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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Hurricanes

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


7:00 pm, Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

MSG Plus
WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

Islanders 1-0-0

Home: 0-0-0
Road: 1-0-0
Last 10: 1-0-0

4th in Metropolitan Division
5th in Eastern Conference

Last Game's Lines:

Conacher - Tavares - Okposo
Grabovski - Nelson - Strome
Bailey - Nielsen - Kulemin
Martin - Cizikas - Clutterbuck

Hickey - Hamonic
Leddy - Boychuk
Strait - Reinhart


Leading Scorer:
Brock Nelson - 4 points


Hurricanes 0-1-0
Home: 0-1-0
Road: 0-0-0
Last 10: 0-1-0

7th in Metropolitan Division
15th in Eastern Conference

  Last Game's Lines:

Tlusty - Staal - Semin
Gerbe - Rask - Lindholm
Malone - McClement - Dwyer
Terry - Nash - Brown

Faulk - Sekera
Hainsey - Liles
Gleason - Harrison


Leading Scorer:
Andrej Sekera - 2 points
Fresh off a season-opening 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night in Raleigh, the New York Islanders look to carry the momentum into their home opener Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders welcome the Hurricanes to the Barn on Hempstead Turnpike, for what is expected to be an emotional and packed home opener, the 42nd and final one in Coliseum history.

"I know it's going to be a special night, there's no question," Head Coach Jack Capuano said.

The Islanders spoiled the Hurricanes home opener Friday, propelled by a career-high, four-point game (two goals, two assists) from Brock Nelson. The Islanders also picked up their second straight win over the Hurricanes, after previously losing six in a row (0-5-1).

The line of Mikhail Grabovski-Nelson-Ryan Strome combined for three goals and four assists, giving the Islanders a strong second-line presence.

Click here for a photo gallery from the Islanders last game vs. the Hurricanes.

John Tavares assisted on both of Nelson's goals and picked up three total assists, while newly-acquired defenseman Johnny Boychuk (one goal, two assists) helped carry the load for the Islanders.

Special teams were a key component to Friday’s win, as the Islanders power play went 2-for-3, while also scoring one second after a man advantage expired. The penalty kill went three-for-five, allowing a pair of power-play goals in the third period.

Travis Hamonic also scored for the Islanders, while Griffin Reinhart made his NHL debut, with 16:51 TOI, a hit and a blocked shot.


Jaroslav Halak won his Islanders debut, stopping 21-of-24 shots for the win. Halak visibly lamented the three, third period goals by the Hurricanes, but said it would fuel the Islanders for Saturday’s contest.

Cam Ward also made 21 saves (on 26 shots), but has given up eight goals in his last four periods against the Islanders, after previously going 17-3-3 against the team. Neither the Islander nor Hurricanes have named a starter for Saturday’s game.

Andrej Sekera recorded two assists for the Hurricanes and is currently the team’s leading scorer. Eric Staal, Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry scored for Carolina.
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