Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes 2/11/13

Monday, 02.11.2013 / 12:00 AM
Travis Betts
New York Islanders
4-6-1 (9 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 13th in Eastern Conference)
1-4-0 home
Carolina Hurricanes
5-4-1 (11 points – 2nd in Southeast Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
3-2-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders won all four matchups against the Hurricanes to sweep the season series in 2011-12. John Tavares scored three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, in the teams' last meeting on Feb. 18, a 4-3 Islanders victory at the Coliseum. Mark Streit also registered a pair of assists in the game.

The Islanders will meet Carolina two more times in 2012-13; once at home and once on the road.

Feb. 18, 2012: NYI 4, CAR 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Hurricanes player to watch
Eric Staal - Center
The 28-year-old Staal has posted 70-plus points in each of the last seven seasons, and is on better than a point-per-game pace (12 points in 10 games) in 2012-13. The second-overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft has points in eight consecutive games, including three game-winners and a hat trick against Buffalo on Jan. 24.
 

 
 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders rank third in the East (fifth overall) on the penalty kill at 88.6% (31/35)
•John Tavares has been on ice for 64 consecutive Matt Moulson goals, earning assists on 42 of them, dating back to November 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.
•John Tavares ranks second among NHL forwards with 21:57 of ice time per game
The Isles are 4-0-1 when scoring at least four goals and 0-6-0 when scoring two or less (The Isles have not scored exactly three goals in any game so far this season).
The Matchup
Islanders
19.6 (9/46)
88.6 (31/35)
32
37
4-5-1
 

  

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games




Hurricanes
15.6% (7/45)
77.3 (34/44)
28
30
5-4-1
 
 
 

New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
12 Josh Bailey - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 2 Mark Streit
37 Brian Strait - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro

Carolina Hurricanes projected lines
Forwards
19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 11 Jordan Staal - 39 Patrick Dwyer
21 Drayson Bowman - 59 Chad Larose - 36 Jussi Jokinen
8 Kevin Westgarth - 37 Tim Brent - 29 Tim Wallace

Defensemen
25 Joni Pitkanen - 27 Justin Faulk
6 Tim Gleason - 77 Joe Corvo
24 Bobby Sanguinetti - 44 Jay Harrison

Goaltenders
30 Cam Ward
31 Dan Ellis
Quote of the Day

“You don’t want to talk about how well we played when we lose. You’d rather come in here and talk about how we played poorly but found a way to win. We’ve got some things to build off of, but still at the end of the day we have to get the two points.”


Islanders forward Josh Bailey,
following Saturday's game against Buffalo

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