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Game Day: Hurricanes at Islanders 10-11-14

In which we get to do it all over again but expect a different outcome this time. Anton Khudobin will make his 2014-15 debut in net.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders
October 11, 2014 - 7:00 pm ET
Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Lighthouse Hockey

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Islanders
Record 0-1-0 1-0-0
Points 0 2
Division Rank 7th M 4th M
Conference Rank 15th EC 5th EC
Streak Lost 1 Won 1

Power Play % 40.0% 66.7%
Penalty Kill % 33.3% 60.0%
Goals/Game 3.00 5.00
Goals Against/Game 5.00 3.00
Shots/Game 24 26
Shots Against/Game 26.0 24.0
ES Goals For % 25.0% 75.0%
ES Corsi For % 47.5% 52.4%
PIM/Game 6.0 10.0

Goaltender*** Khudobin Johnson
2013-14 Record 19-4-1 17-4-3
ES Save Percentage .934 .932
GAA 2.30 2.10

Goaltender Ward Halak
Record 0-1-0 1-0-0
ES Save Percentage .857 .933
GAA 5.00 3.00

*** Goaltender stats for Khudobin and Johnson are from 2013-14

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes get their first of fourteen scheduled back-to-back games out of the way early. The Canes played 20 sets of back-to-back games last year and were 9-9-2 on the front half and 7-10-3 on the back half.
  • Anton Khudobin and Chad Johnson have a shared history. Both previously played behind an outstanding Boston Bruins defense and the great Tuukka Rask, Dobby in 2012-13 and Johnson the following season. They'll face each other in net tonight.
  • Bill Peters switched up the top two forward lines in the third period last night (and it clicked for Eric Staal's power play goal late in the third), but the Canes practiced this morning as they started last night: Staal/Tlusty/Semin and Rask/Gerbe/Lindholm.
  • Ryan Murphy will be back in the line-up for tonight's game. Ron Hainsey and Brett Bellemore will be the healthy extras.
  • Brock Nelson's four-point night was a career high and vaulted him to the top of the NHL's points leaders, John Tavares had a not-too-shabby three-point night himself, as did Isles newcomer Johnny Boychuk.
  • The Islanders held a very limited skate this morning and there were no reported or expected changes to the Islanders line-up for tonight other than the goaltending change.

Projected Line-ups


Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer
Chris Terry - Riley Nash - Patrick Brown

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles
Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy

Anton Khudobin
Cam Ward

Injuries and Scratches: Jordan Staal (IR, broken fibula), Jeff Skinner (concussion), Brett Bellemore, Ron Hainsey

Islanders (unconfirmed)

Cory Conacher - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Mikhail Grabovski - Brock Nelson - Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey - Travis Hamonic
Brian Strait - Griffin Reinhart

Chad Johnson
Jaroslav Halak

Injuries and Scratches: Matt Carkner (IR), Calvin de Haan (IR), Michadl Grabner (IR, sports hernia), Lubomir Visnovsky (IR), Colin McDonald, Eric Boulton, Matt Donovan

We'll have the open game thread ready to roll at 6:30 pm.  See you there.