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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders-Hurricanes Game 3

News, notes and quotes ahead of Game 3 between the Islanders and Hurricanes

by Cory Wright WrightsWay /

The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes play Game 3 on Wednesday at PNC Arena at 7 p.m. Watch on NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA2 or NHL.TV. Listen live on 88.7FM WRHU, 103.9FM LI News, 660AM/101.9FM WFAN  or online at Read the game preview. Check the game notes.

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Cal Clutterbuck will take warmups and is officially a game-time decision, per Head Coach Barry Trotz. 

Clutterbuck took the optional morning skate on Wednesday, a positive sign after missing Tuesday's practice. 

If Clutterbuck can't go, Michael Dal Colle is expected to make his playoff debut. 


Curtis McElhinney will start in goal for the Hurricanes on Wednesday. McElhinney made 17 saves in relief of Petr Mrazek in Game 2. Mrazek is day to day with a lower-body injury and won't dress for Game 3. Charlotte Checkers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic will serve as McElhinney's backup. 

Mrazek skated on Wednesday and is a possibility for Game 4, per Michael Smith of the Hurricanes official website. 

Matt Martin, Leo Komarov and Goaltending Coach Piero Greco have experience with McElhinney, as all four were a part of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization from 2016-18. Trotz said the Islanders will mine all the info they can about the Hurricanes goalie.  

"We know he's a good goaltender, experienced and he's got great character," Trotz said. "We have to make sure that we make it real difficult on him, try dissect him with our goalie department and they know a bit about him. We have to take advantage of anything we know about him."

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The Hurricanes are "hopeful" that Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Martinook can return to the lineup. Svechnikov, who has been out with a concussion since Game 3 against Washington, will take warmups and is a game-time decision. Martinook skated this morning, but there are no further updates. 

Haydn Fleury will draw into the Hurricanes lineup in place of Trevor van Riemsdyk. 


Brock McGinn - Sebastian Aho - Justin Williams
Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele - Lucas Wallmark - Jordin Martinook
Andrei Svechnikov - Greg McKegg - Patrick Brown

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brett Pesce - Justin Faulk
Haydn Fleury - Calvin de Haan

Curtis McElhinney
Alex Nedeljkovic

*Hurricanes lines courtesy of

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