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Isles begin long homestand against Hurricanes

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 11:45 PM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Isles begin long homestand against Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

HURRICANES (8-7-1) at ISLANDERS (8-9-1)

TV: FS-CR, MSG PLUS 2

Last 10: Carolina 5-4-1; New York 4-6-0.

Season series: This is the second of three meetings. Carolina earned a 6-4 win against the Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 11.

Big story: With Rick DiPietro waived and sent to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, there’s a good chance Kevin Poulin could make his season debut for the Islanders against the Hurricanes. Poulin, New York’s fifth-round pick (No. 126) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is 6-6-1 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 16 NHL appearances.

In 32 AHL games this season, Poulin had a 3.22 GAA.

"Lately I've been feeling great on the ice,” Poulin told Newsday. “Maybe it doesn't show stat-wise, but I feel like I'm making the saves I need to make."

Team scope:

Hurricanes: Carolina has struggled of late, as it enters Sunday’s action with a three-game losing streak. The slide continued Saturday night, when the Hurricanes suffered a 5-2 defeat on home ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning. All three losses have come in regulation.

"Yes, we had shots, but we didn't get inside their [defense]," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "In all parts of the game tonight, we weren't strong enough."

Islanders: With the news of Rick DiPietro’s demotion to the AHL behind them, the Isles were a focused bunch Saturday night, when they cruised to a 4-0 win at Buffalo. Evgeni Nabokov picked up his first shutout of the season in a 35-save performance, while captain Mark Streit had a goal and an assist.

And if New York is going to make a move in the Eastern Conference standings, now is the time. Sunday marks the beginning of a seven-game homestand for the Islanders.

"[Nabokov] played great tonight. It seemed whenever we needed a big stop, he was there to make it," said winger Matt Moulson, who had two assists. "Some I don't even think he saw them, just a quick reaction. I think you feed off that as a team."

Who’s hot: Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has six points in the past six games. … With his goal Saturday night, Isles center John Tavares is once again tied for the National Hockey League lead with 12 tallies this season.

Injury report: Carolina is expected to be without defensemen Joni Pitkanen (lower body), Tim Gleason (lower body) and Jamie McBain (upper body), along with forwards Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Tuomo Ruutu (hip). … The Islanders are missing defenseman Matt Carkner (lower body) and forward Jesse Joensuu (sports hernia).

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 23 '13 NYI 3 at CAR 4 - SO R. Nash
Feb 24 '13 CAR 4 at NYI 2 B. Sanguinetti
Feb 11 '13 CAR 6 at NYI 4 E. Staal
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
E. Staal1791019+112624
J. Staal1741115-31600
J. Skinner137714+0820
A. Semin1741014+101620
J. Tlusty177512+9611
P. Dwyer17437-4610
J. Harrison17257-61702
J. Faulk16257+3010
J. Corvo13246+41200
J. Pitkanen12156+8400
J. Jokinen17224-51221
J. McBain11134+8800
C. LaRose16213+0600
D. Bowman17112-4800
B. Sanguinetti13112-5401
T. Brent13022+2800
T. Gleason12022+22600
Z. Dalpe6022-3000
T. Wallace10101-11500
A. Nodl8011-1200
R. Nash4011+0000
K. Westgarth11000+01400
M. Jordan5000-2200
J. Welsh3000+0000
R. Murphy3000-4000
Z. Boychuk1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Ward136-5-1383713.16.898
D. Ellis63-2-0121612.39.925
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Tavares19131225-41251
M. Moulson19101323-5460
B. Boyes1941115-81011
M. Grabner197310-2411
M. Streit194610-101021
F. Nielsen192810-7410
T. Hamonic19257-91410
K. Aucoin19426-3211
C. McDonald17325-32110
D. Ullstrom14235-2601
K. Okposo19145-81600
C. Cizikas16145-1600
L. Visnovsky9055+11200
B. Strait15044+3600
M. Reasoner14033-4200
J. Bailey9022-4000
M. Martin19101-34000
T. Hickey12101-2401
A. MacDonald19011-10400
J. Finley11011-51800
M. Carkner9000-22000
E. Boulton6000-21200
R. Martinek1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
E. Nabokov158-6-1444552.91.903
R. DiPietro30-3-012834.09.855
K. Poulin10-1-03273.05.889