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THE SKINNY

Eric Hornick of MSG Plus brings the skinny on the Isles 4-1 loss to the Panthers.

Sunday, 11.21.2010 / 12:51 PM / News
By Eric Hornick
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THE SKINNY
Game 19
Florida 4, Isles 1


Mike Santorelli scored two goals as the Florida Panthers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Islanders 4-1, before 9,157 at Nassau Coliseum.  The loss extends the Islanders winless streak to 12 games (0-11-1).

Moulson Scores First
Bryan McCabe’s giveaway led to the only goal of the first period.  Matt Moulson blasted one by Islander nemesis Tomasa Vokoun at 13:07 to give the Islanders the lead.

Clawed in the Second
The Islanders began the middle period with a 5-on-3 advantage for 36 seconds, but by the 3:06 mark of the period, Florida had turned the game upside down to grab a 2-1 lead.  Santorelli and Marty Reasoner scored the goals 39 seconds apart.  Santorelli’s second goal of the period off a cross-crease pass by David Booth made it 3-1 Panthers and then Stephen Weiss beat Dwayne Roloson to make it 4-1.  All four Florida goals came within a 7:54 span.

Pressure, but No Goals
The Isles outshot Florida 21-12 in the third period (they even killed a 1:24 5-on-3) but couldn’t beat Vokoun.  4-1 Final.

One is the Loneliest Number
The Isles have been held to one goal or less in six of the last seven games; John Tavares’ sixth-attacker goal on Wednesday gave the Isles their only two-goal game in that stretch.

Home and Road
The Panthers improve to 9-9-0 , 4-7-0 on the road.  The Panthers have not won or lost more than two consecutive games all season. The Isles are 4-12-3, 2-4-1 at the Coliseum.  The Isles have lost four straight at home for the first time since December 14-21, 2009.

Still Streaking
The Isles are now winless in 12 straight for the first time a 14-game winless streak in February/March, 1990.  It’s the sixth time in franchise history that the Isles have gone winless in at least 12 straight games.

Hard Hitter
Matt Martin was credited with 8 hits, raising his team-leading total to 65. 

Lots of Shots
Bruno Gervais and Blake Comeau led the Isles with five shots on goal.  Zenon Konopoka was the only Isalnder without a shot on goal. The Isles recorded 40 shots in a game for the first time since Opening Night.

Unbalanced Schedule
This is the latest in Islander history that they played their 7th home game by both number of games and the calendar.  In four seasons, including last year, they played at least six home games in October.  The previous latest date was November 14th, which they did both in 1992 when they played their seventh home game in their 17th overall game.

In the Nets
Dwayne Roloson, playing for the seventh straight game, finished with 27 saves.  His record falls to 2-9-1.  Tomas Vokoun made 39 saves for Florida to improve to 8-6-0.  He is 14-4-1 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles failed to connect on four power plays while they killed all 6 Florida power plays.  Each team failed on convert on a lengthy 5-on-3.  The Isles’ power play is 0-20 in the last five games, while the penalty killers were perfect for the first time in four games.  Florida is a league-worst 5-62 on the power play.

Goal drought
The Isles have scored only eleven goals in the last ten games.  It’s the fewest goals that the Isles have scored in a ten-game stretch since the inaugural 1972-73 season, when they scored 10 goals in the 10 games preceding their 9-7 win in Boston on January 18, 1973.

In the Circle
There were 65 draws, and the Isles won 33 of them (51%). Zenon Kenopka (11-4) was the Isles’ best face-off men.

Home Stretch
This was the second game in a 14 game stretch in which the Islanders will play ten times at home and only four times on the road.  The Isles have only three road games out of the metro-area between now and New Year’s Eve, and do not play consecutive road games in that stretch.

Missing Men
Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Andrew MacDonald Milan Jurcina and Jack Hillen remain out, although MacDonald has resumed skating.  Doug Weight missed the game with back spasms, allowing Rob Schremp back in the lineup. diagnosed with a concussion, Dylan Reese made his season debut. Trevor Gillies was a healthy scratch.

Missing Mac
The Isles are 0-11-1 in the 12 games Andrew MacDonald has missed.

3 or Less
The Isles have been held to three goals or fewer in 14 straight games (2-11-1) since tallying five against Colorado on October 16.  It’s the longest that the team has gone without scoring four goals since a 14-game stretch last December 5th-31st.

Season Series Stats   
Florida leads the season series 2 games to none.  The Panthers return to the Coliseum for a President’s Day matinee (February 21).  Florida now has at least a point in seven straight games against the Isles (6-0-1); each team has a shootout win in that stretch.

Happy Anniversary
24 years ago today (November 20, 1986):  The Islanders defeat Toronto 6-4.  They had not played at the Coliseum on this date since then, going 0-6-2 in the interim, all on the road.

At Least it Looked Better
Saturday’s game was the Islanders’ first MSG+2 game to be shown in High Definition.

Up Next
Sunday, November 21st- Islanders @ Atlanta 5:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 4:30), WRHU 88.7FM]


The Isles will look to break their 12-game winless streak (0-11-1) with their second game in 22 hours as they visit Atlanta.  The Isles split two games in Atlanta last season and have won four out of five overall against the Thrashers.  Rick DiPietro is expected to return to the nets for the Islanders.  This is the only game in an 8-game stretch that the Isles are playing outside of the Metro area (six at home and one at Madison Square Garden).

Finally…
Rest in Peace, Pat Burns.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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