First, a maiden voyage to Brooklyn. Then, home.
This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s match-up between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
A preview of the final game of the Canes’ road trip can be found below. We’ll pass along any and all information as we receive it from Brooklyn.Last updated: 1:30 p.m.
CANES LINEUP NOTES1:30 p.m.
According to our very own Michelle McMahon, the following lineup changes will be made for the Hurricanes tonight:
- Eddie Lack starts in goal
- Noah Hanifin will dress, Michal Jordan will sit out
- Andrej Nestrasil will dress, Brad Malone will sit out
CANES CONCLUDE ROAD TRIP IN BROOKLYN6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes have an opportunity to end their seven-game road swing over .500 when they visit the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday night.
The Canes come in to the final game of their extended State Fair road trip with a 3-3-0 record away from Raleigh. That includes two victories in Detroit, one of which came in Tuesday’s rubber match of the season series between the Canes and Red Wings.
In that game, Ron Hainsey’s goal settled a 1-1 tie in the third period, and Eric Staal added an empty-netter late to seal the Canes’ victory. Cam Ward made 25 saves on 26 shots in his third winning effort of the season.
Now, in the team’s first-ever trip to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Canes have a chance to string together consecutive wins for the first time this season and end their road trip, which has featured five games over nine days in the second leg, over .500.
The Canes’ opponent, the New York Islanders, sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 13 points (6-2-1). They’re 4-1-1 at their new home in Brooklyn, and they come in to tonight’s contest having won two straight. The ever-dangerous John Tavares already has 11 points (5g, 6a) in just nine games, and he’s better than a point-per-game producer against Carolina with 30 points (16g, 14a) in 22 contests.
Rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin was a healthy scratch on Tuesday in Detroit. Canes head coach Bill Peters wanted the 18-year-old to observe the game from a different angle and freshen up mentally and physically.
Joakim Nordstrom practiced with the Canes in Detroit, but he’s missed the team’s last six games with a lower-body injury stemming from a blocked shot in the home opener. Andrej Nestrasil is also sidelined with a lower-body concern after blocking a shot in Los Angeles.CANESPR NOTES:
According to their record, the Canes really enjoyed playing at Nassau Coliseum: they were 12-2-2 in their last 16 games at that barn. Will Barclays Center conjure the same good vibes? … Eric Staal, who has played 855 games with the Canes since making his NHL debut at the age of 18 in 2003, celebrates his 31st birthday today. … This back-to-back set is the third of the Canes’ 16 this season.
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