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Gameday: Islanders vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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Last night was fun. Let’s do it again, shall we?

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

After flying in from Ottawa (and bringing some of the weather along for the ride) late last night, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate. We’ll pass along any and all updates as we get them!

Last updated: 5:00 p.m.



KHUDOBIN TO START, LILES IN
5:00 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters confirmed that Anton Khudobin would get the start in net after Cam Ward started last night in Ottawa.

Additionally, John-Michael Liles will draw in on defense in place of Brett Bellemore. Peters said the coaching staff is still debating changes up front. We'll report the lines during warm-ups.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
4:00 p.m.

Setting the table for tonight's match-up between the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes!




A HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE CAROLINA HURRICANES
3:15 p.m.

Click the image below to enlarge.

Letter



THE SHOW MUST GO ON
11:15 a.m.

Though ice is usually found inside PNC Arena, today it's covering a lot of the Triangle.

That said, tonight's game between the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes will be played as scheduled.

Fans who are unable to attend the game may exchange their tickets at PNC Arena's box office during normal box office hours for one of the following games, subject to availability:
  • Tuesday, February 24 vs. PHI
  • Tuesday, March 10 vs. CBJ
  • Thursday, March 12 vs. DAL
  • Tuesday, March 17 vs. OTT
If you're coming out to tonight's game, be sure to drive safely!



CANES RETURN TO RALEIGH TO HOST ISLES
6:00 a.m.

ISLANDERS vs. HURRICANES
Islanders vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
RECAP: CANES BURY SENS IN THIRD
INFOGRAPHIC: CAR 6, OTT 3
VIDEOS
HIGHLIGHTS: CAR 6, OTT 3
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
GAME NOTES
PUBLIC SAFETY APPRECIATION NIGHT
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
A night after the Carolina Hurricanes surged past the Ottawa Senators, they will be looking to tick the win column for the first time in the season series against the New York Islanders.

Tonight marks the third of four meetings between these two Metropolitan Division opponents and the first game since the Islanders swept a back-to-back, home-and-home set to begin the 2014-15 regular season campaign.

Last night in Ottawa, the Hurricanes and Senators went back-and-forth for 40 minutes until the Canes pulled away in the final 20, earning a 6-3 win. It was the second time this season that Carolina scored six goals, the first coming in Dallas on Nov. 18.

Helping the Canes’ offense along was their power play, which scored three times on five tries, the first time this season that Carolina scored three goals on the man advantage in one game. They also got balanced scoring throughout their lineup. 10 players recorded a point and three more had multi-point games: Andrej Nestrasil (1g, 2a), who earned the fireman’s helmet, Nathan Gerbe (1g, 1a) and Michal Jordan (1g, 1a), who scored his first NHL goal in the third period.

The Islanders played on Monday night as well in a similar back-and-forth affair with the New York Rangers, perhaps a preview of what could be an exhilarating Metropolitan Division playoff series. The Rangers scored three unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to claim a 6-5 victory over the Islanders, who will undoubtedly be looking to rebound.

Expect to see Victor Rask draw back into the lineup tonight after sitting out Monday’s game as a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

“He needs to watch a game. He’ll learn a lot. He’ll meet with Roddy after the game and discuss what he sees,” Peters said after Monday’s morning skate. “It looks like he’s more mentally tired than physically tired, making some mistakes that he hasn’t all year. He’s going to go right back in when we play the Islanders. It will be good to get him a little rest. He’ll recharge and away we go.

Cam Ward made 29 saves on 32 shots in last night’s game, the goaltender’s 14th win of the season in the 498th start of his career. Peters gave no indication whether the team would split goaltending duties on this back-to-back set.

“We’ll take it game-by-game. You know how we beat it up on the plane on the way home,” Peters said on Monday. “We’ll make an educated and intelligent decision and play the goaltender we think gives us our best chance.

NOTES: The Canes have posted a 23-6-5 record in the last 34 meetings between the two clubs. … Jeff Skinner has goals in three straight games, and Andrej Nestrasil has goals in two straight games and three of his last four.



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