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Game Preview: Islanders at Hurricanes

by Peter Kaplan / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

27-35-9 (63 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
16-17-1 road
Carolina Hurricanes
31-31-9 (79 points - 7th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
17-14-5 home
7:00  p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC

Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Road Trip: The Islanders enter their two-game trip having won 12 of their last 17 road games (12-4-1).
Boulton: The Islanders agreed to terms with Eric Boulton on a one-year deal on Sunday.
• Clutterbuck Hits 10: Cal Clutterbuck scored his 10th goal of the season Sunday afternoon. Clutterbuck has scored double-digit goals in each of his five full NHL seasons.
• Sundstrom: Johan Sundstrom picked up his first NHL point - an assist - on Sunday afternoon.

Hurricanes Storylines
• Hurricane season:
Carolina has gone 3-0-0 against the Islanders this season, using three different goalies.
Cane Killers: The Hurricanes' penalty kill has gone 40-for-44 (91%) in their last 13 games.
Staal Breaks Through: Eric Staal broke through an 11-game goal scoring drought Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. The Hurricanes leading scorer has two assists in three games against the Islanders this season.
Faulk: The Hurricanes signed Defenseman Justin Faulk to a 6-year $29- million dollar extension. 
Islanders player to watch
Calvin de Haan - Defense

Calvin de Haan has emerged as a rookie revelation in his first season with the Islanders. The smooth-skating defenseman is looking to finish a strong rookie campaign, especially after missing the 2012-13 season with a shoulder injury. The Carp, Ontario native eats key minutes on the Isles back end and is among the top three rookies (in the NHL) in average ice time (20:36). The 22-year-old is also 11th in team scoring with 14 points (3G, 11A).
Hurricanes player to watch
Justin Faulk - Defense

Justin Faulk has been a steady presence for the Hurricanes’ defensive corps this year. Carolina sees Faulk as their defenseman of the future and inked the 22-year-old to a six-year, $29-million extension. This season – his third with the Hurricanes – Faulk has 24 points (3G, 21A) and is starting to be recognized as a reliable two-way player who can not only defend, but also chip in on offense. Faulk was on the US Olympic Team at the Sochi Games.   
2013-14 season series (0-3-0)

The Islanders are 0-3-0 against their new division rivals, losing each contest to a different goaltender. In the teams’ most recent outing, the Islanders had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes on January 4. The Islanders peppered Anton Khudobin with 40 shots.

The Matchup
16.8% (19th)
77.8% (29th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

13.0% (29th)
82.2% (15th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
28 Johan Sundstrom – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo


44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 24 Kevin Czuczman
46 Matt Donovan 7 Matt Carkner
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
12 Eric Staal 8 Andrei Loktionov 19 Jiri Tlusty
21 Drayson Bowman
11 Jordan Staal 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner
20 Riley Nash 16 Elias Lindholm
14 Nathan Gerbe
22 Manny Malhotra 39 Pat Dwyer

4 Andrej Sekera
26 John-Michael Liles
65 Ron Hainsey
27 Justin Faulk
44 Jay Harrison
73 Brett Bellemore

31 Anton Khudobin
30 Cam Ward

Quote of the Day:
Head Coach Jack Capuano on Sunday's win:
“I thought we limited the grade-A chances. They had a few, but the ones that they got were from breakdowns in the defensive-zone coverage. The game was really us managing the puck and the turnovers.”
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