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Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Skinny: Isles 3, Florida 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 72
Isles 3, Florida 2
Mathew Baral and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored second period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit as the Islanders earned a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers before a crowd of 19,201 at Amerant Arena. 

Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves to improve to 3-0-1 in his last four starts (2.47 GAA, .915). The Isles are 12-11-4 under Patrick Roy and 31-26-15 overall as they close within four points of Washington in the Wild Card race and within five points of Philadelphia for third place in the Metropolitan.

The Isles head to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning on Saturday before a showdown with the Flyers on Monday in Philadelphia.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
Vladimir Tarasenko (21) Aleksander Barkov (50), Dmitry Kulikov (18) 08:13 NYI 0,FLA 1
Ryan Pulock (5) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (20), Casey Cizikas (10) 13:20 NYI 1,FLA 1

2nd Period
Aleksander Barkov (19) Sam Reinhart (34), Niko Mikkola (11) 06:32 NYI 1,FLA 2
Mathew Barzal (23) Noah Dobson (58), Casey Cizikas (11) 08:43 NYI 2,FLA 2
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (10) Adam Pelech (13), Pierre Engvall (15) 10:42 NYI 3,FLA 2

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny     
The Isles are 11-9-3 since the All-Star Break … Since Christmas, the Isles are 7-7-4 at home and 8-11-2 on the road… The Isles' defense has 60 points under Patrick Roy (12-48-60) and have 50 points in the last 22 games (11-39-50)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 63-43 in the first period (fewest allowed in NHL), but have been outscored 100-75 in the second period (most allowed in NHL); the 57 goal difference would be the highest between any two periods in club history (56 in 1984-85, 41 in 1995-96)…The Isles have been outscored 93-76 in the third period and overtime this season, but that reflects a 19-2 difference in empty-net goals…The Isles have been outscored 62-36 in the second period since the Christmas break and have allowed at least two goals in 20 of the 39 games; the goals allowed are the most in the NHL over that span …The Isles are 9-22-5 when they allow the first goal …Mathew Barzal is 23-51-74; he has set a career high in goals while his assist and point totals are the highest since his rookie season (22-63-85 in 2017-18)....The Isles improve to 2-6-1 in the nine games since their six-game winning streak…The Isles had allowed seven consecutive goals over 97:48 before Ryan Pulock's goal  (Pulock had had a goal disallowed earlier in the period…. Steve Lorentz won all six face-offs he took; Connor Dewar (MIN) was the last opponent to do so 1/12/23, also 6-0…Mike Reilly (23:10) and Brock Nelson (22:54) each posted season-high ice times…Despite their loss, the Panthers clinched a playoff spot when Detroit lost to Carolina…Aleksander Barkov reached 50 assists for a club-record fourth time, and then became the first Panther to hit the 700 point mark with his 19th goal of the season; he is 11-12-23 in 25 career games against the Isles…Casey Cizikas had a third assist taken away by NHL Hockey Operations; it would have been the first three-assist game of his career…Noah Dobson re-gained the NHL defense lead, and tied Mathew Barzal for the club lead with his 34th primary assist…Mathew Barzal drew two second period penalties, tying Kyle Palmieri for the club lead with 22 penalties drawn….It was only the second time this season that the Isles had at least six power plays (eight in Montreal on January 25th)…The Isles are 6-6-1 in March.
 
First Time in a Long Time
• The Isles have allowed 100 goals in the second period; it is the first time that they have allowed 100 goals in a period since the second period in 2017-18 (108).
• The Isles have four players with 23 goals for the first time in 13 years (2010-11 – Blake Comeau, Michael Grabner, Matt Moulson, and John Tavares).

Playoff Chase
Metro Division
3rd  Philadelphia 82 points in 74 games  (Saturday vs. Chicago, Monday vs. Isles)
4th  Washington  81 points in 72 games  (Saturday vs. Boston, Tuesday at Buffalo)
5th  Isles 77 points in 72 games  (Saturday at Tampa Bay, Monday at Philadelphia)

Wild Card
1st WC Tampa Bay    87 points in 72 games  (Saturday vs. Isles, Monday vs. Detroit)
2nd WC  Washington 81 points in 72 games  (Saturday vs. Boston, Tuesday at Buffalo)
3rd      Detroit          79 points in 73 games  (Saturday at Florida, Monday at Tampa Bay)
4th      Isles             77 points in 72 games  (Saturday at Tampa Bay, Monday at Philadelphia)
5th      New Jersey   76 points in 73 games  ( Friday at Buffalo, Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh)
6th      Pittsburgh    74 points in 72 games  (Saturday at Columbus, Monday at Rangers)
7th      Buffalo         73 points in 73 games  ( Friday vs. New Jersey, Saturday vs. Toronto)

Milestone Men  
Mathew Barzal set a career high in goals (23)
Cal Clutterbuck became the first NHL player with 4,000 career hits.
Anders Lee is the 11th player in club history to play 750 games; he is two games behind Mike Bossy for 10th place.
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 has 499 career points.
Bo Horvat has tied his career high in assists (34)
Mike Reilly has 99 career assists.
Matt Martin has played 813 Islander games, one behind Bob Bourne for 7th place. 
You are reading the 999th consecutive edition of The Skinny.

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
Noah Dobson is the first Islander defenseman with at least 66 points since 1984-85 when Denis Potvin had 68, and the first with at least 58 assists since 1983-84, when Potvin recorded 63.

Dobson has recorded only the fifth season in club history with at least 58 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 58 (2023-24)

Dobson is tied-21st overall for assists in a season by an Islander.

Most assists (Islanders, last 35 years)
1. Pierre Turgeon 74 in 1992-93
2. Mathew Barzal 63 in  2017-18
3. Noah Dobson 58 in 2023-24

Career Year?
Bo Horvat is 29-34-63 on the season. His 29 goals trail only 2022-23 (38) and 2021-22 (31) while his 63 points are his 2nd- highest total behind last season's 70. Horvat has tied his career-high of 34 assists which he set in 2018-19.

Coach Roy
The Isles are 12-11-4 under Patrick Roy and have allowed only two goals or fewer in nine of their twelve wins. Ilya Sorokin is 9-8-2 under Roy while Semyon Varlamov is 3-3-2.

Scoring Leaders Under Patrick Roy
1. Mathew Barzal 11-17-28
2. Brock Nelson 9-15-24
3. Bo Horvat 11-10-21 (4 GWG)
4. Noah Dobson 2-19-21
5. Kyle Palmieri 12-5-17

Since the Break
The Isles are 11-9-3 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 30.5-28.6 (+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 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 19.

Most Empty-Net Goals Allowed (Isles):
1. 19  2023-24 CURRENT
2. 18  2021-22
3. 17  2022-23
4. 14  2011-12

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 56 power play goals; they allowed 39 all last season. 

Under Patrick Roy, the Isles Power Play is 14-84 (16.7%) and the Penalty Kill is 20-67 (70.1%). 
 
Building on a Lead
The Islanders have had a two-goal lead 49 times this season:
Score the next goal: 14 times
Allowed the next goal: 31 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 4,000
2. Matt Martin 3,837

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  31-26-15 for 77 points in 72 games
2022-23  37-27-8 for 82 points in 72 games

Offense from Defense
Today:   1-2-3
Season: 29-118-147
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 1,688
Juuse Saros 1,620
Jordan Binnington 1,603
Connor Hellebuyck 1,585
Alexandar Georgiev 1,582 (*)
Petr Mrazek 1,579
(*) 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 (187 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 281 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
50. Tiny Thompson 284
51. Semyon Varlamov 281
52. Brian Elliott 279

Home and Road
The Isles are 31-26-15 overall; they are 16-10-10 at home and 15-16-5 on the road.
Florida is 46-22-5 overall; they are 21-13-2 at home and 25-9-3 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 19-14-9 against the East (8-7-5 vs. Metropolitan and 11-7-4 vs. Atlantic) and 12-12-6 against the West (6-6-2 vs. Central and 6-6-4 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 117 games at UBS Arena and recorded 84 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 1,436
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Leaders of the Pack
Lou Lamoriello (1,436) and Patrick Roy (142) have combined for 1,578 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 22-4-10 when scoring first and are 9-22-5 when allowing the opening goal. Under Patrick Roy, the Isles are 9-1-1 when they score first and are 3-10-3 when they do not.

The Shots
Isles    6-13-5=24
Florida 9-5-15=29
The Isles are 12-10-6 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-1-0 when the shots are even and 18-15-9 when the opposition has more shots.

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves; he is 9-7-4 on the season and 9-4-2 vs. Florida.
Anthony Stolarz made 21 saves; he is 14-6-2 on the season and 1-3-0 vs the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-6 on the power play (12:00); Florida was 0-1 on the power play (2:00).

The Isles are 16-8-9 when they score at least one power play goal and 15-18-6 when they do not. The Isles are 11-17-10 when they allow at least one power play goal and 20-9-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 29-5-11 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-21-4 when they do not. 

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 17-3-15 in games decided by a single goal including 9-3 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 4-1-4 in the front end and 0-6-3 in the back end this season. The final back-to-back set will be on April 1st in Philadelphia and April 2nd vs. Chicago. 

Fewest Wins on Back-end:
0 1972-73 (0-22-3)
0 2023-24 (0-6-3, with one remaining)
1 2012-13 (1-5-1; 48-game schedule)
2 1994-95 (2-3-3; 48-game schedule)

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:10); Florida: Gustav Forsling (22:26)
Brock Nelson led Islander forwards with a season-high 22:54 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (6-2-2), Noah Dobson (22-21-9), Alex Romanov (2-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-2), Matthew Barzal (0-1-1), Bo Horvat (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26, Florida 25 (51%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 8 of 11 for the Isles; Steven Lorentz won 6 of 6 for Florida.

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Adam Pelech -4)
Florida 13 (Two with 5)

Fights 
None. Season total: 11 (Martin 4, Lee 3, Pelech 1, Mayfield 1, Horvat 1, MacLean 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 26 (Three with 3)
Florida 8 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 42, Florida 68
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 28, Florida 48
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Adam Pelech +4
Florida: Gustav Forsling +14

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 5, Florida 12
5-on-5: Isles 3, Florida 6

Scratches
(Scott Mayfield – LTIR), Sebastian Aho, Oliver Wahlstrom, Simon Holmstrom, Samuel Bolduc
Games Lost to injury: 168

The Ironmen
Anders Lee is the Islanders' ironman, having played 184 consecutive games. Brock Nelson (156), Kyle Palmieri (106), and Noah Dobson (102) are the only other Islanders to have played at least 100 consecutive games. Two other Islanders: Cal Clutterbuck (87) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (86) 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 1-4-1 in matinee games (all at home, including an OT loss at Met Life). The final matinee game is 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 13-13-9 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: 4 successful, 3 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), FLA goalie interference (3/28); FLA no goalie interference (3/28)

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 830 *** 7. Bob Bourne 814 *** 8. Matt Martin 813 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 805 *** 10. Mike Bossy 752 *** 11. Anders Lee 750 *** Patrick Flatley 712 *** 13. Cal Clutterbuck 708…
32. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 34. Ed Westfall 493 *** 35. Mathew Barzal 491 *** 36. Adam Pelech 490 *** 37. Radek Martinek 479 **** 38. Gerry Hart and Ryan Pulock 476 ***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 258 …
20. Kyle Okposo 139 ***21. Mathew Barzal 128…
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 …
9. Brent Sutter 323 *** 10. Stefan Persson 317 *** 11. Mathew Barzal 308…
16. Billy Harris 259 *** 17. Brock Nelson 252…
21. Nick Leddy 198 *** 22. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 23. Anders Lee 190…
31. David Volek 154 *** 32. Mariusz Czerkawski 150 *** 33. Noah Dobson 148 *** 34. Travis Green 145 *** 35. Steve Thomas 140 *** 36. Mark Streit and Ryan Pulock 139

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Bourne 542 *** 11. Brock Nelson 522 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 513 *** 13. Derek King 499 *** 14. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 15. Anders Lee 448  *** 16. Billy Harris 443 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 436…
31. Nick Leddy 243 *** 32. Casey Cizikas 241

+/-
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…
4. Stefan Persson 52 *** 5. Ryan Pulock 48 *** 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 149 *** 9. Mark Streit and Ryan Pulock 139…
12. Dave Lewis 117 *** 13. Adam Pelech 112… 
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 187…
13. Dave Lewis 141 *** 14. Adam Pelech 138 *** 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. Ilya Sorokin 188 *** 7. Tommy Salo 187 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 9. Glenn Healy 176 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 157

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. Semyon Varlamov 68

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 22-33-6-1 on the season, heading into home games on Friday and Saturday vs. Charlotte.

Ruslan Iskhakov continues to lead the team in goals (17), assists (27) and points (44).
 
Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series 2 games to 1 (and 5 points to 2). 

All three meetings ended in one-goal wins for the road team. The Isles are 4-3-0 in their last seven trips to Sunrise and are 7-4-2 in their last 13 meetings with the Panthers.

UP NEXT
SATURDAY, MARCH 30th –ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY– 7:00pm
[MSGSN (Pre-game at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
The Isles make their first trip to Tampa Bay in exactly 52 weeks as they face the Lightning for the final time this season. The teams split a pair of February games at UBS Arena.

The Isles have lost four straight regular season games at Amalie Arena since a 5-1 win on December 9, 2019; however, the Isles did win game one of the 2021 Conference Finals in Tampa Bay.

AND FINALLY…
You are reading the 998th consecutive edition of The Skinny. I expect to publish the 1,000th consecutive edition after the game in Tampa Bay on Saturday.

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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