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Hurricanes believe playoffs remain possible

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:06 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Hurricanes believe playoffs remain possible

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Coming off a 3-2 road win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes are clinging to the fringe of Stanley Cup Playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. And as long as they are, coach Kirk Muller expects to see Carolina's best.

"There's a lot of fight left in our guys," Muller said. "Our basic message from the Olympics on has been, 'One game at a time.' With the exception of one or two games we feel like we've been playing really good hockey. There's still an avenue to make [the playoffs]. And as long as there is, let's keep slugging it out."

The Hurricanes made one roster move Tuesday, sending defenseman Ryan Murphy to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

The New York Islanders shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 on Sunday behind a 41-save effort from goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Anders Nilsson will start against the Hurricanes.

Here are the probable lineups for the Islanders and Hurricanes.

ISLANDERS

Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Josh Bailey - Brock Nelson - Cal Clutterbuck

Matt Martin - Ryan Strome - Colin McDonald

Mike Halmo - Casey Cizikas - Johan Sundstrom

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Kevin Czuczman - Thomas Hickey

Matt Donovan - Matt Carkner

Anders Nilsson

Evgeni Nabokov

Scratched: Radek Martinek

Injuries: John Tavares (knee), Eric Boulton (hand), Brian Strait (hand), Michael Grabner (concussion), Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body)

HURRICANES

Eric Staal - Andrei Loktionov - Jiri Tlusty

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm

Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles

Jay Harrison - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Radek Dvorak, Mike Komisarek, Justin Peters

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