Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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