The Islanders go for their seventh win in eight games when they host the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. Buy Tickets
Greiss, Lack in Goal: Thomas Greiss gets the start in goal Thursday for the Islanders (Jaroslav Halak is “under the weather”), while Eddie Lack will play for the Hurricanes. Greiss is off to a solid start this season, with a 3-0-1 record, a 2.44 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. The Islanders netminder has won three straight games. JF Berube will back up Greiss tonight.
Jack Capuano on Greiss: “He’s played well and I think we’ve played well in front of him. He’s given us a chance to win. All three guys have all worked extremely hard, they want playing time and that’s been a strong point for our hockey club right now.”
Lineup: The Islanders are going with the same skaters from Monday’s methodical 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames.
|ANDERS LEE ||JOHN TAVARES ||JOSH BAILEY |
|NIKOLAY KULEMIN ||FRANS NIELSEN ||KYLE OKPOSO |
|BROCK NELSON ||MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI ||RYAN STROME |
|MATT MARTIN ||CASEY CIZIKAS ||CAL CLUTTERBUCK |
Vs. the Canes: The Islanders have won four of their last five games against the Hurricanes.
Metro Matchup: Tonight’s game is the Islanders second against a Metropolitan Division team this season. The Islanders are 1-0-0 vs. the division and went 21-6-3 against the Metro last year.
Tavares Leads: John Tavares leads the Islanders in goals (5), assists (6), points (11) and… penalty minutes (16). The captain had a six-game scoring streak snapped Monday.
Faulk? Defenseman Justin Faulk leads the Hurricanes with six points (3G, 3A).
Noah Hanifin: The Islanders will get their first look at defenseman Noah Hanifin Thursday, as the fifth-overall pick in June’s draft is back in the Hurricanes lineup. Hanifin comes to the NHL as a highly-touted rookie after posting 23 points (5G, 18A) in his freshman season at Boston College last year. Hanifin will play his ninth game tonight – a 10th game burns the first year of his entry-level deal – but head coach Bill Peters said he wants the 18-year-old to stay all season.
Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters on Hanifin: “I’ve liked everything about him, I enjoy his game immensely, I think he’s a real good player and will be a star in this league… He can be more physical. He can be a guy who is dynamic when he skates and moves his feet. He’s a real good puck-moving D… I guarantee he stays with the club. For me, he’s an NHL defenseman.”
Peters on the Islanders: Good team, deep team, they don’t give up much. I like a lot of their pieces, they are getting good goaltending right now. They move the puck. They play with a lot of puck speed, foot speed, gap speed. Good opponent. Real good team.