Lee and the Islanders host Carolina to start playoff series
Brooklyn; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: New York hosts series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The New York Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes to start the Eastern Conference second round. The teams meet Friday for the fifth time this season. New York went 3-1 against Carolina during the regular season.
The Islanders are 18-9-1 against the rest of their division. New York has converted on 14.5 percent of power-play opportunities, scoring 33 power-play goals.
The Hurricanes are 22-16-3 in road games. Carolina has given up 44 power-play goals, killing 81.6 percent of opponent opportunities.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Hurricanes: Averaging 3.0 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.9 penalties and 9.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .895 save percentage.
Islanders: Averaging 3.5 goals, 6.2 assists, 4.2 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while giving up 1.5 goals per game with a .956 save percentage.