)
1. John Gibson 33
2. Ilya Sorokin 27
3. Darcy Kuemper 23
4. Sam Montembault 21
Karel Vejmelka 21

Most Games, 40+ Shots (Islander History)
1. Billy Smith 46    (674 games)
2. Kelly Hrudey 27 (241 games)
Ilya Sorokin 27 (176 games)

Sorokin has made at least 40 saves six times this season and a franchise-record 16 times in his career. James Reimer (29) is the only NHL goalie to debut in the last 30 years to have faced at least 40 shots more times in his first 176 career games.

Varly, Varly
Semyon Varlamov has 40 career shutouts and 278 career wins. Among active NHL goalies (and excluding Carey Price, who is technically still active), Varlamov is sixth in wins and fourth in shutouts.

All-time Goalie Wins
50. Brian Elliott 279
51. Semyon Varlamov 278
52. Marty Turco 275

Home and Road
The Isles are 23-19-14 overall; they are 13-7-9 at home and 10-12-5 on the road.
St. Louis is 30-24-2 overall; they are 17-11-1 at home and 13-13-1 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 16-8-8 against the East (8-4-5 vs. Metropolitan and 8-4-3 vs. Atlantic) and 7-11-6 against the West (3-6-2 vs. Central and 4-5-4 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 110 games at UBS Arena and recorded 76 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 1,428
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Leaders of the Pack
Lou Lamoriello (1,428) and Patrick Roy (134) have combined for 1,562 wins as general manager and coach. That is the highest in the NHL among active combos by a wide margin.

First Things First
The Isles are 16-3-9 when scoring first and are 7-16-5 when allowing the opening goal. Under Patrick Roy, the Isles are 3-0-0 when they score first and are 1-4-3 when they do not.

The Shots
Isles       6-20-12=38
St. Louis 8-9-8=25
The Isles are 7-6-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 15-12-9 when the opposition has more shots.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves; he is 6-7-3 on the season 10-12-3 vs. St. Louis.
Jordan Binnington made 28 saves; he is 20-15-2 on the season and 3-2-2 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-5 on the power play (9:41); St. Louis was 1-5 on the power play (9:10).

The Isles are 12-6-8 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-13-6 when they do not. The Isles are 9-13-9 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-6-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-4-10 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-15-4 when they do not. 

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 15-3-14 in games decided by a single goal including 8-3 in regulation. They are 6-10 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs     
The Isles are 2-1-3 in the front end and 0-3-3 in the back end this season. The next back-to-back set will be on March 10th in Anaheim and March 11th in Los Angeles. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (22:42);  St. Louis: Colton Parayko (22:19)
Mathew Barzal led Islander forwards with 20:31 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-0-2), Noah Dobson (18-17-9), Alex Romanov (2-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-2), Matthew Barzal (0-0-1), Bo Horvat (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 31, St. Louis 21 (42%)
Bo Horvat won 12 of 18 for the Isles; No Blue won more than he lost.

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Four with 4)
St. Louis 11 (Three with 2)

Fights 
None. Season total: 7 (Martin 3, Pelech 1, Lee 1, Mayfield 1, Horvat 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Adam Pelech and Noah Dobson -3)
St. Louis 14 (Nick Leddy -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 58, St. Louis 44
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 26, St. Louis 28
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Mathew Barzal +6
St. Louis: Pavel Buchnevich +8

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, St. Louis 8
5-on-5: Isles 3, St. Louis 5

Scratches
(Robert Bortuzzo -LTIR), (Hudson Fasching-LTIR), Sebastian Aho, Samuel Bolduc, (Casey Cizikas – INJ_
Games Lost to injury: 138

The Ironmen
Anders Lee is the Islanders' ironman, having played 168 consecutive games. Brock Nelson (140) is the only other Islander to have played at least 100 consecutive games.

National TV Games 
The Isles are 4-0-3 in games that air on one of the NHL's US national broadcast partners. The next nationally televised game will be on March 5th (ESPN+) vs. the Blues.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 3 failures – WSH goalie interference (11/2), OTT offside (11/24), LA no goalie interference (12/9), VGK no goalie interference (1/6), PIT no hand pass (2/20)

Opponents: 2 successful, 2 failures – BUF no offsides (10/21), CAR no high-stick (11/30); ANA goalie interference (12/13), CGY offside (2/10)

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute six times this season (four times at home – CBJ 12/7 x2, WSH 12/29, NYR 2/18-MetLife and twice on road-@OTT 11/24, @ARI 1/4) and allowed two in the same span eight times (COL 10/25 x2, MIN 11/8, @MTL 12/16, PIT 12/27, @NAS 1/13, @PIT 2/20, @STL 2/22 (3 in :32))

Multi-Goal 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from at least two goals behind in the third period to win one time this season and have allowed the opposition to do so five times.
For (1): LA 12/9 (trailed 0-2, won 3-2 in OT)
Vs (5): DET 10/30 (trailed 0-2, won 4-3 in OT); CAR 11/4 (trailed 1-3, won 4-3 in OT) ; @ NJ 11/28 (trailed 2-4, won 5-4 in regulation); SJ 12/5 (trailed 1-4; won 5-3 in OT); NYR 2/18 (trailed 3-5, won 6-5 in OT)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored four goals and have allowed six goals in the final three minutes of the third period to tie or go-ahead:
For (4): Bo Horvat 10/20 vs NJ 18:49 (Isles lost in OT); Simon Holmstrom 12/13 vs ANA 18:27 (GWG); Kyle Palmieri 1/27 vs FLA 18:31 (Isles lost in OT); Pierre Engvall 2/5 @ TOR 17:58 (GWG)
Vs (7): Curtis Lazar 11/28 @ NJ 19:37 (GWG); Sebastian Aho 11/30 @ CAR 19:57 (Isles won in OT); Tomas Hertl vs SJ 18:30 (SJ won in OT); Morgan Rielly 12/11 vs TOR 19:53 (Isles won in OT); Alexandre Carrier 1/13 @ NAS 19:52 (GWG); Sean Monahan 1/25 @ MTL 17:48 (GWG); Mika Zibanejad vs NYR – Met Life 18:31 (NYR won in OT)

OT Winners
For (6):   Mathew Barzal (vs CAR) 11/30, Jean Gabriel Pageau (vs LA) 12/9, Bo Horvat (vs TOR) 12/11, Mathew Barzal (vs TOR) 1/11, Bo Horvat (vs DAL) 1/21, Adam Pelech (vs PIT) 2/20
Vs (10):   Jack Hughes (NJ) 10/20, Lucas Raymond (DET) 10/30, Sebastian Aho (CAR) 11/4, Quinn Hughes (VAN) 11/15; William Eklund (SJ) 12/5; Dylan Strome (WAS) 12/20; Nathan MacKinnon (COL) 1/2; Seth Jones (CHI) 1/19, Oliver Ekman-Larsson (FLA) 1/27; Artemi Panarin (NYR) 2/18

Shootout Winners
For (1):  Oliver Wahlstrom (Vs CGY) 11/18
Vs (4):  Kailer Yamamoto (SEA) 11/16, Tyson Foerster (PHI) 11/25, David Pastrnak (BOS) 12/15, Tomas Tatar (SEA) 2/13

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,057…
5. Clark Gillies 872 *** 6. Bob Bourne and Brock Nelson 814 *** 8. Matt Martin 800 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 789 *** 10. Mike Bossy 752 *** 11. Anders Lee 734 *** Patrick Flatley 712 *** 13. Brent Sutter 694 *** 14. Cal Clutterbuck 692…
32. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 34. Ed Westfall 493 *** 35. Radek Martinek 479 *** 36. Gerry Hart 476 *** 37. Mathew Barzal 474 *** 38. Adam Pelech 473 *** 39. Mariusz Czerkawski 470 *** 40. Scott Mayfield 468 *** 41. Ryan Pulock and Trent Hunter 459

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 265 *** 9. Anders Lee 254 …
21. Jason Blake 127 *** 22. Duane Sutter 121 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 122…
30. Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall 105 *** 32. Casey Cizikas 103

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 …
10. Stefan Persson 317 *** 11. Bob Bourne 304 *** 12. Mathew Barzal 299…
16. Billy Harris 259 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249  *** 18. Brock Nelson 242…
22. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 23. Anders Lee 184…
33. Travis Green 145 *** 34. Noah Dobson 142 ***35. Steve Thomas 140 *** 36. Mark Streit 139 *** 37. Greg Gilbert 136 *** 38. Ryan Pulock 134

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
11. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 12. Brock Nelson 506 *** 13. Derek King 499 *** 14. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 *** 16. Anders Lee 438 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 421…
32. Ray Ferraro 238 *** 33. Travis Green 237 *** 34. Casey Cizikas 234

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
15. Bob Lorimer +105  ***  16. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 17. Adam Pelech +75 *** 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 and Ryan Pulock 46 *** 6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 8. Roman Hamrlik 43 *** 9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Noah Dobson 37

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
7. Jeff Norton 166 *** 8. Noah Dobson 142 *** 9. Mark Streit 139 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 134…
13. Roman Hamrlik 110 *** 14. Tom Kurvers and Gerry Hart 109 *** 16. Adam Pelech 106… 
20. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 22. Scott Mayfield 91

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
7. Jeff Norton 188 *** 8. Ryan Pulock 180 *** 9.Mark Streit and Noah Dobson 179… 
13. Dave Lewis 141 *** 14. Tom Kurvers 134 *** 15. Adam Pelech 132…
19. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 20. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 21. Scott Mayfield 116

Goalie Games
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Tommy Salo 187 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 8. Ilya Sorokin and Glenn Healy 176 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 153

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Thomas Greiss 101 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 7. Ilya Sorokin 86 *** 8. Roland Melanson 77 *** 9. Glenn Healy 66 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 65

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 is 15-27-6-1 on the season after falling 2-1 to Hartford on Wednesday. Matthew Maggio had the only goal for the Islanders; it was his third goal in the last two games. 

Bridgeport visits Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday before hosting Springfield on Sunday afternoon.

Season Series Stats
St. Louis leads the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet in a nationally-streamed game (ESPN+) on March 5th at UBS Arena to complete the season series. 

The Isles will be looking to split the season series for the fourth straight season that they have faced the Blues.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th –TAMPA BAY AT ISLANDERS– 2:00pm
[MSGSN(pre-game at 1:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
The Isles will look to climb within three points of the last playoff spot as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning back to UBS Arena on Saturday.

The Isles beat the Lightning 6-2 back on February 8th but are 1-2-2 in the five games since then. It was the Isles second straight win over the Bolts, after losing six straight regular season games to Tampa in regulation. They have not won three straight from the Lightning since November 2014-November 2015.

The teams will also meet on March 30th at Amalie Arena to conclude the season series.

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