The Carolina Hurricanes return to home ice to face the New York Islanders at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Sunday. The Hurricanes bounced back from a 6-3 loss to Montreal at home on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory against the Capitals in Washington on Thursday. The Hurricanes currently occupy eighth place in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the ninth place Boston Bruins. The Bruins play at Montreal on Saturday. Sami Kapanen notched an assist at Washington and has six points (1g, 5a) in the last six games. The Hurricanes have killed off 22 consecutive penalties dating back to March 4 at Chicago.
March 19MondayIceplex11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
March 20TuesdayIceplex 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
March 21WednesdayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/FSN
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).Internet: www.nhl.com
CAROLINA / NY ISLANDERS SERIES:
The Hurricanes and the Islanders meet for the fourth and final time this season and the second time at Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes lead the season 2-1, defeating the Islanders 3-1 at Nassau Coliseum on March 1 and 5-2 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Jan. 7. The Islanders outscored the Hurricanes 2-1 on Dec. 19. Shane Willis (0g, 5a), Rod Brind’Amour (4g, 0a), and Martin Gelinas (1g, 3a) are Carolina’s leading scorers against the Islanders this season. Carolina is 35-32-9-0 all-time against the Islanders, including a 19-14-5 mark at home.
The Hurricanes penalty kill is 130-of-146 at home (89.0% - ranked first in the NHL through March 15). Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour has 35 points (13g, 22a) in the last 32 games and is third among all Hurricanes with 49 points (17g, 32a). Forward Jeff O’Neill was tied for ninth in the NHL in goals (35) and tied for third in power play goals (16) and game-tying goals (2) through March 15. Forward Shane Willis was first among all rookies in goals (19), power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (5).
CAROLINA AT HOME: 18-13-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-15-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 63-of-334 (18.9%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 274-of-315 (87.0%)
NY ISLANDERS NOTES:
The Islanders will take on the Hurricanes less than 24 hours after playing the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio. New York acquired goaltender Chris Terreri and a ninth round draft pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for goalie John Vanbiesbrouck on March 12.
ISLANDERS AT HOME: 11-25-1-1 ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD*: 8-18-4-2 ISLANDERS ON THE POWER PLAY*: 46-of-335 (13.7%) ISLANDERS SHORTHANDED*: 312-of-383 (81.5%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Glen Wesley suffered a broken jaw and a severe facial laceration at Chicago on March 4. He is on the Injured Reserve List.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
92 O’Neill 70352055
31 Moss113.84 1-6-0.853
*stats as of March 15