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Game Preview: NY Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes

New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four
New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four / Grant Halverson/GettyImages
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On Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, the NY Islanders will be traveling to North Carolina to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena. This is sure to be a tough test for the Islanders, as Carolina is 4-1-1 in the new campaign. However, the Islanders will hope to carry their momentum coming out of their last game against the NY Rangers where they won, 3-0.

Last Game

The Islanders are coming to Carolina fresh after their latest win over their cross-town rivals, the New York Rangers. The Islanders were able to dominate the Rangers and shut them out as they picked up the 3-0 victory. The first period was pretty even, but in the second period the blue and orange really stepped up their game.

Kyle Palmieri picked up the first goal of the game about halfway through the second period, assisted by JG Pageau and Ryan Pulock. It was Palmieri's first goal in the new campaign, and he wasn't done for the night. Josh Bailey stepped up early in the third period where he picked up his first goal of the new season, extending the Islanders' lead to 2-0. This goal was assisted by Mathew Barzal.

Palmieri put the game away with a little over four minutes remaining in the third period, assisted by Pageau and Adam Pelech. Islanders goaltender, Ilya Sorokin, played an absolutely incredible game. Sorokin picked up 41 saves against an intense Rangers offense and was a brick wall in the net. The Islanders look to carry this momentum into Carolina.

Historical Matchup

The Islanders met the Hurricanes three times last season. The first was on opening day when the Islanders lost, 6-3. The second came later on in the season on April 8, 2022, when the Islanders would defeat the Hurricanes this time around, 2-1. The third meeting of these two teams came later on in April, where the Islanders would lose, 5-2.

Sorokin went 1-1 against the Hurricanes last year, and Semyon Varlamov lost his only start against the Hurricanes when they played on April 8. While all games were fairly close, decided by three goals or less, Carolina for the most part was able to beat the Islanders with ease. Carolina is a powerhouse, and almost always is a shoo-in to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Carolina finished their season last year with a record of 54-20-8, while the Islanders finished their season last year, 37-35-10.

Players To Watch

On the Islanders, Kyle Palmieri is the hot hand. Last game, Palmieri picked up his first, and second, goals of the season. It was a very impressive performance for him and not one that many people would have expected. On the season now, Palmieri has three points off of two goals, and one assist. Coming into today's game against the Hurricanes, it should be interesting to see how Palmieri can build off of his performance against the Rangers and see if he could capitalize on that.

On the Hurricanes, Sebastian Aho has been leading the team so far this year. In only six games played, Aho already has nine points off of four goals and five assists. He could be someone that could create a lot of problems for the Islanders if he's not guarded correctly. The Hurricanes are currently first in the Metropolitan Division, and with guys like Aho on their team, it's not hard to see why.

Projected Lines

Islanders

Josh Bailey- Mat Barzal- Oliver Wahlstrom Anders Lee- Brock Nelson- Anthony Beauvillier Zach Parise- J.G. Pageau- Kyle Palmieri Matt Martin- Casey Cizikas- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech- Ryan Pulock Alexander Romanov- Noah Dobson Sebastian Aho- Scott Mayfield

Ilya Sorokin Semyon Varlamov

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Hurricanes

Teuvo Teravainen- Sebastian Aho- Seth Jarvis Andrei Svechnikov- Jesperi Kotkaniemi- Martin Necas Jordan Martinook- Jordan Staal- Jesper Fast Stefan Noesen- Paul Stastny- Derek Stepan

Jacob Slavin-Brent Burnes
Brady Skjei-Brett Pesce
Dylan Coughlan-Jalen Chatfield

Frederik Andersen Antti Raanta

Per Daily Faceoff

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