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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Islanders go for their fourth straight win Saturday night at the Coliseum.

Saturday, 01.4.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

New York Islanders
14-21-7 (35 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
6-8-7 home
Carolina Hurricanes
16-16-9 (41 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
8-8-4 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2013-14 season series (0-2-0)

Kevin Poulin stopped 23-of-24 shots, but the Islanders were shut out in a 1-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Nov. 7, 2013. The Islanders took 21 shots, but could not solve Justin Peters in the low-scoring affair. Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak had the eventual winner deflect off his body at 6:39 of the first period.

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 7, 2013: CAR 1, NYI 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Hurricanes player to watch
Alex Semin - Forward

Alexander Semin is off the point-per-game pace he set last season, but he is heating up for the Carolina Hurricanes as of late. Semin has points in five straight (2-4-6) and points in six of seven. The 29-year-old Russian can be a lethal sniper, having scored 40 in 2009-10, so the Islanders shouldn’t give him a chance to get his shot off.

 
Islanders Storylines
Three Straight: The Islanders have won three straight games for the first time this season, with two of those wins coming over last season’s Stanley Cup finalists (Boston and Chicago).
Okposo and Vanek: Kyle Okposo is riding an eight-game point streak (6-7-13) while Thomas Vanek is on a seven-game streak (4-6-10). Okposo’s streak matches the longest of his career, while Vanek needs a point tonight to match his longest streak. Okposo has goals in three straight games.
Divisional Game: The Islanders need a win to avoid falling 0-3 to their Metropolitan division rivals. The Hurricanes have won the previous two meetings.
The Matchup
Islanders
16.9% (20th)
73.2% (30th)
110
140
5-3-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Hurricanes
14.6 (25th)
80.3% (22nd)
100
121
3-3-4
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 15 Cal Clutterbuck 
29 Brock Nelson
- 18 Ryan Strome - 13 Colin McDonald
16 Peter Regin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald -
14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
Forwards
53 Jeff Skinner - 12 Eric Staal - 28 Alex Semin
14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 39 Pat Dwyer
22 Manny Malhotra - 20 Riley Nash -
15 Tuomo Ruutu
21 Drayson Bowman - 42 Brent Sutter - 18 Radek Dvorak
 
Defensemen
27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
65 Ron Hainsey - 73 Brett Bellemore
John-Michael Liles - 7 Ryan Murphy

Goaltenders
35 Justin Peters
31 Anton Khudobin
Whats Happening at the Coliseum:

Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting St. Joseph’s College
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Upcoming Coat Drive 1/25

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 11 6 5 -3 11
K. Okposo 11 2 6 -3 8
F. Nielsen 11 3 3 -3 6
B. Nelson 11 1 4 -5 5
T. Hickey 11 1 4 -5 5
A. Quine 10 1 4 -1 5
S. Prince 11 3 1 -1 4
R. Strome 8 1 3 1 4
N. Leddy 11 1 3 1 4
N. Kulemin 11 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 6 2 .923 2.46
J. Berube 0 0 0 1.000 0.00
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