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
|New York Islanders
14-21-7 (35 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
16-16-9 (41 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
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.
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald - 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 7 Matt Carkner
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
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
27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
65 Ron Hainsey - 73 Brett Bellemore
John-Michael Liles - 7 Ryan Murphy
35 Justin Peters
31 Anton Khudobin
|Whats Happening at the Coliseum:
• Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm