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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Game 2 Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes face off against the Islanders in Brooklyn for Game 2 as they try to take the first two games of the series.

Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders - Game One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Hurricanes picked up a huge road win on Friday night in overtime for the second game in a row as they took down the Islanders in enemy territory. They’ll try to do the same this afternoon in Brooklyn, looking to return home with a 2-0 series lead.

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 have won their last two games in overtime. They’ve scored just two goals in their last seven periods of play, and they’ve allowed one goals against in that same time frame.
  • Petr Mrazek picked up his fifth career playoff shutout and his ninth career playoff win on Friday in Raleigh. He has stopped 50 consecutive shots dating back to Game 7 in Washington.
  • Friday’s overtime thriller was the first game in Hurricanes postseason history that went to overtime tied at 0-0.
  • Jordan Staal picked up his first overtime game winning goal on Friday night. It was the eight time in playoff history that the Hurricanes/Whalers have played back-to-back overtime games that extended into overtime. The last time that the franchise won back-to-back overtime contests in the playoffs was in 2002.
  • Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Martinook are considered day-to-day. There’s a good chance that both of them will reenter the lineup at some point over the next two games.

Storm Advisory

  • Justin Faulk had some funny comments about Hamilton the pig.
  • The Stanley Cup was spotted at Brewgaloo in Raleigh yesterday.
  • Here’s a really awesome story about the Bruins new anthem singer. [For the Win]
  • This story about the Capitals early exit is relevant to us. [SI]
  • It’s another Canes/Caps matchup, this time in the AHL: the Checkers will face the Hershey Bears, Washington’s affiliate, in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. [Checkers]

About Last Night

  • The Dallas Stars evened things up yesterday afternoon as they took down St. Louis in a very solid effort on enemy ice. The Stars overwhelmed rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington and his Blues, taking Game 2 and tying the series at 1-1.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are proving that they weren’t a fluke. The Jackets took Game 2 in TD Garden in double overtime on a power play goal from a very impressive Matt Duchene.