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The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The New York Islanders could use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 29 goals, Josh Bailey has 47 assists and John Tavares has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 122 goals on 1,340 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 84 goals on 729 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 21 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 32 assists and Justin Williams has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 89 goals on 838 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 72 goals on 819 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Islanders are 4-10 in their last 14 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Hurricanes are 10-2 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings in Carolina and 27-11-1 in the last 39 meetings.
The New York Islanders might just have what it takes to pry Justin Faulk away from the Carolina Hurricanes in this years NHL trade deadline.
There’s one thing the New York Islanders need in this year’s NHL trade deadline, and that’s defense. OK. They could use goaltending as well, but we all know that’s not going to happen. Ain’t no goalies out there that would step in and make a difference that is available and would fit under the cap.
Unless Garth Snow has some sort of hidden goaltending voodoo we’ve never seen. But then again, he is the GM that carried three goaltenders for two full seasons….so that seems doubtful.
So defenseman it is then. What if the New York Islanders could get their hands on Carolina Hurricanes Justin Faulk? Cause according to Elliotte Friedman he might just be available, and the price might not just be unreasonable.
The New York Islanders continue to stink up the joint on the road this season and are a tough team to back due to their lack of defense. The Islanders are getting blasted left and right on the defensive end, and that’s likely not going to change being on the end of a back to back. The Hurricanes have beaten up on losing teams pretty much all season long and have the offensive firepower to take advantage of the Islanders struggles. Give me the home team and the somewhat cheap price.