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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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