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The Skinny: Game 49 - Detroit 5, Isles 4

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Red Wings game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 49
Detroit 5, Isles 4

Jason Chimera looked like he had earned the Isles a point with a late goal in his 1,000th NHL game but Danny DeKeyser had another idea. DeKeyser's shot ricocheted off two Islander defenders for his first goal since his overtime goal in Brooklyn in December broke a 4-4 tie with 27.9 seconds to play as the Detroit Red Wings ended the Isles' 7 game point streak with a 5-4 win over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 20,027 at Joe Louis Arena.

It's the first Islander regulation loss under Coach Doug Weight (5-1-1). The Red Wings snapped a 5-game winless streak (0-2-3).

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD

3:43    New York    Josh Bailey (9) ASST: John Tavares (23), Anders Lee (9)    1-0
10:07    Detroit    Luke Glendening (2) ASST: Jonathan Ericsson (8), Justin Abdelkader (7)    1-1
11:35    New York    Andrew Ladd (11) ASST: Thomas Hickey (10), Alan Quine (8)    2-1

2ND PERIOD
12:04    Detroit    Darren Helm (6) ASST: Tomas Tatar (13), Thomas Vanek (20)    2-2
14:24    Detroit    Anthony Mantha (12) ASST: Tomas Tatar (14)    2-3
17:11    New York    PPG - John Tavares (20) ASST: Ryan Strome (9), Anders Lee (10)    3-3
17:34    Detroit    Henrik Zetterberg (11) ASST: Gustav Nyquist (20), Anthony Mantha (13)    3-4

3RD PERIOD
17:34    New York    Jason Chimera (11) ASST: Brock Nelson (16)    4-4
19:32    Detroit    Danny DeKeyser (3) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (26)    4-5

The Skinny:
The Isles remain winless when trailed after two periods (0-12-1) … John Tavares assisted on Josh Bailey's first period goal to extend his assist streak to four games; Tavares later scored his team-leading 20th goal and team-leading 6th power play goal. Tavares has 16 points (9-7-16) in the last 10 games…. The Isles connected on the power play for the 3rd straight game; the power play is 6-19 over the last six games … All three of DeKeyser's career goals against the Isles have been game-winners … Andrew Ladd has a point in three straight (3-1-4) … Tomas Tatar had two assists for the second time against the Isles this season … The Red Wings have sold out 258 consecutive home gamesThe Isles had allowed only two goals in the second period of the last seven games, but allowed three tonight.

20-20-20-20-20-20-20-20
John Tavares is the sixth player in Isles history to reach 20 goals in 8 seasons, joining Bryan Trottier (13 times), Mike Bossy (10 times), Brent Sutter (10 times), Denis Potvin (9 times), Clark Gillies (8 times). Like Tavares, Trottier, Bossy and Sutter's streaks were also in consecutive seasons.

Good Through 2
Only Minnesota (9 times, 3-5-1) has trailed after two periods fewer times than the Isles (13 times, 0-12-1). San Jose has also trailed 13 times (1-11-1).

The Injury
Cal Clutterbuck left early in the second period and did not return.

Club 1,000
Jason Chimera played in his 1,000th NHL game. He is the 309th player to reach that milestone (307 skaters and two goalies)

Other Milestone Man
Dennis Seidenberg played his 800th NHL game.

Passing Ny
The man who scored the biggest overtime goal in Nassau Coliseum history (Bob Nystrom) was passed in career points by the man who has scored the biggest overtime goal in Barclays Center history (John Tavares). Tavares has 287 assists and 514 points; he is 1 assist behind Derek King for 10th and now has 1 more point than Nystrom, passing "Mr. Islander" for 8th.

7-9-5
After allowing 7 goals in Carolina on January 14th, the Isles allowed only nine goals in their next seven games before allowing five goals tonight.

Closing In
Josh Bailey scored a goal in his 606th Islander game, which tied Frans Nielsen for 12th all-time on the Isles list. Bailey has 181 assists, tying Ed Westfall for 19th.

Late Losses
The Isles have been tied in the third period in 12 of their 18 regulation losses (and 21 of their 27 overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation five times:

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)

#1 is #1 (aka The Greiss is Right)
Thomas Greiss has started 13 of the last 14 games (7-3-3) and 15 of the last 19 games (9-3-3). In the last 13 games that he started he has allowed only 29 goals, and 12 of those came in just two games. He has allowed two goals or less in 12 of his last 15 games.

50-50 to Begin February
The Isles are beginning February with a 10 game stretch that features five home games and five road games, all in a span of 17 days. The Isles are 0-1-0 in this stretch (0-0-0 at home and 0-1-0 on the road).

2/3 at Red Wings (Lost 4-5)
2/4 vs. Hurricanes
2/6 vs. Maple Leafs
2/9 at Flyers
2/11 at Senators
2/12 vs. Avalanche
2/14 at Maple Leafs
2/16 vs. Rangers
2/18 at Devils
2/19 vs. Devils

The Isles play 22 of their final 34 on the road and do not have a homestand longer than two games. Following this 10-game stretch the Isles will play nine straight road games for the first time in franchise history.

The Shots
Isles 15-12-9=36
Detroit 8-10-6=24

The Isles are 11-5-3 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-2-0 when the shots are even but are 9-12-5 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-18-9 overall; 16-8-5 at home and 6-10-4 on the road.

Detroit is 21-21-9 overall; 11-12-4 at home and 10-9-5 on the road.

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-6-3 in Division games and 16-12-6 in games versus other divisions (6-7-3 vs. Atlantic, 4-2-1 vs. Central and 6-3-2 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 12-13-6 against the East and 10-5-3 against the West.

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 19 saves but falls to 15-8-3 on the season and 1-1-1 in his career against Detroit.

Petr Mrazek made 32 saves and improves to 11-12-5 on the season and 5-2-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles went 1-5 on the power play, while Detroit was 0-2.

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 13-12-4 when they do not. The Isles are 7-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 15-9-4 when they do not.  

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-5-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-13-7 when they do not. 

One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-7-9 in games decided by a single goal including 3-6-0 in regulation. They are 2-6 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-1 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 16-5-7 when they score first and are 6-12-3 when they allow the opening goal. 

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-4-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-3-3 on the back-end. 

The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set will be on February 3rd in Detroit and February 4th at home against Carolina.

Tired vs. Rested

  • The Isles are 1-1-2 when both teams played the night before.
  • The Isles are 5-3-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
  • The Isles are 1-2-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
  • The Isles are 15-12-4 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:34); Detroit: Danny DeKeyser (22:41)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (11-14-7), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (3-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-1)

John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 19:51 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (15-10-7), 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 29, Detroit 31 (48%).

Casey Cizikas won 7 of 11 for the Islanders; Luke Glendening won 10 of 16 for Detroit.

The Isles won 22 of 42 in the first and third periods but only 7 of 18 draws in the middle period.

The Isles won 23 of 48 draws at even strength, 6 of 11 on the power play and 0 of 1 on the penalty kill.

Hit Count
Isles 23, Detroit 23. Anthony Beauvillier led the Isles with three hits; Darren Helm and Jonathan Ericsson had four for Detroit.

Fights
There were no fights. Season total - 9: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1, Hickey 1, Strome 1, Chimera 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 6 blocked shots (from six different players).

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 59, Detroit 43
5-on-5 Isles 45, Detroit 34

5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk +10; Johnny Boychuk 71%
Detroit: Gustav Nyquist +3

Ironmen
Jason Chimera - 155 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 116

Scratches
Scott Mayfield, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta

Injured Reserve: Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 88

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)

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

10. Billy Harris 623 *** 11. Stefan Persson 622 *** 12. Frans Nielsen 606 and Josh Bailey 606 *** 14. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 559

Goals

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

7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 227

Assists

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

9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. Derek King 288 *** 11. John Tavares 287

16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Ed Westfall and Josh Bailey 181

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 514

21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24. Josh Bailey 283

Last Minute Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final minute 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

Fit to Be Tied
The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in 10 of their 12 games that have gone to overtime this season, including three 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

Season Series Stats
Detroit leads the season series two games to one (and four points to zero). The final meeting (and the Isles' final game at Joe Louis Arena) will be in Detroit on February 21st.

The Isles went 8-1-1 against the Red Wings between 2005 and 2014 but are only 2-4-1 in their last seven games against Detroit, including three straight losses at The Joe.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers extended their winning streak to eight straight games with a 3-2 win over Rochester on Friday. Bridgeport is 26-15-1-1 record and has won the first six games on their 8-game homestand.

Tanner Fritz, Josh Ho-Sang and Ryan Pulock scored for Bridgeport as the Sound Tigers built a 3-0 lead. Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves as he improved to 7-1-2 in the AHL this season.

Bracken Kearns leads the Sound Tigers in points (16-19-35) and is tied with Steve Bernier for the goal-scoring lead with 16. Rookie Devon Toews is tied with Bernier for the team lead with 22 assists. Ryan Pulock leads the defense with 7 goals (7-9-16 in only 22 games).

Bridgeport hosts Springfield on both Saturday and Tuesday to conclude their homestand.

Up Next
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4th - CAROLINA AT ISLANDERS - 7:00PM

[MSG+ (Isles pre-game at 6:30), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

The Isles begin a 2-game homestand as they host the Carolina Hurricanes. It's the second of five meetings this season with Carolina, who handed Jack Capuano his final loss at Isles head coach by a 7-4 score on January 14th.

The Isles are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. Carolina. Both meetings last season in Brooklyn went to extra time with Carolina winning an overtime game in October (Ron Hainsey) and the Isles winning a shootout in March.

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