New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes - game preview

After tough two-game road trip, Isles return home and look to surge against the Canes

Saturday, 02.18.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes - game preview
Team Record: 24-25-8
Last Game: 5-1 L @ STL
Season Series: 3-0-0 of 4
Team Record: 22-25-11
Last Game: 3-2 W vs. SJ
Season Series: 0-1-2 of 4
Michael Grabner
Grabner scored his 15th goal of the season Saturday against Los Angeles and picked up an assist against St. Louis on Thursday.

Grabner’s line mates Frans Nielsen and PA Parenteau have scored a bulk of the team's goals of late and Grabner could be poised to have a strong second half like he did in his rookie year.
Jiri Tlusty
Tlusty holds the hot hand for Carolina having scored six points (3g/3a) over his last six games entering Saturday’s action. The 23-year-old Czech set career highs this season in goals (13) assists (11) and points (24).

The Islanders have been able to shut Tlusty down this year as he has no points in their three meetings. They will look to end his six-game streak.
Carolina on the mind: The Islanders are looking for their first season sweep against the Carolina Hurricanes. This season, the Isles won both games in Raleigh for the first time since 2007-08 as well as the teams' previous meeting at the Coliseum. The Canes held the upper hand in recent years, but John Tavares and company have flipped the script. This is a crucial game for the Islanders, but it’ll be tough, as two contests went to overtime and that fourth win is always the hardest to get.

On the Rebound: The Islanders experienced a setback Thursday in St. Louis after a big win Tuesday in Winnipeg. The Islanders have alternated wins and losses in their last five games and a quick rebound is critical to their playoff push. The last time the Islanders gave up five goals (a 5-1 loss to Phoenix on Jan. 7) they responded with a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Special Teams: The Islanders entered Thursday’s game with the fifth-ranked power play and the eighth-ranked penalty kill, but it was a rough night for the special teams. The power play went 0-5 mustering five shots and the penalty kill went 1-3. Reversing those stats back to Tuesday’s form (1-1 PP; 3-3 PK) should get the Isles back on track.
The Islanders came out of the All-Star break firing on all cylinders with a 5-2 win against the Hurricanes Jan. 31 at RBC Center. John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo combined for nine points while PA Parenteau and Mark Streit each contributed two. Kevin Poulin made 21 saves for his first win of season. Brandon Sutter and Tim Brent scored for Carolina.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played Carolina.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 21 10 weeks
Hamonic 2/4 Broken Nose 6 2 weeks
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 57 out indef. (IR)
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 22 No timetbl. (IR)
Reese 2/7 MCL Sprain 5 4-6 weeks
Islanders
Power play: 19.2%
Penalty kill: 83.5%
Home record: 12-13-5
Road record: 12-12-3
Goals For: 135
Goals Against: 165
Hurricanes
Power play: 15.8%
Penalty kill: 77.9%
Home record: 15-12-3
Road record: 7-13-8
Goals For: 150
Goals Against: 177


Answer from Thursday's question: Prior to coaching the New York Islanders, Al Arbour coached what NHL franchise? The answer is: St. Louis Blues. Arbour coached the Blues for 107 games from 1970-73. He finished with a record of 42-40-25 before accepting the job with the Islanders. 
Steve Staios missed Thursday's game with a stomach flu and Evgeni Nabokov was scratched from his start due to flu-like symptoms. Updates on line up and starting goaltender will be posted here after Jack Capuano's morning media availability.

Hurricanes Lineups
Forwards: Tlusty-Staal-Samson; Jokinen-Skinner-Bowman; Nodl-Sutter-Dwyer; Joslin-Brent0.

Defensemen:
Gleason-Allen; Harrison-Faulk ; Spacek-McBain.

Goaltenders:
Ward, Peters


Matt Moulson on moving forward after Thursday’s loss: “We talk about having a playoff attitude and in the playoffs you have to put games behind you right away. Obviously we have another big game on Saturday and these are a crucial two points for us. We are going to have to work on things and make sure we do some things better. This one has to be behind us and we've got to put a big, solid effort in on Saturday.”

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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. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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