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The Skinny - Game 67: Blues 4, Islanders 3

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders 4-3 loss to the Blues

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Islanders fall to the Blues, 4-3

NYI Recap: Isles' comeback falls short in 4-3 loss

The Islanders scored two goals in the 3rd period, but the comeback fell short in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues

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Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and a late Islander rally fell short as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Isles 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,505 at Scottrade Center.

The Islanders end their franchise-record 9-game road trip with a 5-3-1 record.

With the loss, the Isles fall one point behind Toronto for the 2nd Wild Card.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD

07:23 St. Louis PPG - Vladimir Tarasenko (31) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (29), Alex Steen (29) 0-1

2ND PERIOD

04:58 St. Louis    Alexander Steen (13) 0-2

11:37 New York   Brock Nelson (16) ASST: Joshua Ho-Sang (1), Scott Mayfield (5) 1-2

15:28 St. Louis    Vladimir Tarasenko (32) ASST: Carl Gunnarsson (5) 1-3

18:06 St. Louis    Patrik Berglund (19) ASST: David Perron (23), Magnus Paajarvi (2) 1-4

3RD PERIOD

02:11 New York   Anthony Beauvillier (8) ASST: Thomas Hickey (14) 2-4

18:31 New York   PPG - Nick Leddy (11) ASST: Andrew Ladd (7), John Tavares (33) 3-4

The Skinny:

The Isles are 15-7-3 (.660) under Interim Coach Doug Weight …Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 26-14-7 in their last 47 games…The Isles are 6-3-1 in the last ten games…... The Isles' top line has 25 goals (and 41 assists) in 25 games under Weight…Nick Leddy established a new career high with his 11th goal of the season… Joshua Ho-Sang recorded his first career assist; actually he did it twice, assisting on an Andrew Ladd goal that was reversed on video review due to an offside before assisting on Brock Nelson's goal… Carter Hutton is 3-1-0 in his last 4, allowing only one goal in his only loss…In their last 15 games, the Blues have won six straight, lost five straight and then won four straight…Jaden Schwartz have an assist in 4 straight games…Scott Mayfield earned an assist in his first game ever in his hometown arena…John Tavares earned an assist on the late Leddy goal, extending his point streak to four games…The Blues improve to 17-5-5 in one-goal games (10-5 in regulation) while the Isles fall to 10-9-11 (5-9 in regulation)…Thomas Greiss appeared in his career-high 42nd game; he has played more games/minutes than any other goalie this month…The Isles are 2-7-4 on Saturdays (including 1-6-3 on the road); they are 30-17-7 the rest of the week. The Isles have three Saturday games remaining, including two (March 18 and March 25) at home…Anthony Beauvillier scored his 3rd goal of the trip; only John Tavares (4) had more…

Road Trip Leaders (last 9 games)

Goals: Tavares 4, Nelson/Lee/Ladd/Beauvllier 3

Assists: Bailey 9, Tavares 5, Nelson/Leddy 4

Points: Bailey 10, Tavares 9, Nelson 7, Leddy 6

+/-: Bailey +6. Seidenberg +3 Leddy/Lee/Strome +2

Shots: Tavares 33, Ladd 23, Nelson 21, Bailey 20

Faceoffs: Tavares 47.9%, Strome 43.4%, Nelson 40.3% Beauvillier 37.2%

Moving On Up

Josh Bailey played in his 623rd Isles game, passing Billy Harris for 10th place among skaters on the all-time club list.

The 300 Club

Josh Bailey remains one point shy of becoming the 6th player from his draft class to reach 300 points:

(Stamkos, Karlsson, Eberle, Doughty, and Stepan have already done so.) His next point will also be his 50th point of the season).

Overall, the Isles have gone 37 games without losing consecutive games in regulation; it's the longest streak by an Islander team in 35 years!

Most consecutive games without consecutive regulation losses (one season)

56     November 12, 1977 --March 18, 1978

48     October 12, 1978 -- January 27, 1979 (start of season)

43     January 2, 1982 -- April 4, 1982 (end of season)

37     CURRENT

35     December 2, 1979 -- February 16, 1980

(not including Wash- LA and Pitt-Vanc)

Playoff Chase:

Metropolitan

GP

PTS

1.     Washington

66

95

2.     Pittsburgh

66

92

3.     Columbus

67

92

     

Atlantic

GP

PTS

1.     Ottawa

67

84

2.     Montréal

68

84

3.     Boston

68

78

Wild Card

GP

PTS

1.     NY Rangers

68

88

2.     Toronto

67

76

3.     ISLANDERS

67

75

4.     Tampa Bay

67

73

5.     Philadelphia

67

70

6.     Florida

67

69

7.     Buffalo

69

68

The Isles Magic Number to clinch a playoff berth is 32 (over Toronto and Boston).

 

Sunday's games:

Rangers @ Detroit 7:00

Montreal @ Edmonton 7:00

Washington @ Anaheim 9:30

 

Monday's games:

Carolina @ Isles 7:30

Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers 7:00

Columbus @ Philadelphia 7:00

Pittsburgh @ Calgary 9:00

Boston @ Vancouver 10:00

The Isles can move back into a playoff spot with a win on Monday.

 

Tuesday's games:

Isles @ Carolina 7:00

Minnesota @ Washington 7:00

Chicago @ Montreal 7:30

Tampa Bay @ Ottawa 7:30

Toronto @ Florida 7:30

Buffalo @ San Jose 10:30

 

Wednesday's games:

Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia 8:00

Boston @ Calgary 9:00

 

Thursday's games:

Winnipeg @ Isles 7:30

Nashville @ Washington 7:00

Philadelphia @ New Jersey 7:00

Florida @ Columbus 7:00

Chicago @ Ottawa 7:30

Toronto @ Tampa Bay 7:30

Boston @ Edmonton 9:00

Buffalo @ Los Angeles 10:30

 

Friday's games

Florida @ NY Rangers 7:00

New Jersey @ Pittsburgh 7:00

Buffalo @ Anaheim 10:00

 

Saturday's games

Columbus @ Isles 1:00

NY Rangers @ Minnesota 7:00

Washington @ Tampa Bay 7:00

Chicago @ Toronto 7:00

Montreal @ Ottawa 7:00

 

Last 36

The Isles are now 21-10-5 in their last 36 games (since December 20th vs. Boston). In those games, the PP is 19-104 (18.3%) and the penalty kill is 13-82 (84.1%).

#1 is #1 (aka The Greiss is Right)

Thomas Greiss has started 9 straight games (5-3-1), 27 of the last 32 games (15-9-4 with three shutouts) and 30 of the last 37 games (17-9-4 with three shutouts).

Weight Lifted

Isles leading scorers since Doug Weight became the Isles' interim coach:

   

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

1

John Tavares

25

9

17

26

+4

2

Anders Lee

24

10

10

20

+3

 

Josh Bailey

25

6

14

20

+9

4

Nick Leddy

25

4

12

16

+5

5

Ryan Strome

25

6

9

15

+2

 

Brock Nelson

25

7

8

15

0

7

Andrew Ladd

22

11

3

14

-1

8

Jason Chimera

25

8

3

11

+4

 

End of the Road

The franchise-record 9-game road trip has come to an end. The Isles went 5-3-1 on the trip, despite being outscored 26-25 (and 1-0 in the shootout).

·     2/21 at Red Wings (Won 3-1)

·     2/23 at Canadiens (Won 3-0)

·     2/25 at Blue Jackets (Lost 0-7)

·     3/2 at Stars (Won 5-4)

·     3/3 at Blackhawks (Lost 1-2 SO)

·     3/5 at Flames (Lost 2-5)

·     3/7 at Oilers (Won 4-1)

·     3/9 at Canucks (Won 4-3 OT)

·     3/11 at Blues (Lost 3-4)

Following this stretch, the Isles will have 15 games left, including seven at home.

A Different Road

The Isles are 10-10-2 in their last 22 road games, after winning only 2 of their first 11 road games (2-6-3).

Four Games, Four Time Zones

This was the third of four games the Isles will play in 7 days in four different time zones:

·     Tuesday @Edm Oilers (Mountain Standard Time)

·     Thursday @Van Canucks (Pacific Standard Time)

·     Saturday @Stl Blues (Central Standard Time)

·     Monday Home vs Car Hurricanes (Eastern Daylight Time - clocks change at 2am Sunday)

The Isles have only one game remaining outside the Eastern Time Zone - in Nashville on April 4th.

Home is Where the Heart Is

The Isles have earned points in their last 11 home games (9-0-2). It's their longest point streak at home in the post-Cup era. The last time the Isles had a longer streak was in 1982; the Isles ended the 1981-82 season with a 23-game unbeaten streak (21-0-2). That streak began on January 2, 1982 and was extended to 30 games over two seasons (28-0-2).

The last time that the Isles had a point streak of at least ten home games in a single season was in 1989-90, when they also earned points in ten straight games (12/16/1989 - 1/28/1990).

Longest Point Streaks in Post -Cup Era

11 - CURRENT (9-0-2)

10 - 12/16/89 - 01/28/90 (9-0-1)

10 - 3/24/13 - 10/17/13 (7-0-3 - Multi-season Streak)

The Shots

Isles 10-8-6=24

St. Louis 8-10-6=24

The Isles are 15-7-5 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-3-0 when the shots are even but are 14-15-5 when they are outshot.

Home and Road

The Islanders are 32-24-11 overall; 20-8-6 at home and 12-16-5 on the road.

St. Louis is 35-27-5 overall; 20-11-4 at home and 15-16-1 on the road.

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 9-8-4 in Division games and 23-16-7 in games versus other divisions (9-9-3 vs. Atlantic, 6-3-2 vs. Central and 8-4-2 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 18-17-7 against the East and 14-7-4 against the West.

In the Nets

Thomas Greiss made 14 saves before being replaced after two periods. Greiss falls to 23-14-4 on the season and 5-2-0 in his career against St. Louis. JF Berube made six saves in relief.

Carter Hutton made 21 saves to improve to 10-8-2 on the season and 1-0-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Isles went 1-4 on the power play, while St. Louis was 0-1.

The Isles are 14-7-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-17-5 when they do not. The Isles are 12-11-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 20-13-6 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number

The Isles are 31-6-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-18-8 when they do not.

One Goal Games

The Isles are 10-9-11 in games decided by a single goal including 5-9-0 in regulation. They are 4-7 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game (including one game that they allowed a goal after scoring an empty-netter).

First Goal

The Isles are 22-6-7 when they score first and are 10-18-4 when they allow the opening goal.

Back-to-Backs

The Isles are 5-6-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 4-3-5 on the back-end.

The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is a home-and-home series with Carolina on March 13th in Brooklyn and March 14th in Raleigh.

 

Tired vs. Rested

·     The Isles are 3-1-3 when both teams played the night before.

·     The Isles are 5-4-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.

·     The Isles are 1-2-2 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

·     The Isles are 23-17-4 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Nick Leddy (24:16); St. Louis: Alex Pietrangelo (28:55)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (6-0-0), Nick Leddy (13-18-8), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (7-4-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-1-1), Calvin de Haan (2-0-1), Tied (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 23:42 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (25-16-9), Josh Bailey (4-5-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-2-0), Shane Prince (1-0-0).

Face-offs

Isles 20, St. Louis 37 (35%).

No Islander won more than he lost: Patrik Berglund won 14 of 19 for St. Louis.

Face-offs by period: 1st period- 7/22; 2nd period 5/16; 3rd period 8/19

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 18/51; Power play 1/5; Penalty kill 1/1.

For the road trip, the Isles won 213/483 (44.1%).

 

Hit Count

Isles 38, St. Louis 19. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with seven hits; Ryan Reaves had four for St. Louis.

Fights

There were no fights. Season total - 11: (Hamonic 3, Mayfield 2, Strome 2, Boychuk 1, Chimera 1, deHaan 1, Hickey 1).

Blocked Shots

The Isles were credited with 5 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic had two.

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 59, St. Louis 35 (including 16-0 in the final 11:45 of the first period and 12-1 in the final 10 minutes of the game)

5-on-5 Isles 50, St. Louis 30

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: John Tavares +20; John Tavares 80%

St. Louis: Jordan Schmaltz & Jaden Schwartz -1

Ironmen

Jason Chimera - 173 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 134, Brock Nelson 81, Calvin deHaan 70, John Tavares 67

Scratches

Adam Pelech, Johnny Boychuk (injured), Alan Quine (injured), Shane Prince (injured)

Injured Reserve: Casey Cizikas

Total games lost: 140

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)

1.     Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900

….

8.     Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Derek King 638 *** 10. Josh Bailey 624

15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 577

Goals

1.     Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310

7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 232

25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Ed Westfall, Benoit Hogue and Josh Bailey 105

Assists

1.     Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553

8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 297

16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 194

Points

1.     Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052

6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9. John Tavares 528

18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 299

Late Heroes

The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

·     11/25 - SJ Sharks -- Nick Leddy (19:02); tied game, but Isles lost in regulation

·     11/30 - Pit Penguins - Anders Lee (19:33); Game Winning goal

·     2/6 - Tor Maple Leafs - Andrew Ladd (18:31); Isles won in overtime

Late Losses

The Isles have been tied in the third period in 12 of their 24 regulation losses (and 23 of their 35 overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation seven times (including one game they rallied to win):

·   10/18 - SJ Sharks - Joe Pavelski (17:49)

·     10/26 - Mtl Canadiens - Shea Weber (17:03)

·     10/27 - Pit Penguins - Sidney Crosby (17:35)

·     11/23 - LA Kings - Dwight King (17:07)

·     11/25 - SJ Sharks - Patrick Marleau (19:37)

·     2/3 - Det Red Wings - Danny DeKeyser (19:32)

·     2/6 - Tor Maple Leafs - Michael Nylander (17:59) (Isles won game in OT)

Fit to Be Tied

The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in 12 of their 16 games that have gone to overtime this season, including four in the final minute:

·     10/16 - Ana Ducks - Ryan Getzlaf (19:00); Isles won in OT

·     11/3 - Phi Flyers - Jakob Voracek (19:02/PP); Flyers won in SO

·     11/12 - Fla Panthers - Jonathan Marchessault (19:46); Panthers won in OT

·     3/10 - Van Canucks - Troy Stecher (19:40); Isles won in OT

Better at Night

The Isles are 1-3-0 in day games (0-0-0 at home and 1-3-0 on the road) this season with two games to play:

·   11/25 - at SJ Sharks (lost 2-3)

·     1/16 - at Bos Bruins (won 4-0)

·     2/11 - at Ott Senators (lost 0-3)

·     3/5 - at Cal Flames (lost 2-5)

·     3/18 - vs Col Blue Jackets

·     4/2 - at Buf Sabres

The Isles went 3-4-2 in day games last season (3-1-1 at home and 0-3-1 on the road).

Season Series Stats

The teams split the season series one game to one (and 2 points to 2).

The loss ended an Isles three game winning streak vs. St. Louis; however, the Isles have not won in regulation in St. Louis since December 6, 2005 (6-3), having gone 1-5-0 in the six games since.

On The Farm

Bridgeport fell to 36-21-2-1 on the season (and 18-6-1-0 in their last 25) with a loss in Utica (2-1) on Friday and at home to Albany (4-1) on Saturday.

Kellan Jones had Bridgeport's goal on Friday while Bracken Kearns scored his 20th goal on Saturday. Jaroslav Halak suffered both losses; he was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period on Saturday.

Kearns leads Bridgeport in goals (20) and points (20-22-42). Rookie Devon Toews leads the team in assists with 31 Ryan Pulock leads the defense with 12 goals (12-22-34 in only 39 games) while Halak leads the team in wins (15-5-3).

Bridgeport, who fell to 2-3-1 since Joshua Ho-Sang's NHL recall, hosts Hartford at 3pm on Sunday before beginning another 3-in-3 weekend on Friday in Providence.

Up Next

MONDAY, MARCH 13th - CAROLINA AT ISLANDERS - 7:30PM

[NBCSN (NHL Live begins at 6:30), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

With the long road trip finally over, the Isles return home to face Carolina in the front-end of an old-fashioned home-and-home series.

The Isles swept a home-and-home from Carolina last season (but the games were 3 days apart); they last played the Canes on back-to-back days in October 2014, sweeping the first two games of that regular season from Carolina.

Carolina has had the Isles' number so far this season. Their 7-4 victory over the Isles on January 14th was Jack Capuano's last loss; Ron Hainsey was the overtime hero in a 5-4 Carolina win on February 4th at Barclays.

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