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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, 01.04.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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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. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 32 12 15 -6 27
K. Okposo 32 7 20 -4 27
B. Nelson 32 14 12 6 26
R. Strome 32 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 32 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 32 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 22 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 29 5 7 3 12
N. Kulemin 32 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 31 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 17 6 0 .918 2.30
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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