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

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

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]