Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
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New York Islanders
14-21-7 (35 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference) 6-8-7 home
Carolina Hurricanes 16-16-9 (41 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference) 8-8-4 road
7:00 p.m. Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY
Television: MSG PLUS Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM Chris King: Play-by-play
2013-14 season series (0-2-0)
Kevin Poulin stopped 23-of-24 shots, but the Islanders were shut out in a 1-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Nov. 7, 2013. The Islanders took 21 shots, but could not solve Justin Peters in the low-scoring affair. Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak had the eventual winner deflect off his body at 6:39 of the first period.
Alexander Semin is off the point-per-game pace he set last season, but he is heating up for the Carolina Hurricanes as of late. Semin has points in five straight (2-4-6) and points in six of seven. The 29-year-old Russian can be a lethal sniper, having scored 40 in 2009-10, so the Islanders shouldn’t give him a chance to get his shot off.
Islanders Storylines • Three Straight: The Islanders have won three straight games for the first time this season, with two of those wins coming over last season’s Stanley Cup finalists (Boston and Chicago). •Okposo and Vanek: Kyle Okposo is riding an eight-game point streak (6-7-13) while Thomas Vanek is on a seven-game streak (4-6-10). Okposo’s streak matches the longest of his career, while Vanek needs a point tonight to match his longest streak. Okposo has goals in three straight games. •Divisional Game: The Islanders need a win to avoid falling 0-3 to their Metropolitan division rivals. The Hurricanes have won the previous two meetings.
Islanders 16.9% (20th) 73.2% (30th) 110 140 5-3-2
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10
Hurricanes 14.6 (25th) 80.3% (22nd) 100 121 3-3-4
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo 40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 15 Cal Clutterbuck 29 Brock Nelson - 18 Ryan Strome - 13 Colin McDonald 16 Peter Regin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
Defensemen 47 Andrew MacDonald - 14 Thomas Hickey 44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic 37 Brian Strait - 7 Matt Carkner
Goaltenders 20 Evgeni Nabokov 60 Kevin Poulin
Carolina Hurricanes previous game lines Forwards 53 Jeff Skinner - 12 Eric Staal - 28 Alex Semin 14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 39 Pat Dwyer 22 Manny Malhotra - 20 Riley Nash - 15 Tuomo Ruutu 21 Drayson Bowman - 42 Brent Sutter - 18 Radek Dvorak
Defensemen 27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera 65 Ron Hainsey - 73 Brett Bellemore John-Michael Liles - 7 Ryan Murphy