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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 / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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