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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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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