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New York Islanders 3, Buffalo Sabres 2 [Game #53 Stats Recap]

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Total possession domination leads to an Islanders victory.

Yes I picked this picture because of the fisherman jersey.
Yes I picked this picture because of the fisherman jersey.
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The Islanders took on the Buffalo Sabres who are not a very good team at the moment.  The score was closer than it should have been as Jaroslav Halak was not quite on his game.  The Islanders completely destroyed Buffalo in the possession numbers and the dreaded penalty kill didn't give up any goals to Buffalo's league worst power play.  Here's how the numbers worked out.

The Corsi Stats

# Period One Period Two Period Three Total
CF CA CF% CF REL% CF CA CF% CF REL% CF CA CF% CF REL% CF CA CF% CF REL%
18 5.1 0.9 85.0% 8.5% 7.1 0.0 100.0% 41.4% 6.4 2.5 71.9% -8.4% 18.7 3.5 84.2% 12.8%
17 11.6 3.0 79.5% 2.6% 7.1 0.9 88.8% 27.9% 0.0 0.0 N/A N/A 18.6 3.9 82.7% 10.7%
3 9.5 0.9 91.3% 18.5% 10.2 2.5 80.3% 20.8% 8.0 3.4 70.2% -13.9% 27.8 6.9 80.1% 9.0%
51 6.1 0.9 87.1% 11.4% 5.2 0.0 100.0% 38.4% 6.4 3.4 65.3% -20.9% 17.7 4.3 80.5% 7.7%
11 7.2 2.9 71.3% -8.9% 5.1 2.8 64.6% -4.7% 10.5 0.0 100.0% 44.0% 22.9 5.9 79.5% 7.2%
29 6.2 1.9 76.5% -1.6% 2.0 1.8 52.6% -17.6% 7.3 0.9 89.0% 19.2% 15.5 4.6 77.1% 3.1%
14 9.3 3.0 75.6% -3.3% 5.1 2.8 64.6% -4.7% 6.5 0.8 89.0% 18.1% 20.9 6.7 75.7% 1.4%
91 10.5 2.9 78.4% .8% 5.1 3.5 59.3% -12.1% 6.1 0.9 87.1% 15.0% 21.7 7.3 74.8% .1%
27 10.5 2.9 78.4% .8% 3.1 3.6 46.3% -27.8% 6.1 0.9 87.1% 15.0% 19.6 7.2 73.1% -2.3%
84 3.0 0.9 76.9% -1.0% 5.2 0.0 100.0% 38.4% 2.4 3.4 41.4% -48.2% 10.6 4.3 71.1% -4.3%
37 8.4 1.8 82.4% 6.1% 10.2 2.5 80.3% 20.8% 3.6 4.2 46.2% -47.6% 22.3 8.7 71.9% -4.4%
86 5.1 1.8 73.9% -4.8% 2.0 1.8 52.6% -17.6% 6.1 1.7 78.2% 2.0% 13.2 5.4 71.0% -4.8%
12 11.6 2.9 80.0% 3.5% 3.1 3.6 46.3% -27.8% 2.8 0.8 77.8% 1.0% 17.5 7.3 70.6% -5.9%
53 8.4 2.9 74.3% -4.9% 5.0 2.7 64.9% -4.2% 0.0 0.0 N/A N/A 13.5 5.8 69.9% -6.2%
2 13.5 4.7 74.2% -6.9% 2.0 2.7 42.6% -30.1% 4.0 0.8 83.3% 8.2% 19.5 8.3 70.1% -6.8%
16 5.1 1.8 73.9% -4.8% 2.0 3.6 35.7% -39.5% 7.3 0.9 89.0% 19.2% 14.4 6.4 69.2% -7.3%
13 7.4 3.0 71.2% -9.1% 5.1 2.8 64.6% -4.7% 0.0 0.0 N/A N/A 12.5 5.7 68.7% -7.7%
55 12.4 3.8 76.5% -2.2% 2.0 2.7 42.6% -30.1% 1.2 0.8 60.0% -18.6% 15.6 7.3 68.1% -9.0%
Tm 30.2 8.6 77.8% 21.1 9.9 68.1% 17.0 5.1 76.9% 64.5 21.8 74.7%
Player Data from War-On-Ice.com
All data is five on five and score adjusted.

This was just a phenomenal game from everyone possession wise.  Even newcomers Harry Zolnierczyk and Colin McDonald were in the positives and Johnny Boychuk was the lowest at a 68.1 percent Corsi.  Ryan Strome lead the team in possession at an 84.2 percent Corsi.  The second period was their worst possession wise and they still put up a 68.1 percent Corsi for percentage.

The Stats

# All Scenarios 5v5 4v5 PK 5v4 PP
TOI G A iSC iCF PND PNT FOW FOL BS HIT +/- OZS DZS +/- FA P iCF
3 23 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 7 2 0 1 1 1
84 12.1 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
13 11.4 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
27 15.4 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1 7 0 0 0 1 1
51 15.6 0 1 3 6 1 0 8 4 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
53 12.4 0 1 2 4 0 0 6 7 0 2 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
91 19.9 0 1 5 7 0 0 5 8 0 1 -1 7 0 0 0 1 1
18 17 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
37 19.6 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 2 0 0 0 0
2 20.8 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 0
55 20.4 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 5 2 0 1 0 0
17 13.5 0 0 2 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
29 14.6 0 0 7 8 0 0 7 2 0 1 -1 2 3 0 0 0 0
16 12.6 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 -1 2 3 0 0 0 0
12 14.6 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 -1 7 0 0 0 0 0
86 13 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 -1 2 3 0 0 0 0
11 17.6 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 -2 4 2 0 0 0 1
14 19 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 -2 4 2 0 1 0 0
TOI - Time on Ice | G - Goals | A - Assists | ISC - Individual Scoring Chances | ICF - Individual Corsi | PND - Penalties Drawn | PNT - Penalties Taken | FOW - Faceoffs Won | FOL - Faceoffs Lost | BS - Blocked Shots | HIT - Hits | OZS - Offensive Zone Starts | DZS - Defensive Zone Starts | FA - Fenwick Against | P - Points
All Data from war-on-ice.com

The trip to Buffalo is exactly what the team needed where the penalty killing was concerned.  The team allowed one shot on goal with no goals.  Brock Nelson continues to be snake bitten as he had seven scoring chances and couldn't convert on any of them.  It was a rough game for a returning Lubomir Visnovsky as he was out for both goals against, but Halak should have had at least one of them.

If there's a negative to take from this game it's that it would have been nice to see a better game out of Halak against the the fourth worst shooting team in the league, but it wasn't meant to be and the Islanders 26th ranked save percentage at even strength got even worse.