Opening Night Skinny

The nitty gritty stats behind Islanders opening night history.

Friday, 10.7.2011 / 10:41 AM ET / 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.





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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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