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New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes [Game 20]

First place on the line!

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
5:00 PM EST
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League Value Metric Value League
8th 63.2% Points Percentage 55.6% 14th
29th 9.68% Net Power Play Percentage 11.67% 27th
17th 77.05% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 77.50% 16th
26th 86.73% Combined Special Teams Percentage 89.17% 25th
3rd 3.74 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.94 19th
22nd 3.26 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 2.83 11th
16th .05 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) 1.11 1st
14th 50.14% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 55.55% 1st
20th 48.40% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 54.87% 2nd
5th 102.11% P.D.O. (5V5) 99.77% 22nd
3rd 10.17% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 7.65% 17th
18th 91.93% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.12% 15th
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
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Canes Country

The New York Islanders have traveled from Tampa, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina where they'll take on the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time this week. The two last squared off on Thursday at Barclays Center in a chaotic battle that saw three lead changes during the course of the game. They'll look to pull out tonight's victory with a little less antacid usage required.

The Islanders downed the Tampa Bay Lightning last night by a score of six to four aided by an empty net goal to seal the contest. It was a relatively convincing victory for the Islanders (most fans could have done without the shell at the end) as they toppled the best team in the N.H.L. A win tonight would give them the points lead in the metropolitan division, something they didn't have throughout the entire 2016-2017 season.

The lineups for tonight's game are the same as they were for last night's victory against Tampa Bay. Jaroslav Halak will step between the pipes replacing Thomas Greiss, a sensible maneuver since goalies shouldn't play in back to back games. Scott Darling was in net last night for the Hurricanes, so Cam Ward gets the nod in net for the Hurricanes.

The puck drops at 5:05 P.M. E.S.T. tonight. The New Jersey Devils are off tonight meaning the Islanders get the sole claim to MSG+. Brendan Burke and Butch Goring will have the call.

As pointed out on Twitter dot com, the Islanders are undefeated since there's been a song in the game thread, so... here's a song!

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Alan Quine Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Brock Nelson Anthony Beauvillier Jason Chimera
Andrew Ladd Casey Cizikas Joshua Ho-Sang
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan Adam Pelech
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

Carolina Hurricanes Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Sebastian Aho Jordan Staal Teuvo Teravainen
Jeff Skinner Derek Ryan Justin Williams
Brock McGinn Elias Lindholm Phillip Di Giuseppe
Joakim Nordstrom Marcus Kruger Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defense
Jaccob Slavin Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin Justin Faulk
Klas Dahlbeck Trevor van Riemsdyk
Cam Ward
Scott Darling