Jan 4, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Patrick Dwyer (39) controls the puck in front of New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #72 Vs. New York Islanders


Mar 7, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

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).

Hurricanes’ Outlook

Since the last game, the Hurricanes have seen some major news within the organization, but the lineup and game-play remains the same.

Cam Ward played some of his best hockey of the season against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night, the same can be said about Eric Staal, but Justin Faulk didn’t play one of his better games.

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.

Islanders’ Outlook

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.

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