As one of the NHL's few remaining unbeaten teams, the Carolina Hurricanes are now a win away from their best start in franchise history.
The Hurricanes are a perfect 4-0-0 through four games, winning the first three in overtime or a shootout before storming past the Florida Panthers, 6-3, on Tuesday. The Canes host the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division match-up on Friday.
"Everybody, every guy down the lineup is contributing," said Ryan Dzingel, who scored his first two goals with the Canes on Tuesday. "It's everyone tugging on the same rope."
Gauthier Set for Debut
Julien Gauthier, who was recalled from Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon, is set to make his NHL debut with the team that drafted him 21st overall in 2016.
Gauthier, who played in all six exhibition games, was among the final group of players cut from the Canes' training camp roster. He then scored two goals in the Checkers' first two games of the season.
"You have two choices: You could either complain or find a way," he said. "When I got down there, I just worked as hard as I could in practice and games. I was able to produce. It was nice to score right away."
Gauthier was recalled to replace Jordan Martinook, who is expected to miss 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
"It's not a short-term thing," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "That's the way it goes. We've got to pick up the pieces, and someone is going to have to fill in a little bit for what he brings to us."
Gauthier won't fill the on- and off-ice energy void, but the hope is that he might be able to chip in offensively and prove his game at the NHL level.
"I think I can play here," he said. "You have to 100 percent every game and give it everything you've got. I'm here to work."
How Sweep It Is
Friday's divisional tilt between the Hurricanes and Islanders is also a rematch of the Second Round series from the spring, a clean sweep for the Canes.
Teuvo Teravainen, who ranks tied for second on the team in in scoring with five points (1g, 4a) in the first four games of the season, recorded a team-best five points (3g, 2a) in four games in that series.
The Islanders opened the season with a three-game homestand and posted a 1-2-0 record in that stretch. After being edged by Washington, 2-1, in their home opener, the Islanders rebounded with a 4-1 win over Winnipeg. Edmonton then bested New York, 5-2, on Tuesday. Anthony Beauvillier leads the team in scoring with a pair of goals and assists.
AT THE RINK
On Fridays, the Hurricanes wear black. Tonight marks the first of 15 times this season the Canes will sport their third jerseys.
Friday evening's festivities begin outside PNC Arena with a South Plaza Party at 5:30 p.m. Soak this weather up while you can. The forecast is sunny with temperatures in the mid 70s. Just gorgeous.
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