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The Skinny - Predators 3, Islanders 2

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 5

Nashville 3, Isles 2

Ryan Ellis broke a 2-2 tie early in the period and the Predators defense and penalty killing did the rest as Nashville handed the Islanders their second consecutive 3-2 loss, before a crowd of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena. The Isles have lost six straight games in Nashville and the defeat spoiled the 200th NHL game for Islander coach Jack Capuano.

The Scoring:




01:03 NSH PPG - S. Jones (1) Slapshot - ASST: D. Legwand (1), S. Weber (1)1 - 0 NSH

12:39 NYI F. Nielsen (2) Snap shot - ASST: K. Okposo (2), T. Hamonic (2)1 - 1 Tie

15:28 NYI J. Tavares (3) Wrist shot - ASST: K. Okposo (3), B. Strait (1)2 - 1 NYI

19:07 NSH P. Hornqvist (1) Wrist shot - ASST: C. Wilson (1), R. Ellis (1)2 - 2 Tie


03:23 NSH R. Ellis (1) Slapshot - ASST: M. Cullen (2), C. Smith (2)3 - 2 NSH

The Skinny:

For the second straight game, an opponent’s first career goal opened the scoring (Joakim Nordstrom for Chicago, Seth Jones for Nashville) … After being held pointless in the opener, John Tavares has a point in four straight games … Four of the Isles’ five games this season have been decided by one goal (and eight of nine, going back to last season) … The Isles had gone 10-1-5 in their last 16 regular season games before losing to Chicago on Friday; they have now lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since losing three games in four days from March 19-22 … The Isles are 1-2-0 against the West…The Isles did not lose consecutive road games in regulation all last season … All three Isles losses (0-2-1) have come by a 3-2 score … Ellis’ winning goal was the first Predator goal in the third period this season.

The Shots:

Isles 4-7-5=16

Predators 9-10-12=31

The Isles were held to their fewest shots in 133 games, dating back to a 2-1 win over Minnesota on October 10, 2011, when they had only 14.

The Isles were held under 20 shots for the first time in consecutive games (one season) since October 28-31, 2000 vs. Montreal and Boston. (The Isles also were held under 20 in the last game of the 2002-03 season and the first game of the 2003-04 season)

Home and Road

The Islanders are 2-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.

It’s the first time since April 3-7, 2012 that the Isles have lost consecutive road games in regulation and the first time since January 6-7, 2012 that they have consecutive games, both on the road, in regulation.

The Predators are 2-3-0 overall, 2-1-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves for the Islanders but suffered his first regulation loss of the season.

Pekke Rinne made 14 saves for Nashville as he improves to 3-0-1 against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 0-for-3 while the Predators were 1-for-2.

The Isles are 1-0-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-2-0 when they do not.

The Isles are 0-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not. The Isles have killed 11 of 13 opponents’ power plays this season.

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals and are 0-2-1 when they do not. They’re not alone, the Preds are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals and 0-3-0 when they do not.

Fifth Goal

Counting the goal that Columbus was awarded for beating the Isles in a shootout, the team that has scored the fifth goal has won all five Islander games this season.

Second to The One

Jack Capuano now ranks second on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (200) and wins (86).

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1.Al Arbour 740

2.Jack Capuano 86

3.Terry Simpson 81

4.Peter Laviolette 77

5.Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):

1.Al Arbour 1,500

2.Jack Capuano 200

3.Mike Milbury 191

4.Terry Simpson 187

5.Scott Gordon 181

They Said It

John Tavares: "It was one of those games, especially as an offensive player, where we really didn't feel like we had a whole lot of room. Pucks were bouncing, and we couldn't seem to get it done when we needed to."

They Tweeted It

@markpherrmann Good burst by Isles, exerting more pressure, capped by goal by Nielsen, whom Barry Trotz said is overlooked but is "a heck of a player" 1-1

The Coach

"We didn't get off to the start that we wanted. We regrouped after the first, and I thought we picked our game up. We eliminated our turnovers, we started to play high-percentage, we started to do a lot of good things and got ourselves back in the game. But they got a big goal with under a minute left in the second period."

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 255 career points; he is 58 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.

119 NHL Goals

Moulson has 119 career goals (113 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 16 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men

Travis Hamonic played 25:06 to lead the Isles for the first time this season. Shea Weber led Nashville with 23:11.

The Isles are 2-1-1 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 0-1-0 when Hamonic leads them.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 21-of-52 draws. Casey Cizikas won 8-of-14 to lead the Isles, but the other face-off men won only 13-of-38; Paul Gaustad, the NHL’s leading face-off man, won 11-of-15 for Nashville.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders out-hit Nashville 16-14. Reigning NHL hit leader Matt Martin led the Isles with four hits. There were no fights for the fifth straight game.

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 17 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald led the way with five.

All–time Winners

The Islanders are now nine games over .500 all-time (1373-1364-440 in 3,177 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 with an all-time record above .500.


John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 212 consecutive games.

Frans Nielsen (135) and Kyle Okposo (118) 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

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

John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 212

Missing Men

Brock Nelson and Matt Carkner replaced Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Donovan in the lineup; Eric Boulton was scratched for the fifth straight game. The Isles have lost three games this season due to injury.

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 669

2. Roberto Luongo 350

3. Evgeni Nabokov 337

4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins

17. Roberto Luongo 350

18. Evgeni Nabokov 337

19. Gump Worsley 335

20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 121

2. Roberto Luongo 62

3. Evgeni Nabokov 55

4. Tomas Vokoun 51

Career Shutouts

18 Clint Benedict 57

19 Evgeni Nabokov 55

20 Bernie Parent 54

20 Ed Giacomin 54

Career Goals as an Islander

21Ray Ferraro 116

22John Tavares 115

23Matt Moulson 113

24Benoit Hogue 105

24Ed Westfall 105

Career Assists as an Islander

24Mariusz Czerkawski150

25Travis Green145

26Frans Nielsen140

26Steve Thomas140

26John Tavares140

29Mark Streit139

30Greg Gilbert138

31Jason Blake131

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

39Randy Wood 381

40Frans Nielsen 372

41Dave Scatchard347

44Marty McInnis 337

45Josh Bailey 334

46Robert Goring 332

46Oleg Kvasha 332

48Bruno Gervais 331

48Zigmund Palffy331

50Shawn Bates 330

51Eric Cairns 327

52Alan Kerr 326

53Kyle Okposo 324

54Brad Dalgarno 321

55Ray Ferraro 316

55Steve Webb 316

55Richard Park 316

58Gerald Diduck 314

59Mikko Makela 307

60Gordon Lane 304

61Arron Asham 300

61Roman Hamrlik 300

63Matt Moulson 298

64John Tavares 296

65Gordon Dineen 287

Career Points as an Islander

20Ed Westfall286

21Jason Blake258

21Steve Thomas258

23John Tavares 255

24David Volek249

29Benoit Hogue221

29Trent Hunter221

31Mikko Makela219

32Matt Moulson 215

33Mark Parrish214

34Garry Howatt213

34Jean Potvin213

36Anders Kallur211

37Frans Nielsen 202

38Marty McInnis198

39Wayne Merrick197

40Robert Goring195

41Kyle Okposo 189

42Jeffrey Norton188

Season Series Stats

The Predators lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none) with one game to play. The teams will also play on November 12 on Long Island.

The Isles have lost six straight games (including three by shutout) in Music City since Garth Snow led the Isles to a 5-2 victory in April, 2002. Overall, the Isles are 1-7-1 in their last eight against the Preds (with the win coming in a shootout); Nashville is 8-0-2 against the Isles overall since that Snow victory in 2002.

Happy Anniversary

41 years ago tonight (10-12-72): Germain Gagnon scored the winning goal with 1:09 to play as the Islanders defeated Los Angeles 3-2 for the first victory in franchise history. The win raised the Isles all-time record to 1-1-0; their all-time record would not be at .500 again until January 16, 1978.

All-time, the Isles are 7-6-2 on this date, but have lost four straight since Eric Fichaud stopped 29 Flyer shots for a 5-1 win in the 1996-97 home opener.

On The Farm

Bridgeport dropped to 1-2-0-0 with a 3-0 loss to Manchester on Saturday. The Sound Tigers outshot the Monarchs 38-24. Bridgeport will look to even their record when they host Springfield on Sunday at 3pm.

Up Next


[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Isles return home to begin a four-game homestand on Tuesday vs. Buffalo. The Sabres are 0-5-1 following a Saturday night loss in Chicago and will host Minnesota on Monday before facing the Isles on Tuesday.

This is the first of three meetings between the teams; the Isles went 1-1-1 against Buffalo last season. The Isles have done well on home-ice against Buffalo in recent years, going 5-1-2 in the last eight.

And Finally…

Sunday’s New York Post has a story by Mike Vaccaro, “Who is the new face of New York Sports?”. The Answer: John Tavares.

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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