5 Things to Know: Islanders vs. Hurricanes

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (32-24-11) vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES (27-27-11)

After completing their nine-game road trip, the Islanders open a home-and-home set with the Hurricanes.

1 Where they Stand

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  • Tonight the Islanders return home to Barclays Center to face the Carolina Hurricanes for the third time this season
  • The Isles are 6-3-1 in the last 10 games
  • New York is 20-8-6 on home ice in 2016-17

2 Who's Hot

EDMONTON, AB - MARCH 7: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders talks to a line mate during the game against the Edmonton Oilers on March 7, 2017 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

  • No. 91 now has points in four straight games (two goals, three assists), giving him 25 goals and 33 assists for a team-leading 58 points
  • In two games against the Hurricanes this season, Tavares has two goals in an average time-on-ice of 18:41

3 Say What?

What Does Tavares Think on Being Coached by 'The Great One?'

“I think all we can do is keep chucking forward. We’re still in a good spot. We know we’re right there battling for that last wild card.”

— Islanders’ captain, John Tavares after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues

4 Did You Know?

RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Eric Staal #12 and Andrew Ladd #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – JUNE 19: Eric Staal #12 and Andrew Ladd #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Islanders forward Andrew Ladd was drafted fourth overall by Carolina in 2004, and was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup-winning team.

5 MUST-SEE VIDEO

John Tavares talks about finally returning to Brooklyn and playing in front of the hometown fans, after playing nine games on the road