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The Skinny: Islanders 2, Senators 1

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
“The Skinny”  

Game 76
Isles 2, Ottawa 1

Josh Bailey scored a first period goal and then assisted on Casey Cizikas’ winning goal as the Islanders defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 before a crowd of 16,516 at the Canadian Tire Centre.  The Isles have a season-high six-game point streak (5-0-1).  It’s the first time since March 27-29, 2012 (both vs. Pittsburgh) that Bailey has had consecutive multi-point games.

The Scoring:
1st Period

17:09 NYI PPG - Josh Bailey (8) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Strome (10), Matt Donovan (11)  1 - 0 NYI    

2nd Period

3rd Period
06:41 OTT PPG - Milan Michalek (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Neil (5), Patrick Wiercioch (17) 1 - 1 Tie    
09:31 NYI PPG - Casey Cizikas (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (25), Ryan Strome (11) 2 - 1 NYI

The Skinny:  
Josh Bailey played in his 400th NHL game; he has consecutive multi-point games and is 10-9-19 in 34 career April games.  Bailey also extended his career-best assist total to 25…Casey Cizikas’ goal was his first in 34 games (1/2/14 vs. Chicago) and his first career power play goal…Playing without John Tavares, the Isles are 9-5-2 since the Olympic break…The Senators’ power play goal was only their 15th at home all season…The Isles improve to 14-6-6 when leading after two periods…. In his last five games Ryan Strome is 1-5-6; both of the multi-point games in his career have come in this stretch…. The Isles improve to 18-9-4 with Strome in the lineup…The Isles allowed a tying goal in the third period for the 22nd game this season (8-6-8)…The loss broke a five game point streak for Ottawa (4-0-1).

The Shots:

Isles       14-6-7=27        
Ottawa    13-7-16=36

The Young Get Younger
The Isles dressed ten rookies for the fourth straight game: Kevin Czuczman, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Anders Nilsson, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom, and John Persson.  

The average age of the 20 players the Isles dressed tonight was 25.33 years.  If you exclude the goaltenders, the average age drops to 24.66 years.  Matt Carkner was the only Islander over 30 (he is 33 ½).  None of the other Isles have turned 30 (Frans Nielsen will do so later this month).

Home and Road
The Islanders are 31-35-10 overall, 13-18-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 18-17-2 on the road. The Isles are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

Over the last two seasons, the Isles are 23-29-11 (57 points in 63 games) at home and 32-23-6 (70 points in 60 games) on the road.

Ottawa is 32-30-14 overall; they are 16-16-6 at home and 16-14-8 on the road.

By Division
The Isles are 9-15-3 in Division games and are 22-20-7 in games against other divisions. They are 11-6-4 vs. the Atlantic Division, 7-6-1 vs. Central Division, and 4-8-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

The Isles do not have a winning record against every division opponent. They are 1-3-0 against Carolina, 1-1-1 (with one to play) against Columbus, 2-2-0 (with one to play) against New Jersey, 2-3-0 against New York, 1-3-0 against Philadelphia, 1-2-1 against Pittsburgh., and 1-1-1 against Washington (with one to play).

This was the sixth of 12 consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents to end the regular season.  The Isles have started this stretch 5-0-1.

In the Nets
Anders Nilsson made 35 saves as he improves to 6-5-2 on the season.
Craig Anderson made 25 saves for Ottawa but falls to 23-15-8 on the season.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 2-4 on the power play while Ottawa was 1-5.  

The Isles are 18-8-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 13-27-6 when they do not.  The Isles are 14-19-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 17-16-6 when they do not.  

The Isles are 12-91 in the last 24 games on the power play and have allowed 14 power play goals in 60 times short over the last 15 games.   

Feast or Famine
The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 11-32 in the following 11 games but are only 16-116 in their last 31 games.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 25-10-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 6-25-7 when they do not.  

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 15-9-7 when they score first and are 16-26-3 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 26 of their last 38 games.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th and became the 2nd coach in Islander history to coach 250 games on January 27th against Boston. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (271) and wins (115).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.    Al Arbour 1,500
2.    Jack Capuano 271
3.    Mike Milbury 191
4.    Terry Simpson 187
5.    Scott Gordon 181

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.    Al Arbour 740
2.    Jack Capuano 115
3.    Terry Simpson 81
4.    Peter Laviolette 77
5.    Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
Josh Bailey: “It always feels good to get on the scoresheet.  (Our recent performance) shows that there has been no quit.  They were a desperate team (but we got) great goaltending.”

They Tweeted It

@7thWoman  Oh and -- @RealJiggsMcD still the #isles lucky charm!
@batteryjackson wow #isles rookies. holdin it down. next year may be a good one...I hope

The Coach
“After the first, again, we settled down.  I thought (Anders Nilsson) did a great job …made some huge saves for us.”

The Isles are now 7-8-1 in the front-end and 7-7-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The Isles have swept four back-to-backs:  November 1st/2nd vs. Ottawa and Boston, January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto, January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Rangers and April 1st/2nd vs. Florida and Ottawa.

In the 16 previous sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points four times, 3 points once, 2 points five times, 1 point twice and no points on four occasions.  

The Isles next two games will also be in a back to back set as they host Washington on Saturday and visit Columbus on Sunday. In all, six of the Isles’ final eight games are being played as part of three back-to-back sets.

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 26:13 of ice-time while Erik Karlsson led Ottawa with 26:47.

The Isles are 15-17-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 15-13-4 when Hamonic leads, are 1-0-0 when deHaan leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-1-0 when Strait leads, are 0-2-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 19 of 53 draws (36%). No Islander center won at least one-half of their draws; Mika Zibanejad won 10 of 12 for Ottawa.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Ottawa 24-21.  Matt Martin led the Isles with six hits while Cal Clutterbuck was one of three Isles with three hits. Martin now has 333 hits on the season and leads the NHL in hits by a wide margin; it is the second time in his career that he has recorded 300 hits. Clutterbuck now has 254 hits this season and is now in the top 5 in hits.

There were no fights in the game. The Isles have received 32 fighting penalties this season: Martin (10), Boulton (8), Carkner (8), McDonald (2), Hamonic (2), Halmo (1) and Okposo (1).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 25 blocked shots, including a team-high five blocks for Frans Nielsen.

All-time Winners
The Islanders go five games over all-time NHL .500 (1402-1397-449 in 3,248 games) with five games remaining in the current regular season. The Isles have been 1-under all-time .500 after six games this season and have gone 4-0-2 in the following game.  

The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.

With their win tonight, the Isles are guaranteed to finish the regular season at least at all-time NHL .500.

Thomas Hickey is the Islanders’ reigning ironman.  He has played 77 consecutive regular season games, and is the only Islander to have played in every game this season.  

Missing Men
John Tavares is on injured reserve. Michael Grabner (concussion), Eric Boulton (hand), Brian Strait (broken hand), and Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body injury) are also injured. Kyle Okposo missed his fourth straight game with a lower body injury. Radek Martinek was scratched.

The Isles have lost 207 games this season due to injury.  

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 687
2. Roberto Luongo 371
3. Evgeni Nabokov 349
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins
17. Rogie Vachon 355
18. Evgeni Nabokov 349
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 124
2. Roberto Luongo 66
3. Evgeni Nabokov 58
4. Tomas Vokoun 51
5. Henrik Lundqvist 50

Career Shutouts
16 Turk Broda 62
17 John Ross Roach 58
17 Evgeni Nabokov 58
19 Clint Benedict       57

Career Goals as an Islander
15    Mariusz Czerkawski    145
16    John Tavares     136
17    Jason Blake    127

27    Trent Hunter     99
28    Kyle Okposo    99
29    Mikko Makela     95
29    David Volek     95
31    Randy Wood     94
32    Greg Gilbert     93
32    Garry Howatt     93
34    Travis Green     92
35    Butch Goring    87
36    Tomas Jonsson    84
37    Frans Nielsen    83
38    Michael Grabner 82

39    Wayne Merrick    81
39    Dave Scatchard    81

Career Assists as an Islander
16    Ed Westfall    181
17    John Tavares    179
18    Kenny Jonsson    175
19    Alexei Yashin    171
20    Duane Sutter    171
21    Jean Potvin    167
22    Jeff Norton    166
23    Frans Nielsen    165
24    Zigmund Palffy    163
25    Kyle Okposo    155    
26    David Volek    154
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
24    Eddie Westfall    493
25    Radek Martinek 479
26    Gerry Hart    476
29    Scott Lachance 450
30    Frans Nielsen     441
31    Jason Blake      426

34    Wayne Merrick  411
35    Jean Potvin    402
36    Josh Bailey     400
37    David Volek     396
38    Bert Marshall    392
39    Kyle Okposo     390
40    Travis Green     388
41    Anders Kallur     383
42    Randy Wood     381
43    John Tavares     350
44    Dave Scatchard    347

Career Points as an Islander
16    Ziggy Palffy    331
17    John Tavares     315
18    Mariusz Czerkawski    295
22    Jason Blake    258
22    Steve Thomas    258
24    Kyle Okposo     254
25    David Volek    249
26    Frans Nielsen     248
27    Ray Ferraro    238

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 2 games to 0(and four points to one), sweeping both games this season in Ottawa.

The Islanders have won three out of the last four against Ottawa but this was their first regulation win over Ottawa in the last 10 games between the squads.

The season series concludes on Tuesday in the Isles’ home finale.

Happy Anniversary
21 years ago tonight (4-2-93):  Pierre Turgeon scored his 50th goal of the season as the Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden.  Turgeon’s historic tally came at 3:41 of overtime and stretched the Isles’ lead over the Rangers to three points.  The Rangers would never recover and would miss the playoffs while the Isles would advance to the Conference Finals.
All-time, the Isles are 12-9-1 on this date.

On The Farm
Bridgeport visits Wilkes Barre/Scranton on Friday.  The Sound Tigers are 1-10-1-1 in their last 13 games and 27-34-2-5 on the season.

Up Next
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 4:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Isles return home to face Alex Ovechkin and the desperate Washington Capitals in a rare 5:00 start.

This will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the teams; the Isles are 1-1-1 in the first three.  Washington exploded for five goals in a season-changing second period to defeat the Isles 6-2 on November 5th and then staged a daring comeback to defeat the Isles in overtime over Thanksgiving weekend before Evgeni Nabokov blanked the Caps in DC just before the Olympic break.

Note the early start time: 5:00PM.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.

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