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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

6-6-3 (15 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
3-3-0 road
Carolina Hurricanes
5-7-3 (13 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
2-3-3 home
7:00 p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play; Greg Picker: Color
2012-13 season series (0-2-1)

After sweeping Carolina two seasons ago, the Canes returned the favor last season, taking all three meetings with the Islanders. The Isles only managed one of a possible six points, taking the lone point in a 4-3 shootout loss on Apr. 23. However, that was the game the Isles clinched their playoff berth.

LAST GAME: 
Apr. 23, 2013: NYI 3, CAR 4 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Hurricanes player to watch
Eric Staal - Forward

The Hurricanes captain has three goals and nine assists through 15 games this season. Staal busted out of a four-game pointless streak with an assist on Tuesday, but the star center was riding a five-game point streak before his slump, so he’s always a threat when he’s on the ice.

 
 
Islanders Storylines
• Okposo: Kyle Okposo scored a goal and an assist Tuesday night to add to his team-leading 19 points. Okposo has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last three games.
• Hurtin’ Canes: The Hurricanes are currently plagued by injuries, with goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, young star Jeff Skinner and defenseman Joni Pitkanen all on the injured reserve. 
• At Least Two: The Isles have scored at least twice in every game this season.  Chicago and St. Louis are the only other teams to have done so.
The Matchup
Islanders
19.6% (12th)
75.0% (29th)
47
50
4-4-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Hurricanes
14.3(22nd)
80.0% (20th)
29
45
3-6-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines
Forwards
19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal - 28 Alex Semin
14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
15 Tuomo Ruutu - 20 Riley Nash - 39 Pat Dwyer
21 Drayson Bowman - 22 Manny Malhotra - 18 Radek Dvorak
 
Defensemen
27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
73 - Brett Bellemore - 65 Ron Hainsey
44 - Jay Harrison - 7 Ryan Murphy

Goaltenders
35 Justin Peters
70 Mike Murphy
Quote of the Day:

Head Coach Jack Capuano:
"When a player realizes how he has to play within the team concept and how he has to play as an individual, it’s going to lead to success."



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