Game Preview: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
The Islanders take on the Hurricanes in Raleigh, NC (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
6-6-3 (15 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
3-3-0 road
Carolina Hurricanes
5-7-3 (13 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
2-3-3 home
7:00 p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC
 
 
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; Greg Picker: Color
2012-13 season series (0-2-1)

After sweeping Carolina two seasons ago, the Canes returned the favor last season, taking all three meetings with the Islanders. The Isles only managed one of a possible six points, taking the lone point in a 4-3 shootout loss on Apr. 23. However, that was the game the Isles clinched their playoff berth.

LAST GAME: 
Apr. 23, 2013: NYI 3, CAR 4 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Hurricanes player to watch
Eric Staal - Forward

The Hurricanes captain has three goals and nine assists through 15 games this season. Staal busted out of a four-game pointless streak with an assist on Tuesday, but the star center was riding a five-game point streak before his slump, so he’s always a threat when he’s on the ice.

 
 
Islanders Storylines
• Okposo: Kyle Okposo scored a goal and an assist Tuesday night to add to his team-leading 19 points. Okposo has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last three games.
• Hurtin’ Canes: The Hurricanes are currently plagued by injuries, with goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, young star Jeff Skinner and defenseman Joni Pitkanen all on the injured reserve. 
• At Least Two: The Isles have scored at least twice in every game this season.  Chicago and St. Louis are the only other teams to have done so.
The Matchup
Islanders
19.6% (12th)
75.0% (29th)
47
50
4-4-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Hurricanes
14.3(22nd)
80.0% (20th)
29
45
3-6-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
Forwards
19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal - 28 Alex Semin
14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
15 Tuomo Ruutu - 20 Riley Nash - 39 Pat Dwyer
21 Drayson Bowman - 22 Manny Malhotra - 18 Radek Dvorak
 
Defensemen
27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
73 - Brett Bellemore - 65 Ron Hainsey
44 - Jay Harrison - 7 Ryan Murphy

Goaltenders
35 Justin Peters
70 Mike Murphy
Quote of the Day:

Head Coach Jack Capuano:
"When a player realizes how he has to play within the team concept and how he has to play as an individual, it’s going to lead to success."



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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