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The Hurricanes will hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, and we’ll be rinkside as always to bring you the latest. Until then, check out a preview of tonight’s Metropolitan Division match-up below.Last updated: 6:30 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF6:30 p.m.
Michelle McMahon sets the table for tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up!
LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES11:50 a.m.
Forward Phil Di Giuseppe may be sidelined for "a day or two," according to head coach Bill Peters.
"He got hit along the wall in Columbus," Peters said. "He's getting looked at here."
Patrick Brown was recalled from Charlotte on Friday evening and will draw in on a line with Jay McClement and Chris Terry, who is riding a four-game point streak.
"Brownie played a little bit for us last year, and he's played real well down there [in Charlotte]," Peters said. "He deserves this call-up, and it's an opportunity for him to leave a real good impression going into next year."
Eddie Lack will indeed get the start in net again for the Hurricanes. He made 42 stops in the team's 3-2 win in Columbus on Thursday night.
"I thought he battled. I thought he was big," Peters said. "He had a lot of desperation-type saves. He gave us a chance to stay in the game. I didn't think we were very good early, but he let us hang around."
A decision on Sunday's netminder in the back-to-back scenario will be determined after the game tonight, Peters said.
Here's more from the Canes' bench boss.On facing an Islanders team that played last night:
"Anytime you're playing someone back-to-back, you know they're going to be game-ready. You know they're going to come out and be prepared. We have to make sure we're at a high level early. If they're going to have any signs of fatigue, it will be in the second half of the game, so we've got to invest early."On the team's focus in the last eight games:
"We've played hard here and quite well since the trade deadline. We have to continue that."On Justin Faulk getting back into the lineup before the end of the season:
"He'll start feeling better each and every game he plays. His timing will improve, his game-shape and conditioning will improve. Then he goes into the summer knowing he's back, and that's an important thing. You never want to miss the final part of the season and then have doubts lingering."On Brody Sutter:
"He's been big and on the body. He's made good decisions with the puck. He's had chances every game and gets pucks to the net. He's played well."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:30 a.m.
After spending a day away from the rink on Friday, the Hurricanes got back on the ice Saturday morning. Newly recalled forward Patrick Brown was present, but Phil Di Giuseppe did not skate.
Here's how the Canes lined up.
We'll have more from the room, including word on Di Giuseppe's absence, shortly!
CANES HOST ISLANDERS TO BEGIN FINAL BACK-TO-BACK SET6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes will begin their 16th and final back-to-back set of the season, one of four that doesn’t involve travel, on Saturday night when they host the New York Islanders.
The Canes have established a sterling record in back-to-back contests this season at 18-9-3, including a 9-5-1 mark in the first games and a 9-4-2 mark in the second games. Just twice this season have the Canes not secured at least a point in the set, and in five instances the Canes won both games.
In total, eight games remain for the Hurricanes in the regular season, five of which will be played at PNC Arena. Carolina is coming off of a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, their third in three games against that team this season. Down 1-0 heading into the third period, the Hurricanes scored three goals in 98 seconds, and Eddie Lack put forth a first star-worthy 42-save performance in net to lead his team to victory.
“It was huge. We knew we could do it,” said Victor Rask, who got the Canes on the board just 52 seconds into the final frame. “It was just a really good team effort.”
“He gave us a chance, didn't he? He was real good,” head coach Bill Peters said of his goaltender. “We need to get a little harder around our net. Too many guys were stirring a little bit of soup.”
The Hurricanes, who welcomed All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk back to the lineup in Columbus, did not practice on Friday.
The New York Islanders are picking a bad time to hit a bit of a slide. After Friday’s 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Islanders remain in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference but are just 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and have lost six straight games away from Brooklyn.
Tonight marks the third of four meetings between the Canes and Islanders this season. The Canes claimed a 3-2 overtime victory in Brooklyn on Oct. 29 before jumping all over the Islanders at home, 6-3, on Feb. 13.
On Friday evening, forward Patrick Brown earned his first recall of the season from Charlotte, where he has been the only player to skate in all 66 of the team’s games this season. Word on who he may be replacing in the Canes’ lineup will likely be forthcoming from Peters on Saturday morning.CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes have posted a 26-7-5 record in their last 38 games against the Islanders and have won nine of the last 13 games in that stretch. … Chris Terry has points in four straight games (3g, 1a) and goals in three straight.
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