Game Preview: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Thursday, 11.7.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
|New York Islanders
6-6-3 (15 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
5-7-3 (13 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
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.
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
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
27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
73 - Brett Bellemore - 65 Ron Hainsey
44 - Jay Harrison - 7 Ryan Murphy
35 Justin Peters
70 Mike Murphy
|Quote of the Day:
Head Coach Jack Capuano: