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: 1ST PERIOD NONE
2ND PERIOD 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
3RD PERIOD 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. pic.twitter.com/JuJ9MBCFsy
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.”
Back-to-Backs 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.
Ironmen 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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th —DETROIT AT ISLANDERS 4:00PM [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.