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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 1/4/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



CAROLINA (16-16-0-9, 41 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (14-21-0-7, 35 pts.)
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Saturday, 1/4/2014 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
5CAROLINA+110Ov 5.5,-110+105Ov 5.5,-110
6NY ISLANDERS-130Un 5.5,-110-125Un 5.5,-110
CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-25-0-6.716-25-6.718-182.430.13.031.0
Team Stats (Road Games)8-12-0-1.68-12-1.611-72.629.53.132.4
Last 5 Games2-3-0-12-3-15-03.437.04.028.8
vs. Division8-7-0+28-7+29-62.530.12.928.7
CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)411001847314512348.1%1512214.6%162
Team Stats (Road Games)205272915125908.8%641117.2%83
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)517366201859.2%23626.1%31
Team Stats (vs. Division)15389216204518.4%52917.3%68
Stats Against (All Games) 1213237439912719.5%1372719.7%205
Stats Against (Road Games) 62162220446489.6%711419.7%107
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 204871114413.9%15213.3%32
Stats Against (vs. Division) 44616211143010.2%491122.4%83
CAROLINA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)4311110392.8%03-0+3.83-0-0+31-2
ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)22736893.2%02-0+2.82-0-0+21-1
ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)33918593.4%03-0+3.83-0-0+31-2
ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)4311110392.8%03-0+3.83-0-0+31-2
MIKE MURPHY (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MIKE MURPHY (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MIKE MURPHY (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)202061957192.2%27-13-4.87-13-0-57-11
JUSTIN PETERS (Road Games)111136333592.3%13-8-3.83-8-0-45-5
JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)7719517790.8%13-4-0.73-4-003-4
JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)4413912791.4%01-3-1.81-3-0-22-1
CAM WARD (All Games)191853547989.5%06-12-5.66-12-0-610-5
CAM WARD (Road Games)8720818388.0%03-4-0.53-4-0-15-1
CAM WARD (vs. Division)5514312486.7%02-3-1.12-3-0-15-0
CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)441089285.2%01-3-2.21-3-0-24-0

NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games14-28-0-11.714-28-11.722-182.629.53.330.6
Team Stats (Home Games)6-15-0-11.76-15-11.77-132.530.83.029.7
Last 5 Games4-1-0+5.44-1+5.42-33.429.22.232.4
vs. Division3-12-0-9.63-12-9.69-52.428.53.529.9
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)421102750285512378.9%1362316.9%181
Team Stats (Home Games)2153142611216468.2%691318.8%92
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5174661014611.6%17423.5%30
Team Stats (vs. Division)153691412124278.4%45511.1%59
Stats Against (All Games) 14029584678128410.9%1273426.8%243
Stats Against (Home Games) 631218267562410.1%501224.0%110
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11353001626.8%10220.0%20
Stats Against (vs. Division) 531219193444811.8%521834.6%92
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)222164758690.6%09-12-2.39-12-0-212-7
EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)131236233091.2%03-9-8.13-9-0-75-6
EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)9926323388.6%03-6-3.33-6-0-36-2
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4412511894.4%03-1+3.63-1-0+41-3
ANDERS NILSSON (All Games)5413411787.3%00-4-40-4-0-42-2
ANDERS NILSSON (Home Games)22645890.6%00-2-20-2-0-20-2
ANDERS NILSSON (vs. Division)32777090.9%00-2-20-2-0-20-2
ANDERS NILSSON (Last 4 Games)4412110586.8%00-4-40-4-0-42-2
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)171749844489.2%25-12-5.35-12-0-48-9
KEVIN POULIN (Home Games)7719617689.8%03-4-1.53-4-0-12-5
KEVIN POULIN (vs. Division)441059388.6%10-4-4.30-4-0-43-1
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)4414513190.3%12-2+2.32-2-0+32-2
Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 3.17,  NY ISLANDERS 3.21
CAROLINA - Schedule
12/9/2013at VANCOUVER0-2L0, +125L5.5 unU
12/10/2013at EDMONTON4-5L0, +110L5.5 unO
12/12/2013at CALGARY1-2L0, -105L5.5 unU
12/14/2013at PHOENIX3-1W0, +140W5.5 evU
12/20/2013WASHINGTON2-4L0, -125L5.5 unO
12/21/2013at TAMPA BAY2-3L0, +135L5 ovP
12/23/2013COLUMBUS3-4L0, -125L5.5 unO
12/27/2013PITTSBURGH3-4L0, +110L5.5 unO
12/29/2013at TORONTO2-5L0, +110L5.5 unO
12/31/2013MONTREAL5-4W0, +100W5 ovO
1/2/2014at WASHINGTON4-3W0, +130W5.5 unO
1/4/2014at NY ISLANDERS 
1/7/2014at BUFFALO 
1/10/2014at COLUMBUS 

12/9/2013at ANAHEIM2-5L0, +160L5.5 ovO
12/10/2013at SAN JOSE3-2W0, +260W5.5 ovU
12/12/2013at PHOENIX3-6L0, +155L5.5 ovO
12/14/2013MONTREAL0-1L0, +120L5.5 unU
12/17/2013TAMPA BAY2-3L0, -105L5.5 unU
12/20/2013at NY RANGERS5-3W0, +135W5 ovO
12/21/2013ANAHEIM3-5L0, +135L5.5 ovO
12/23/2013at DETROIT3-0W0, +140W5.5 unU
12/28/2013NEW JERSEY1-2L0, -120L5 ovU
12/29/2013at MINNESOTA5-4W0, +170W5 ovO
12/31/2013at BOSTON5-3W0, +190W5.5 unO
1/2/2014CHICAGO3-2W0, +155W6 unU
1/7/2014at TORONTO 
1/10/2014at COLORADO 
1/12/2014at DALLAS 
1/14/2014at FLORIDA 
CAROLINA: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes could have an easier time filling their arena this season - and a tougher time getting back to the playoffs.
The NHL's realignment meant the end of the Southeast Division and placed the Hurricanes into the new Metropolitan Division.
A division packed with some of the league's most popular teams - Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, both New York teams, New Jersey and Washington - might lead to bigger crowds.
But it also figures to make ending their irksome postseason drought a much bigger challenge.

``It's going to be tough. It's a good division,'' defenseman Justin Faulk said. ``Obviously, there's a lot of teams that are pretty good. ... But we're looking forward to it. Every team's good in the league.

``I don't think you go into any game thinking you can just win every game,'' he added. ``Every night, anyone can win, and I think we're pretty confident with the group that we have in here to do a pretty good job.''
Since winning its only Stanley Cup in 2006, Carolina has reached the playoffs just once, in 2009. Among teams in the current configuration of the Eastern Conference, only Toronto and Columbus have not made the postseason since then.
That hasn't exactly been easy for the players to digest, goalie Cam Ward said.

``You can already sense the attitude. ... Guys are hungry and excited to get things going,'' Ward said.

NY ISLANDERS: UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - With their eyes squarely on the future, the New York Islanders can harken back to some recent history to build on.
For the first time in six years, the Islanders are starting a season after making a playoff appearance, and there is every reason to believe that reaching the postseason can soon become a much more common occurrence.
The Islanders stretched the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games, dropping the final two of the first-round series after splitting the first four. Just getting into the postseason was a major accomplishment, even in the lockout-shortened season, and the task will be even greater this time in a full 82-game campaign.

``I definitely see the expectations are higher, and people are going to expect for us to be in the playoffs,'' new captain John Tavares said.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CAROLINA-NY ISLANDERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Corrects final graf to show Liles played Thursday)

*Hurricanes-Islanders Preview* ==============================


Carolina (16-16-9) at New York (14-21-7), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Both the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes are heading into the second half of the season on a bit of a roll.

New York looks to earn a fourth straight victory Saturday night while avoiding a sixth consecutive loss to the visiting Hurricanes.

The Islanders (14-21-7) entered this campaign with postseason aspirations after taking Pittsburgh to six games in the first round of last season's playoffs, but they're instead occupying last place in the Metropolitan Division.

New York has come on of late, though, winning five of seven after beating each of last season's Stanley Cup finalists in its last two. Captain John Tavares had two goals and two assists in Tuesday's 5-3 win at Boston, and Kyle Okposo's overtime goal gave the Islanders a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Thursday.

The Islanders haven't won four straight since Feb. 10-15, 2011.

"Right now, we're competing and we're winning some battles we weren't winning earlier this season," coach Jack Capuano said. "With Boston and Chicago, you can see the skill level. We had to be on our toes, we had to be sharp, we had to execute."

Okposo, who also had an assist, was left off the U.S. Olympic team announced Wednesday at the Winter Classic despite having 42 points to rank among the league's leaders. He has six goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak.

"Sometimes you get tough bounces in life," Okposo said. "You don't always achieve your goals. (Thursday), I thought I left everything out there."

Tavares assisted on Thursday's winner to give him three goals and four assists during his four-game point streak, and Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves.

"I definitely hope something is brewing," Nabokov said. "We have to stick with the moment and our game plan. We have put three together. Now we have to go for the fourth one."

The Islanders, though, have dropped both meetings with the Hurricanes this season, falling 4-3 on Oct. 19 and 1-0 on Nov. 7. Jeff Skinner scored in the first matchup for Carolina (16-16-9), which has won two straight following a 0-3-2 stretch.

Skinner has been the catalyst for those victories. He scored twice to help the Hurricanes overcome a three-goal deficit in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over Montreal, then capped off a hat trick by scoring in OT of Thursday's 4-3 win at Washington.

The 21-year-old winger has scored at least twice in three of his last five games.

"Goal scorers can go on streaks, and he's certainly on a nice streak," coach Kirk Muller said. "You give him the opportunity and he's certainly going to capitalize. He's an opportunist. He's finding the holes now, and it's great because not only is he scoring, but he's scoring big goals for us."

Muller wasn't pleased with his club allowing three goals in the second period, but Carolina is on the verge of matching its season best of three straight wins.

"We've had some games lately that we said we thought we deserved to win, and we didn't," Muller said. "It wasn't pretty, but we found a way to win a hockey game."

Cam Ward sat out Thursday and is expected to do the same for this contest with a lower-body injury. Anton Khudobin likely will make his second straight start after stopping 38 shots against Washington.

Khudobin has never faced the Islanders, while Nabokov is 3-1-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average in his last five against Carolina.

Defenseman John-Michael Liles, acquired from Toronto for Tim Gleason on Wednesday, made his debut with the Hurricanes and logged nearly 16 minutes on the ice.

Last Updated: 6/20/2018 2:56:33 AM EST

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