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.
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.