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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Isles return home for second matchup of the season against Carolina
New York Islanders
8-9-1 (17 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
2-6-0 home
Carolina Hurricanes
8-7-1 (17 points - 2nd in Southeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
5-3-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+2
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-1-0)
The Islanders lost the only matchup between the two teams so far this season 6-4 on Feb. 11 at the Coliseum. Matt Moulson (two goals, one assist), John Tavares (one goal, one assist) and Libomir Visnovsky (two assists) had multi-point efforts as the Islanders scored four power play goals in the game.

Feb. 11, 2013: CAR 6 NYI 4 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Hurricanes player to watch
Jordan Staal - Center
Carolina’s acquisition of Staal from Pittsburgh at the 2012 NHL Draft was one of the biggest moves made this past off-season. After spending the first six years of his career as a third-line center, Jordan has been bumped up to the second line with the Hurricanes. The 2006 second overall pick has tallied 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in his first 16 games with Carolina.
Islanders Storylines
•Evgeni Nabokov made 35 saves for his first shutout of the season (53rd of his career) on Feb. 23 at Buffalo
•The Islanders have scored seven unanswered goals, going back to the second period of their 4-3 overtime win Feb. 21 vs. Montreal
Matt Moulson posted his seventh multi-point game of the season on Feb. 23 at Ottawa (two assists)
The Matchup
Islanders
25.3% (19/75)
84.8 (56/66)
54
60
4-6-0
    

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

  
Hurricanes
15.4% (10/65)
75.8% (50/66)
46
49
5-4-1
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 10 Keith Aucoin
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 52 Joe Finley

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
 
Carolina Hurricanes projected lines
Forwards
28 Alexander Semin - 12 Eric Staal - 19 Jiri Tlusty
21 Drayson Bowman - 11 Jordan Staal - 39 Patrick Dwyer
36 Jussi Jokinen - 14 Andreas Nodl - 29 Tim Wallace
59 Chad Larose - 20 Riley Nash - 8 Kevin Westgarth

Defensemen
7 Ryan Murphy - 44 Jay Harrison
27 Justin Faulk - 77 Joe Corvo
24 Bobby Sanguinetti - 47 Michal Jordan

Goaltenders
30 Cam Ward
31 Dan Ellis


Quote of the Day

“We talked about it, we made some adjustments coming into the game. It’s about sacrifice and willingness. Guys battled and we played hard. You’ve got to give them credit.”

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano,
on the success of the penalty kill

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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