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
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) LineupsForwards: 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
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.
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.
IslandersPower play %: 15.5%
Penalty kill %: 79.0%
Home record: 13-11-3
Road record: 5-13-6
Goals For: 130
Goals Against: 159
HurricanesPower 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.”