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Hurricanes vs Islanders: Game Preview, Statistics, Notes, How to Watch

The eliminated Hurricanes take on an Islanders team with their backs against the wall.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes (35-30-14) at New York Islanders (38-29-12)
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
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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 Cam Ward Steve Mason
Category Cam Ward Steve Mason
Record 26-22-12 32-20-5
ES Save % .910 .919
GAA 2.69 2.66

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

  • Tonight marks the fifth and final matchup between the Canes and Islanders this season. In that time, the Hurricanes have compiled a 3-0-1 record against the division foe, outscoring the Isles 22-15 in four games. Carolina leads all time against the Isles with a record of 70-47-16-3, including 34-24-8-2 at home.
  • Forward Lee Stempniak scored his 200th NHL goal on Tuesday at Minnesota. Additionally, Stemp tallied an assist for his sixth multi-point game of the season. He has registered six points (2g, 4a) in four games against the Isles this season.
  • Among all NHL defensemen, Justin Faulk is tied for second in goals with a career high 17 on the season, alongside Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson (but well behind Brent Burns’ 28). Faulk earned his first multi-goal game of the season on March 13 against the Isles, and has five points (3g, 2a) in the first four meetings between the clubs this season. Faulk’s 17 goals have set a franchise record since relocation to Carolina in 1997.
  • Elias Lindholm leads the team with a career-best 34 assists, and has recorded eight games with more than one assist. Lindy has showcased his playmaking abilities against the Islanders this season with 5 assists and 7 points in the season series.
  • Jeff Skinner scored two goals against Minnesota on Tuesday to give him 35 goals on the season, a career high. He currently has 178 goals in his NHL career, ranking in second place on Carolina’s all-time list since relocation.
  • Tonight is the second of the three-game Fan Appreciation Week celebration. Tonight’s major feature is a chance to win jerseys off the players’ backs. Some have already been spoken for, but Stormy and the Storm Squad will be going through the stands tonight looking for randomly-selected winners.
  • Bryan Bickell played his first NHL game since his MS diagnosis five months ago. Tonight, he makes his return to PNC Arena for his first game on home ice since October 30, 2016. Check out more below.