By The Numbers: Islanders 2018-19 Season
A look at some of the notable numbers from the Islanders 2018-19 seasonby Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com
The New York Islanders were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs on Friday night. While the season ended earlier than the Islanders would have liked, there were a lot of positives to take out of the 2018-19 campaign. NewYorkIslanders.com picked out some notable numbers from the past season.
103 POINTS: The Isles (48-27-7) finished the regular season with 103 points, their highest total in the post-Cup era. As a result, the Isles finished second in the Metropolitan Division, one point back of the Washington Capitals (104 points). The 103 points marked a 23-point improvement on the 2017-18 campaign.
5TH OVERALL IN THE NHL: The Islanders finished fifth overall in the NHL and fourth in the Eastern Conference. This season marked the first time since the 1985-86 season that the Isles have finished in the top five in the league overall.
196 GOALS AGAINST: The Islanders allowed the fewest goals against in the league this season (including shootout winners), winning the William M. Jennings Trophy in the process. The 196 goals against represented a 100-goal improvement from the 2017-18 season where the Isles finished last in the same category. Only once prior in NHL history had a team gone from allowing the most goals in one season to the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so during the 1917-18 (most) and 1918-19 (least).
Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss will split the Jennings Trophy and are the first Islanders since Billy Smith and Roland Melanson (1982-83) to win the award.
11 SHUTOUTS: Robin Lehner (6) and Thomas Greiss (5) combined for an Islander record 11 shutouts throughout the regular season. The 11 shutouts led the NHL in 2018-19.
Video: Lehner Named 2nd Star of the Month
.930 SV% FOR ROBIN LEHNER: Robin Lehner set an Islanders single-season record with a .930 save percentage this season. Lehner, who is a finalist for both the Vezina Trophy and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, went 25-13-5 with a 2.13 GAA, .930 SV% and recorded six shutouts. Lehner set career highs in wins and shutouts.
23 WINS FOR THOMAS GREISS: Thomas Greiss finished his fourth regular season with the Islanders with a 23-14-2 record and a 2.28 GAA, a . 927% SV% and a career-high five shutouts. The 33-year-old is only the fourth goalie in franchise history to have at least three 23-win seasons, joining Glenn Resch (5), Rick DiPietro (4), and Billy Smith (3). Greiss' .927 SV% is third on the Isles single-season list.
35-16-6 RECORD WITH THE 'IDENTITY LINE': The Isles were 35-16-6 when its 'Identity Line' consisting of Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas, and Cal Clutterbuck played together and are 13-11-1 when one or more missed a game.
Video: TOR@NYI: Cizikas nets SHG on solo effort
20 GOALS FOR CASEY CIZIKAS: Casey Cizikas established career highs in goals (20) and points (32). Cizikas 20 goals more than doubled his previous career high (9). Cizikas scored 20 goals without registering any on the power play.
62 POINTS FOR MATHEW BARZAL: Mathew Barzal led the Isles in points for a second straight year, posting 62 points (18G, 44A) in his sophomore season. The 21-year-old center had six points and a team-high of five assists during his first taste of the postseason.
28 GOALS FOR ANDERS LEE: Islanders captain Anders Lee led the Islanders with 28 goals this season, his third straight season with 25 goals or more and fourth in over the past five years. Lee had a team-high of 10 power-play goals during the regular season and tied Jordan Eberle for a team-high of five game-winning goals. In his second postseason run, Lee had four points (1G, 3A).
Video: PIT@NYI, Gm1: Bailey wins it in OT for Islanders
56 POINTS FOR JOSH BAILEY: For the third straight season, Josh Bailey hit the 50+ point mark. Bailey was second to Barzal in points with 56 (16G, 40A) during the regular season. The 11-year Isles veteran had 16 goals including two power-play goals and one shorthanded goal. Bailey had four game-winning goals, one behind Eberle and Lee who each had five.
810 WINS FOR BARRY TROTZ: During his first season with the Islanders, Head Coach Barry Trotz became the fourth coach in NHL history to eclipse the 800-win mark. Trotz has a 810-595-60-141 career record and ranks fourth all time in wins (810) and games coached (1,606). Trotz will tie Al Arbour in games coached (1,607) on opening night next season.
11-1-1 RECORD ON SECOND NIGHT OF BACK TO BACKS: Back to backs didn't faze the Islanders this season, as they went 11-1-1 on the second day of consecutive games.
Video: Islanders advance with sweep of Penguins
24 WINS AT HOME - 24 WINS ON THE ROAD: The Islanders won an even split of home and road games this season. This was the first time in team history the Isles had won exactly 24 games at home and on the road. The Isles also won 12 games at both NYCB Live - Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center.
82 GAMES: Seven Islanders - Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Leo Komarov, Nick Leddy, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock - played in all 82 games this season.
4-GAME SWEEP OVER PITTSBURGH: The Isles completed a first-round sweep over Pittsburgh, the franchise's first sweep since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final when the Isles swept Edmonton to win their fourth Stanley Cup. The Isles sweep over Pittsburgh was the seventh best-of-seven sweep in franchise history. The other six all occurred between 1977-1983.