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Preview: Hurricanes at Islanders

Backup goalie Eddie Lack may start for Carolina; Cal Clutterbuck out for New York

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

HURRICANES (23-20-7) at ISLANDERS (22-18-9)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

Hurricanes team scope

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack could make his first NHL start since Nov. 6 after Cam Ward made 24 saves in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena on Friday. Lack was recalled from a conditioning stint with Charlotte of the American Hockey League last Sunday; he's had two concussions this season and has been limited to four starts. "I felt really good out there. I felt like I was seeing the puck well and tracking it. My body felt good and everything," Lack told the Hurricanes website. "I'm an athlete, so I really like to compete every day. Just to get that team feel again and being part of a team was really good, and I'm ready to get back out there." Saturday marks the beginning of a three-game road trip for the Hurricanes, who have won back-to-back games after a five-game losing streak.

 

Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders will be without right wing Cal Clutterbuck, who sustained another lower-body injury during a 5-4 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Clutterbuck had just returned to the lineup after missing New York's 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. The Islanders will be looking to avenge a 7-4 loss at Carolina on Jan. 14, when they allowed six goals during the final two periods. "We need to be better than the last time we played them, for sure," forward Josh Bailey told MSG Network. "I think they kind of took it to us a little bit. We're going to re-evaluate [Saturday] morning and go over some video and, I keep saying it, but get ready for another one. That's the beauty of this league at times; you've got a quick turnover and get to move on quickly."

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Teuvo Teravainen

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jay McClement -- Viktor Stalberg

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Klas Dahlbeck

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratched: Matt Tennyson, Ryan Murphy, Ty Rattie

Injured: Bryan Bickell (illness)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome

Andrew Ladd -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Shane Prince

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Hickey -- Adam Pelech

Jean-Francois Berube

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Scott Mayfield, Stephen Gionta

Injured: Travis Hamonic (knee), Cal Clutterbuck (lower body)

 

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate Saturday. … Berube should receive his first start in exactly two weeks. He made 34 saves in a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 21.

 

Who's hot

Aho has four goals and an assist in his past two games. Staal has two goals and an assist in the past four games. … Tavares had a goal and an assist Friday, extending his point streak to four games (one goal, six assists). Ladd has three goals and one assist during a three-game point streak. Bailey has three goals in his past four games.

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