10/8/13: NYI 6 vs. PHX 1
Matt Donovan scored his first career goal, Peter Regin netted his first as an Islander, John Tavares scored his first two of the season and Josh Bailey earned first star honors with one goal and two assists as the Islanders beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner added three assists apiece, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33-of-34 shots as the Islanders improved to 2-0-1.
The Islanders open a two-game road trip tonight with their first of two meetings this season against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Isles are 6-1-2 in their last nine games against Chicago, including 3-1-1 in their last five visits to the Windy City.
ALL TIME ISLANDERS VS. BLACKHAWKS:
All-Time Record: 39-41-22
2012-13 Record: 0-0-0
Last Regulation Win: 3/2/10 – NYI 5 vs. CHI 3
Last Regulation Loss: 1/9/11 – NYI 0 at CHI 5
Overtime Record (W-L-T): 2-1-8
Last Overtime Decision: 12/8/11 – NYI 2 vs. CHI 3
Shootout Record: 0-1
Last Shootout: 12/2/11 – NYI 4 at CHI 5
Fast Start: The Islanders’ 2-0-1 record marks their best start to a season since 2001-02, when they went 3-0-0 (en route to 4-0-0 and 9-0-1-1).
Streaking: Fran Nielsen (1g/4a) is the only Islander with a point in each of the first three games.
Still Hot: Dating back to last season, the Islanders are 10-1-5 in their last sixteen regular season games. Six of their last seven regular season games have been decided by one goal (2-1-3), including five in shootouts (2-0-3).
Home/Road: Eight of the Islanders’ twelve October games are at Nassau Coliseum. Last season, the club went 10-11-3 at home and 14-6-4 on the road (good for the best road winning percentage in franchise history).
First Goal: Rookie Matt Donovan recorded his first career NHL goal and his second point of the season (1g/1a) in his sixth career game Tuesday against Phoenix. Donovan led all AHL defensemen in scoring last season with 48 points (14g/34a).
Career Wins: Evgeni Nabokov’s 337 career victories rank 18th on the NHL all time wins list. He passed Gump Worsley (19th place) earlier this season. Nabokov ranks 19th all time in shutouts with 55, two behind Clint Benedict.
Under Capuano: The Islanders are 86-83-29 under Head Coach Jack Capuano. He is second on the all-time Islanders list in both games coached (198) and wins (86), behind Al Arbour (1,500 coached, 740 wins). Capuano will coach his 200th game on Oct. 12 in Nashville.
Capuano – 2 games shy of 200
Tavares – 7 games shy of 300
Hamonic – 14 games shy of 200
The game between the Isles and Blackhawks is set to air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m.