Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
|New York Islanders
3-2-2 (8 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
3-2-3 (9 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
37 Brian Strait - 46 Matt Donovan
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
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
65 Ron Hainsey - 73 Brett Bellemore
4 Andrej Sekera - 27 Justin Faulk
7 Ryan Murphy - 44 Jay Harrison
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.