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Opening Night Skinny

The nitty gritty stats behind Islanders opening night history.

Friday, 10.07.2011 / 10:41 AM / News
By Eric Hornick
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Opening Night Skinny
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH ¬ FLORIDA AT ISLANDERS 8:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:30pm), WRHU-FM]
 

The Islanders begin their 40th anniversary season when they welcome the Panthers to the Coliseum on Saturday.

It's the first of four meetings of the season with Florida.  The teams split four games last season, with the second Islander victory coming in a shootout.
 
The Isles are opening at home for the third straight season -- the only time in club history that they have opened at home in consecutive years. It's also the first game of a four-game homestand, marking the first time since the inaugural 1972-73 season that the Isles have opened with at least four consecutive home games.
 
The Isles are 24-10-4 in 38 previous home openers and 9-19-10 on Opening Night overall.  Luckily for the Isles, the opener with Florida is on home-ice. The new-look Panthers are 7-7-3 on opening night in their history but are just 2-7-1 when the opener is on the road.  (Florida is 5-0-2 when they open at home; the only NHL team to have earned a point in every season opener at home).

Other Opening Night Facts you might not know:

* This is the 25th consecutive home opener to be played on a weekend (all but in 1999 on a Saturday). The last mid-week home opener was in 1986 vs. Washington. The Isles have had a Saturday home opener in 33 of their 39 seasons.

* This is the 7th time in club history that the Isles have opened at home (1972, 1980, January 1995, 1998, 2009, 2010 and 2011). The Isles are 2-2-2 when they play the season opener at home.

* This is the 2nd time that the Isles have opened the season against Florida, but the first time they have done so in October.  The Isles opened the lockout-shortened 1995 season on January 21 of that year, defeating the Panthers 2-1 behind two third period goals from Zigmund Palffy.  That was also the last time the Isles opened the season at home and with a win.

* This will be the third home opener against the Panthers.  In addition to 1995, the Isles defeated Florida 2-1 on October 18, 2003 in Steve Stirling's first home game as Isles bench boss.

* This is the 3rd time that the Isles have opened at season on October 8th, but the first since 1987. Bryan Trottier played his first NHL game on this date in 1975 (a 1-1 tie in Kansas City); the Isles opened Denis Potvin's final season with a 4-1 win in Los Angeles in 1987.

* This is the only season opener this season matching two coaches who have not coached a season opener before.  Jack Capuano joined the Isles at mid-season last year while Kevin Dineen was hired for his first NHL head coaching job by the Panthers on May 31st. Dineen is the younger brother of former Islander Gord Dineen.

* The Isles will be looking for their first win on Opening Night since 2007 (0-1-2); only Anaheim and Chicago (each winless since 2006) have longer streaks.

* Get your tickets early. The Isles, who sold out the final three games last season, have sold out the home opener eight times in the last ten years. (Click here for tickets)

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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