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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes will look to pull closer into the playoff race as they take on the Metro rival Islanders in Brooklyn.

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January 14, 2017. Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders, PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC. Copyright � 2017 Jamie Kellner. All Rights Reserved. Jamie Kellner

A quick look at the standings will show that the Hurricanes sit only 2 points out of the WC2 spot in the East, a spot occupied by the Islanders. The Canes enter tonight’s game on a modest 5 game point streak in which they have picked up 8 out of a possible 10 points. Bill Peters and the team will want to build on it as they take on the Islanders in a big “4 point game”.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes hold a 70-48-17-2 record against the Islanders, including a 36-23-8-1 record on the road. The Canes have been very impressive against New York since the 2008-2009 season, going 22-7-7.
  • Tonight’s matchup marks the first of four between the two Metro teams. They will play again on Sunday, as well as one matchup in both February and March.
  • The Hurricanes took the season series last year with a solid 3-1-1 record.
  • Last year’s matchups were certainly exciting — the two teams combined for 40 goals against each other.
  • The Canes have earned a point in 9 out of their last 10 games against the Isles (6-1-3), including a 5 game point streak in New York.
  • Both Elias Lindholm (2g, 5a) and Jordan Staal (1g, 6a) led the team last year with 7 points against the Islanders.
  • A regulation win tonight in New York would vault the Hurricanes over three teams and into the second Wild Card spot in the East.

Storm Advisory

  • Rotoworld ran an article yesterday that took a deep analytical look at the Hurricanes young season. [Rotoworld]
  • Just how flawed is our perception of an NHL game? More than you may think. [The Athletic ($)]
  • The next Canes Cool Bar is tonight at the Carolina Ale House in Greenville:
  • The best thing for a young NHLer to hear from his coach or GM? “Get a place”. [AP News]
  • Brock McGinn brings a much needed energy and physicality -- as well as goals -- to this Hurricanes roster. [News & Observer]
  • Former Hurricanes Ron Hainsey is making a name for himself in Toronto for killing penalties. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Rod Brind’Amour joined Adam and Joe yesterday, reassuring that he’s happy with this group. [WRAL Sports Fan]