Close To A Playoff Spot: Hurricanes At Islanders, Game Day Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes, (24-19-6) are currently just one point out of eighth place, (with two games in hand), behind the Atlanta Thrashers and both teams are in action tonight.  The Thrashers are playing the Washington Capitals, while the Hurricanes are visiting the New York Islanders, (15-26-7).

Will tonight be the night the Canes finally work their way up to eighth place?

The Hurricanes should be ready for the home team as the Islanders played a tough game in Pittsburgh last night and lost, 1-0.  The Isles have lost two games in a row and are 3-6-1 in their last 10.

The Canes are 6-4-0 in their last 10.

Kevin Poulin played well for the New Yorkers last night.  Will he play again tonight?  One thing for sure, Evgeni Nabokov will not be in net for them.

Cam Ward will tend the nets for the Hurricanes.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cam Ward 42 2387 21 15 108 2.71 1343 1235 .920 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Kevin Poulin 7 371 2 2 16 2.59 212 196 .925 0


The Islanders are led by John Tavares,  Blake Comeau, P.A. Parenteau, and Matt Moulson.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - John Tavares 45 18 18 36 -19 29 8 0 4 144


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Blake Comeau 47 13 17 30 -14 22 3 0 2 126


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - P.A. Parenteau 47 12 18 30 -9 28 6 0 2 92


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Matt Moulson 48 17 12 29 -11 16 5 0 2 139



Lighthouse Hockey will have more about them.

 

Eric Staal still leads Carolina with Jeff Skinner and Tuomo Ruutu tied for second place with 40 points each.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Eric Staal 49 23 26 49 -11 48 7 2 5 186


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Jeff Skinner 49 18 22 40 3 18 4 0 2 131


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Tuomo Ruutu 49 12 28 40 -3 34 6 0 1 85


Patrick Dwyer did not travel with the Canes, so look for the same lineup that Carolina used on Monday night.  Paul Maurice interchanged forwards Zach Boychuk and Sergei Samsonov against the Leafs and will most likely continue to do so tonight.

  • Staal, Cole, Boychuk
  • Sutter, Samsonov, Jokinen
  • Ruutu, Skinner, LaRose
  • Carter, Bodie, Tlusty
  • Gleason, Corvo
  • Pitkanen, McBain
  • White, Harrison

Sometimes, the last game before the All Star game can be a snoozer because many of the players are looking forward to leaving town or taking a few days off.  But with so many Hurricanes participating, or staying in town, that should not be a problem for them tonight.

Will the Canes be in a playoff spot later tonight and throughout the break?

The game will be televised by FS Carolinas starting at 7.  We'll have our open game thread cranked up at 6:30.

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