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The Skinny: Panthers 5, Islanders 1

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 32

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.

The Scoring:




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 Skinny:

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, 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.

Christmas Rush

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

Comparable Records

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 Shots:

Isles      19-9-6=34

Florida  2-10-4=16

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.  

By Division

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).

Power Plays

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.

First Goal

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.

Ice-time Leaders

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.

Heavy Hitters

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).  

Blocked Shots

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)

Missing Men

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.

Up Next


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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.

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