New York Islanders (42-31-9, fourth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (52-21-9, initially in the Metropolitan Division)
Raleigh, North Carolina Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
NHL PLAYOFFS Initial ROUND: Hurricanes host series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The Carolina Hurricanes host the New York Islanders to open the Eastern Conference initially round. The teams meet Friday for the fifth time this season. The Hurricanes went three-1 against the Islanders for the duration of the standard season. In their final standard season matchup on Oct. 28, the Islanders won six-two. Brock Nelson led the Islanders with two objectives.
Carolina has a 52-21-9 record all round and a 19-six-1 record in Metropolitan Division play. The Hurricanes have a 19-three- record when scoring a energy-play aim.
New York has a 42-31-9 record all round and a 16-eight-two record in Metropolitan Division games. The Islanders have a 35-six-four record when scoring at least 3 objectives.
Prime PERFORMERS: Sebastian Aho has 36 objectives and 32 assists for the Hurricanes. Brent Burns has 5 objectives and two assists more than the previous ten games.
Nelson has 36 objectives and 39 assists for the Islanders. Kyle Palmieri has scored 4 objectives with 3 assists more than the previous ten games.
Final ten GAMES: Hurricanes: five-five-, averaging two.five objectives, 4 assists, three.1 penalties and six.two penalty minutes when providing up two.three objectives per game.
Islanders: five-four-1, averaging two.7 objectives, four.five assists, two.three penalties and five.four penalty minutes when providing up two.1 objectives per game.
INJURIES: Hurricanes: Ondrej Kase: out (concussion), Jake Gardiner: out (hip/back), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles), Andrei Svechnikov: out for season (knee).
Islanders: Alexander Romanov: day to day (undisclosed), Mathew Barzal: out (decrease physique), Oliver Wahlstrom: out for season (decrease physique).
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