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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Hurricanes

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Islanders Roster
Goaltenders:
41 - Jaroslav Halak
60 - Kevin Poulin


Defensemen:

4 - TJ Brennan
8 - Griffin Reinhart
11 - Lubomir Visnovsky
14 - Thomas Hickey
52 - Ville Pokka
55 - Aaron Ness

Forwards:
15 - Cal Clutterbuck
17 - Matt Martin
18 - Ryan Strome
20 - Jack Skille
21 - Kyle Okposo
27 - Anders Lee
29 - Brock Nelson
51 - Frans Nielsen
53 - Casey Cizikas
59 - Brett Gallant
84 - Mikhail Grabovski
89 - Cory Conacher
91 - John Tavares



 
Hurricanes Roster
Goaltenders:
31 - Anton Khudobin
35 - Drew MacIntyre


Defense:
4 - Andrej Sekera
7 - Ryan Murphy
27 - Justin Faulk
44 - Jay Harrison
65 - Ron Hainsey
73 - Brett Bellemore


Forwards:
14 - Nathan Gerbe
16 - Elias Lindholm
18 - Jay McClement
19 - Jiri Tlusty
21 - Brock McGinn
22 - Zach Boychuk
23 - Ben Holmstrom
24 - Brad Malone
34 - Phil Di Giuseppe
36 - Patrick Brown
53 - Jeff Skinner

Fresh off a pair of wins in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the New York Islanders are home to host the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a preseason game at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders (2-0-0) beat the Ottawa Senators twice in a split-squad doubleheader on Monday and look to carry that momentum back to Long Island. Tonight's game will be streamed live on Islanders TV and broadcast on WRHU 88.7 FM. Great seats are still available.

Captain John Tavares, leading scorer Kyle Okposo and newcomer Mikhail Grabovski highlight the Islanders lineup. Grabovski scored a goal and an assist in Monday night’s win against the Senators playing on a line with Cory Conacher and Nikolay Kulemin. Conacher is in tonight’s lineup, while Kulemin is not.


Jaroslav Halak and Kevin Poulin will be in goal for the Islanders. Poulin was credited with the win in the back half of Monday’s doubleheader.

Matt Martin, Ville Pokka and Aaron Ness are each making their preseason debuts Wednesday, as the rest of the lineup played in one of the two games on Monday.

Jeff Skinner headlines the Hurricanes roster, along with defenseman Justin Faulk and goaltender Anton Khudobin. Brett Bellemore is the only Hurricane making his preseason debut. The Hurricanes (0-2-0) are looking for their first win of the preseason after dropping games to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres.

Highlights: Islanders 3, Senators 2 (SO)


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