The Carolina Hurricanes will play their second game in a row against a Metropolitan Division opponent tonight against the Islanders at 7 p.m. ET in Raleigh. The game will be televised on SportsSouth and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin Gerbe – J. Staal – Ruutu Terry – Nash – Dwyer Bowman – Malhotra – Dvorak Sekera – Faulk Hainsey – Bellemore Harrison – Murphy Peters [Murphy] Scratches: Skinner, Westgarth Khudobin, Ward (Injured). Komisarek (Healthy). Islanders Lineup Vanek – Tavares – Okposo Bailey – Nielsen – Bouchard Grabner – Regin – Clutterbuck Martin – Czikas – Nelson Hamonic – MacDonald Martinek – Donovan Hickey – Carkner Nabakov [Poulin] Scratches: McDonald, Visnovsky, Strait (Injured)
The Islanders and Hurricanes met once already this season in the middle of October, with the Canes winning 4-3. Since that time, both teams have seen some major changes with their roster.
The Islanders made a trade for Thomas Vanek, adding the scoring winger to John Tavares‘s line, while the Hurricanes have dealt with injuries to Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin that have caused the team to slip down the standings.
In four games with the Islanders, Vanek has one goal and two assists for three points and has helped the team vault to third place in the Metropolitan. It will be up to Jordan Staal to stop the Austrian and the first line.
But the Hurricanes are coming off a big win against the Flyers in which depth helped the team to victory. The team will have to use a similar style against the Islanders and hope for timely goals.
Justin Peters had a knack for string together some strong game last season, so it’s possible tonight will be another good effort from him.
A recap will be posted after the game.