A visit to Long Island should help the Carolina Hurricanes' struggling power-play unit get back on track.
Looking to continue their strong special-teams play at the Nassau Coliseum, the Hurricanes will meet the New York Islanders for the first time this season on Saturday night.
After failing to score in its only chance with the man advantage in a 4-1 loss Thursday at Pittsburgh, Carolina (3-2-1) is 0-for-14 on the power play over its last four games.
Coach Peter Laviolette told the Hurricanes' official Web site that the unit has been sloppy.
"It's been sloppy on the breakout, it's been a bit sloppy and predictable," he said. "We've got the right guys out there - they're guys that have proven they can excel with the power play. We add new pieces out there too and just the chemistry and maybe just finding out what we like."
However, the 'Canes seem to have no trouble scoring on Long Island with an opponent in the penalty box. Carolina has tallied at least one power-play goal in each of its last five games there, totaling eight in 27 chances (29.6 percent).
Carolina has gone 3-1-1 in that span, and scored four man-advantage goals while winning both matchups at the Coliseum last season.
The loss to Pittsburgh was Carolina's third in four games overall (1-2-1), but rookie Brandon Sutter recorded his first NHL goal. A first-round pick by the 'Canes in 2007, he is the ninth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.
"It's nice to get the first one for sure - I had a few chances the first couple of games," said the son of New Jersey coach Brent Sutter. "I kind of jumped on it and had a step on (Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik) and wanted to get the shot off and not do anything fancy."
Eric Staal has scored all his goals on the road this season to tie Rod Brind'Amour and Matt Cullen for the overall team lead with three. Staal, Carolina's leading goal scorer with 38 in 2007-08, has only one in his last five games at the Coliseum.
New York (2-4-0) split its first four games this season, but now will be trying to avoid its third consecutive loss. After being shut out by Florida on Saturday, the Islanders dropped a 5-3 decision to Dallas on Thursday.
Still, rookie head Scott Gordon told the Islanders' official Web site that he saw improvement after the long layoff.
"I think the biggest thing is I saw a better job on our forecheck," he said. "We saw some sustained pressure. We created some turnovers. We didn't allow them to make plays. We did that with a lot more consistency than we had in the Florida game."
Rick DiPietro, still rusty after offseason hip and knee surgery, allowed three first-period goals. He finished with 24 saves in his home debut.
After serving as a backup for the first four games, the top overall pick from the 2000 draft is 0-2-0 with a 3.55 goals-against average this season. He hasn't beaten Carolina in nearly two years, going 0-3-1 with a 5.18 GAA in four starts since a victory on Nov. 22, 2006.
Mark Streit finally broke out with a goal and two assists against the Stars. In July, Streit was given a five-year, $20.5 million contract by New York after finishing tied for third among defensemen in scoring with 62 points last season while playing for Montreal.
He managed two assists in his first five games of 2008-09.