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The Skinny: Jets 3, Islanders 2

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
“The Skinny”

Game 25
Winnipeg 3, Isles 2

The Winnipeg Jets broke a scoreless tie with 3 goals in a 5:15 span midway through the second period and held off an Islander rally for a 3-2 victory over the Isles before a crowd of 12,008 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The Isles have lost 4 straight games and are 2-9-0 in their last eleven games.

The Scoring:


11:27 WPG Mark Stuart (1) Slapshot - ASST: James Wright (1)    1 - 0 WPG   
14:39 WPG Andrew Ladd (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Blake Wheeler (12), Bryan Little (13) 2 - 0 WPG   
16:42 WPG Devin Setoguchi (6) Tip-in - ASST: Keaton Ellerby (2), Mark Scheifele (6)    3 - 0 WPG   
17:49 NYI  PPG - Andrew MacDonald (2) Slap - ASST: Thomas Vanek (9), John Tavares (18) 3 - 1 WPG   

14:01 NYI John Tavares (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Carkner (3), Brock Nelson (5)    3 - 2 WPG

The Skinny: 
Casey Cizikas had his career-best five game point streak (3-2-5) stopped … John Tavares has points in eight of the last nine games and has scored in two straight games; both Tavares and Thomas Vanek have three game point streaks... Isles have scored 36 of their 67 goals in the second period, but have been outscored 27-15 in the third period… The Isles have been outscored 20-6 in the third period of the last 15 games… The Jets scored three goals in a period for the first time on the road this season… The Isles are 4-9-0 in November, with two games to play.  The Isles have not had a winning November since 2008 and are 9-23-5 in their last three Novembers (2010, 2011, and 2013)…This was the 16th time in the last 19 years that the Isles have hosted a Thanksgiving Eve game (there was no NHL hockey played in two of the other three years).  The Isles are 0-4-2 in their last six Thanksgiving Eve games but are 6-6-5 all-time at home on Thanksgiving Eve…Winnipeg is 7-5-4 in one-goal games while the Isles are 5-8-3.

The Shots:
Isles    13-7-10=30
Jets     11-11-7=29

Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-14-3 overall, 5-5-3 at home and 3-9-0 on the road.  The Isles are 6 games under NHL-.500 for the first time since December 26, 2011 (11-17-6).
The Jets are 12-11-4 overall; they are 8-6-3 at home and 4-5-1 on the road.  Winnipeg has won two straight and is 6-2-2 in their last 10.

In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 26 saves but falls to 3-9-0 on the season. 
Former Islander Al Montoya made 29 saves for the Jets and improves to 3-2-1 on the season.  He is now 2-0-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-4 while the Jets were 0-2.  It’s the first time in six games that the Isles have not allowed a power play goal.
The Isles are 5-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-11-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-11-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-1 when they do not. 
Over the last 15 games, the Isles power play is 5-56 (8.9%) while the penalty kill is 18-47 (61.7%). 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-2-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-12-1 when they do not. 

Helps to Score First
The Isles are 6-2-3 when they score first and are 2-12-0 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first two goals in four straight games and have trailed 3-0 in the last two games.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (220) and wins (92).

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1.    Al Arbour 740
2.    Jack Capuano 92
3.    Terry Simpson 81
4.    Peter Laviolette 77
5.    Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.    Al Arbour 1,500
2.    Jack Capuano 220
3.    Mike Milbury 191
4.    Terry Simpson 187
5.    Scott Gordon 181

They Said It
John Tavares:  “You have to go out there and want the puck more than the guy you are up against.  … We need more of everyone having that mindset.”

They Tweeted It
@PrinceJantzen The #Isles jerseys for the Stadium Series look outstanding! Way better that I expected.

The Coach
“When the guys battle, it’s tough.  We made a couple of key mistakes…. It’s frustrating for those guys right now …we have to find a way.”

The Isles are 3-3-0 in the front-end and 1-4-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.
On the six back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, and no points on three occasions.
The next back-to-back set will feature a rare set of two home games: Friday vs. Detroit and Saturday vs. Washington.

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 278 career points; he is 65 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.  No other player from that draft is anywhere close.  Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft.

Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald played 30:16 to lead the Isles for the 19th time this season.  Dustin Byfuglien played 25:42 to lead the Jets; he had four shots on goal and leads all NHL defensemen with 91.
It’s the 5th time MacDonald has played at least thirty minutes. Only Ryan Suter (12 times) and Erik Karlsson (8 times) have done so more often.  Ice-time has been an official stat since the late 90’s; since then the club record for playing 30+ minutes in a season is 30 times, by Adrian Aucoin in 2001-02.
The Isles are 7-10-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-4-1 when Hamonic leads them.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 25 of 54 draws.  John Tavares won 10 of 19 but the rest of the Islanders won only 15 of 35. James Wright won 6 of 10 for Winnipeg, including a draw that directly led to the first goal of the game.
The Isles have won less than 50% of the face-offs in ten straight games.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles were out-hit 20-19. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with six hits while Matt Martin added five hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 123.
There were no fights in the game, leaving the season total at eight: Martin (3), Boulton (3), and Carkner (2).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 17 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald extended his league-leading total to 92 with three blocks; Matt Donovan was also credited with three.

All–time Winners
The Islanders fall to three games over all-time NHL .500 (1379-1376-442 in 3,197 games).  The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.

John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 232 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era.
Frans Nielsen (155) and Kyle Okposo (138) also have streaks of at least 100 consecutive games.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era 
•    Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013  284
•    John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT  231
•    Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221
•    Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220
•    Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219
•    Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215

Missing Men
Lubomir Visnovsky, Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov remain on injured reserve. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Peter Regin and Aaron Ness replaced Eric Boulton, Colin McDonald and Radek Martinek in the lineup. The Isles have lost 54 games this season due to injury.

Nobody Beats the Viz

The Isles were 19-12-4 last season and are 3-3-2 this season with Lubomir Visnovsky in the lineup.  They were 5-5-3 last season and are 5-11-1 this season without him in the lineup.

Career Goals as an Islander
15    Mariusz Czerkawski    145
16    Jason Blake    127
17    John Tavares     123
18    Duane Sutter    121
Career Assists as an Islander
22    Zigmund Palffy    163
23    John Tavares    155
24    David Volek    154
25    Mariusz Czerkawski    150
26    Frans Nielsen    148
27    Travis Green    145

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

25    Gerry Hart    476
26    Radek Martinek    475
27    Mariusz Czerkawski    470
35    David Volek     396
36    Frans Nielsen     392
36    Bert Marshall    392
38    Travis Green     388
39    Anders Kallur     383
40    Randy Wood     381
41    Josh Bailey     353
42    Dave Scatchard    347
43    Alexei Yashin    346
44    Mark Parrish    345
45    Kyle Okposo     344
46    Marty McInnis     337
54    Brad Dalgarno     321
55    John Tavares     317
56    Ray Ferraro     316
56    Steve Webb     316
56    Richard Park     316
Career Points as an Islander
20    Ed Westfall    286
21    John Tavares     277
22    Jason Blake    258
22    Steve Thomas    258
32    Mikko Makela    219
33    Frans Nielsen     218
34    Mark Parrish    214
35    Garry Howatt    213
35    Jean Potvin    213
37    Anders Kallur    211
38    Kyle Okposo     205
39    Marty McInnis    198
Season Series Stats
The Jets lead the season series one game to none (and two points to zero); the teams will meet again March 4th in Manitoba.
It’s the first Islander regulation loss in their last 7 games against the Jets (5-1-1). Overall, the Isles are 5-2-1 since the Jets returned to the NHL.

Happy Anniversary
20 years ago today: November 27, 1993.   Steve Thomas scored three goals for his sixth career hat trick and Ron Hextall made 37 as the Islanders beat the Rangers 6-4 at the Coliseum.  Referee Tom Monahan assessed 122 penalty minutes, including 64 against the Islanders.
Overall, the Isles are 8-8-4 on this date, including two ties in which Islanders recorded hat tricks (Mike Bossy vs. Minnesota in 1985 and Mariusz Czerkawski vs. Washington in 2001).

On The Farm
Bridgeport suffered three one-goal losses last weekend, including two in shootouts as they fell to 4-9-1-3 on the season.  The Sound Tigers have another three games in three days weekend upcoming as they host Hartford on Friday, visit Albany Saturday and return home to host Manchester on Sunday.
Mike Halmo leads Bridgeport with seven goals; Ryan Strome leads in both assists (15) and points (19).  Strome leads all AHL rookies in assists and is 2nd in points.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 3:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Red Wings return to the Coliseum for the second time in less than two weeks to face the Isles in a Black Friday matinee.  The Isles won a back-and-forth game 5-4 on November 16th in a shootout.

The Isles will carry a 10 year and 1 day point streak against Detroit into the game; the Isles are 6-0-1 against the Wings since losing to Detroit on November 28, 2003 (also Black Friday) and have won five straight vs. Detroit for the first time since a 7-game win streak from October 16, 1980 - February 6, 1982.

This is the eighth time since 2001 that the Isles have hosted a game on Black Friday; they are 4-3-0 in the prior seven.  Overall, the Isles are 8-9-2 in Black Friday games.

And Finally…
Happy Thanksgiving!

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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