New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes - game preview

The Islanders return from the break and hit the road in Carolina

Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes - game preview
Kevin Poulin and Rhett Rakhshani were recalled from loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Monday afternoon. Lineups could change and they will be posted here after morning media availablity.

Hurricanes (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: Tlusty-Staal-Ruutu; Jokinen-Skinner-Dalpe; Dwyer-Sutter-Nodl;Stewart-Brent-LaRose

Defensemen:
Faulk-Harrison; Gleason-Allen; McBain-Joslin

Goaltenders:
Ward, Peters

Team Record: 19-22-7
Last Game: 4-3 OTL vs TOR
Season Series: 2-0-0 of 4
Team Record: 18-24-9
Last Game: 2-1 W v WPG
Season Series: 0-0-2 of 4
PA Parenteau
Parenteau surpassed the 40-point plateau this season, and is tied for second on the Islanders with 43 points (10g/33a). Parenteau’s consistency hasn’t slowed down since being shuffled to play on a line with Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner, recording six points (3g/3a) in his last five games.

A natural playmaker, Parenteau’s 10 goals this season have come at big moments. Down by a goal against Toronto with 12 seconds remaining, Parenteau drove home a one-timer to send the game to overtime on Jan. 24. The French-Canadian also lit the lamp in his last two shootout attempts, including the game-decider in Winnipeg.
Tim Gleason
The anchor of the Carolina defense, Gleason inked a four-year contract extension Monday to remain with the Canes. The 29-year-old is a physical defenseman, leading his team in hits with 87 and finishing fifth among NHL defenseman in 2010-11.

Gleason eats up minutes on the back end and has appeared in every game for the Hurricanes this season. At plus-2, the former Olympian has been a reliable, bright spot for Carolina and is one assist shy of 100 for his career.
Tavares the All-Star - Tavares has 22 points (9g/13a) in his last 14 games, plus a goal and an assist in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. The Isles leading point scorer has five points in his last two games against the Canes. He picked up three assists in the Jan. 3, 4-3 shootout win, and scored both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory on Jan. 21.

Every Point Counts - The Islanders have points in four of their last five games, winning three straight over Washington, Philadelphia and Carolina. PA Parenteau salvaged a point with 12 seconds left against Toronto on Jan. 24 to give the Isles seven out of a possible 10 points before the All-Star break.

Killin’ It - The Islanders penalty kill has been stellar of late, successfully killing off 36 of 37 penalties and ranking eighth in the league. The power play hasn’t had a chance to hop over the boards in the last two games, but they’ve been a tough team to score on short-handed.
John Tavares scored two goals, powering the Islanders to a 2-1 overtime win over the Hurricanes on Jan. 21 at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares’s 18th and 19th tallies of the season extended his league-leading point streak to 12 games and the Islanders win streak to three-games. Jeff Skinner scored for the Canes while Cam Ward made 38 saves in the loss. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 32 of 33 for his fourth win in five games.


Click the photo for gallery from last game.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 48 out indef. (IR)
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 12 10 weeks
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 13 No timetbl. (IR)
Reasoner 1/6 Broken hand 10 No timetbl. (IR)
Islanders
Power play %: 15.5%
Penalty kill %: 79.0%
Home record: 13-11-3
Road record: 5-13-6
Goals For: 130
Goals Against: 159
Hurricanes
Power play %: 19.46%
Penalty kill %: 84.93%
Home record: 11-11-4
Road record: 8-11-3
Goals For: 115
Goals Against: 143

Daniel Alfredsson on John Tavares: “He has fantastic hands. He made some moves, both in the skills competition and in the game. And he can do it at a high speed, too, which is also impressive. If he stays healthy, he’s going to be a great player.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 3 1 3 2 4
K. Okposo 3 2 1 2 3
J. Tavares 3 1 2 3 3
R. Strome 3 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 3 2 0 1 2
L. Visnovsky 3 0 2 4 2
C. Clutterbuck 3 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 3 0 1 0 1
N. Leddy 3 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 3 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 1 0 .929 2.01

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