Florida 5, Isles 1
After Roberto Luongo stopped all 19 Islander shots in the first period, the Florida Panthers scored three times in the second period enroute to a 5-1 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 13,656 at Barclays Center. The loss snaps the Isles' 10-game point streak and drops the Isles to third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the New York Rangers.
01:51 FLA Reilly Smith (9) ASST: Dylan Olsen (1), Jussi Jokinen (14) 1 - 0 FLA
07:25 FLA Aleksander Barkov (7) ASST: NONE 2 - 0 FLA
12:37 NYI Brock Nelson (10) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (8), Mikhail Grabovski (10) 2 - 1 FLA
12:57 FLA Aaron Ekblad (7) ASST: Brandon Pirri (9), Aleksander Barkov (8) 3 - 1 FLA
01:23 FLA Vincent Trocheck (9) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (15), Reilly Smith (8) 4 - 1 FLA
16:17 FLA SHG - EN - Jonathan Huberdeau (4) ASST: Aleksander Barkov (9) 5 - 1 FLA
The four goal margin was the widest defeat of the season; the Isles matched a season-high with five goals allowed –it's now happened three times, all at home. …The Isles had earned points in 10 straight games for the first time since an 11-game stretch late in the 2012-13 season (4-1-13 to 4-23-13, 8-0-3)… The Isles had won five straight at home (longest streak since winning 7 straight from November 11-December 2, 2014)…The Isles fall to 1-7-2 against the Atlantic Division; they are 17-2-3 against the rest of the NHL…Reilly Smith's goal was the first allowed by the Isles in 95:47…Nick Leddy went -3 for the first time as an Islander…Brock Nelson led the Isles with 7 shots, matching a season high (his career high of 8 was set last season—11/18/14 vs Tampa)…With 8 assists and 11 points, Marek Zidlicky is 1 assist/point behind Johnny Boychuk for the team lead among defenders; Boychuk and Zidlicky share the team lead for defenseman goals (3). ..The Isles allowed three goals in a period for the third time this season (0-3-0)…John Tavares has now gone 10 games without an assist; it's the second-longest streak of his career (13 games, 12-14-09 to 1-8-10).
Strange Statline of the Night
Jonathan Huberdeau was awarded an empty net goal when he was fouled by John Tavares. Huberdeau finished 1-0-1, was a +3, but was credited with 0 shots on goal. According to hockey-reference.com, he is the 11th player since 2006 to have a goal and 0 shots on goal. The Isles' PA Parenteau had a similar statline on March 11, 2011 vs. Boston, when he was also awarded an EN goal.
This was the third game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 6 games in 10 days that will get the team to the Christmas break. The Isles are 2-0-0 in this stretch.
12-Dec-15 @ Blue Jackets (Win 3-2 OT)
13-Dec-15 Vs Devils (Win 4-0)
15-Dec-15 Vs Panthers (Loss 5-1)
17-Dec-15 @ Avalanche
19-Dec-15 @ Coyotes
21-Dec-15 Vs Ducks
The Isles are 18-9-5 thru 32 games. Their 41 points represent their 2nd highest total through 32 games in the post-Cup era.
Most points in first 32 games:
· 49 in 1978-79
· 44 in 1976-77
· 44 in 2014-15
· 44 in 1980-81
· 44 in 1983-84
· 42 in 1977-78
· 41 in 2015-16
· 41 in 1981-82
The 19 shots were the 2nd highest for the Isles in any period this season (20 vs. Winnipeg on October 12th); the 16 shots against were the fewest allowed this season and fewest in any home game since February 9, 2013, when the Isles outshot Buffalo 43-16 but fell 3-2 to Ryan Miller.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-9-5 overall; 11-5-2 at home and 7-4-3 on the road.
Florida is 15-12-4 overall; 7-6-2 at home and 8-6-2 on the road.
The Isles are 7-0-2 in Division games and are 11-8-2 in games against other divisions. They are 1-7-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 5-1-1 vs. Central Division, and 5-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles finished last season 21-6-3 against the Met and 26-22-4 against other Divisions.
In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 12 saves but fall to 9-5-3. Halak is 9-3-1 in his career against Florida.
Roberto Luongo made 33 saves as he improved to 11-11-3. Luongo is 10-10-4 against the Isles and now has 412 career wins (8th all-time).
The Islanders were 0-4 on the power play, allowing an empty-net shorthanded goal, while Florida was 0-3.
The Isles have killed all 24 opponent power plays in their last ten games; it's the second time this season (October 15- November 1) that the Isles killed all opposing power plays in at least nine consecutive games. Since March, the Isles have had streaks of 12 games, 9 games and 10 games without allowing a power play goal – with the 12-game stretch in March establishing a club record.
The Isles are 10-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-8-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-4-4 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-7-5 when they do not. The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 8-3-5 in games decided by a single goal including 3-3-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 12-3-2 when they score first and are 6-6-3 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 183-157-51 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Giants' Tom Coughlin and the Yankees' Joe Girardi have led their respective teams longer than Capuano.
Most games coached (Islanders):
1. Al Arbour 1,500
2. Jack Capuano 391
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Jack Capuano 183
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
They Tweeted It
@Dan_G13 Saw a stats that the #Isles are 1-7-2 against the Atlantic, meaning 7 of their 9 regulation losses are against this division. Is that true? (Yes, yes, yes)
@miczahn #Isles lose 5-1. No need to worry too much. If NYI can rebound and start a new streak, all is well on Brooklyn. One more game prior to Xmas. (home game)
@john_sage3 This game would've had different complexion had they scored 1st on one of their 3 powerless plays #isles
The Isles are 2-2-3 on the front-end and 4-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set will be January 2nd in Pittsburgh and January 3rd vs. Dallas.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 1-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
· The Isles are 2-2-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
· The Isles are 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: John Tavares (23:07); Florida: Dmitry Kulikov (21:02). It was the first time this season that a forward led the Isles in ice-time; it happened 12 times last year – 10 times by Tavares.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (10-2-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (3-2-1), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (12-7-4), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Tied (0-1-0).
Isles 30, Florida 33 (38%).
Frans Nielsen won 7 of 12 and Mikhail Grabovski won 5 of 8 for the Isles; Corban Knight, in his NHL debut, won 6 of 8 for Florida.
The Isles won 24 of 46 draws over the first two periods but only 6 of 17 in the third period.
The Isles won 21 of 41 draws at even strength, 5 of 14 on the power play and 4 of 8 on the penalty kill.
Isles 23, Florida 19. Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin each had six hits to lead the Isles.
There were no fights. Season total – 8 (Martin-4, Boychuk, Bernier, Leddy, Okposo).
The Isles were credited with 7 blocked shots; Johnny Boychuk led the team with 2.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 62, Florida 30 (including a 26-7 margin in the first period). Even-Strength: Isles 44, Florida 24.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Marek Zidlicky led the Isles with a +13 even-strength Corsi rating (he was on ice for 15 Islander attempts and only 2 Florida attempts); he also had a club-leading 88% Corsi For percentage. Jussi Jokinen led Florida with a +4 rating.
· Nikolay Kulemin -182 (68 for Toronto and 114 for the Isles)
· Brock Nelson -167 (all for Isles)
Jean-Francois Berube is on injured reserve; Ryan Strome returned to the lineup, replacing Steve Bernier. Eric Boulton and Brian Strait were also scratched.
The Isles have lost 64 games this season due to injury/illness.
All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
· 187 goals (11th all-time, 19 behind John Tonelli and 24 behind Derek King)
· 237 assists (15th all-time, 12 behind Tomas Jonsson and 22 behind Billy Harris)
· 424 points (13th all-time and 19 behind Billy Harris)
· 461 games played (30th among Islander skaters all-time and 9 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
Kyle Okposo has:
· 125 goals (18th all-time and 2 behind Jason Blake)
· 206 assists (17th all-time and 2 behind Frans Nielsen)
· 331 points (tied-17th all-time with Ziggy Palffy and 2 behind Tomas Jonsson)
· 482 games played (27th among Islander skaters all-time and 11 behind Ed Westfall)
Frans Nielsen has:
· 111 goals (25th all-time, and 5 behind Ray Ferraro)
· 208 assists (16th all-time and 29 behind John Tavares)
· 319 points (19th all-time, 12 behind Ziggy Palffy and 12 behind Kyle Okposo)
· 557 games played (15th among Islander skaters all-time and 37 behind John Tonelli)
Josh Bailey has:
· 147 assists (27th all-time and 3 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
· 234 points (28th all-time, 3 behind Travis Green and 4 behind Ray Ferraro)
· 507 games played (25th among Islander skaters, 2 behind Rich Pilon, 3 behind Mick Vukota and 7 behind Dave Lewis)
Season Series Stats
Florida leads the season series 2 games to 0 and 4 points to 1.
The Isles have lost four straight to Florida (0-2-2). It's their longest losing streak against Florida since 2007-08 (0-5-1).
The teams will meet for the final time this season on March 14th in Brooklyn.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 16-10-1-1 on the season as they head to Providence on Friday before hosting Portland on both Saturday and Sunday.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17th—ISLANDERS AT COLORADO 9:00PM
[MSG+2 (Isles Pre-game at 8:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles begin a two-game road trip in Denver as they look at sweep the season series from the Avalanche. The Isles defeated Colorado 5-3 in Brooklyn by scoring three third period goals.
Colorado is going home after sweeping a 3-game road trip; the Avs shut out Chicago 3-0 at the United Center on Tuesday, ending Patrick Kane's 26-game point streak.
The Isles were blanked 5-0 in Denver last October; it was their first regulation loss to the Avs in Denver since 2001.