Featured Post

The Skinny on the Metro Playoff Race

The Isles lost their share of the Met Division lead (and two players) in their 5-0 loss to Boston.  Washington beat New Jersey, Carolina ra...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Skinny on the Metro Playoff Race

The Isles lost their share of the Met Division lead (and two players) in their 5-0 loss to Boston.  Washington beat New Jersey, Carolina rallied for a shootout win over Pittsburgh (leaving both tied with the Isles with 38 ROW), Columbus lost to Calgary, and Montreal closed within a point of a playoff spot by beating Philadelphia.
So the standings through Tuesday's play looks like this:

Metro Playoff Watch
1. Caps 93 points/73 games/39 ROW (Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay, Friday vs. Minnesota)
2. Isles 91 points/73 games/38 ROW (Thursday at Montreal, Saturday at Philadelphia)
3. Penguins 89 points/74 games/38 ROW (Thursday at Nashville, Saturday at Dallas)
4. Hurricanes 87 points/72 games/38 ROW (Thursday vs Tampa Bay, Saturday vs. Minnesota)
5. Blue Jackets 84 points/73 games/39 ROW (Thursday at Edmonton, Sunday at Vancouver)
6. Flyers 78 points/73 games/33 ROW (Thursday at Chicago, Saturday vs. Isles)

Also in Wild Card Race
Canadiens 83 points/73 games/36 ROW (Thursday vs. Isles, Saturday vs. Buffalo)

The Blue Jackets currently hold the second Wild Card, so five Metropolitan Division teams are currently in playoff spots.

Magic Numbers:
The Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 11.  It could go as low as 7 (with a win vs. Montreal) on Thursday.

The Isles' Magic Number to clinch the Metropolitan Division is 21.  It could go as low as 17 by Thursday (with a Washington regulation loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday and an Islander regulation/overtime win vs. Montreal).

Goal Differential
With the Isles losing by five goals and the Caps winning by three goals tonight, the Isles now have a +30 goal differential to Washington’s +28. It is this tie-breaker that had the Isles in first place in the Metro Division entering play on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Skinny: Boston 5, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 73
Boston 5, Isles 0

Sean Kuraly scored twice and Tuukka Rask needed to make only 13 saves for his 45th career shutout as the Bruins beat the Isles 5-0before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum.   

The loss drops the Isles two points behind Washington (who beat New Jersey) and leaves them just two points ahead of Pittsburgh (who lost to Carolina in a shootout). 

The Isles' magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains 11 and their magic number to win a division for the first time since 1987-88 remains 21.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Sean Kuraly (7) Charlie McAvoy 01:12 BOS 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Noel Acciari (4) 02:52 BOS 2,NYI 0
Sean Kuraly (8) Danton Heinen 16:17 BOS 3,NYI 0

3rd Period
Patrice Bergeron (28) Joakim Nordstrom, John Moore 06:32 BOS 4,NYI 0
Jake DeBrusk (23) 10:20 BOS 5,NYI 0

The Skinny   
The Isles are 28-12-3 in their last 42 games... The Isles have surpassed last season's win and point total; including shootout winners they have scored 29 fewer goals and allowed 85 fewer goals than last year's first 73 games… The Isles have 48 points at home and 43 points on the road … Anders Lee saw his four-game goal streak end; he has nine goals in the last 16 games… Adam Pelech played in his 200th game while Leo Komarov appeared in his 400th NHL game…Sean Kuraly recorded his first NHL multi-goal game; Long Beach native Charlie McAvoy assisted on Kuraly's first goal…The Isles were charged with 22 giveaways; they have been charged with at least 22 four times this month (after only once in the first five months of the season)…It was the third time that the Isles have been shutout this season (5-0 at NYR, 1-0 (SO) vs. Tampa Bay)…The Isles still do not have a power play goal at the Coliseum since the All-Star Break.  They are 0-27 in 11 games since the Break and 4-51 this season at the Coliseum.  The Isles have also not allowed a power play goal in their last six games in this building…The Bruins shutout the Isles for the first time since November 19, 2011 (also at the Coliseum).

The Injuries
Valtteri Filppula left the game in the first period and Cal Clutterbuck left the game in the 2nd period with upper body injuries.  Neither returned.

History Lesson
The Isles tied a franchise record for fewest shots on goal in a home game – 13.  The record was set on October 31, 2000, also against Boston, but the Isles won that game 4-2.  

This was the fewest shots on goal for the Isles since they had only 12 in Carolina on April 7, 2009.  That 2009 game is the only game in club history that they had fewer shots in a shutout defeat.

Real Time History Lesson
The Isles had 31 attempts (2nd fewest in a home game in the Real Time era).  They had 30 vs. Anaheim on  January 21, 2009.

Metro Playoff Watch
1. Caps 93 points/73 games/39 ROW (Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay) 
2. Isles 91 points/73 games/38 ROW (Thursday at Montreal)
3. Penguins 89 points/74 games/38 ROW (Thursday at Nashville)
4. Hurricanes 87 points/72 games/38 ROW (Thursday vs Tampa Bay)
5. Blue Jackets 84 points/73 games/39 ROW (Thursday at Edmonton)
6. Flyers 78 points/73 games/33 ROW (Thursday at Chicago)

Also in Wild Card Race
Canadiens 83 points/73 games/36 ROW (Thursday vs. Isles)

The Blue Jackets currently hold the second Wild Card, so five Metropolitan Division teams are currently in playoff spots.

Magic Numbers:
The Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 11.  It could go as low as 7 (with a win vs. Montreal on Thursday.

The Isles' Magic Number to clinch the Metropolitan Division is 21.  It could go as low as 17 by Thursday (with a Washington regulation loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday and an Islander regulation/overtime win vs. Montreal. 

Goal Differential 
With the Isles losing by five goals and the Caps winning by three goals tonight, the Isles now have a +30 goal differential to Washington's +28. It is this tie-breaker that had the Isles in first place in the Metro Division entering play today.
  
22-Game Winner
Thomas Greiss has 22 wins. He is only the fourth goalie in club history to have at least three 22-win seasons, joining Glenn Resch (5), Billy Smith (5), and Rick DiPietro (4).

Strength in the Nets
Thomas Greiss has won 22 games and Robin Lehner has won 20.  It's the 1st time in the last 35 years that two different Isles goalies have won at least 20 games; Billy Smith won 23 games and Roland Melanson won 20 in 1983-84.

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.21
3. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.27
4. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .928 (.9282) 
2. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928 (.9276)
3. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .925
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
The Isles are 29-13-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play.  They improved to 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game. All three started the game today but only Cizikas and Martin finished the contest.

For the + Column
Casey Cizikas went -3 and is now +23 on the season.  In the last 30 seasons, only six Islander forwards have finished +25 or higher.
1. Marty McInnis 1993-94 +31 
2. Benoit Hogue 1991-92 +30
3. Ray Ferraro 1991-92 +25
4. Casey Cizikas 2018-19 +23
        Ryan Strome 2014-15 +23
        Trent Hunter 2003-04 +23

Most Goals by an Isle With 0 PP goals
22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood (87-88)
21- Garry Howatt (75-76), Brent Sutter (82-83)
20- John Tonelli (85-86), Jason Chimera (16-17)
19- Steve Tambellini (80-81), Casey Cizikas (18-19)

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 10-6-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 96.6% of capacity on Long Island (including 11 sellouts).  
 
Most Points Thru 73 Games (Post-Cup Era)
92: 2014-15
91: 2018-19
87: 2015-16

Most Points Thru 35 Road Games
46: 1976-77
45: 1980-81
43: 2018-19
43: 1978-79
42: 1975-76
42: 2014-15
41: 1981-82
41: 1977-78

Most Points Thru 38 Home Games (Post-Cup Era)
52: 1984-85
52: 2003-04
52: 2015-16
50: 1987-88
48: 2018-19
48: 1985-86
47: 2014-15
47: 2016-17

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 73 Games (Includes SO)
175 1975-76
175 1976-77  
178 2018-19

Road Warriors
The Isles are 11-4-2 in their last 17 road games and 14-5-2 in their last 21 road games.  The 30 points in the last 21 road games matches a club record (done several times)

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.   Here's where the Isles are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. ISLES 178
2. Dallas 180
3. Boston 185

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 173
2. Dallas 179
3. Boston 182

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 804-592-60-141 in 1,597 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    846
4. Barry Trotz   804
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,597
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,589

Trotz, who will coach his 1,600th game on March 24th, will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 42-24-7 (91 points), with 206 goals scored and 178 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 31-32-10 (72 points), with 235 goals scored and 263 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 85 fewer goals, a decrease of 32.3% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 27-9-5 when scoring first and are 15-15-2 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).  

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.469 (15-15-2) 2018-19
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles         2-6-5=13
Boston  14-10-13=37
The Isles are 13-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are even and 29-8-6 when they are outshot. [The 29 wins when outshot are a franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]

The Isles lead the NHL in wins when outshot.  Three teams won 30 games last year when outshot, but nobody has won more since 2015-16 when Ottawa won 33.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 42-24-7 overall; 22-12-4 at home (10-6-2 on Long Island and 12-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 20-12-3 on the road.  All their remaining regular season home games are at the Nassau Coliseum.
Boston is 44-20-9 overall; 29-7-3 at home and 15-13-6 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 16-8-1 in Division games and 26-16-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 26-14-5 against the East and 16-10-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 34 saves but falls to 20-12-5 on the season and 4-13-4 in his career against Boston.   

Tuukka Rask made 13 saves to improve to 25-10-5 on the season and 15-5-0 against the Islanders.  

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Boston was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 23-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 19-22-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-13-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 28-11-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 34-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 8-22-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 17-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 7-5 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 26-23-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:11); Boston: Charlie McAvoy (22:37)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:50 of ice-time

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (19-12-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott Mayfield (8-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26, Boston 32 (45%).  

Mathew Barzal won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Noel Acciari won 5 of 6 for Boston.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/15; 2nd period 11/25; 3rd period 8/17.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 26/51, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 0/3.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Matt Martin -4)  
Boston 20 (Steven Kampfer-3)
   
Fights
Matt Martin fought Zdeno Chara in the second period.  It was the second time the two had fought and the fist time Chara had ever fought against the Islanders.

Season total –15 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -3, Anders Lee- 2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 20 shots (Three with 3) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 31, Boston 68 (including 26-8 in Boston's favor in the 1st period)
5-on-5 Isles 28, Boston 61

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee -1 (Valtteri Filppula was EVEN in 2:57 of play)
Boston: David Pastrnak +19

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 7-4-1 in the front half and 10-1-1 in the back half. The final back-to-back of the season is on March 23-24  in Philadelphia and vs. Arizona. 

The Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends, but are 1-1-1 in the last three back-ends. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 36-20-7 in night games and 6-4-0 in matinees. The final two matinees are next weekend (March 23rd in Philly and March 24th vs. Arizona (at the Coliseum). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 191, Brock Nelson 168, Mathew Barzal 155.  Four other Isles: Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey and Leo Komarov have appeared in every game this season.

Scratches
Johnny Boychuk , Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 134

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 6-6-1 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT), while earning a point vs. EDM (2/21 – OTL).

The Isles are 15-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
2/28 vs TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 788

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 151 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 138…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21. Duane Sutter and  Brock Nelson 121

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 289 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Mariusz Czerkawski and Nick Leddy 150

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 427…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Steve Thomas and  Jason Blake 258 *** 27. Anders Lee 254

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 159

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 84

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
Boston wins the season series 3 games to 0 (and 6 points to 1).  The Bruins outscored the Isles 10-2 in the three games.

The Isles  are 0-6-1 in the last seven games against the Bruins and have scored a total of seven goals in the seven games.  The last Islander win was a 4-0 shutout in Beantown on January 16, 2017 in Jack Capuano's final game behind the Isles' bench.

The isles haven't beaten Boston at home since 2013, going 0-8-0.  They are 1-11-0 in the last 12 home games and 3-16-0 in the last 19 home games, dating back to late 2007.

On the Farm  
Bridgeport has won nine of their last 11 games, is 13-3-1-0 in their last 17 games (including three OT wins and three shootout wins) and  37-20-5-2 on the season.  

Bridgeport continues their eight-game homestand on Wednesday against Toronto.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 21; Assists: Chris Bourque 33; Points: Chris Bourque 46; +/-: Otto Koivula +15.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 19-10-3 (2.82 GAA); Christopher Gibson 18-10-4 (2.97 GAA)

Up Next
THURSDAY, MARCH 21st   –ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL 7:30PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles begin a two-game road trip with their only visit of the season to Montreal.  It's the third meeting in three buildings as the Habs won a shootout in Brooklyn in November before the Isles got a late Anders Lee goal to beat Montreal this past Thursday at the Coliseum.

The Isles are 4-2-1 in the last seven games against Montreal.

Since the Canadiens have the best record of any team not currently in a playoff spot, this game has big magic number implications.  The Isles' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 11, but it would fall to 7 with an Islander win in regulation.  


Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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

It Happened at the Coliseum... on March 19th

Last season Mathew Barzal was the rookie sensation, and one of the team records he tied -most goals in a game by a rookie he now shares with Mats Hallin, who had a hat trick on this day in 1983.

Here's how I described it in It Happened at the Coliseum, when the series ran originally in 2015.
It Happened at the Coliseum … on MARCH 19th
 (1983) – Mats Hallin put his name into the Islander record books, tying the franchise rookie record with three goals, as the Isles pounded the Flyers 9-2.



The Isles jumped all over the Flyers in the first period, scoring four goals.  Ten different Islanders had points in the period including a player more known for his defense, Dave Langevin.  Langevin earned assists on three straight goals in one of the bigger offensive performances of his career.


This "Spamboni"  was bought recently by Dave Langevin's son -- also named
Dave Langevin. It was used at the St. Paul Civic Center.


Hallin had the second of those four goals, and then completed his hat trick by scoring both Islander goals in the second period.

'I got that first goal on my first shift and got confidence from there,'' Hallin told the NY Times' Kevin Paul Dupont. ''I'm not a goal scorer --'It was just one of those nights.'' 

Mark Howe had the first of the two Flyer goals -- just 8 seconds into the middle period.  Ilkka Sinisalo had Philadelphia’s other goal – ironically it came at the 7:11 mark of the second period.

Besides Hallin’s hatty, six other Islanders scored the other six goals.  Denis Potvin did not have any of the goals, but the Islander captain did have four assists.

It was the second straight game that the Isles scored 9 goals; the only time in franchise history that they scored at least 9 goals in consecutive contests.

Also on this date: (2004) – Jason Blake scored all three goals, completing a hat trick into the empty-net in the final second, as the Islanders beat Minnesota 3-1.  Rick DiPietro made 16 saves for the Isles, while his future teammate, Dwayne Roloson, stopped 21 shots for Minnesota.


All-time, the Isles have played seven March 19th games at the Coliseum and finish with a 5-1-1 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 72
Isles 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

FIRST PLACE!

Brock Nelson scored 1:04 into overtime for his 3rd career overtime goal and with that goal the Isles moved into first place this late in the season for the first time since winning the Patrick Division in 1988.
 
Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee also scored for the Isles, who improved to 9-1-1 in the back-end of back-to-backs, with a 3-2 victory over the Wild  before a sellout crowd of 18,696 at Xcel Energy Center.   

Anders Lee scored for the fourth straight game and it was the Isles' first power play goal in the last 12 game.

The Isles are now tied with Washington in points while Pittsburgh's overtime loss to Philadelphia leaves the Penguins three points behind both the Isles and Caps. 

The Isles' magic number to clinch a playoff spot falls to 11 and their magic number to win a division for the first time since 1987-88 falls to 21.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (14) Mathew Barzal 09:28 NYI 1,MIN 0

2nd Period
Zach Parise (25) Ryan Suter, Ryan Donato 11:11 NYI 1,MIN 1 PPG
Anders Lee (27)Devon Toews, Brock Nelson 16:12 NYI 2,MIN 1 PPG

3rd Period
Jared Spurgeon (14) Eric Staal, Ryan Donato 07:15 NYI 2,MIN 2 PPG

OT
Brock Nelson (22) Mathew Barzal 01:04 NYI 3,MIN 2

The Skinny       
The Isles are 28-11-3 in their last 42 games and have reached 91 points faster than any other Isles team in the Post-Cup era (72 games)…. The Isles have surpassed last season's win and point total; including shootout winners they have scored 25 fewer goals and allowed 89 fewer goals than last year's first 72 games… The Isles have 48 points at home and 43 points on the road … Anders Lee has nine goals in the last 15 games…Both Tum Kuhnhackl  and Adam Pelech played in their 199th NHL game… The five combined goals ended a three-game streak which saw three or fewer goals scored in each game. The Isles have never played four consecutive games where three or fewer goals were scored…Brock Nelson's winner was his 121st goal,  tying Duane Sutter for 21st on the all-time club list; he is now 5-2-7 in 12 career games against the Wild…Mathew Barzal has six assists in the last six games…There were only eight goals scored in the two games between the teams; five was on the power play and one was at 3-on-3…Zach Parise reached 25 goals for the ninth time in his career and the fourth time in six full seasons with Minnesota…Brock Nelson now has an overtime goal in three straight seasons (2/5/17 vs. Toronto, 2/9/18 vs Detroit.

Metro Playoff Watch
1. Isles 91 points/72 games/38 ROW (Tuesday vs. Boston)
2. Caps 91 points/72 games/38 ROW (Tuesday at New Jersey)
3. Penguins 88 points/73 games/38 ROW (Tuesday in Carolina)
4. Hurricanes 85 points/71 games/38 ROW (Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh)
5. Blue Jackets 84 points/72 games/39 ROW (Tuesday at Calgary)
6. Philadelphia 78 points/72 games/33 ROW (Tuesday vs. Montreal)

Also in Wild Card Race
Canadiens 81 points/72 games/35 ROW (Tuesday at Philadelphia)

The Blue Jackets currently hold the second Wild Card, so five Metropolitan Division teams are currently in playoff spots.

Magic Numbers:
The Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 11.  It could go as low as 7 (with a win vs. Boston and a Montreal regulation loss to Philadelphia) on Tuesday.

The Isles' Magic Number to clinch the Metropolitan Division is 21.  It could go as low as 17 (with a win vs. Boston and a Washington regulation loss to Boston) on Tuesday.
  
22-Game Winner
Thomas Greiss has 22 wins. He is only the fourth goalie in club history to have at least three 22-win seasons, joining Glenn Resch (5), Billy Smith (5), and Rick DiPietro (4).

Power Play Drought Ended!
Anders Lee's second period goal was the first power play goal by the Isles in 12 games.  It ended the third-longest streak in club history:
12 -  November/December 1972
12 – November /December 2010
11 – February/March 2019 

Power Surge
The teams combined for three power play goals after neither team had scored a power play goal in the last seven Islander games.  It was the first time in club history that they have played more than five straight games without either scoring or surrendering a power play goal.  

Strength in the Nets
Thomas Greiss has won 22 games and Robin Lehner has won 20.  It's the 1st time in the last 35 years that two different Isles goalies have won at least 20 games; Billy Smith won 23 games and Roland Melanson won 20 in 1983-84.

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.19
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.21
4. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .928 (.9282) 
2. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928 (.9276)
3. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .927 (.9269)
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
The Isles are 29-12-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play.  They improved to 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game. Cizikas missed his second straight game today.

For the + Column
Casey Cizikas is +26 on the season.  In the last 30 seasons, only two Islander forwards have finished +25 or higher.
1. Marty McInnis 1993-94 +31 
2. Benoit Hogue 1991-92 +30
3. Casey Cizikas 2018-19 +26
4. Ray Ferraro 1991-92 +25
5. Ryan Strome 2014-15 +23
        Trent Hunter 2003-04 +23

Most Goals by an Isle With 0 PP goals
22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood (87-88)
21- Garry Howatt (75-76), Brent Sutter (82-83)
20- John Tonelli (85-86), Jason Chimera (16-17)
19- Steve Tambellini (80-81), Casey Cizikas (18-19)

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 10-5-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 96.4% of capacity on Long Island (including ten sellouts).  
 
Most Points Thru 72 Games (Post-Cup Era)
91: 2018-19
90: 2014-15
87: 2015-16

Most Points Thru 35 Road Games
46: 1976-77
45: 1980-81
43: 2018-19
43: 1978-79
42: 1975-76
42: 2014-15
41: 1981-82
41: 1977-78

Most Points Thru 37 Home Games (Post-Cup Era)
52: 1984-85
52: 2015-16
50: 2003-04
48: 2018-19
48: 1985-86
48: 1987-88
47: 2014-15
47: 2016-17

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 72 Games (Includes SO)
170 1975-76
173 2018-19
173 1976-77  

Road Warriors
The Isles are 11-4-2 in their last 17 road games and 14-5-2 in their last 21 road games.  The 30 points in the last 21 road games matches a club record (done several times).

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.   Here's where the Isles are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. ISLES 173
2. Dallas 178
3. Boston 185

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 168
2. Dallas 177
3. Boston 182

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 804-591-60-141 in 1,596 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    846
4. Barry Trotz   804
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,596
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,587

Trotz, who will coach his 1,600th game on March 24th, will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 42-23-7 (91 points), with 206 goals scored and 173 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 30-32-10 (70 points), with 231 goals scored and 262 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 89 fewer goals, a decrease of 34.0% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 27-9-5 when scoring first and are 15-14-2 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).  

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.484 (15-14-2) 2018-19
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles          9-3-7-1=20
Minnesota 4-16-14-0=34
The Isles are 13-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are even and 29-7-6 when they are outshot. [The 29 wins when outshot are a franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]

The Isles lead the NHL in wins when outshot.  Three teams won 30 games last year when outshot, but nobody has won more since 2015-16 when Ottawa won 33.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 42-23-7 overall; 22-11-4 at home (9-5-2 on Long Island and 12-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 20-12-3 on the road.  All their remaining regular season home games are at the Nassau Coliseum.
Minnesota is 34-30-9 overall; 15-15-7 at home and 19-15-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 16-8-1 in Division games and 26-15-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 26-13-5 against the East and 16-10-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 32 saves and improves to 22-11-2 on the season and 5-3-0 in his career against Minnesota.   

Alex Stalock made 17 saves; he is 6-6-3 on the season and 0-2-2 against the Islanders.  

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play in 3:01 of PP time; Minnesota was 2-6 on the power play in 10:41 of PP time.

The Isles are 23-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 19-21-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-13-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 28-10-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 34-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 8-21-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 17-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 7-5 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 26-22-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Scott Mayfleld (22:08); Minnesota: Ryan Suter (28:59)
Valtteri Filppula led Isles forwards with 18:44 of ice-time

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (19-11-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott Mayfield (8-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 26, Minnesota 32 (45%).  

Mathew Barzal won 7 of 9 for the Isles; Eric Fehr won 7 of 0 for Minnesota.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 6/17; 2nd period 9/20; 3rd period 10/20; overtime 1/1.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/45, Power play 0/3, Penalty kill 4/10.

Hit Count
Isles 10 (Leo Komarov -2)  
Minnesota 10 (Two with 2)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –14 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Anders Lee- 2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle).  
 
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 22 shots (Thomas Hickey, Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield -4) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 34, Minnesota 69 (including 28-7 in Minnesota's favor in the 2nd period)
5-on-5 Isles 26, Minnesota 54

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anthony Beauvillier - EVEN
Minnesota: Ryan Suter +18

Back-to-Backs
Including today, the Isles are 7-4-1 in the front half and 10-1-1 in the back half. The final back-to-back of the season is on March 23-24  in Philadelphia and vs. Arizona. 

The Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends, but are 1-1-1 in the last three back-ends. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 36-19-7 in night games and 6-4-0 in matinees. The final two matinees are next weekend (March 23rd in Philly and March 24th vs. Arizona (at the Coliseum). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 190, Brock Nelson 167, Mathew Barzal 154.  Four other Isles: Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey and Leo Komarov have appeared in every game this season.

Scratches
(Johnny Boychuk -INJ), (Casey Cizikas – INJ), Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 138

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 6-5-1 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT), while earning a point vs. EDM (2/21 – OTL).

The Isles are 15-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
2/28 vs TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 7876

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 151 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 138…
21. Duane Sutter and  Brock Nelson 121

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 289 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski and Nick Leddy 150

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 427…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. Anders Lee 254

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 159

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 84

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 1).  

The Isle have won five of the last eight games between the teams; they are 4-3-0 in their last seven trips to St. Paul.

On the Farm  
Jeremy Smith made 29 saves as The Sound Tigers began an 8-game homestand with 4-0 win over Springfield. Bridgeport has won nine of their last 11 games, is 13-3-1-0 in their last 17 games (including three OT wins and three shootout wins) and  37-20-5-2 on the season.  

Bridgeport begins an eight-game homestand on Sunday against Springfield.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 21; Assists: Chris Bourque 33; Points: Chris Bourque 46; +/-: Otto Koivula +15.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 19-10-3 (2.82 GAA); Christopher Gibson 18-10-4 (2.97 GAA)

Up Next
TUESDAY, MARCH 19th  – BOSTON AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles come home for a single game when they entertain the Bruins.  Boston has had the Isles' number in recent years; the Isles are 0-5-1 in the last six games against the Bruins.  The last Islander win was a 4-0 shutout in Beantown on January 16, 2017 in Jack Capuano's final game behind the Isles' bench.

The isles haven't beaten Boston at home since 2013, going 0-7-0.  They are 1-10-0 in the last 11 home games and 3-15-0 in the last 18 home games, dating back to late 2007.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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, March 16, 2019

The Skinny: Detroit 2, Isles 1


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 71
Detroit 2, Isles 1
Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals and Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Islanders 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 19,515 at Little Caesars Arena.  The loss keeps the Islanders two points behind the Caps in the Metropolitan Division (Washington lost to Tampa Bay on Saturday night).

Anders Lee scored for the third straight game. He is the only Islander forward to score a goal in the last 247:31, not including an empty-netter for Casey Cizikas.  Lee now has 100 goals over the last three seasons and 150 in his career; he is the 15th player in club history to tally 150 career goals.

The Isles remain two points behind Washington while Pittsburgh's loss to St. Louis keeps the Penguins two points behind the Isles. 

Despite the loss the Isles' magic number to clinch a playoff spot falls to 13 because Montreal was blanked by Chicago and their magic number to win a division for the first time since 1987-88 falls to 23 because Washington lost to Tampa Bay.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Andreas Athanasiou (25) Danny DeKeyser 02:59 NYI 0,DET 1
Anders Lee (26) Brock Nelson, Devon Toews 10:18 NYI 1,DET 1

2nd Period
Andreas Athanasiou (26) Danny DeKeyser, Tyler Bertuzzi 09:57 NYI 1,DET 2

3rd Period
No Goals

The Skinny       
The Isles are 27-11-3 in their last 41 games. The Isles have surpassed last season's win and point total; including shootout winners they have scored 25 fewer goals and allowed 87 fewer goals than last year's first 71 games… The Isles have 48 points at home and 41 points on the road … The Isles did not score a power play goal for the 11th straight game (0-24), which is one shy of the club record … With their goal today, the Isles have scored 67 goals in the 1st period, 60 goals in the 2nd period, and 67 goals in the third period… Anders Lee has eight goals in the last 14 games…Mathew Barzal became the first forward to lead the Isles in ice-time in any game this season; Barzal finished with eight shots on goal, matching a personal and team season high…Both Tum Kuhnhackl (replacing Casey Cizikas) and Adam Pelech played in their 198th NHL game...The Isles had 42 shots on goal; it was the third highest total of this season (1/3 – Chicago-50; 12/15- Detroit 48) and their most on the road since 1/20/18 in Chicago (46)…Andreas Athanasiou recorded his sixth multi-goal game of the season…The Wings are 2-9-3 in their last 14 games.

Metro Playoff Watch
1. Caps 91 points/72 games/38 ROW (Tuesday at New Jersey)
2. Isles 89 points/71 games/37 ROW (Sunday at Minnesota)
3. Penguins 87 points/72 games/38 ROW (Sunday vs. Philadelphia)
4. Hurricanes 85 points/71 games/38 ROW (Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh)
5. Blue Jackets 84 points/72 games/39 ROW (Tuesday at Calgary)
6. Philadelphia 76 points/71 games/32 ROW (Sunday at Pittsburgh)

Also in Wild Card Race
Canadiens 81 points/72 games/35 ROW (Tuesday at Philadelphia)

The Blue Jackets currently hold the second Wild Card, so five Metropolitan Division teams are currently in playoff spots.
Despite today's loss, the Isles would skate off the ice on Sunday in first place if they can beat Minnesota in regulation or overtime.  No Islander team has been in first place this late in the season since the Isles won the Patrick Division in 1987-88.

Magic Numbers:
The Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 13.  It could go as low as 11 (with a win in Minnesota) on Sunday.

The Isles' Magic Number to clinch the Metropolitan Division is 23.  It could go as low as 21 (with a win in Minnesota) on Sunday.
  
Three or Fewer
For the third straight game, a total of three goals or fewer were scored. It's the 12th time in club history that has happened.  The Isles have never played four consecutive games where three or fewer goals were scored.

Black Jack
Thomas Greiss has 21 wins. He is only the fourth goalie in club history to have at least three 21-win seasons, joining Billy Smith (6), Glenn Resch (5) and Rick DiPietro (4).

Power Play Drought
The Isles have now gone 11 games without a power play goal.  This is the third time in Isles history that they have gone at least 11 games (in a single season) without connecting on the power play:
12 -  November/December 1972
12 – November /December 2010
11 – February/March 2019 CURRENT

No Power for the Other Guys Either
Neither team has scored a power play goal in the last seven Islander games.  It's the first time in club history that they have played more than five straight games without either scoring or surrendering a power play goal.  In those seven games, the Isles are 0-16 on the power play while the opposition is 0-11.

Strength in the Nets
Thomas Greiss has won 21 games and Robin Lehner has won 20.  It's the 1st time in the last 35 years that two different Isles goalies have won at least 20 games; Billy Smith won 23 games and Roland Melanson won 20 in 1983-84.

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.19
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.22
4. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Season 
1. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .928 (.9278) 
2. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928 (.9276)
3. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .927 (.9269)
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
The Isles are 29-12-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play.  They fell to 12-11-1 when one or more miss a game. Cizikas suffered a lower body strain in warmups and did not play today.

For the + Column
Casey Cizikas is +26 on the season.  In the last 30 seasons, only two Islander forwards have finished +25 or higher.
1. Marty McInnis 1993-94 +31 
2. Benoit Hogue 1991-92 +30
3. Casey Cizikas 2018-19 +26
4. Ray Ferraro 1991-92 +25
5. Ryan Strome 2014-15 +23
        Trent Hunter 2003-04 +23

Most Goals by an Isle With 0 PP goals
22- Bob Nystrom (81-82), Butch Goring (83-84), Randy Wood (87-88)
21- Garry Howatt (75-76), Brent Sutter (82-83)
20- John Tonelli (85-86), Jason Chimera (16-17)
19- Steve Tambellini (80-81), Casey Cizikas (18-19)

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 10-5-2 on Coliseum ice; they are averaging 96.4% of capacity on Long Island (including ten sellouts).  
Most Points Thru 71 Games (Post-Cup Era)
90: 2014-15
89: 2018-19
85: 2015-16

Most Points Thru 34 Road Games
45: 1976-77
43: 1980-81
41: 2018-19
41: 2014-15
41: 1978-79
40: 1981-82
40: 1975-76

Most Points Thru 37 Home Games (Post-Cup Era)
52: 1984-85
52: 2015-16
50: 2003-04
48: 2018-19
48: 1985-86
48: 1987-88
47: 2014-15
47: 2016-17

Fewest Goals Allowed Thru 71 Games (Includes SO)
168 1975-76
171 2018-19
173 1976-77  

Road Warriors
The Isles are 10-4-2 in their last 16 road games and 13-5-2 in their last 20 road games.  

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season.  Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.   Here's where the Isles are this season:  

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (Including SO goals) 
The Jennings Trophy is awarded based on goals allowed including shootout goals.
1. ISLES 171
2. Dallas 175
3. Boston 185

Fewest Goals Allowed This Season (excluding SO goals)
1. ISLES 166
2. Dallas 175
3. Boston 182 

Coach Trotz
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 803-591-60-141 in 1,595 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    845 
4. Barry Trotz   803
5. Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,595
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,586

Trotz, who will coach his 1,600th game on March 24th, will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 41-23-7 (89 points), with 203 goals scored and 171 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 30-31-10 (70 points), with 228 goals scored and 258 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles have allowed 83 fewer goals, a decrease of 33.7% as compared to last season.

Last Season (final): 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 26-9-5 when scoring first and are 15-14-2 when allowing the opening goal (which includes a 1-0 shootout loss).  

Highest Percentage of Games Won (Post-Cup Era) Allowing First Goal
.545 (18-13-2) 2014-15
.484 (15-14-2) 2018-19
.410 (14-21-4) 1985-86

The Shots
Isles    16-14-12=42
Detroit 7-5-10=22
The Isles are 13-14-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-2-0 when the shots are even and 28-7-6 when they are outshot. [The 28 wins when outshot are a franchise record; they won 25 in both 1983-84 and 2017-18.]

Home and Road
The Islanders are 41-23-7 overall; 22-11-4 at home (9-5-2 on Long Island and 12-6-2 in Brooklyn) and 19-12-3 on the road.  All their remaining regular season home games are at the Nassau Coliseum.
Detroit is 25-37-10 overall; 14-18-5 at home and 11-19-5 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 16-8-1 in Division games and 25-15-6 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 26-13-5 against the East and 15-10-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 20 saves but falls to 21-11-2 on the season and 5-3-1 in his career against Detroit.   

Jonathan Bernier made 40 saves and improves to 7-17-5 on the season and 5-5-4 against the Islanders.  

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Detroit was 0-3 on the power play in 5:31 of PP time.

The Isles are 22-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 19-21-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-13-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 28-109-2 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 33-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 8-21-5 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 16-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 7-5 in regulation. They are 5-2 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-6 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 6-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 5-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 26-22-5 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Mathew Barzal (22:26); Detroit: Danny DeKeyser (28:55)
It is the first time this season that a forward has led the Isles in ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (19-11-5), Nick Leddy (14-9-2), Scott Mayfield (7-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 20, Detroit 27 (43%).  

Valtteri Filppula won 6 of 11 for the Isles; Frans Nielsen won 6 of 7 for Detroit.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 9/16; 2nd period 4/17; 3rd period 7/14.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 16/37, Power play 3/6, Penalty kill 1/4.

Hit Count
Isles 37 (Matt Martin -7)  
Detroit 17 (Luke Glendenning -8)
   
Fights
There were no fights. Season total –14 (Scott Mayfield -4, Ross Johnston-3, Matt Martin -2, Anders Lee- 2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle).  
Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 9 shots (Adam Pelech -3) 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 66, Detroit 40
5-on-5 Isles 51, Detroit 38

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey +11
Detroit: Michael Rasmussen +5

Back-to-Backs
Including today, the Isles are 7-4-1 in the front half and 9-1-1 in the back half. This back-to-back concludes Sunday in Minnesota and the final back-to-back of the season is the following week (March 23-24) in Detroit and vs. Arizona. 

The Isles won the first nine back-ends of back-to-backs this season, establishing a new club record for consecutive wins in back ends, but are 0-1-1 in the last two back-ends. 

Night and Day
The Isles are 35-19-7 in night games and 6-4-0 in matinees. The final two matinees are next weekend (March 23rd in Philly and March 24th vs. Arizona (at the Coliseum). 

Ironmen
Anders Lee 189, Brock Nelson 166, Mathew Barzal 153.  Four other Isles: Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey and Leo Komarov have appeared in every game this season.

Scratches
(Johnny Boychuk -INJ), (Casey Cizikas – INJ), Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 136

Comeback Kings
The Isles are 6-5-1 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1), DET (12/8), OTT (12/28), STL (1/5) and COL (2/9 - OT), while earning a point vs. EDM (2/21 – OTL).

The Isles are 15-1-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
1/10- NY Rangers-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (18:34)

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.

Offside Challenges
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
12/20 vs VEG Golden Knights – Golden Knights goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
1/8 vs CAR Hurricanes – Isles goal overturned after successful Hurricane challenge
2/5 vs BOS Bruins – Isles goal overturned after successful Bruin challenge.
2/28 vs TOR Maple Leafs – Maple Leaf goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 786

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 150 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Kyle Okposo 139 ***19. Josh Bailey 138…
21. Duane Sutter 121 *** 22. Brock Nelson 120

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 289 …
25. David Volek 154 *** 26. Mariusz Czerkawski and Nick Leddy 150

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 427…
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Jason Blake 258 *** 25. Anders Lee 253

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 158

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 83

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series two games to one (and 4 points to 2).  

This was the Isles' first loss in the Red Wings' new home, Little Caesars Arena (2-1-0).
Each of the last five games between the teams has been decided by one goal, with the Isles going 4-0-1 and the Wings going 1-1-3 in the four games.

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers ended their 5-game road trip with a 5-1 loss in Hershey on Saturday.  Despite the defeat, Bridgeport has won eight of their last ten games, is 12-3-1-0 in their last 16 games (including three OT wins and three shootout wins) and  36-20-5-2 on the season.  

Bridgeport begins an eight-game homestand on Sunday against Springfield.

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 21; Assists: Chris Bourque 33; Points: Chris Bourque 46; +/-: Otto Koivula +15.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 18-10-3 (2.91 GAA); Christopher Gibson 18-10-4 (2.97 GAA)

Up Next
SUNDAY, MARCH 17th  – ISLANDERS AT MINNESOTA 6:00PM 
[MSG (Pre-game at 5:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM,WRCN 103.9FM, Radio.com] 

The Isles will look to sweep the season series as for the first time since 2015-16 as they conclude the back-to-back in St. Paul against the Wild.

The Isles won 2-1 on February 10th at Barclays Center; that win snapped a 3-game losing streak to the Wild.

The Isles have lost two straight in Minnesota, by identical 6-4 scores.

Since the Capitals don't play again until Tuesday night (in New Jersey), the Isles would skate off the ice on Sunday in first place if they can win the game in regulation or overtime.  No Islander team has been in first place this late in the season since the Isles won the Patrick Division in 1987-88.

Note that this game will air on MSG, and not the team's regular home, MSG+.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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





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 the Metro Playoff Race (updated Saturday PM)

After a disappointing afternoon, on the ice, the Isles got some help at night.  Four of the top five teams in the Metro played on Saturday, and only Carolina won.  Columbus was beaten by Boston in OT, and the Isles and Penguins both lost.  

In Montreal, Corey Crawford made 48 saves for Chicago in blanking Montreal, which lowers the Isles' magic number for clinching a playoff spot to 13.

So the standings through Saturday afternoon's play looks like this:

1. Caps 91 points/72 games/38 ROW (Tuesday at New Jersey)
2. Isles 89 points/71 games/37 ROW (Sunday at Minnesota)
3. Penguins 87 points/72 games/38 ROW (Sunday vs. Philadelphia)
4. Hurricanes 85 points/71 games/38 ROW (Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh)
5. Blue Jackets 84 points/72 games/39 ROW (Tuesday at Calgary)
6. Philadelphia 76 points/71 games/32 ROW (Sunday at Pittsburgh)

Also in Wild Card Race
Canadiens 81 points/72 games/35 ROW (Tuesday at Philadelphia)

The Blue Jackets currently hold the second Wild Card, so five Metropolitan Division teams are currently in playoff spots.

Despite today’s loss, the Isles will skate off the ice on Sunday in first place if they can beat Minnesota in regulation or overtime.  No Islander team has been in first place this late in the season since the Isles won the Patrick Division in 1987-88.

Magic Numbers:
The Isles' Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 13.  It could go as low as 11 (with a win in Minnesota) on Sunday.


The Isles' Magic Number to clinch the Metropolitan Division is 23.  It could go as low as 21 (with a win in Minnesota) on Sunday.