Darren Helm scored two goals, including the first shorthanded goal allowed by the Isles in 79 games as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Islanders 5-0 before a Black Friday crowd of 14,826 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles have lost 5 straight games and are 2-10-0 in their last twelve games.
The Scoring: 1st Period 07:09 DET Darren Helm (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (13), Brendan Smith (2) 1 - 0 DET
2nd Period 16:49 DET SHG - Darren Helm (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Cleary (3), Jonathan Ericsson (6) 2 - 0 DET
3rd Period 00:12 DET Daniel Alfredsson (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Smith (3) 3 - 0 DET 06:12 DET Gustav Nyquist (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Johan Franzen (11), Niklas Kronwall (15) 4 - 0 DET 16:13 DET Daniel Alfredsson (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Abdelkader (7), Niklas Kronwall (16) 5 - 0 DET
The Skinny: Darren Helm tied a career high with two goals; Helm also was +4….Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals and added an assist in his 1200th NHL game; he is the 98th player (and third Swede) to reach that mark. Alfredsson’s first goal was the earliest against the Isles in any period this season…The Isles have been outscored 30-15 in the third period, including 23-6 in the last 16 games… The Isles have allowed three goals in a period in three straight games… The Isles are 4-10-0 in November, with one game 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). It’s the Red Wings’ first regulation win over the Isles since November 28, 2013, ending a 6-0-1 streak for the Isles… This was the eighth time since 2001 that the Isles have hosted a game on Black Friday (4-4-0); overall, the Isles are 8-10-2 in Black Friday games…Helm’s shorthanded goal was the first against the Isles since Pascal Dupuis scored for Pittsburgh on March 29, 2012; it’s the first time in at least 25 years that the Isles have gone more than fifty games without allowing a shorthanded goal…The Isles have been outscored 22-9 during their five game losing streak; they also had a 5-game losing streak last season.
The Shots: Isles 12-7-10=29 Red Wings 9-9-12=30
Home and Road The Islanders are 8-15-3 overall, 5-6-3 at home and 3-9-0 on the road. The Isles are 7 games under NHL-.500 for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season (30-39-13). The Red Wings are 13-7-7 overall; they are 5-4-6 at home and 8-3-1 on the road. Detroit has won three straight games.
In the Nets Kevin Poulin made 25 saves but falls to 3-10-0 on the season. Poulin has started a career-high five straight games and appeared in nine straight games. Jimmy Howard made 29 saves for his 18th career shutout and 2nd this season. It’s Howard’s first win ever against the Isles (1-2-1); he now has a win against every opponent except Toronto.
Power Plays The Islanders were 0-1 while the Red Wings were 0-2. The Isles are 5-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-12-0 when they do not. The Isles are 2-11-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-4-1 when they do not. Over the last 16 games, the Isles power play is 5-57 (8.8%) while the penalty kill is 18-49 (63.3%). Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 8-2-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-13-1 when they do not. Helps to Score First The Isles are 6-2-3 when they score first and are 2-13-0 when they allow the opening goal. The Isles have allowed the first two goals in five straight games and have trailed by at least 3-0 in the last three games. Second to The One Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (221) 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 221 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
They Said It John Tavares: "We've got to play tomorrow and we've got to find some answers… We're not hard enough to play against, and you can tell why [Detroit has] had a lot of success for a lot of years now."
They Tweeted It @markpherrmann Shorthanded goal by Helm, puck goes in after wild collision with Poulin. 2-0 Detroit (both goals by Helm)
The Coach "You saw our execution tonight. We made some decisions with the puck that weren't very good. We can't do that against that team, or any team, for that matter. Tonight, for me, it was about the execution level, and for whatever reason, it wasn't very good.”
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 3-4-0 in the front-end and 1-4-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. On the six previous back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, and no points on three occasions. This back-to-back set will conclude on 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 Travis Hamonic played 24:36 to lead the Isles for the 7th time this season. Kyle Quincey played 21:06 to lead the Red Wings. The Isles are 7-10-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-5-1 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle The Islanders won 26 of 58 draws. No Islander center won more than they lost; the Isles won 14 of 23 in the first period but only 12 of 35 in the final two periods. Stephen Weiss won 7 of 10 for Detroit. The Isles have won fewer than 50% of the face-offs in 11 straight games.
Heavy Hitters The Isles out-hit Detroit 34-12. Matt Martin led the Isles with seven hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 130. 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 10 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald extended his league-leading total to 93 with three blocks; Matt Carkner was also credited with three.
All–time Winners The Islanders fall to two games over all-time NHL .500 (1379-1377-442 in 3,198 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 233 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era. Frans Nielsen (156) and Kyle Okposo (139) 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 232 • 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. Colin McDonald returned to the lineup, replacing Josh Bailey. Radek Martinek was also added to the lineup, replacing Matt Donovan (assigned to Bridgeport) and Calvin deHaan (recalled on Thursday, but scratched). Eric Boulton was also scratched. The Isles have lost 57 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 5-12-1 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) 24 Eddie Westfall 493 25 Radek Martinek 476 25 Gerry Hart 476 27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
35 David Volek 396 36 Frans Nielsen 393 37 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 Kyle Okposo 345 44 Mark Parrish 345 46 Marty McInnis 337
54 Brad Dalgarno 321 55 John Tavares 318 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 season series is even at one game each (Detroit has three points to the Isles’ two); the teams will meet again December 23rd at Joe Lewis Arena. The loss ends a 6-0-1 Isles streak in their last seven games against the Wings dating back to a loss in Detroit on November 28, 2003. It’s the first time Detroit has beaten the Isles at the Coliseum in regulation since November 25, 2000. Happy Anniversary 38 years ago today: November 29, 1975. Ed Westfall and Denis Potvin each had a goal and three assists as the Islanders pounded the St. Louis Blues 8-2 at the Coliseum. It’s the second time in four days that the Isles scored at least eight goals. Overall, the Isles are 8-9-4 on this date.
On The Farm Ryan Strome scored two goals, Anders Lee added a goal and an assist while Matt Donovan contributed two assists as the Isles edged Hartford 3-2 on Friday night to improve to 5-9-1-3 on the season. The Sound Tigers visit Albany Saturday and return home to host Manchester on Sunday. Mike Halmo and Anders Lee lead Bridgeport with seven goals; Ryan Strome leads in both assists (15) and points (21). Strome leads all AHL rookies in assists and is 2nd in points.
Up Next SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th —WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Isles conclude the back-to-backs and the month on November as they entertain the Capitals at the Coliseum. The Isles had a 6-5-3 record and a 1-0 lead when they allowed five second period goals in a 6-2 loss in Washington on November 5th. Since then they have gone 2-10-0.
The Isles are 2-0-1 in their last three home games and are 4-1-4 in their last nine games overall against the Capitals.
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.