NEW YORK ISLANDERS (6-2-1) VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES (3-6-0)
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1. Winning: The Islanders have won six of their last seven games, including two straight over the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames. The Islanders have won four of their last five meetings with the Hurricanes.
2. Special Teams: The Islanders’ special teams are streaking, as the power play has scored in three straight games, while the penalty kill hasn’t allowed a goal in six games (21-for-21). Both special teams rank top-five in the NHL.
3. Game-winning Grabovski: Mikhail Grabovski has back-to-back game-winning goals for the Islanders. The center has five points (2G, 3A) this season.
“He’s going to get some points offensively,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “He’s going to be a threat for us. He can play in all situations, power play, four-on-three, three-on-three… We need to score goals and he gives us secondary scoring on that line and it’s really important.”
4. Kulemin-Nielsen-Okposo: Frans Nielsen’s line contributed two of the Islanders’ four goals on Monday vs. Calgary. Nielsen netted both, while Nikolay Kulemin and Kyle Okposo each picked up two assists. Nielsen has four points (2G, 2A) in his last two games, while Okposo and Kulemin each have three assists.
5. Hurricanes: The Hurricanes are 3-6-0 to start the season, but are coming off a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Justin Faulk leads the Canes with six points (3G, 3A), while captain Eric Staal is second with five (3G, 2A).
The Islanders may get their first look at Noah Hanifin, the third-overall pick in June’s draft. Hanifin has two assists in eight games to start the season, but was a healthy scratch in the win over Detroit. Head coach Bill Peters said the scratch was to give the rookie a chance to step back and watch the game from a different perspective.