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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Islanders take on new division rival Carolina for the first time this season (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)
New York Islanders
3-2-2 (8 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
2-0-2 home
Carolina Hurricanes
3-2-3 (9 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
2-1-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2012-13 season series (1-1-1)
The Islanders earned three points in three games against Carolina last season, meeting last on April 23. That night, the Islanders trailed 3-2 throughout the third period before John Tavares scored with a minute remaining in regulation to force overtime. The Islanders eventually lost in the shootout, but the point they earned in the standings proved to be crucial. Minutes after the game ended, Washington beat ninth-place Winnipeg, securing the first playoff berth for the Islanders in six years.
 
Apr. 23, 2013: CAR 4, NYI 3 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Hurricanes player to watch
Jeff Skinner - Left Wing

The 21-year-old Skinner leads the Hurricanes with eight points (two goals, six assists) through eight games. Skinner has found the score sheet in six games, and leads the team with a plus-5 rating. Skinner has 139 points (66 goals, 73 assists) in 196 career games, including seven in nine contests against the Islanders.

 
 
 
Islanders Storylines
• John Tavares has points in six straight games (four goals, five assists).
• The Islanders have earned points in 10 consecutive home games (7-0-3) dating back to last season.
• Michael Grabner has six assists through seven games, topping last season's total of five.
• The Islanders are 5-for-16 (31.3-percent) on the power play at home.
The Matchup
Islanders
21.7% (12th)
85.0 (9th)
22
19
3-2-2

  
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

     
Hurricanes
13.9 (23rd)
85.7 (8th)
18
23
3-2-3
    
   
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
40 Michael Grabner – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
26 Matt Moulson – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
37 Brian Strait - 46 Matt Donovan

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
Forwards
19 Jiri Tlusty - 11 Jordan Staal - 14 Nathan Gerbe
28 Alexander Semin - 12 Eric Staal - 15 Tuomo Ruutu
18 Radek Dvorak - 20 Riley Nash - 53 Jeff Skinner
21 Drayson Bowman - 8 Kevin Westgarth - 39 Patrick Dwyer
 
 
 
 
Defensemen
65 Ron Hainsey - 73 Brett Bellemore
4 Andrej Sekera - 27 Justin Faulk
7 Ryan Murphy - 44 Jay Harrison

Goaltenders
30 Cam Ward
31 Anton Khudobin
What's Happening at the Coliseum:

• LI Auto Show in Expo Hall from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
lower lobby Opens at 5 p.m.
Breast Cancer Awareness Night – Wear pink!
Hockey Fights Cancer: Proceeds from pink cotton candy sales go to HFC campaign / $1 donation slips available on concourse
50/50 benefiting the Islanders Children’s Foundation
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Islanders Children’s Foundation Day at Adventureland – purchase bracelets at Gate 2

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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