Jan 2, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) controls the puck between Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) during the second period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 1/4/2014


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The New York Islanders head into tonights game at Nassau Coliseum against the Carolina Hurricanes riding an impressive three game winning streak.

After defeating the Minnesota Wild, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, it is imperative that New York continue to take care of business at home tonight against a team that has given them fits in the past.

Matt Donovan has made his return to Long Island and it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup this evening in place of Matt Carkner. It is assumed head coach Jack Capuano will continue to ride the hot hand of goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

As with most streaks in the league, it all starts on the defensive end and this one is no exception. After seeing last years impressive run to the playoffs begin when the Islanders shaved a goal off their team goals against average, things have been much tighter lately as well.

Clearances are sharper, coverage is better and the goaltending stellar. The third and fourth lines are beginning to regain some of that intensity we saw from 2013, especially the line of Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Colin McDonald.

All that is left is for the Islanders to continue racking up points, as they still sit 9 games off playoff position as of today, even after collecting 14 of a possible 22 points over their last eleven games.

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

43

30

12

1

61

27

136

98

2

WASHINGTON

41

20

15

6

46

12

125

123

3

PHILADELPHIA

41

20

17

4

44

17

106

113

4

NEW JERSEY

42

17

17

8

42

17

100

108

5

NY RANGERS

42

20

20

2

42

17

98

114

6

CAROLINA

41

16

16

9

41

15

100

121

7

COLUMBUS

41

18

19

4

40

16

111

117

8

NY ISLANDERS

42

14

21

7

35

10

110

140

 

 

Across The Sound

A goal by Aaron Ness could not prevent the Sound Tigers falling to the Admirals 3-1 last night. The official game recap can be found right here.

The two teams return to Norfolk Scope Arena for a 7:15 p.m. contest Saturday night. The Sound Tigers return home on Jan. 11 to take on the Portland Pirates.

 

 

 

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