– Game No. 2 of 82 takes the Carolina Hurricanes to New York, where they’ll get a rematch with the Islanders team that spoiled their home opener on Friday.
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The NC State football game was delayed nearly an hour due to inclement weather in Raleigh, which will affect cable viewers for tonight's FOX Sports Carolinas broadcast.
Currently, the plan on cable is to join the Canes game in progress. Satellite and UVerse customers should experience no such issues, though it should be noted that there will be no Hurricanes Live pregame show tonight.
PUCK DROPS IN TWO HOURS
It's been a cool and rainy day in Uniondale, NY. Game No. 2 of the 2014-15 regular season coming you way soon.
KHUDOBIN TO START; SWAP ON BACK-END
Canes head coach Bill Peters confirmed that Anton Khudobin would get the start in net tonight in New York.
"That was kind of the plan all along, to get both guys going, especially early in the year in a back-to-back with travel," Peters said.
On defense, Ryan Murphy will draw into the lineup with Ron Hainsey and Brett Bellemore serving as the extras.
"We’re going to hope he (Murphy) can help us move the puck and on the power play," Peters said.
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
The forward groupings will look very similar tonight, based on the team's morning skate:
The defensive pairs looked like this:
We'll get definitive word on the odd pair out and the Canes' starting goaltender after the skate concludes.
On the other side of the ice, the Islanders announced that Chad Johnson would make the start in net.
LOOKING FOR REVENGE
It’s a quick turnaround for the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders, as the two teams square off for the second time in 24 hours, this time at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders handed the Hurricanes a 5-3 defeat on Friday night at PNC Arena, spoiling the Canes 2014-15 home opener. Now, Carolina gets a chance to return the favor.
“It obviously wasn’t enough, and we’ll have to respond tomorrow," Eric Staal
said after Friday’s loss. “You’ve got to respond. Now it’s our chance in their building to ruin their home opener.”
For the most part, the Hurricanes were pleased with their start to the 2014-15 regular season. But that was short-lived – about 17 minutes to be exact. After dictating the pace of much of the first period, the Canes got into penalty trouble and found themselves down two men. Nearly two minutes later, they were in a 2-0 hole.
The Islanders’ lead would grow to 5-1 at one point in the third period, but the Canes fought back with markers from Chris Terry
“You’ve got to establish a foundation and stay with it,” head coach Bill Peters said on Friday. “The guys did a good job at times, but I thought we were inconsistent.”
In addition to holding a 23-7-5 record against the Islanders in their last 35 meetings, the Canes have been dominant as of late on Long Island, posting an 11-1-2 record in the last 14 road meetings.
"Now we’re into the season, and we’ll try to move on and give them a good fight tomorrow," Elias Lindholm
said on Friday.
Saturday’s game marks the second half of the Hurricanes’ first of 14 back-to-back sets this season. Last year, Carolina was 9-9-2 on the front half and 7-10-3 on the back half.
NOTES: Eric Staal
is one assist shy of 400 career assists. … Jay Harrison
is one game shy of 300 games played with the Hurricanes.