Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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