|Division Rank||8th Metro||1st Metro|
|Conference Rank||15th EC||2nd EC|
|Streak||Won 2||Won 2|
|Power Play %||18.3%||18.7%|
|Penalty Kill %||88.1%||74.8%|
|ES Goals For %||42.4%||54.1%|
|ES Corsi For %||51.3%||53.3%|
|ES Save Percentage||.914||.922|
|ES Save Percentage||.906||.903|
- Coming off a feel-good 3-0 shutout against the Washington Capitals in Raleigh last night, the Hurricanes head to Long Island tonight to take on another Metro Division rival.
- The Canes will wrap up their season series against the Islanders tonight with their final trip to Nassau Coliseum. The arena has been good to the Canes over the years (11-2-2 in their last 15 games played there), but the rivalry hasn't been much of a contest this season, and the Canes look to stave off a season sweep tonight, having dropped the three prior games.
- For the second month in a row, the Canes will exit February with a winning record. They are 13-7-3 since the calendar rolled to 2015.
- Jeff Skinner is red hot with goals in three straight games and six goals in his last eight games.
- With no morning skate, few changes to the line-up are anticipated, but Cam Ward will likely get the start, he's 17-4-3 with a 2.62 GAA and one shutout against the Isles.
- The Islanders also come into tonight's game on the tail end of a back-to-back situation, victorious at home against the Calgary Flames last night. They lead the Metro Division but are only two points ahead of the Rangers and have played three more games. Head-to-head they are 19-3-1 against the division this season.
- John Tavares (2g, 5a) and Brock Nelson (4g, 3a) both have seven points in three games played against the Canes this season. Tavares is tied with three others (Patrick Kane, Jakub Voracek, Nicklas Backstrom) for the top spot in NHL points with 64 (29g, 35a).
- A bit of a shocking statistic for a team ranked so high, the Islanders are dead last in the league on the penalty kill, with only a 74.8% success rate. It will be interesting to see if they make any moves to address the situation before the trade deadline.
- Jaroslav Halak set an Islanders single-season franchise record last night with his 33rd win. Chad Johnson is probable to get the start tonight, and was in net for a season high 38 saves in the 4-1 win in Raleigh on Feb 17.
Hurricanes (from Friday's game)
Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe - Victor Rask - Andrej Nestrasil
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles - Brett Bellemore
Michal Jordan - Tim Gleason
Injuries and Scratches: Ryan Murphy (IR leg), Chris Terry
Islanders (from Friday's game):
Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Ryan Strome
Nikolay Kulemin - Brock Nelson - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin - Kael Mouillierat - Colin McDonald
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky