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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

24-16-5 (53 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
14-5-2 road
Carolina Hurricanes
18-24-3 (39 points - 3rd in Southeast Division, 13th in Eastern Conference)
8-14-0 home
7:00 p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC
Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-2-0)
The Hurricanes won both previous matchups, both at Nassau Coliseum, and are are the one team in the Eastern Conference that the Islanders have yet to beat. In the last meeting, the Islanders led 2-0 midway through the contest, but ultimately fell 4-2. Matt Moulson and John Tavares posted a goal and an assist apiece. Kevin Poulin turned aside 24-of-27 shots in his season debut.

Hurricanes player to watch
Jiri Tlusty - Center

Jiri Tlusty has emerged as the Hurricanes leading goal scorer in 2012-13. Despite the truncated season, Tlusty has set a career-high in goals (21), and his 34 points are two shy of his career mark. The 13th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft scored posted four points (two goals, two assists) in the Feb. 11 contest at the Islanders, and is riding a five-game point streak
(four goals, three assists), bookended by multiple-goal efforts.
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (8-0-2) and in 13 of their last 14 overall (11-1-2).
The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in nine straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 15 games.
•Andrew MacDonald is tied for the league lead with 119 blocked shots.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 218 hits.
The Islanders magic number for clinching a playoff spot is 3. Of the teams not in a playoff spot, Winnipeg can reach the highest total (55 points).
The Matchup
20.8% (31/149)
80.2% (109/136)
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

14.5% (23/159)
78.4% (120/153)
New York Islanders previous game lines

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
6 Jesse Joensuu - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
28 Alexander Semin - 12 Eric Staal - 19 Jiri Tlusty
15 Tuomo Ruutu - 11 Jordan Staal - 53 Jeff Skinner
59 Chad Larose - 20 Riley Nash - 39 Patrick Dwyer
29 Tim Wallace - 53 Jeff Skinner - 72 Nicolas Blanchard

44 Jay Harrison - 77 Joe Corvo
6 Tim Gleason - 27 Justin Faulk
4 Jamie McBain - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
24 Bobby Sanguinetti

31 Dan Ellis
35 Justin Peters

Quote of the Day

There was a lot on the line tonight, and in the last week of the season especially, every win is big. With where both teams were sitting in the standings, we knew what the game was going to be like. We’re happy we were able to pull it out after squandering a couple leads.

Center John Tavares,
following Saturday's 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg

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