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New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes [Game 60]

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Aho Bowl!

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7:30 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+
PNC Arena FS-CR 99.9 FM WCMC
League Value Metric Value League
21st 52.5% Points Percentage 54.3% 20th
13th 17.11% Net Power Play Percentage 16.85% 17th
28th 76.44% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 81.43% 23rd
27th 93.55% Combined Special Teams Percentage 98.28% 21st
5th 3.34 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.76 24th
31st 3.63 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.00 20th
9th .22 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .76 1st
27th 46.79% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.65% 2nd
30th 45.30% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.28% 5th
8th 101.04% P.D.O. (5V5) 98.05% 30th
3rd 9.22% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 6.83% 28th
25th 91.82% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.22% 30th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
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Canes Country

Fresh off of a near record setting performance by Jaroslav Halak against the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders take to the road as they head to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Halak was astounding last night, stopping all 50 shots for the Islanders as they downed their crosstown rivals by a score of three to nothing. That's a heavy workload for a goalie and they've made the decision to turn to Thomas Greiss tonight.

The Islanders managed to jump both the Rangers and the Florida Panthers in points percentage last night, but they still have to jump the Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets if they wish to make the playoffs. They cannot do so tonight, but they'd be a fraction of a percent behind the Hurricanes and potentially the Blue Jackets depending on their results with the Philadelphia Flyers. Conversely, a loss in regulation would see them fall back behind the Panthers in points percentage.

The only other change to the lineup tonight will be on defense as Dennis Seidenberg gets removed for Sebastian Aho. Seidenberg is one of the two or three worst defenders in the league this year and really needs to stop getting into hockey games. As for Aho, he gets his first matchup against the eponymous forward for the Hurricanes meaning Aho Bowl 2018 is on.

The Hurricanes played Scott Darling in their contest last night and saved the superior Cam Ward for their game against the Islanders. That's probably the smart play given that the game against the Islanders had much greater playoff implications for them than the game against the New Jersey Devils. Ward is having a surprisingly resurgent season for Carolina this year.

Tonight's contest is on MSG+. Puck drop will be at 7:35 P.M. E.S.T. Everybody loves those wacky southeastern start times.

Carolina Hurricanes Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Sebastian Aho Jordan Staal Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn Victor Rask Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner Elias Lindholm Phillip Di Giuseppe
Joakim Nordstrom Derek Ryan Lee Stempniak
Left Defence Right Defense
Jaccob Slavin Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Goalies
Cam Ward
Scott Darling

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd Brock Nelson Cal Clutterbuck
Ross Johnston Casey Cizikas Tanner Fritz
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech Sebastian Aho
Goalies
Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak