The Carolina Hurricanes (31-31-9) will take on the only team with less points than them in the Metropolitan Division, the New York Islanders (27-35-9) at 7 p.m. tonight in Raleigh. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
The Hurricanes have won all three previous meetings against the Islanders including a 3-2 win on Jan. 4.Hurricanes’ Lineup Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Andrei Loktionov Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Elias Lindholm Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin Possible Scratches: Mike Komisarek, Radek Dvorak and Justin Peters (Healthy). Islanders’ Lineup Anders Lee – Frans Nielsen – Kyle Okposo Josh Bailey – Brock Nelson – Cal Clutterbuck Matt Martin – Ryan Strome – Colin McDonald Johan Sundstrom – John Tavares – Mike Halmo Calvin De Haan – Travis Hamonic Kevin Czuczman – Thomas Hickey Matt Carkner – Matt Donovan Evgeni Nabokov/Anders Nilsson Possible Scratches: John Tavares, Michael Grabner, Lubomir Visnovsky, Kevin Poulin and Eric Boulton (Injured).
Since the last game, the Hurricanes have seen some major news within the organization, but the lineup and game-play remains the same.
Both him and Andrej Sekera have had some game lapses all season, but it usually only takes a game or two for the problems to be worked out.
Ward will likely be back in net after that game.
The Islanders have pretty much packed up their season since the Hurricanes last saw them as the team sits 17 points out of the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
John Tavares is out for the year, defenseman Andrew MacDonald was moved and Thomas Vanek was traded at the trade deadline for a smaller amount than he was acquired for, only adding to the Islanders’ misfortune this season.
However, the team does have one bright spot with Kyle Okposo, who has 69 points in 70 games and is a surpising 12th in the league in points, much higher than any Hurricane.
Evgeni Nabokov is slipping in net, while Anders Nilsson is still a youngster working things out.
A recap will be posted after the game.