National Hockey League action on Thursday evening and the Atlantic Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Carolina Hurricanes invade the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to rumble with the New York islanders. The Hurricanes come in off a 5-1 home win over Dallas, while the Islanders are off a 5-2 win over the Blues on the road. Goalie Probables: The Canes will be sending out Scott Darling in this one and he will be opposed by Thomas Greiss.
Canes Rout Stars At Home
The Carolina Hurricanes are starting to play a bit better as they come in having won three of their last four games and they have been getting good play in the crease of late as they have allowed just one goal in each of their three wins over that stretch. They enter off a very solid 5-1 home win over the Dallas Stars and grabbing the win in that game was Scott Darling, who stopped 25 of the 26 shots that he faced to move to 5-7 with a 2.37 GAA and a .910 save percentage on the year overall, including 2-3 with a 2.16 GAA and a .916 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 22-29 with a 2.60 GAA on the road and 5-5 with a 1.98 GAA during the month of November, while against the Metro Division in his career he has gone 8-7 with a 1.98 GAA, including 2-1 with a 2.69 GAA against the Islanders. The game was tied at 1-1 as the teams headed to the 3rd period, but the Flames exploded for four goals in the final frame, including getting three from Teuvo Teravainen, who had a natural hat trick and now has six goals on the year. Also scoring in the win was Sebastian Aho, which was his 1st of the year and Jeff Skinner, which was his 9th of the year. The Canes are 4-4 on the road.
Carolina enters this game ranked 20th in the league in scoring 2.81 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots taken (36.0 spg) and 30th in power play conversions, converting on 13.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been solid so far as they come in ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.63 gpg, while also ranking 3rd in shots allowed (29.0 spg) and 18th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.0% of their chances.
Islanders Take Down Blues On The Road
The St Louis Blues have been one of the best teams in the early part of the season, but that did not phase the New York Islanders in their last game. They had been just shutout at Dallas but were able to bounce back with a solid 5-2 road win over the Blues. They had lost three of their previous four games, so it was a much-needed win. The Islanders are now 4-6 on the road, while here at home they have gone 5-2 so far. Scoring in the win over the Blues was John Tavares, which was his 13th of the year, Casey Cizikas, which was his 4th of the year, Jordan Eberle, which was his 6th of the year, Joshua Ho-Sang, which was his 1st of the year and Anders Lee, which was his 9th of the year. Snatching up the win against the Blues was Thomas Greiss, who stopped 35 of the 37 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 4-4 with a 3.28 GAA and a .905 save percentage on the year, including 2-2 with a 2.69 GAA and a .913 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 47-30 with a 2.34 GAA in his home games and 16-9 with a 2.34 GAA during the month of November, plus he has gone 16-19 with a 2.90 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Hurricanes in his career he has gone 3-4 with a 3.21 GAA.
The Islanders enter this contest ranked 6th in the league in scoring at 3.47 gpg, while also ranking 23rd in shots taken (30.1 spg) and 13th in power play conversions, converting on 19.3% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been below average as they come in ranked 23rd in goals allowed, giving up 3.18 gpg, while also ranking 19th in shots allowed (32.2 spg) and 11th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.5% of their chances.
- 20-47 in their last 67 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 1-4 in their last five when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game
New York is:
- 9-1 in their last 10 when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game
- 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record
The Carolina Hurricanes are playing a bit better of late, while the Islanders have lost three of their last five games. Still, the Islanders have played well at home this year and they are the better overall team, while the much better offense. Scott Darling has played well against the Isles in his career, while Thomas Greiss has not played well against the Canes, but still, I see the Islanders coming out on top against a Carolina team that is still one of the worst teams in the Metro Division.