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Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Skinny: Detroit 6, Isles 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 69
Detroit 6,  Isles 3
Andrew Copp and Dylan Larkin each scored twice, and James Reimer made 33 saves as the Detroit Red Wings scored four straight goals to break open a 1-1 tie and defeat the Islanders, 6-3  before a crowd of 18,868 at Little Caesars Arena. 

The Isles did make it close midway through the third on goals by Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mathew Barzal, but a Larkin empty-netter sealed the fate of the Islanders, who are now winless in six games (0-5-1). The Isles are 10-10-4 under Patrick Roy and 29-25-15 overall as they fell five points behind Detroit in the Wild Card race and six points behind Philadelphia for third place in the Metropolitan.

The Isles return to UBS Arena for a pair of games this weekend as they host Winnipeg on Saturday and New Jersey on Sunday.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
None

2nd Period
Christian Fischer (5) Michael Rasmussen (19), Moritz Seider (30) 11:15 NYI 0,DET 1
Mike Reilly (5) Kyle MacLean (3), Casey Cizikas (9) 13:25 NYI 1,DET 1
Andrew Copp (11) Christian Fischer (13), Ben Chiarot (14) 16:00 NYI 1,DET 2
Dylan Larkin (27) Alex DeBrincat (33) 18:08 NYI 1,DET 3

3rd Period
Andrew Copp (12) Christian Fischer (14), Michael Rasmussen (20) 05:12 NYI 1,DET 4
Patrick Kane (16) Alex DeBrincat (34), Shayne Gostisbehere (37) 06:22 NYI 1,DET 5
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (9) Ryan Pulock (9), Pierre Engvall (14) 09:34 NYI 2,DET 5 PPG
Mathew Barzal (21) Adam Pelech (12), Anders Lee (13) 11:20 NYI 3,DET 5
Dylan Larkin (28)EN Lucas Raymond (36) 16:15 NYI 3,DET 6

The Skinny     
The Isles are 9-8-3 since the All-Star Break … Since Christmas, the Isles are 6-6-4 at home and 7-11-2 on the road… The Isles' defense has 55 points under Patrick Roy (11-44-55) and have 45 points in the last 20 games (10-35-45)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 59-41 in the first period (fewest allowed in NHL), but have been outscored 96-70 in the second period (most allowed in NHL) and 90-76 in the third period and overtime this season…The Isles have been outscored 58-31 in the second period since the Christmas break and have allowed at least two goals in 19 of the 36 games; the goals allowed are the most in the NHL over that span …The Isles are 2-21-2 when trailing after two periods …Mathew Barzal is 21-49-70; they are his highest totals in each category since his rookie season (22-63-85 in 2017-18)....After outscoring their opponents 30-11 during their six-game winning streak, the Isles have been outscored 26-8 over the last six; all five of their regulation losses in this stretch have been by at least three goals…. Shayne Gostisbehere extended his point steak to seven games (1-6-7); he has an assist in six straight….Lucas Raymond and Patrick Kane now have six-game point streaks…Detroit got Dylan Larkin back in the lineup after missing eight games, while Robert Bortuzzo returned for the first time since January 2nd.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles allowed three goals in the second period for the third straight road game; that last happened in October 1995.
The Isles have allowed three goals in a period in three straight games for the first time since April 2022.
 
Playoff Chase
Metro Division
3rd  Philadelphia 79 points in 70 games  (Saturday vs. Boston, Sunday vs. Florida)
4th  Washington  75 points in 68 games  (Friday vs. Carolina, Sunday vs. Winnipeg)
5th  Isles 73 points in 69 games  (Saturday vs. Winnipeg, Sunday vs. New Jersey)

Wild Card
1st WC Tampa Bay 80 points in 68 games  (Thursday LATE at San Jose, Saturday at Los Angeles, Sunday at Anaheim)
2nd WC Detroit   78 points in 70 games  (Saturday at Nashville)
3rd  Washington 75 points in 68 games  ( Friday vs. Carolina, Sunday vs. Winnipeg)
4th  Isles           73 points in 69 games   (Saturday vs. Winnipeg, Sunday vs. New Jersey)
5th  New Jersey 72 points in 70 games  (Saturday vs Ottawa, Sunday at Isles)
6th Buffalo        71 points in 71 games  (Sunday at Calgary)
7th Pittsburgh    69 points in 68 games  (Friday at Dallas, Sunday at Colorado)

Milestone Men  
Adam Pelech recorded his 111th assist, passing Radek Martinek for 13th place among Islander defensemen.
Brock Nelson has 270 goals, two behind John Tavares for 7th in club history.
Brock Nelson is one goal away from his third consecutive 30-goal season, a feat last accomplished for the Islanders by Matt Moulson.
Bo Horvat now has 498 career points.
Mike Reilly now has 99 career assists.
Ilya Sorokin played in his 187th game, tying Tommy Salo for 6th place in club goalie history.
Brock Nelson needs one point to give the Isles four players with 60+ points for only the 2nd time in the last 30 years (also 2017-18)

Mr. Consistency
Mathew Barzal has had five separate point streaks of at least five games this season, including an 8-game and a 7-game streak.

Woah Noah
Dobson is the first Islander defenseman with at least 65 points since 1984-85 when Denis Potvin had 68, and the first with at least 57 assists since 1983-84, when Potvin recorded 63.

Dobson is on pace for 68 assists; Denis Potvin holds the club record for assists by a defenseman (70 in 1978-79). Dobson is on pace for 78 points, which would trail only five seasons by Potvin.

Dobson has recorded only the fifth season in club history with at least 57 assists by a defenseman:  
1. Denis Potvin 70 (1978-79)
2. Denis Potvin 67 (1975-76)
3. Denis Potvin 64 (1977-78)
4. Denis Potvin 63 (1983-84)
5. Noah Dobson 57 (2023-24)

Dobson is now tied-24th overall for assists in a season by an Islander.

Longest Home Point Streak by an  NHL defenseman (Last 30 years)
1. Mike Green WSH 20 10/12/2009 -1/19/2010
2. Noah Dobson NYI 12 1/11/2024 -3/16/2024 
3. Brent Burns SJS 12 11/25/2017 - 2/8/2018
4. Brian Leetch NYR 12 3/3/1995 -4/26/1995

Most assists (Islanders, last 35 years)
1. Pierre Turgeon 74 in 1992-93
2. Mathew Barzal 63 in  2017-18
3. Noah Dobson 57 in 2023-24

Career Year?
Bo Horvat is 29-33-62 on the season. His 29 goals trail only 2022-23 (38) and 2021-22 (31) while his 62 points are his 2nd- highest total behind last season's 70. Horvat had a career-high 34 assists in 2018-19.

Coach Roy
The Isles are 10-10-4 under Patrick Roy and have allowed only two goals or fewer in eight of their ten wins. Ilya Sorokin is 9-7-2 under Roy while Semyon Varlamov is 1-3-2.

Scoring Leaders Under Patrick Roy
1. Mathew Barzal 9-15-24
2. Brock Nelson 9-14-23
3. Noah Dobson 2-18-20
4. Bo Horvat 11-9-20 (4 GWG)
5. Kyle Palmieri 11-5-16

Since the Break
The Isles are 9-8-3 since the all-star break. While they were outshot 34.9-30.0 per game (-4.9) prior to the break, the Isles have out-shot their opponents 30.1-28.2 (+1.9) since the break.

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles have played 23 overtime games, one behind Boston for the NHL lead. They are 7-11 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 1-4 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 27 overtime games.

The Isles have won 18 of the last 46 games decided by an overtime goal (since January 11, 2020).

Most Islander OT/SO Losses 
15 (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 2 empty-net goals and allowed 18.

Killing Their Own PP
The Isles have taken a penalty to interrupt their power play 21 times this season.

Power Play Up; Penalty Killing Down
The Isles have scored 42 power play goals; they scored 35 all last season.
The Isles have allowed 55 power play goals; they allowed 39 all last season. 

Under Patrick Roy, the Isles Power Play is 14-72 (19.4%) and the Penalty Kill is 19-61 (68.9%). 
 
Building on a Lead
The Islanders have had a two-goal lead 47 times this season:
Score the next goal: 13 times
Allowed the next goal: 30 times
Game ended with 2-goal difference: 4 times 

Heavy Hitters
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,991
2. Matt Martin 3,834

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

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  29-25-15 for 73 points in 69 games
2022-23  34-27-8 for 76 points in 69 games

Offense from Defense
Today:   1-2-3
Season: 287-114-142 
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 1,659
Juuse Saros 1,563
Alexandar Georgiev 1,524
Jordan Binnington 1,508
Connor Hellebuyck 1,498

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 (186 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 279 career wins. Among active NHL goalies (and excluding Carey Price, who is technically still active), Varlamov is seventh in wins and fourth in shutouts.

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

Home and Road
The Isles are 29-25-15 overall; they are 15-9-10 at home and 14-16-5 on the road.
Detroit is 36-28-6 overall; they are 21-11-5 at home and 15-17-1 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 18-13-9 against the East (8-6-5 vs. Metropolitan and 10-7-4 vs. Atlantic) and 11-12-6 against the West (5-6-2 vs. Central and 6-6-4 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 115 games at UBS Arena and recorded 80 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 1,434
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Leaders of the Pack
Lou Lamoriello (1,434) and Patrick Roy (140) have combined for 1,574 career 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 21-4-10 when scoring first and are 8-21-5 when allowing the opening goal. Under Patrick Roy, the Isles are 8-1-1 when they score first and are 2-9-3 when they do not.

The Shots
Isles       9-9-18-36
Detroit   7-9-8=24
The Isles are 11-9-6 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 17-15-9 when the opposition has more shots.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 18 saves; he is 22-18-11 on the season and 4-2-2-vs Detroit.
James Reimer made 33 saves; he is 9-7-2 on the season and 9-3-2 vs the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (7:34); Detroit was 0-2 on the power play (3:21) .

The Isles are 16-8-9 when they score at least one power play goal and 13-17-6 when they do not. The Isles are 11-16-10 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-9-5 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 27-5-11 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-20-4 when they do not. 

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 16-3-15 in games decided by a single goal including 8-3 in regulation. They are 7-11 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 2-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs     
The Isles are 3-1-4 in the front end and 0-5-3 in the back end this season. The next back-to-back set will be on Saturday vs. Winnipeg and Sunday vs. New Jersey; it is the only back-to-back set this season played entirely at home. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (26:24); Detroit: Moritz Seider (20:42)
Mathew Barzal led Islander forwards with 20:53 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (4-2-2), Noah Dobson (22-20-9), Alex Romanov (2-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-2), Matthew Barzal (0-1-1), Bo Horvat (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 39, Detroit 27 (50%)
Bo Horvat won 14 of 22 for the Isles; J.T. Compher won 9 of 17 for Detroit.

Hit Count
Isles 16 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Detroit 24 (Three with 4)

Fights 
None. Season total: 9 (Martin 4, Lee 2, Pelech 1, Mayfield 1, Horvat 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (3 with 2)
Detroit 22 (Two with 5)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 69, Detroit 42
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 42, Detroit 34
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Noah Dobson +15
Detroit: Patrick Kane +5

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 8, Detroit 5
5-on-5: Isles 4, Detroit 5

Scratches
(Scott Mayfield – LTIR), Sebastian Aho, Oliver Wahlstrom, Matt Martin, Samuel Bolduc
Games Lost to injury: 163

The Ironmen
Anders Lee is the Islanders' ironman, having played 181 consecutive games. Brock Nelson (153) and Kyle Palmieri (103) are the only other Islanders to have played at least 100 consecutive games. Three other Islanders (Noah Dobson, Cal Clutterbuck, 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 5-2-3 in games that air on one of the NHL's US national broadcast partners. The next nationally televised game will be on April 13 (ABC) at the Rangers.

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-4-1 in matinee games (all at home, including an OT loss at Met Life). The remaining matinee games are March 23rd vs WPG, and April 13th at NYR.
The NHL considers games that start before 5:00 local time to be afternoon games. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, the Isles are 12-13-9 in matinees.

Challenges
Isles: 2 successful, 4 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) , BUF no goalie interference (3/14)

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 seven times this season (four times at home – CBJ 12/7 x2, WSH 12/29, NYR 2/18-MetLife and three time on road-@OTT 11/24, @ARI 1/4, @SJ 3/7)  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 (5): 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); Bo Horvat 3/16 vs OTT 19:22 (Isles lost in OT).
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 (11): 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; Brady Tkachuk 3/16

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 827 *** 7. Bob Bourne 814 *** 8. Matt Martin 811 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 802 *** 10. Mike Bossy 752 *** 11. Anders Lee 747 *** Patrick Flatley 712 *** 13. Cal Clutterbuck 705…
32. Rich Pion and Mick Vukota 509 *** 34. Ed Westfall 493 *** 35. Mathew Barzal 488 *** 36. Adam Pelech 487 *** 37. Radek Martinek 479 **** 38. Gerry Hart 476 *** 39. Ryan Pulock 473 ***40. Mariusz Czerkawski 472 *** 41. Scott Mayfield 469 

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 270 *** 9. Anders Lee 257 …
20. Kyle Okposo 139 ***21. Jason Blake 127 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 126…
29. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 30. Benoit Hogue, Ed Westfall, and Casey Cizikas 105

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 …
10. Stefan Persson 317 *** 11. Mathew Barzal 306…
16. Billy Harris 259 *** 17. Brock Nelson 251…
21. Nick Leddy 198 *** 22. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 23. Anders Lee 189…
31. David Volek 154 *** 32. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 33. Noah Dobson 147 *** 34. Travis Green 145 *** 35. Steve Thomas 140 *** 36. Mark Streit 139 *** 37. Ryan Pulock 138

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Bourne 542 *** 11. Brock Nelson 521 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 13. Derek King 499 *** 14. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 15. Anders Lee 446  *** 16. Billy Harris 443 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 432…
31. Nick Leddy 243 *** 32. Casey Cizikas 239

+/-
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 38

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
7. Jeff Norton 166 *** 8. Noah Dobson 148 *** 9. Mark Streit 139 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 138…
12. Dave Lewis 117 *** 13. Adam Pelech 111… 
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 186 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 185
13. Dave Lewis 141 *** 14. Adam Pelech 137 *** 15. Tom Kurvers 134 …
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 and Ilya Sorokin 187 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 9. Glenn Healy 176 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 155

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Thomas Greiss 101 *** 6. Ilya Sorokin 92 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 8. Roland Melanson 77 *** 9. Glenn Healy and Semyon Varlamov 66

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 20-33-6-1 on the season heading into Friday's game in Utica and Saturday's game in Lehigh Valley.

Ruslan Iskhakov continues to lead the team in goals (16), assists (26) and points (42).

Season Series Stats
Detroit wins the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 3). 

The Isles are 1-3-1 in their last five trips to the Motor City. 

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, MARCH 23rd – WINNIPEG AT ISLANDERS– 1:00pm
[MSGSN (Pre-game at 12:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
The Isles look to break their six-game winless streak as they begin a back-to-back home set by facing Winnipeg.

The Jets have been towards the top of the Central Division standings all season long and own a 4-2 home-ice win over the Isles on January 16th, in Lane Lambert's penultimate game behind the bench.

That loss broke a seven-game Islander winning streak over the Jets, who have not beaten the Isles in New York since a 3-1 win in Brooklyn on December 4, 2018.

AND FINALLY…
You are reading the 996th consecutive edition of The Skinny. I expect to publish the 1,000th consecutive edition after the game in Tampa Bay on March 30th.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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