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The Skinny: Blue Jackets 5, Islanders 0

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on Islanders-Blue Jackets game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

The Skinny - Game 1

Columbus 5, Isles 0

Massapequa native Sonny Milano scored his first NHL goal just 67 seconds into the game and the Blue Jackets added four more before the game was 32 minutes old as they blanked the Isles 5-0 in the season opener before a crowd of 18,595 at Nationwide Arena.

The Scoring:


01:07 Columbus Sonny Milano (1) ASST: Oliver Bjorkstrand (1), Nick Foligno (1) 0-1

11:02 Columbus Cam Atkinson (1) ASST: Artemi Panarin (1) 0-2


06:57 Columbus Ryan Murray (1) ASST: Artemi Panarin (2), Alexander Weinberg (1) 0-3

10:25 Columbus PPG - Zach Werenski (1) ASST: Alexander Wennberg (2), Artemi Panarin (3) 0-4

11:50 Columbus Pierre-Luc Dubois (1) ASST: Seth Jones (1) 0-5


No Scoring

The Skinny:

The Isles fall to 11-23-11 all-time in openers and fall to 11-25-9 in their first road game of the season…Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the Jacket's 5th goal; it was his 1st NHL goal; he is the youngest player to score a goal vs. the Isles since Noah Hanifin (2-13-16)…Artemi Panarin had three assists; he is the first player in Jacket history to record at least three points in his first game with the team…Sonny Milano's goal was the earliest the Isles have ever allowed at the start of a season; it's also the first time that the Isles have allowed the first 5 goals…It's the third time that the Isles have been shutout on opening night (2011 by Florida, 1996 in Los Angeles), and the second time that the Jackets have recorded an opening night shutout (2007 vs Anaheim)..Jordan Eberle had 5 shot attempts (1 on goal) in 16:53 of play in his Islander debut…Eberle, Lee & Tavares combined for 9 shots on goal and 20 shot attempts…Matt Barzal played 15:02; he played only 19:30 in two games last season…Fifteen Jackets were "+"; fourteen Isles were "-".

Longest Scoreless Streak to Start Season

1996-97 86:50 (ended by Derek King)

2011-12 69:05 (ended by Andrew MacDonald)

2017-18 60:00 (current)

The Shots

Isles 8-10-11=29

Columbus 14-17-6=37

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even, and 0-1-0 when they are outshot.

Last season, the Isles were 19-10-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 3-3-0 when the shots are even and are 19-17-6 when they were outshot.

This Generation's Mr. Islander Is Tied with Mr. Islander

John Tavares has 235 career goals, tying him with Bobby Nystrom for eighth place on the club's all-time list.

Career goals as an Islander:

7. Bob Bourne 238

8. Bobby Nystrom 235

8. John Tavares 235

One Goal Games

The Isles are 0-0-0 in one-goal games this season. They went 15-10-12 in one-goal games last seasons.

Home and Road

The Islanders are 0-1-0 overall; 0-0-0 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.  

Columbus is 1-0-0 overall; 1-0-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 0-1-0 in Division games and 0-0-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 0-1-0 against the East and 0-0-0 against the West.

The Isles went 15-10-5 in Division games and 26-19-7 in games versus other divisions last season.

In the Nets

Thomas Greiss made 21 saves before being pulled after allowing Columbus' 5th goal. He falls to 0-1-0 on the season and 5-5-2 in his career against Columbus.

Jaroslav Halak stopped all 11 shots he faced in relief.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves to improve to 1-0-0 on the season and 13-5-0 in his career against the Isles. He recorded his 20th career shutout and 2nd vs. the Isles.

Power Plays

The Isles were 0-1 on the power play; Columbus was 1-2.

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-1-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-1-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 0-0-0 when they do not.   

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games

The Isles are 0-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

The Isles were 15-10-12 in one-goal games last season.

First Goal 

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they score first and are 0-1-0 when they allow the opening goal. 


Including tonight, the Isles are 0-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 0-0-0 on the back-end.  

Tired vs. Rested

The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not. 

The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Johnny Boychuk (22:54); Columbus: Seth Jones (21:30)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (0-1-0)

John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 18:41 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (0-1-0)


Isles 29, Columbus 29 (50%).  

John Tavares won 11 of 18 for the Isles; Nick Foligno won 8 of 10 for Columbus.

Face-offs by period: 1st period- 11/22; 2nd period 9/20; 3rd period 9/16

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 26/53; Power play 2/3; Penalty kill 1/2.

Hit Count

Isles 25 (Cal Clutterbuck/Johnny Boychuk 4)

Columbus 17 (Nick Foligno/Brandon Dubinsky 3) 


Johnny Boychuk fought Matt Calvert in the second period. Season total - 1: (Boychuk 1).

Blocked Shots

The Isles blocked 15 shots; Dennis Seidenberg led the Isles with 3.

For the Corsi Crowd 

All situations: Isles 61, Columbus 67 

5-on-5 Isles 58, Columbus 59

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: Thomas Hickey +10

Columbus: Pierre-Luc Dubois +10


Jason Chimera - 189 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 152 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 150, Calvin deHaan 86 


Joshua Ho-Sang, Scott Mayfield, Ryan Pulock

Total games lost: 0

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)

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


Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 640

15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 588


Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***

5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom and John Tavares 235

22. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 106

36. Travis Green 92 *** 37. Michael Grabner 90 *** 38. Butch Goring 87 *** 39. Anders Lee 84


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

7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 302

15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 200


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 537

17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Josh Bailey 306

Season Series Stats

Columbus leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet again in Ohio on December 14th.

The Isles have lost 3 straight in Columbus by a combined 18-2 score and are 5-11-2 all-time on the road against the Jackets. The Isles have allowed 16 straight goals in Columbus. 

On the Farm

Bridgeport will open their regular season in Binghamton against the relocated Devils franchise on Saturday. It's their only game this weekend and their first game of a 4-game road trip.

Up Next

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th- BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

The Islanders return to Brooklyn for their home opener as they take on the Sabres.

It will be the second time that the Isles have faced Buffalo in a home opener; in 2007, Mike Comrie finished off a huge opening weekend (6 points in 2 games) as the Isles defeated Buffalo 3-2 to complete a sweep of a season-opening home-and-home series. The Isles are 26-12-6 all-time in home openers (1-0-1 at Barclays Center) and have gone 2-0-2 in their last 4 home openers.

The home opener extends an Islander streak of home openers on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The last midweek opener was on Thursday, October 16, 1986 vs. Washington; the Isles defeated the Caps 7-4. Six months later the Isles would need 7 periods to win their 4th game of the series against Washington, winning the Easter Epic. This game will be played on the 45th anniversary of the Isles' first home game (and first-ever game), a 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Flames at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. That was the only previous time the Isles opened a home season on October 7th.

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