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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 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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