Ilya Sorokin is on pace to break the wrong type of goaltending record

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Following signing an eight-year contract extension on Jul. 1, it's become a foregone conclusion that if he stays healthy, Ilya Sorokin should break most, if not all, goaltender records for the New York Islanders. However, this season, he ascended to the top of a few categories not high on his list.

The Islanders' struggles after regulation have been well-documented. They are on pace to play 29 overtime games which would be one shy of the NHL record of 30 set by the 2003-04 Boston Bruins. They have secured a second point in only six of the 19 of those games so far this season, going 5-9 in overtime and 1-4 in shootouts.

Despite being regarded as one of the best goaltenders in the league heading into this season, Sorokin has always struggled in overtime and the shootout, and this season, the trend got even worse. Sorokin is 4-7 in overtime and 1-3 in shootouts. For his career, he is now 6-12 in the post-overtime skills competition, and the Islanders have won just four of their last 20 shootouts overall.

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The 10 overtime or shootout losses in a season in a record for an Islanders goaltender and there are still 29 games to go. Rick DiPietro had the previous record with nine during the 2006-07 campaign while Sorokin lost eight games in OT or the SO last season as well.

According to Isles statistician Eric Hornick, the NHL record for most overtime/shootout losses in a seaon belongs to Frederik Andersen when he lost 14 for the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs. To accomplish that "feat," Andersen appeared in a whopping 66 games. Sorokin has appeared in only 38 games this season and already has 10. The only other goaltender to have as many overtime/shootout losses as Sorokin through 38 games was Boston's Tim Thomas in 2005-06.

There's some records that aren't made to be broken and then there are the ones you hope you don't break. The Islanders need to have overtime/shootout success to make the post-season and if they do so, they can help Sorokin avoid breaking the single-season record in that dubious category.