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2019-20 Regular Season By the Numbers

Look back at the top numbers of the Islanders' 2019-20 regular season

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It's been a long four months, but Isles hockey officially returns this Saturday. Before the Islanders take on the Florida Panthers in their Qualifying Series, look back on the top highlights and most notable numbers from the Isles' 2019-20 regular season. 

17-GAME POINT STREAK (15-0-2): 

From Oct. 12 the Islanders established a new franchise record as they earned a point in 17-straight games. 

During that run, the Islanders won nine games in regulation, four in overtime, twice in a shootout and on nine different occasions, the Islanders came from behind to win the game.  

As a team, the Islanders had 17 different goal scorers find the back of the net during the run and 11 different players scored game-winning goals, Brock Nelson scored the most, with three game-winners. The Isles also had 20 different players contribute to the scoresheet.  

Mathew Barzal led the team in scoring with his 19 points (9G, 10A) throughout the 17-game stretch.  

In total, the Islanders scored 59 goals throughout the stretch where seven of which were converted on the power play, two goals were scored shorthanded and two goals were scored on penalty shots.  

Semyon Varlamov posted a record of 6-2-1 while Thomas Greiss compiled a record of 7-0-1.  

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The Islanders wrapped up the regular season with a .588 points percentage throughout their 68 games and were ranked 11th overall in the NHL.  

2.79 GA/GP (9th IN THE NHL): 

The Islanders finished the regular season with 2.79 goals allowed per game, ranked the ninth lowest in the NHL.  


Of the Islanders 68 regular season games, 21 of them required overtime to determine a result. The Isles went 8-7 in OT and went 3-3 in the shootout. The eight OT winners tied for second in the NHL.

The Islanders had five different skaters win the game in overtime. Brock Nelson won three overtime games, including back-to-back OT wins over the Penugins in November (Nov. 19 and 21). Anthony Beauvillier scored twice in overtime this season while Devon Toews, Ryan Pulock and Anders Lee also netted OT winners.  


The Islanders staged five third period comebacks this season. 

On Oct. 12, the Islanders rallied from a 2-0 hole vs the reigning Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, with five minutes to play in the third period. Nelson and Barzal, sent the game overtime where Toews sealed the victory 1:13 into the extra frame.  

On Nov. 16, the Isles dug themselves out of a three-goal hole in the third period in Philadelphia for a 4-3 shootout win. Beauvillier scored twice in the third period, Barzal socred once and Jordan Eberle scored the shootout winner.

Video: Condensed Game: Islanders @ Flyers

Three days later at PPG Paint Arena, down 4-2 early in the third period, Josh Bailey drew the Isles within one goal and with 1:32 left in regulation, Pulock tied the score and sent the game into overtime. Nelson put the nail in the coffin and gave the Isles a 5-4 OT win.  

On New Year's Eve, the Isles rallied from being down 3-2 to Washington. Cizikas scored his second of the game to tie the score 3-3 just 4:27 into the third period. Tom Kuhnhackl gave the Islanders the 4-3 edge over the Caps and close out the year with a 'W.' 

On Jan. 7 the Islanders beat New Jersey 4-3 in overtime after being down 3-2 early in the third period. Tom Kuhnhackl tied the game with just under six minutes remaining in regulation. Lee potted the game-winner with just 51 seconds left in the extra frame.

1915 HITS

The Islanders' relentless identity was on display this season as the team recorded a total of 1,915 hits. Their hit-count is ranked the second-most in the entire NHL behind Ottawa (1,979).  

The Islanders averaged the most hits across the NHL per 60 minutes of playing with a nightly average of 27.71. Forward Matt Martin led the Islanders with a team-high 242 hits. Martin's total was ranked the fifth-most across all skaters in the league. 


Also fitting to the Islanders' selfless identity, was their league-leading total number of blocked shots at 1,153. Defenseman Ryan Pulock totaled the most blocked shots of his teammates with 139. Pulock was ranked ninth in the NHL for the most blocked shots by an individual player.  


The Islanders lifted two banners of officially retired jersey numbers, John Tonelli's No. 27 and Robert "Butch" Goring's No. 91 into the rafters this past February. The first was Tonelli's No. 27 that was officially retired on Feb. 27. 

Video: BOS@NYI: Goring's No. 91 retired by Islanders


Goals: Nelson and Pageau (26) 

Assists: Barzal (41)  

Points: Barzal (60) 

PIMS: Johnston (78) 

Wins: Varlamov (19) 

GAA: Varlamov (2.62) 

SV%: Varlamov (.914) 

SO: Varlamov (2) 

Hits: Martin (242) 

Blocks: Pulock (139)


 Brock Nelson was on pace to set a career-best year in almost every aspect. The 28-year-old center set a new career high with his 54 points and five game-winning goals. Nelson matched his previous career-bests of 26 goals and 28 assists.  

Anthony Beauvillier was slated to surpass his previously established career-highs across the board prior to the pause. The 23-year-old winger still bested his pervious stats with his 31 points and 21 assists. 

In his first full season, Toews set career-bests across the board with 28 points (6G, 22A). Toews also quarterbacked one of the Islanders power-play units and compiled a new best of six power-play points.   

In his first full season with the Islanders, Michael Dal Colle posted a career-high year with his four goals and 10 points in 53 games.  

Scott Mayfield reached a career-best with five goals.  


Ross Johnston scored three times to match his career-high previously established during the 2017-18 season. Anders Lee reached 23 assists for the second time in his career and the second-consecutive year. in his career and second-consecutive year. Nelson matched his career-high with 26 goals. 


Barzal became the second-youngest Islander to have three seasons with 60+ points, behind only Bryan Trottier. In his third season in the NHL, Barzal led the Islanders in scoring with his 60 points (19G, 41A) throughout 68 games.  


Seven skaters played in every game this season and each extended their ironman streaks. Anders Lee (268), Brock Nelson (245), Mathew Barzal (232), Ryan Pulock (195), Josh Bailey (153), Anthony Beauvillier (143), and Devon Toews (116).   


Anders Lee moved into the fourth-place in franchise history for consecutive games played, while Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal have also moved into the top 10: 

1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576  

2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301 

3. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284 

4. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 - CURRENT 268 

5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262 

6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246 

7. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 - CURRENT 245 

8. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 - 1/7/1978 240 

9. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 232 

10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221 


Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-151 throughout 1,674 games behind the bench. He is now five wins shy of surpassing Ken Hitchcock as the third-winningest coach in NHL history. 


This past season, Barry Trotz (1,647 games coached) surpassed legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour(1,607) to overtake the third-most games coached. Only Scotty Bowman (2,141) and Joel Quenneville (1,705) have coached more than Trotz. 


Three players: Josh Bailey, Cal Clutterbuck and Derick Brassard each eclipsed the impressive 800-career games milestone. Bailey, in his 12th season in the NHL, was the first of the trio to reach his 800th game on Oct. 8. Clutterbuck, the Isles feisty 32-year-old winger who also played in his 12th season in 'The Show', hit the milestone on Nov. 2. While the Isles newcomer Brassard who is 32 years old and just wrapped up his 13th NHL season, reached his on Nov. 5.  


Nick Leddy, played in his 700th NHL game this past season on Jan. 21. The blueliner has played 10 seasons in the NHL.  


Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson reached the 500-career game milestone - all with the Isles. Cizikas hit the milestone on Nov. 19, while Nelson met his two days later on Nov. 21.  

6 GWGS: 

Anders Lee scored the most game-winning this season with six. His Minnesota twin, Nelson was right behind scoring five game-deciding goals this season. 


Mathew Barzal led the Islanders in takeaways and was also ranked fifth in the entire NHL with 70.  


Leddy and Cole Bardreau both scored on the Isles two penalty shots this season.  


Three players scored their first NHL goal this season. Cole Bardreau scored his first NHL goal on a penalty shot against Ottawa on Nov. 5. Noah Dobson scored his first NHL goal against Detroit on Jan. 14 just one week after his 20th birthday. Kieffer Bellows scored his first and second NHL goal on Feb. 6 against Los Angeles. 

Video: DET@NYI: Dobson scores first career NHL goal 


Five players took a rite of passage rookie lap in warmups to signal their first NHL debut this season. Noah Dobson, Oliver Wahlstrom, Cole Bardreau, Otto Koivula and Kieffer Bellows all made their NHL debuts this past season.  


As a team, the Islanders totaled 1,118 wrist shots and scored 101 of those attempts for wrist-shot conversion percentage of 9.0%. Nelson scored the most wrist-shot goals with 16. Lee was second with 11 goals from wrist-shots.  


As a team, the Islanders took 176 snap shots and scored 19 of those attempts  

for a snap-shot shooting percentage of 10.8%. Barzal and Lee led the squad with four snap-shot goals each. 


As a team, the Islanders dished out 188 backhanded shots and scored on 25 of those attempts for a backhand shooting percentage of 13.3%.

Beauvillier and Eberle led the Islanders in backhanded goals and both finished in the top-three respectively in the NHL. Beauvillier scored the most goals among the Isles and was ranked second in the league with seven goals using the backhand, while Eberle was ranked third in the NHL and second among his teammates with six.  


As a team, the Islanders fired 330 slap shot this and scored on 17 of those attempts for a slap-shot shooting percentage of 5.2%. Pulock led the team with 89 slap shots and scored four of them. 

Video: PHI@NYI: Pulock puts Islanders ahead in final minute


As a team, the Islanders got their sticks on 154 chances to try and tip the puck in the goal. Of those attempts, they converted on 22 of them for a tip-in shot percentage of 14.3%. Nelson tipped in the most among the team with four while Lee, Barzal and Brassard were tied with three each.  


As a team, the Islanders sneakily attempted to convert on 17 wraparound chances and scored on one of those attempts for a wraparound shot percentage of 5.9%. Barzal scored the sole wraparound goal of the year.  


As a team, the Islanders deflected 33 shots. Of those attempts, they converted on four of them for a deflected shot percentage of 12.1%. Bailey, Dal Colle, Ladd and Lee each scored one goal that was a deflection.

2016 SHOTS: 

The Islanders took the second-fewest shots in the NHL this season with 2,016 and a 9.6% shooting percentage.

Lee took the most shots on net of the Islanders with 195 and scored on 20 of them to earn a shooting percentage of 10.3%. 

Brock Nelson had the highest shooting percentage among the team at 14.9%. 


The Islanders ended the season with a total faceoff win percentage of 49.7%. 

In the offensive zone, Islanders were ranked 10th in the NHL as they won 51.9% of draws. In the neutral zone, the Isles were tied with Carolina for the sixth-best facefoff percentage of wins at 49.3%. In the defensive zone, the Islanders won 48.4% of draws.  

Nelson took the most faceoffs of any other Islander this season 1,188 while Casey Cizikas led the team with 53.5% faceoff win percentage.  

22:24 TOI/GP: 

Ryan Pulock averaged the most ice time on the Isles this season (22 :24). Pulock also logged the most minutes on the ice this season 1,523:44. 

Mathew Barzal totaled the most time on ice among forwards this season at 1,362:55 and a nightly average of 17:24.  


The Isles scored the first goal 36 times throughout their 68 regular season games. Of those 36 games, they won 23 of them when finding the back of the net first.  


During the regular season, the Isles swept the season series against Florida, winning one game in a shootout and the next two meetings in regulation. The Islanders won the first game 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 12. A month later, the Isles defeated Florida 2-1 on Nov. 9. During the final meeting of the series, the Isles won 3-1. 

Video: Isles First Practice in Toronto

For the Isles, Mathew Barzal and Devon Toews recorded at least a point in each of the meetings. Barzal finished the season series scoring twice and adding two helpers, while Toews compiled three points with one goal and two assists. In net, Semyon Varlamov and Thomas Greiss both suited up against the Panthers, with Varlamov winning the first game in a shootout and Greiss claiming both regulation wins.. 


When the puck drops at Scotiabank Arena, it'll mark the fourth different venue the Islanders and Panthers have played in this season: Nassau Coliseum, Barclays Center, BB&T Center and Scotiabank Arena.

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