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The Skinny: Game 58 - Isles 6, New Jersey 4

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Devils game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: NJD 4, NYI 6

Strome leads Islanders to 6-4 win against Devils

Ryan Strome had a big day, as he scored two goals and added an assist to help lift the Islanders past the Devils, 6-4, at home

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Game 58
Isles 6, New Jersey 4

Ryan Strome matched a career-high with two goals and also added an assist as the Isles earned a split of their home-and-home series with New Jersey, defeating the Isles 6-4 before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center.

The win extends the Isles home point streak to 11 games; it's the first time since 1982 that the Isles have had a streak longer than 10 games on home ice.

The Islanders improve to 10-4-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight, including 9-0-2 at Barclays Center.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD

09:15   New Jersey       PPG - Miles Wood (8) ASST: Taylor Hall (25), Kyle Palmieri (19)       0-1

14:33   New York          Ryan Strome (10) ASST: Anthony Beauvillier (9), Dennis Seidenberg (14)1-1

2ND PERIOD

02:44   New York          Casey Cizikas (7) ASST: Stephen Gionta (4)    2-1

09:32   New York          Ryan Strome (11)         3-1

11:59   New York          SHG - Andrew Ladd (16) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (15) 4-1

13:21   New Jersey       Kyle Palmieri (16) ASST: Travis Zajac (23), Taylor Hall (26)   4-2

17:55   New Jersey       Joseph Blandisi (1) ASST: Steven Santini (4), Stefan Noesen (2)        4-3

3RD PERIOD

00:26   New York          PPG - John Tavares (21) ASST: Ryan Strome (14), Anders Lee (14)   5-3

01:00   New York          Jason Chimera (15)      6-3

08:37   New Jersey       PPG - Taylor Hall (14) ASST: Damon Severson (23), Keith Kinkaid (1)           6-4

The Skinny:

The Isles have allowed the first goal in seven straight games (4-3-0) … Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 21-11-6 in their last 38 games…Andrew Ladd has 14 goals since December 6th, when he scored his 3rd goal of the season (against the Rangers); he is one of only 27 players in the NHL with at least 14 goals in that span… Ladd is 8-2-10 in the last 12 games; Patrick Marleau and Evander Kane are the only players with 9 goals in that span (since January 22nd) … The Isles have alternated wins and losses over the last seven games while the Devils have done so over the last six games…The Isles allowed a power play goal for the fourth straight game and allowed two power play goals for the first time since December 15th…The Isles remain perfect against the metro-area rivals at Barclays Center as they are now 3-0 vs. New Jersey and 4-0 vs. the Rangers…Jason Chimera and John Tavares scored 34 seconds apart in the third period, giving each 10 goals in the last 19 games…Chimera also played in his 164th consecutive game (the equivalent of two complete seasons)…The Isles have won the last home games that they have scored shorthanded…Ryan Strome recorded his first three-point game of the season…The Isles have sold out consecutive home games and five games this season…Joseph Blandisi scored his first NHL goal since February 14, 2016…Ladd's shorthanded goal was the 5th of his career and first as an Islander.

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)

Most Goals Since November 23rd

  1. Max Pacioretty 24
  2. Auston Matthews 22
  3. Anders Lee /Vladimir Tarasenko/Evander Kane 21

Best Records since December 20th

  1. Capitals 20-4-4      (.786)
  2. Wild 21-5-2            (.786)
  3. Penguins 16-7-3    (.673)
  4. Isles 16-7-4           (.667)

Best Power Play Since January 21st

  1. Devils 33.3%
  2. Capitals 31.6%
  3. Bruins 31.5%
  4. ISLES 25.0%

Playoff Chase: 

 

Metropolitan GP PTS
  1. Washington

58

85

  1. Pittsburgh

58

80

  1. Columbus

57

79

 

Atlantic

GP

PTS

  1. Montréal

59

70

  1. Ottawa

57

68

  1. Boston

59

66

 

Wild Card

GP

PTS

  1. NY Rangers

58

77

  1. Toronto

58

65

  1. Florida

57

64

  1. NY Islanders

58

64

  1. Philadelphia

59

63

  1. Buffalo

60

62

  1. New Jersey

59

60

  1. Tampa Bay

58

60

  1. Carolina

55

56

  1. Detroit

59

58

 

Last 27

The Isles are now 16-7-4 in their last 27 games (since December 20th vs. Boston). In those games, the PP is 16-83(19.3%) and the penalty kill is 11-65 (83.1%). The Isles have had 18 more power plays than their opponents over that span, which is the best differential in the NHL

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

Thomas Greiss has started 19 of the last 23 games (10-6-3) and 21 of the last 28 games (12-6-3). He has allowed two goals or less in 15 of his last 21 games.

50-50 to Begin February

The Isles just concluded a 10 game stretch that features five home games and five road games, all in a span of 17 days. The Isles went 5-4-1 in this stretch (4-0-1 at home and 1-4-0 on the road):

  • 2/3 at Red Wings (Lost 4-5)
  • 2/4 vs. Hurricanes (Lost 4-5 OT)
  • 2/6 vs. Maple Leafs (Won 6-5 OT)
  • 2/9 at Flyers (Won 3-1)
  • 2/11 at Senators (Lost 0-3)
  • 2/12 vs. Avalanche (Won 5-1)
  • 2/14 at Maple Leafs (Lost 1-7)
  • 2/16 vs. Rangers (Won 4-2)
  • 2/18 at Devils (Lost 2-3)
  • 2/19 vs. Devils (Won 6-4)

The Isles will now play 17 of their final 24 on the road and do not have a homestand longer than two games. Beginning on Tuesday in Detroit, the Isles will play nine straight road games for the first time in franchise history.

The Long Road Ahead

The Isles will play nine consecutive road games for the first time in their history:

  • 2/21 at Red Wings
  • 2/23 at Canadiens
  • 2/25 at Blue Jackets
  • 3/2 at Stars
  • 3/3 at Blackhawks
  • 3/5 at Flames
  • 3/7 at Oilers
  • 3/9 at Canucks
  • 3/11 at Blues

The Shots

Isles           13-15-4=32

New Jersey 10-11-9=30

The Isles are 14-7-4 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-2-0 when the shots are even but are 11-13-5 when they are outshot.

Home and Road

The Islanders are 27-21-10 overall; 20-8-6 at home and 7-13-4 on the road. 

New Jersey is 25-24-10 overall; 13-11-4 at home and 12-13-6 on the road.  

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 9-7-4 in Division games and 18-14-6 in games versus other divisions (7-9-3 vs. Atlantic, 5-2-1 vs. Central and 6-3-2 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 16-16-7 against the East and 11-5-3 against the West.

In the Nets

JF Berube made 26 saves as he improves to 3-2-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in his career against New Jersey.

Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves but falls to 6-7-2 on the season and 0-1-2 in his career against the Isles. The Long Island native (and Union College Hockey alum) did record his first career assist.

Power Plays

The Isles went 1-2 on the power play, while New Jersey was 2-4 and allowed a shorthanded goal.

The Isles are 12-6-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 15-15-4 when they do not. The Isles are 10-11-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 17-10-5 when they do not.   

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 26-5-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-16-7 when they do not. 

One Goal Games

The Isles are 8-8-10 in games decided by a single goal including 4-8-0 in regulation. They are 3-7 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 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 18-6-6 when they score first and are 9-15-4 when they allow the opening goal.

Back-to-Backs

Including tonight, the Isles are 4-6-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 4-3-4 on the back-end. 

The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is March 2nd in Dallas and March 3rd in Chicago.

Tired vs. Rested

  • The Isles are 3-1-3 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 18-15-4 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk (25:33); New Jersey: Andy Greene (23:44)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (12-16-8), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (5-4-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-1), Calvin de Haan (1-0-0), Tied (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 21:29 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (20-13-8), 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 30, New Jersey 34 (47%). 

Casey Cizikas won 7 of 12 for the Isles; Travis Zajac won 22 of 29 for New Jersey (and 33 of 47 on the weekend). Zajac is the first Devil to ever win 22 face-offs in a game (stats exist since 1998) and the first to do so against the Isles while also winning at least 75% of his draws.

Face-offs by period: 1st period- 8/20; 2nd period 11/25; 3rd period 11/19.

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/54; Power play 1/4; Penalty kill 2/6.

Hit Count

Isles 38, New Jersey 13. Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with six hits; Five Devils each had two hits.

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 14 blocked shots; four players each had two.

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 68, New Jersey 50 (including 60-36 Isles through the time where the Isles scored their sixth goal)

5-on-5 Isles 62, New Jersey 41

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: John Tavares +16; John Tavares 81%

New Jersey: Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac +12

Ironmen

Jason Chimera - 164 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 125, Brock Nelson 72, Calvin deHaan 61, John Tavares 58

Scratches

Adam Pelech, Shane Prince (injured), Cal Clutterbuck (injured)

Injured Reserve: Travis Hamonic

Total games lost: 110

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. Josh Bailey 615

15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 568

Goals

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

7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 228

25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Ed Westfall and Benoit Hogue 105 *** 28. Josh Bailey 104

Assists

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

8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 292

16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Josh Bailey 185

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 520

20. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Josh Bailey 289

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

Fit to Be Tied

The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in 10 of their 14 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

Late Losses

The Isles have been tied in the third period in 12 of their 21 regulation losses (and 22 of their 31 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)

Season Series Stats

The season series is even one game to one (and two points to two). The teams will meet again on March 31st in Brooklyn before the Isles close their road season on April 8th in Newark.

The Isles have won their last 6 home games against New Jersey although two of their Coliseum wins came in shootouts.

This was the first time the teams met on back-to-back days since November 25-26, 2011, when the Isles lost 1-0 at the Coliseum before winning 3-2 in New Jersey.

On The Farm

Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves to extend his club-record winning streak to 12 straight games and the Sound Tiger got goals from five players to defeat Hershey 5-2 to complete their second consecutive 3-games-in-3-days sweep. Joshua Ho-Sang, who had 7 points in the first two games of the weekend, was awarded an empty net goal to complete the scoring on Sunday as Bridgeport improved to 33-16-1-1 on the season and 15-1-0-0 in their last 16 games.

Bracken Kearns continues to lead the Sound Tigers in goals (18) and points (18-22-40). Ho-Sang is tied with fellow rookie Devon Toews for the team lead with 24 assists. Pulock leads the defense with 10 goals (10-14-24 in only 30 games) and is tied for the AHL defense lead with 4 game-winning goals (all in the last 3½ weeks). Jaroslav Halak leads the team in wins (13-1-2).

Bridgeport visit Providence on Friday before hosting the P-Bruins on Saturday. Hershey returns to Bridgeport Sunday at 3pm.

Up Next

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st -ISLANDERS AT DETROIT- 7:30PM
[MSG+2 (Isles Game Night begins at 7:00), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

The Isles begin the 9-game road trip with their final game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. It's the Isles' second visit to Detroit this month; Danny DeKeyser scored with 28 seconds to play to give the Red Wings a 5-4 win on February 3rd. DeKeyser also scored an overtime goal to beat the Isles in Brooklyn; these are two of the three goals that he has scored this season.

The Isles have lost three straight games in Detroit after winning their previous five games in the Motor City.

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