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The Skinny: Isles 4, St. Louis 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 61
Isles 4, St. Louis 2
Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist as the Isles erased a 2-0 Blues lead and earned a 4-2 victory over before a crowd of 16,540 at UBS Arena.

Bo Horvat scored on a wrap-around in the opening minute of the third period and Mathew Barzal added the Isles' second empty-netter in three games for the final margin.

The Isles are 8-5-3 under Patrick Roy and 27-20-14 overall as they climb within four points of Philadelphia for third place in the Metro Division; they are also four points behind both Detroit and Tampa Bay in the Wild Card race. The Isles begin their four-game road trip in San Jose on Thursday.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Alexey Toropchenko (11) Jake Neighbours (8) 01:21 STL 1,NYI 0
Jordan Kyrou (20) Brandon Saad (11), Marco Scandella (5) 08:30 STL 2,NYI 0
Kyle Palmieri (19) Adam Pelech (9), Noah Dobson (56) 12:32 STL 2,NYI 1
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (8) Kyle Palmieri (20), Sebastian Aho (6) 17:47 STL 2,NYI 3 

3rd Period
Bo Horvat (24) Brock Nelson (22), Adam Pelech (10) 00:55 STL 2,NYI 3
Mathew Barzal (19)EN Brock Nelson (23), Alexander Romanov (9) 19:29 STL 2,NYI 4

The Skinny     
The Isles are 7-3-2 since the All-Star Break and have won three straight in regulation for the first time this season … Since Christmas, the Isles are 6-4-3 at home and 5-7-2 on the road; the Isles have won consecutive home games for the first time since January 11th- 21st …The Isles allowed the first goal for the first time in four games but the sixteenth time in the last 28 games.… The Isles' defense has 43 points during Patrick Roy (7-36-43) and have 33 points in the last 12 games (6-27-33)…The Isles have outscored their opponents 52-38 in the first period (tied with Florida for the fewest allowed), but have been outscored 82-63 in the second period (have allowed the most 2nd period goals in NHL) and 79-68 in the third period and overtime this season…The Isles have been outscored 44-24 in the second period since the Christmas break and have allowed at least two goals in 15 of the 28 games; only New Jersey has allowed more  2nd period goals over that span …The Isles are 7-18-5 when they allowed the opening goal …Mathew Barzal is now 19-46-65; 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 32 primary assists; Dobson leads all NHL defensemen in that category… The Isles have won four straight games for the first time since a four-game streak in December…..The Isles are seven games over NHL-.500 for the first time since a come-from-behind win over Toronto on January 11th improved their record to 19-12-10….The Isles have scored at least five goals five times in the last ten games…The Isles did not allow a power play goal for the third straight game; it is the first time that they have done that since December 27-31… The Isles did not have a power play…Mathew Barzal extended his point streak to five games (2-4-6) with his 2nd career empty net goal….The Blues scored first but lost in regulation for only the third time this season(25-3-1)…Jordan Kyrou now has three straight 20-goal seasons.,…Ilya Sorokin has won four straight and is now 7-1-2 in his last ten decisions…Bo Horvat is the third Islander to score on a wrap-around this season (Hudson Fasching and Kyle Palmieri)..Ilya Sorokin has won four straight, allowing just eight goals (4-0-0, 1.98 GAA, .921 save percentage).

First Times in a Long Time 
Kyle Palmieri recorded four goals in a two-game span for the first time since December 2018 (with New Jersey). His six points over the two games are a career best.
The Isles improved to 3-19-1 when trailing by two goals at any point, but they win in regulation for the first time since February 17, 2023, vs. Pittsburgh.

Milestone Men  
Brock Nelson is two goals away from his third consecutive 30-goal season, a feat last accomplished for the Islanders by Matt Moulson.
Mathew Barzal has 303 assists, one behind Bob Bourne for 11th in club history.
Brock Nelson has 269 goals, three behind John Tavares for 7th in club history.
Brock Nelson has 513 points, tying Bob Nystrom for 11th in club history.
Noah Dobson and Pierre Engvall each played in their 299th NHL game.
Kyle Palmieri needs one goal to reach 20 for the sixth time in his career, but first time since 2019-20.
Mathew Barzal has 19 goals, matching the 2nd-highest total of his career (2019-20). He needs one goal for his second 20 goal season and three goals to match his career high (22).

Woah Noah
Dobson is the first Islander defenseman with at least 63 points since 1984-85 when Denis Potvin had 68, and the first with at least 56 assists since 1983-84, when Potvin 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 is tied for 5th in club history with his 56-assist season:
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. Denis Potvin 56 (1980-81)
Stefan Persson 56 (1978-79)
Noah Dobson 56 (2023-24)

Dobson now has a point in eleven straight home games, which is the third-longest defense streak in club history (Denis Potvin - 15 in 1974-75 and Tom Kurvers -14 in 1991-92). Only one active defenseman has had a longer streak (Brent Burns -12 in 2017-18)

Dobson is now tied-25th overall for assists in a season by an Islander.

Dobson has played 299 games; only seven players have more assists through 300 Islander games. Four have had their numbers retired by the Isles (Trottier, Potvin, Bossy, Tonelli); the others are Persson, Barzal and Yashin.

Most assists (Islanders, last 35 years)
1. Pierre Turgeon 74 in 1992-93
2. Mathew Barzal 63 in  2017-18
3. Pierre Turgeon 56 in 1993-94 (traded after 69 games)
Noah Dobson 56 in 2023-24

The New Coach
The Isles are 8-5-3 under Patrick Roy and have allowed only two goals or fewer in six of their eight wins. Ilya Sorokin is 8-2-2 under Roy while Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-1.

Scoring Leaders Under Patrick Roy
1. Mathew Barzal 7-12-19
2. Noah Dobson 1-17-18
3. Brock Nelson 8-7-15
4. Kyle Palmieri 8-5-13
5. Bo Horvat 6-5-11 (3 GWG)

Since the Break
The Isles are 7-3-2 since the break. While they were outshot 34.9-30.0 per game (-4.9) prior to the break, the Isles have out-shot their opponents 31.3-27.9 (+3.4) since the break.

Inter-Division Games
Tonight was the sixth of eleven consecutive inter-division games; the Isles are 4-2-0 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 29 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 2 empty-net goals (11:57) and allowed 14 (10:04).

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 38 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 10-45 (22.2%) and the Penalty Kill is 14-44 (68.2%). 
 
Building on a Lead
The Islanders have had a two-goal lead 42 times this season:
Score the next goal: 10 times
Allowed the next goal: 28 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 3,963
2. Matt Martin 3,821

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 nine more goals this season for his 7th season with at least 25 goals.

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  27-20-14 for 68 points in 61 games
2022-23  30-24-7 for 67 points in 61 games

Offense from Defense
Today:   0-5-5
Season: 24-106-130 
Season Pace 33-142-175
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 1,487
Juuse Saros 1,429
Alexandar Georgiev 1,410 
Thatcher Demko 1,363  (late game Tuesday)

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 (181 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 27-20-14 overall; they are 15-8-9 at home and 12-12-5 on the road.
St. Louis is 33-26-3 overall; they are 18-11-1 at home and 14-16-2 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 18-9-8 against the East (8-4-5 vs. Metropolitan and 10-5-3 vs. Atlantic) and 9-11-6 against the West (5-6-2 vs. Central and 4-5-4 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 113 games at UBS Arena and recorded 78 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 1,432
3. Glen Sather 1,319

Leaders of the Pack
Lou Lamoriello (1,432) and Patrick Roy (138) have combined for 1,570 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 19-3-9 when scoring first and are 8-17-5 when allowing the opening goal. Under Patrick Roy, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they score first and are 2-5-3 when they do not.

The Shots
Isles      10-17-6=33
St. Louis 8-5-8=21
The Isles are 10-7-5 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 19 saves; he is 21-13-11 on the season and 3-1-0 vs. St. Louis.
Joel Hofer made 29 saves; he is 10-11-0 on the season and 0-0-0 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles did not have a power play (0:00); St. Louis was 0-1 on the power play (2:00).

The Isles are 14-7-8 when they score at least one power play goal and 13-13-6 when they do not. The Isles are 10-14-9 when they allow at least one power play goal and 17-6-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 25-4-10 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 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 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 Sunday in Anaheim and Monday in Los Angeles. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (24:27); St. Louis: Torey Krug (25:11)
Mathew Barzal led Islander forwards with 18:44 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (3-0-2), Noah Dobson (21-18-9), Alex Romanov (2-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-0-2), Matthew Barzal (0-0-1), Bo Horvat (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 28, St. Louis 13 (68%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 13 for the Isles; Kevin Hayes won 3 of 4 for St. Louis.

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Four with 3)
St. Louis 13 (Three with 2)

Fights 
None. Season total: 7 (Martin 3, Pelech 1, Lee 1, Mayfield 1, Horvat 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Ryan Pulock -3)
St. Louis 17 (Colton Parayko -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 67, St. Louis 37
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 68, St. Louis 38
 
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Alexander Romanov +15
St. Louis: Jordan Kyrou Even

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 16, St. Louis 4
5-on-5: Isles 15, St. Louis 4

Scratches
(Robert Bortuzzo -LTIR), (Scott Mayfield – LTIR), Oliver Wahlstrom, Hudson Fasching, Samuel Bolduc
Games Lost to injury: 150

The Ironmen
Anders Lee is the Islanders' ironman, having played 173 consecutive games. Brock Nelson (145) 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 5-0-3 in games that air on one of the NHL's US national broadcast partners. The next nationally televised game will be on March 17th (TNT) vs. the Rangers.

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 819 *** 7. Bob Bourne 814 *** 8. Matt Martin 805 *** 9. Casey Cizikas 794 *** 10. Mike Bossy 752 *** 11. Anders Lee 739 *** Patrick Flatley 712 *** 13. Cal Clutterbuck 697…
32. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 34. Ed Westfall 493 *** 35. Radek Martinek and Mathew Barzal 479 *** 37. Adam Pelech 478 **** 38. Gerry Hart 476 *** 39. Mariusz Czerkawski 470 *** 40. Scott Mayfield 468 *** 41. Ryan Pulock 464

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 269 *** 9. Anders Lee 256 …
21. Jason Blake 127 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 124…
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 303…
16. Billy Harris 259 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249  *** 18. Brock Nelson 244…
21. Nick Leddy 198 *** 22. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 23. Anders Lee 185…
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. Greg Gilbert and Ryan Pulock 136

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
10. Bob Bourne 542 *** 11. Bob Nystrom and Brock Nelson 513 *** 13. Derek King 499 *** 14. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 *** 16. Anders Lee 441 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 427…
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 *** 16. Adam Pelech +76 *** 18. Garry Howatt +75 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54  

Defense Goals
1. Denis Potvin 310 *** 2. Tomas Jonsson 84 *** 3. Kenny Jonsson 57…
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 147 *** 9. Mark Streit 139 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 136…
13. Roman Hamrlik 110 *** 14. Tom Kurvers, Gerry Hart, and Adam Pelech 109… 
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 184 … 9. Ryan Pulock 183
13. Dave Lewis 141 *** 14. Adam Pelech 135 *** 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 187 *** 7. Ilya Sorokin 181 *** 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. Ilya Sorokin 90 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 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 completed a sweep of their weekend road trip with a 4-1 win on Sunday in Springfield. Four players, led by Michael Maggio scored goals and eight others added assists. Bridgeport is  18-29-6-1 on the season. 

The Baby Isles are off until Friday when they begin a 3-in-3 weekend in Springfield. 

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2). 

The Isles are 6-1-1 in their last eight home games against St. Louis. 

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, MARCH 7th  –ISLANDERS AT SAN JOSE – 10:30pm
[MSGSN(pre-game at 10:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio].
The Isles begin a four-game road trip with a trip to San Jose to face the Sharks.

The Isles will be looking to avenge a 5-4 overtime loss at UBS Arena back on December 5th as the Sharks scored three times in the final 8:05 to tie and then won the game on a William Eklund goal with seconds to play in overtime. 

The Isles are 3-0-4 in their last seven games against the Sharks (1-0-2 in San Jose).

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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