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Game #9: Carolina Hurricanes At New York Islanders

The Carolina Hurricanes will play their only Metropolitan Division opponent in their four-game road trip in the New York Islanders tonight at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on SportsSouth and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup*
* Lines from practice
Offense
Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin
Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer
Skinner – Nash – Ruutu
Bowman – Dvorak – Westgarth
 
Defense
Faulk – Sekera
Komisarek – Hainsey
Harrison – Murphy
 
Goalies
Ward
[Peters]
 
Scratches: Gleason, Lindholm and Khudobin (Injured). Bellemore and Sutter (Healthy).
 
Islanders Lineup
Offense
Grabner – Tavares – Okposo
Bailey – Nielsen – Bouchard
Moulson – Regin – Clutterbuck
Martin – Czikas – McDonald
 
Defense
Hamonic – MacDonald
Hickey – Visnovsky
Donovan – Strait
 
Goalies (Starter not named yet)
Nabakov
Poulin
 
Scratches: None.

The Islanders have played strong hockey so far into the season. They currently sit a point behind the Canes in the Metropolitan and whoever wins will move to second in the division.

The team is led by superstar John Tavares, but has mediocre depth on offense after that. However, the team found ways to win last season and is continuing that this year. Expect Jordan Staal to be out against the first line.

New York’s bottom two lines’ bring a lot of grit that the Canes defense will have to watch out for when moving the puck. With Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Martin and Colin McDonald, the Islanders possess a trio no team wants to go up against.

For the Hurricanes, they’re obviously coming off a huge win in Toronto. Hopefully for the Canes, they can go into the game with some confidence and energy rolling over from the Maple Leaf game.

The Canes will also be going with some line shuffling. Jiri Tlusty moves to his regular line, while Tuomo Ruutu takes Patrick Dwyer‘s spot on the third line.

Mike Komisarek could be making his return to the lineup tonight.

Ryan Murphy played strong against the Maple Leafs, it will be interesting to see if he can continue that play moving into the season.

A recap will be posted after the game.

Topics: Carolina Hurricanes, Jiri Tlusty, Ryan Murphy

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