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Game Preview: Islanders at Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

ISLANDERS (37-19-1) at HURRICANES (20-28-7)

TV: MSG+, FS-CR

Season series: The New York Islanders are seeking their third straight win against the Carolina Hurricanes. This is the first game between the Islanders and Hurricanes since New York swept a home-and-home series the first weekend of the season.

Islanders team scope: New York held a two-goal lead on two occasions against the New York Rangers on Monday, but were unable to hold on in a 6-5 loss. Coach Jack Capuano hinted after the game that defenseman Calvin de Haan could return to the lineup for the first time since having his face cut by a skate blade in a game at the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. Jaroslav Halak allowed six goals on 42 shots Monday, which means Chad Johnson could get his first start since that aforementioned game against the Bruins. "There's a chance you could see a few guys tomorrow, there's no question," Capuano said after the loss Monday. "Back-to-back games, we've got some health and we've got some travel tonight, so we'll discuss that on the plane."

Hurricanes team scope: Carolina has earned points in seven of its past 10 games, including a 6-3 win at the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Forward Andrej Nestrasil had a goal and two assists, Michal Jordan had one goal and one assist and Cam Ward made 29 saves for the Hurricanes, who went 3-for-5 on the power play after scoring twice in their previous 20 opportunities in the past six games. Jeff Skinner scored his third goal in three games. "It's nice to get rewarded, but most importantly, we won as a team," Jordan told the Hurricanes website. "We've got another big game tomorrow."

New York Islanders
37-19-1 (75 points – 1st in Metropolitan Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
17-12-1 road
Carolina Hurricanes
20-28-7 (47 points - 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
11-10-3 home
7:00  p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC

Television:
MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Greg Picker
Islanders News:
- Rangers 6, Islanders 5 (Feb. 16)
- Post-Game: Capuano, Strome, Tavares (Feb. 16)
Islanders player to watch
Ryan Strome - Forward

Ryan Strome has a hot stick of late, scoring three goals in his last two games. Strome busted out of a nine-game goalless drought against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and scored twice – including a beautiful give-and-go play with Frans Nielsen – Monday against the New York Rangers. The 21-year-old is third in Islanders’ scoring, with 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) this season.
Hurricanes player to watch
Justin Faulk - Defense

Justin Faulk is having a career year for the Hurricanes, setting new highs in goals (10) and points (35), while leading the team in points. The 22-year-old defenseman is playing in his fourth NHL season and is highly-regarded, even suiting up for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics last year. Faulk is hot, with six assists over his last four games. Faulk has one assist in two games vs. the Islanders this season.
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee - 91 John Tavares - 12 Josh Bailey
84 Mikhail Grabovski - 51 Frans Nielsen - 18 Ryan Strome
86 Nikolay Kulemin - 29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait - 3 Travis Hamonic
2 Nick Leddy - 55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
30 Chad Johnson

Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
Forwards
12 Eric Staal - 11 Jordan Staal - 19 Jiri Tlusty
53 Jeff Skinner - 49 Victor Rask - 16 Elias Lindholm
14 Nathan Gerbe - 39 Pat Dwyer - 15 Andrej Nestrasil
24 Brad Malone - 18 Jay McClement - 25 Chris Terry

Defenseman
4 Andrej Sekera - 27 Justin Faulk
6 Tim Gleason - 47 Michal Jordan
65 Ron Hainsey - 73 Brett Bellemore

Goaltenders
31 Anton Khudobin
30 Cam Ward


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