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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

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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