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

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Justin Williams and the Hurricanes host the New York Islanders as they try to keep up in a fast paced Eastern Conference playoff race.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes, joined by Justin Williams for the first time this season (we think), take on the Islanders tonight in Raleigh as they look to snap a three-game losing streak and improve on a dismal record against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes and Islanders are meeting for the second of four matchups this season. Carolina will visit Nassau Coliseum on March 7th and Barclays Center on March 22 to round out the season series.
  • The Canes picked up the first game in the series back in October when they posted a 5-2 win over the Islanders in PNC Arena. The Canes outshot New York 40-19, including 38-10 at five-on-five.
  • Justin Williams is slated to be in the lineup tonight in his first game back with the Hurricanes. He practiced yesterday on the fourth line with Brock McGinn and Lucas Wallmark.
  • Sebastian Aho scored his 24th goal of the season against Anaheim on Friday in his 48th game of the season. He didn’t pick up his 24th goal last season until his 52nd game. He’s scored 21 goals in 36 games since November 1st, which is tied for third-most in the NHL in that span, behind David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews.
  • With just one point in their last three games, the Hurricanes have lost valuable ground to the Blue Jackets and Flyers. Both teams have 58 points in 49 games played, and have pushed the Hurricanes (57 points in 48 games) out of a playoff spot. With a game in hand, the Hurricanes could leapfrog both teams with a win tonight and close in on the Islanders, who currently occupy the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes are coming off a tough stretch — they’ve lost three straight games and post a 5-4-1 record in their last 10 games. Tonight, they take on the Islanders and look to get a valuable boost from the probable return of Justin Williams to the lineup. The odd-man out tonight appears to be Jordan Martinook based on the way the team skated in practice yesterday. Brind’Amour mentioned that James Reimer will likely get the net tonight.

Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Nino Niederreiter
Warren Foegele - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Ryan Dzingel - Erik Haula - Martin Necas
Brock McGinn - Lucas Wallmark - Justin Williams

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Joel Edmundson - Jake Gardiner
Haydn Fleury- Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer
Petr Mrazek

Injuries and Scratches: Jordan Martinook (healthy), Dougie Hamilton (broken fibula)


The Islanders lost a heartbreaker last night as they led the Capitals by a score of 4-1 going into the third period. They let up five unanswered and lost the game 6-4. They’ll likely come out hot tonight after a stunning loss. With Varlamov playing last night, the Hurricanes are likely to see notorious Canes killer Thomas Greiss in net tonight.

Anders Lee - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier - Brock Nelson - Josh Bailey
Ross Johnston - Derick Brassard - Tom Kuhnhackl
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Leo Komarov

Nick Leddy - Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews - Scott Mayfield
Noah Dobson - Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Greiss
Semyon Varlamov