This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders 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.
We’ll pass along updates from the team as we receive them.Last updated: 12:10 p.m.
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE12:10 p.m.
Forward Derek Ryan was recalled once again from Charlotte this morning in order to fill out the Hurricanes' forward lines. Carolina dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen, playing Ryan Murphy on the wing, Sunday against the Devils. According to roster information passed along by Michelle McMahon, Ryan will center Nathan Gerbe and Patrick Brown, and Cam Ward will get the start in net.
REMATCH WITH ISLANDERS SET6:00 a.m.
For the second time in three games, the Carolina Hurricanes will face off with the New York Islanders, a Metropolitan Division rival.
On Saturday, Cal Clutterbuck’s two goals led the Islanders to a 4-3 overtime victory in Raleigh. It was a tale of two periods for the Hurricanes in the first 40 minutes. There was the first period, in which the Canes looked flat and sloppy and surrendered two goals, including one just 95 seconds into the game. Then there was the second period, in which the Hurricanes scored three consecutive goals in the first 8:01 to take a one-goal lead. Clutterbuck scored 30 seconds into the third period to draw the game even and then grabbed the extra point for his team with just 14 seconds remaining in overtime.
“We’re in games and right there,” Jordan Staal said. “Unfortunate ending. I thought we battled pretty hard besides the first period. The second and third were good, and in overtime we had a lot of chances. Just couldn’t come up with the two points.”
“This time of year, games are pretty tight. There’s not a lot of room for mistakes,” said Jeff Skinner, who had one of the Canes’ three goals and registered seven shots. “At the same time, you want to come out with two points and win those games.”
The Hurricanes rebounded 22 hours later with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, in which Victor Rask scored twice and reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his young career.
“Those 22-hour back-to-backs are pretty tough, so it’s always nice when you can get off to a good start,” Skinner said. “From there, I thought everyone battled and contributed. Everyone found a way to dig in, and those ones feel pretty good.”
Now the Hurricanes have a shot at revenge against the Islanders in their fourth and final meeting of the 2015-16 regular season. The Canes have posted a 2-0-1 record in the first three games.
“We’re going to grind and keep going. We’re going to keep playing hard. We’ve beaten some good teams,” head coach Bill Peters said after Sunday’s victory. “We’re going to continue to do what we do. We believe in ourselves. I know there’s a lot of confidence in that room, and I have confidence in the guys. We’re just going to keep finding ways.”
The Islanders have not played since Saturday’s meeting with the Canes at PNC Arena. New York occupies the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 89 points (40-25-9).
Riley Nash did not dress for the Hurricanes on Sunday due to an upper-body injury sustained the night prior, when he collided hard with the goal post. In his stead, defenseman Ryan Murphy slid up to occupy one of the team’s 12 forward slots.CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes have experienced great recent success against the Islanders: they have won nine of the last 14 meetings between the two teams and are 26-7-6 in the last 39 meetings. … Victor Rask (4g), Jeff Skinner (1g, 2a) and Jaccob Slavin (3a) each have points in three straight games.
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