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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s Metropolitan Division showdown 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.
In a back-to-back situation, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but we’ll likely have late-afternoon lineup updates. Much more to come between now and then, but meanwhile, check out a preview of tonight’s game below.Last updated: 6:40 p.m.
FAULK TO MISS SECOND STRAIGHT GAME6:40 p.m.
Justin Faulk is not on the ice for warm-ups, so he will miss his second straight game. Head coach Bill Peters planned on using the same lineup otherwise, but there appears to be one adjustment: Riley Nash in for Nathan Gebre on the fourth line.
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FAULK'S STATUS UNKNOWN5:00 p.m.
Justin Faulk's status for tonight's contest remains uncertain, according to head coach Bill Peters, who said the All-Star defenseman was currently receiving treatment. If he can't play, the Hurricanes will ice the same lineup as they did last night against Pittsburgh. Cam Ward will go back in between the pipes.
We'll bring you more from warm-ups in about 90 minutes.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF2:30 p.m.
Teeing up tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up with Michelle McMahon.
MORE CRUCIAL POINTS UP FOR GRABS VS. ISLES6:00 a.m.
In the thick of a playoff push, points are crucial for the Carolina Hurricanes, especially in match-ups against divisional opponents and teams the Canes are chasing in the standings.
For the second night in a row, the Hurricanes face off against a team that is both a divisional opponent and ranked higher in the standings, the New York Islanders.
On Friday night, the Hurricanes claimed a point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Andrej Nestrasil scored in the waning minutes of regulation to snag an ever-important point for his club, while Kris Letang was the only player to score in the shootout.
“We had a good start. They made a good push back in the second and snuck a goal in there. I thought we had a good third period and came back. They tried to hold us off, but we were fortunate to get one,” Jordan Staal said. “We did a good job of sticking with our game in the third to find a way to get a point and that goal that we needed. 3-on-3 was a bit of a track meet. Somehow we didn’t solve the game.”
The Hurricanes are now five points out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, which is currently occupied by the Penguins. Another two points, with the possibility of a four-point swing, are on the line again tonight.
“We’ve got to be competitive right off the bat. It’s another team we’re trying to climb to catch,” Eric Staal said after Friday’s game. “We’ve got to get points, so hopefully it’s two tomorrow.”
“It was a big game. We did a good job of sticking with it to get the point,” Jordan said. “I’m not sure how it all unfolds, but we’re going to keep plugging away and show up tomorrow ready to go. It’s far from over.”
For the first time in 149 games, the Hurricanes were without All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk on Friday after he suffered a lower-body injury in practice a day prior.
“Just couldn’t go. He was close,” head coach Bill Peters said. “A little too much discomfort.”
Faulk’s status for tonight remains uncertain.
“Day-to-day means day-to-day,” Peters said.
The Islanders come into tonight’s game winners of three in a row, a streak that began with an 8-1 trouncing of the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Most recently, New York topped Los Angeles 5-2 on Thursday. At 29-18-6 with 64 points, the Islanders sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division.CANESPR NOTES:
The Canes have won eight of the last 12 meetings between the two teams and are 25-7-5 in the last 39 head-to-head match-ups. … The Hurricanes are 16-6-3 in back-to-back games this season, including a 9-3-1 mark in the front halves and a 7-3-2 record in the back halves. This is the team’s 13th of 16 back-to-back sets this season.
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