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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Preview and Game Discussion

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The Hurricanes look to finally get a win tonight as they take on the New York Islanders.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes play the second leg of a back-to-back game tonight against a similarly slumping Islanders team in Brooklyn.


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 lead all-time with a 71-50-17-2 record, including a 36-24-8-1 record in NY.
  • Tonight’s matchup in Brooklyn will conclude the season series between the two teams, and the Hurricanes have gone 1-2-0 in the first three games.
  • The Hurricanes won the 2016-17 season with a 3-1-1 record and have earned a point in 10 of their last 13 games against the Islanders (7-3-3).
  • Brock McGinn has been historically hot against the Islanders, registering seven points (2g, 5a) in seven games played against NYI.
  • The Hurricanes and Islanders are 7th and 8th in the Metropolitan Division, with 71 and 70 points respectively, both trailing the ostensibly-tanking Rangers.

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes come into tonight’s game on an absolutely demoralizing three game losing streak. Playoff hopes in Carolina are all but dead as they sit 11 points out of a WC2 spot that they occupied just a few weeks ago.

Because of the late travel after last night’s loss to the Flyers, the Hurricanes did not skate this morning, but Noah Hanifin missed the final portion of the game with an upper-body injury and did not travel with the team, meaning Klas Dahlbeck will take his spot in the lineup tonight. Here is what to expect:

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn - Elias Lindholm - Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Phil Di Giuseppe

Joakim Nordstrom - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury - Justin Faulk

Klas Dahlbeck - Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward


The Islanders’ season has been in many ways similar to the one we’ve suffered through in Carolina. The team showed flashes playoff quality play but ultimately struggled down the stretch, posting a 1-5-4 record in their last 10. Much of their struggles of late can be traced back to shaky goaltending. Barring a miracle, both teams will be on the outside looking in this spring. Here’s how you can expect them to look tonight:

John Tavares - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle

Anders Lee - Anthony Beauvillier - Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd - Brock Nelson - Tanner Fritz

Ross Johnston - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuck

Sebastian Aho - Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey - Ryan Pulock

Jaroslav Halak

Christopher Gibson