The Skinny: Flames 4, Islanders 2

A statistical look at the Islanders-Flames game from Islanders statistician Eric Hornick.

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 8:41 AM / News
By Eric Hornick
“The Skinny”

Game 59
Calgary 4, Isles 2


David Jones scored the winning goal with 5:32 to play and Mikael Backlund added an empty-netter as the Calgary Flames defeated the Isles 4-2 before a crowd of 12,888 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  It’s the first win for the Flames at the Coliseum in 10 years. The Isles drop to 1-5-1 in their last 7 games.

The Scoring:
1st Period

NONE

2nd Period
14:15 CGY Sean Monahan (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Colborne (10), Kris Russell (16) 1 - 0 CGY   
18:08 CGY PPG - Dennis Wideman (4) Snapshot- ASST: Mikael Backlund (15), TJ Brodie (15) 2 – 0 CGY   
19:53 NYI  Thomas Hickey (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (15), Colin McDonald (5)     2 - 1 CGY   

3rd Period
07:31 NYI Calvin de Haan (2) Wrist shot - ASST: John Tavares (42), Thomas Vanek (29)     2 - 2 Tie   
14:28 CGY David Jones (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (13), Dennis Wideman (16)     3 - 2 CGY   
19:57 CGY EN - Mikael Backlund (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Jiri Hudler (29)  4 - 2 CGY

The Skinny: 
Sean Monahan’s goal was the first allowed by the Isles in 94:16… John Tavares recorded his first point in five games but he has gone eight games without a goal… The Isles do not have a goal from a forward in the last two games; it’s the first time this season that the Isles have had three consecutive goals by a defenseman…It’s also the first time this season that the Isles had two goals by a defenseman (last 4/16/2013: Mark Streit/Radek Martinek vs. Florida) and the first time they did so in a regulation loss since January 19, 2010 (Andy Sutton and Freddy Meyer in Pittsburgh)… The Isles are 0-4-1 in their last 5 home games (including 0-3-1 in their last four games at the Coliseum)…It’s the sixth time this season the Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie 2-2; they are 4-1-1 in those six games.

Home Sweet (?) Home
The Isles fall to 8-13-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium); it is their worst record through 29 games on home ice since 2000-01 (9-18-2) and the first time since that season that they have been five games under .500 at home this late in the season.  The Isles are 3-9-5 in their last 17 home games.

The Trade
After the game, the Isles announced that they had traded Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to Chicago in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2014 draft.   Regin went 2-5-7 in 44 games for the Isles; Bouchard went 4-5-9 in 29 games with the Isles and 6-11-17 in 20 games with the Sound Tigers.

The Shots:
Isles      11-11-8=30
Flames    5-6-11=22

The Isles have allowed 22 shots in each of the last two games, which is the fewest they have allowed in any game this season.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-29-8 overall, 8-13-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 14-16-0 on the road.   The Isles are 1-5-1 in their last 7 games.
Calgary is 22-28-7 overall; they are 12-14-3 at home and 10-14-4 on the road. The Flames are playing their best hockey of the season; they are 6-1-0 in their last seven games.

By Division
The Isles are 6-14-3 in Division games and are 16-15-5 in games against other divisions. They are 7-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-4-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-6-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles have losing records against every division opponent except New Jersey (1-1-0 with three to play) and Washington (1-1-1 with one to play).  They are 0-3-0 against Carolina, 0-1-1 against Columbus, 2-3-0 against New York, 1-3-0 against Philadelphia, and 1-2-1 against Pittsburgh.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves but falls to 10-11-5 on the season.  Nabokov is 14-13-4 in his career against Calgary.
Reto Berra made 28 saves for Calgary and improves to 8-16-2 on the season.

Hey Yogi!
It’s the first “9 inning win” in Berra’s NHL career; his previous seven had all come either in overtime or in shootouts.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-5 while the Flames were 1-2. 
The Isles are 14-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-23-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-16-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-13-5 when they do not. 
The Islander power play is 0-30 in their last seven games.  The Isles have killed 35 of 39 (89.7%) over the last 13 games. 

Feast or Famine
The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 11-32 in the following 11 games but are only 4-55 in their last 14 games.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-22-5 when they do not. 

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 10-8-6 when they score first and are 12-21-2 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 15 of their last 21 games.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th and became the 2nd coach in Islander history to coach 250 games on January 27th against Boston. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (254) and wins (106).
Most games coached (Islanders):
1.    Al Arbour 1,500
2.    Jack Capuano 254
3.    Mike Milbury 191
4.    Terry Simpson 187
5.    Scott Gordon 181

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.    Al Arbour 740
2.    Jack Capuano 106
3.    Terry Simpson 81
4.    Peter Laviolette 77
5.    Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
John Tavares (on the winning goal): "I understand it's bang-bang and it's tight, but obviously from what we saw we thought maybe it was goalie interference. Whether it's a penalty or not, I just thought it didn't give Nabby a chance to make the save."

They Tweeted It
@DaveZLINY Last three Isles' goals by defensemen. Paging @ehornick
@defiantlydutch  Double-checked--this is the first season since 01-02 that the Islanders & Flames play 2x. Ditto for the Sharks.
@IslesFamily CALVIN DEHAAN!!!! TIE GAME
@TheBigConn "And look at hickey... That's a great defensive play by thomas hickey" damn right butch. Damn right.
@CibosApp Calgary native Thomas Hickey scoring against his hometown team!

The Coach
"When you get pucks to the net, good things happen. That's how they scored all their goals. There were no breakdowns. They got pucks to the net and we didn't. We passed up a lot of chances."

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 6-6-0 in the front-end and 5-5-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The Isles have swept three back-to-backs:  November 1st/2nd vs. Ottawa and Flames; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Flames.
In the twelve sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points three times, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three occasions. 
The Islanders do not play back-to-back again until they host New Jersey and Florida on March 1st and 2nd.

Leading Ice Men
John Tavares led the Isles with a season high 25:13 of ice-time; it’s the fourth time in seven games that a forward has led the Isles in ice-time and the 6th time in his career that Tavares has played at least 25 minutes. Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo also played over 24 minutes (more than any Islander defender); Mark Giordano led Calgary with 25:46 of ice-time.
The Isles are 15-15-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 7-10-2 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-2-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 31 of 55 draws, including 9 of 11 in the first period.  John Tavares won 12 of 18 draws for the Isles; Sean Monahan won 9 of 15 for Calgary.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Calgary 20-12. Calvin deHaan led the Isles with four hits; three others, including Matt Martin added three. Martin’s 275 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin.  He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons. 
There were no fights.  The Isles have been involved in 21 fights this season: Martin (8), Boulton (5), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), and Okposo (1).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots.  Andrew MacDonald led the way with five blocks and leads the NHL with 190.  The Flames blocked 26 shots.

Two Over All-Time .500
The Islanders improved to two games over all-time NHL .500 (1393-1391-447 in 3,231 games). The Isles have been 1-under all-time .500 after six games this season and have gone 4-0-2 in the following game. 
The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.

Ironmen
Frans Nielsen is the Islanders’ reigning ironman.  He has played 189 consecutive games, and is one of four Islanders to have played in every game this season.  Other ironman streaks: Andrew Mac Donald (160), Matt Martin (120), and Thomas Hickey (60). 

Century Club
Andrew MacDonald has the 4th longest consecutive game streak for a defenseman in Islander history:
1.    Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979  262
2.    Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**)
3.    Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4.    Andrew MacDonald 12/19/11- CURRENT 160
5.    Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6.    Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7.    Mark Streit  10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.    Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
9.    Travis Hamonic 11/24/2011– 2/4/2012 113 (*)

10.    Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
11.    Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104

(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Missing Men
Travis Hamonic is on injured reserve. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched for the fourth and sixth straight game respectively; Peter Regin was scratched before the game and traded to Chicago after the game.
The Isles have lost 148 games this season due to injury.

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 682
2. Roberto Luongo 367
3. Evgeni Nabokov 345
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins
17. Rogie Vachon 355
18. Evgeni Nabokov 345
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 124
2. Roberto Luongo 65
3. Evgeni Nabokov 57
4. Tomas Vokoun 51

Career Shutouts
17 John Ross Roach 58
18 Clint Benedict       57
18 Evgeni Nabokov 57
20 Bernie Parent       54
20 Ed Giacomin        54

Career Goals as an Islander
15    Mariusz Czerkawski    145
16    John Tavares     135
17    Jason Blake    127

27    Trent Hunter     99
28    Kyle Okposo    96
29    Mikko Makela     95
29    David Volek     95
31    Randy Wood     94
32    Greg Gilbert     93
32    Garry Howatt     93
34    Travis Green     92
35    Butch Goring    87
36    Tomas Jonsson    84
37    Wayne Merrick    81
37    Dave Scatchard    81
39    Michael Grabner 79
39    Marty McInnis    79
41    Miroslav Satan    78
41    Frans Nielsen    78
43    Claude Lapointe 76

Career Assists as an Islander
16    Ed Westfall    181
17    John Tavares    179
18    Kenny Jonsson    175
19    Alexei Yashin    171
20    Duane Sutter    171
21    Jean Potvin    167
22    Jeff Norton    166
23    Zigmund Palffy    163
24    Frans Nielsen    161
25    David Volek    154
26    Mariusz Czerkawski 150
27    Kyle Okposo    147   
28    Travis Green    145
   
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
24    Eddie Westfall    493
25    Radek Martinek 479
26    Gerry Hart    476
       
29    Scott Lachance 450
30    Frans Nielsen     426
30    Jason Blake      426
32    Greg Gilbert      425

34    Wayne Merrick  411
35    Jean Potvin    402
36    David Volek     396
37    Bert Marshall    392
38    Travis Green     388
39    Josh Bailey     383
39    Anders Kallur     383
41    Randy Wood     381
42    Kyle Okposo     377
43    John Tavares     349

44    Dave Scatchard    347

Career Points as an Islander
16    Ziggy Palffy    331
17    John Tavares     314
18    Mariusz Czerkawski    295
       
24    David Volek    249
25    Kyle Okposo     242
26    Frans Nielsen     239

27    Ray Ferraro    238

Season Series Stats
The Flames lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet again on March 7th in Calgary.
Despite the loss, the Isles are 5-2-0 in the last seven games against Calgary.  This was the first Flames win at the Coliseum since January 6, 2004.  In that 2004 game, Jarome Iginla scored twice to give former Islander Jamie McLennan the victory; Garth Snow took the loss. Radek Martinek is the only current Islander who played in that game.
The season series will conclude in Calgary on March 7th, part of the Isles first regular season games in Alberta since the first week of 2011.

Happy Anniversary
24 years ago tonight (2-6-90):  Pat Lafontaine scored three goals and added three assists but it was Don Maloney who scored 4:28 into overtime as the Islanders defeated Pittsburgh 8-7 at the Civic Arena. The win gave the Islanders, who had opened the season with a 5-18-3 record, a five point lead in the Patrick Division.
All-time, the Isles are 5-8-3 on this date, including 0-4-1 since a Ray Ferraro overtime goal gave the Isles a 5-4 win over Vancouver in 1992.

On The Farm
Bridgeport is off until Saturday when they host Albany in the 1,000th game in franchise history. The Sound Tigers are 19-23-1-4 on the season. 
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with 18 goals. Ryan Strome leads the team (and all AHL rookies) in assists (30); he also leads the Sound Tigers in points (40). 

Leading AHL Rookie Scorers:

         Player    Team    GP    G    A    PTS    PIM
1    *    Curtis McKenzie
Texas Stars    47    16    27    43    62
2    *    Ryan Strome
Bridgeport Sound Tigers    30    10    30    40    33
3    *    Brenden Kichton
St. John's IceCaps    47    9    29    38    10
4    *    Markus Granlund
Abbotsford Heat    43    21    16    37    22
5    *    Anders Lee
Bridgeport Sound Tigers    47    18    17    35    66

Up Next
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th – COLORADO AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Islanders complete the pre-Olympic break portion of the season when they host Colorado.

The Avs have played very well for rookie coach Patrick Roy but have lost two straight after winning 9 of 11.

The Isles rallied to defeat Colorado 2-1 in Denver on a Michael Grabner overtime goal.  The Isles own 8 wins, a tie and two overtime losses in their last 11 games against the Avs since Patrick Roy blanked the Isles1-0 in Denver on November 16, 2001.

This will be the Avs’ first game at the Coliseum since October 16, 2010.  The Isles have won six straight games against Colorado on Long Island since the Avs defeated the Isles 2-1 on December 8, 1998, the Isles.  Cam Russell scored his only goal in an Avalanche uniform and Peter Forsberg scored the winning goal against Olympic teammate Tommy Salo; Mariusz Czerkawski scored for the Isles.

And Finally...
Rest in Peace, Ralph Kiner (1922-2014).
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.


STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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