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Preview: Hurricanes at Islanders

New York returns home following nine-game road trip; Lucas Wallmark likely to make NHL debut for Carolina

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

HURRICANES (27-27-11) at ISLANDERS (32-24-11)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

Hurricanes team scope

Center Lucas Wallmark, a fourth-round pick (No. 97) at the 2014 NHL Draft, is expected to make his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Wallmark, 21, was leading Charlotte of the American Hockey League with 21 goals in 59 games. This is Wallmark's first season in North America; he spent the previous four seasons in Sweden. "He's going to play in the middle for sure and hopefully give him lots of ice time and find out what he's all about," coach Bill Peters said. "I know he's had a good year at the American Hockey League level and he's earned the call up." Wallmark will replace forward Valentin Zykov, who sustained an upper-body injury during a 3-2 overtime loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

 

Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders return to Barclays Center after going 5-3-1 on their record nine-game road trip. They enter Monday one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. "I don't think we learned anything particularly new [about our team], I think just knowing it was an important trip, we got some results that we needed and keep us where we're at [in the standings], certainly we're still right there," captain John Tavares said. "It was just a good way to play on the road compared to maybe the way we started earlier in the year. But I think there's always been a confidence over the last couple of months, the way we've been playing. We know it's going to come right to the end, so each game is important, and that's just kind of the way we approach it. I think we're just looking forward to being back at home tonight."

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jay McClement -- Derek Ryan -- Patrick Brown

Joakim Nordstrom -- Lucas Wallmark -- Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlback -- Matt Tennyson

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Ryan Murphy

Injured: Phillip Di Giuseppe (upper body), Brock McGinn (upper body), Valentin Zykov (upper body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Nikolay Kulemin -- Brock Nelson -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Andrew Ladd -- Ryan Strome -- Jason Chimera

Stephen Gionta -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Adam Pelech

Calvin de Haan -- Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey -- Dennis Seidenberg

Jean-Francois Berube

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Scott Mayfield

Injured: Casey Cizikas (upper body), Alan Quine (upper body), Shane Prince (upper body), Johnny Boychuk (lower body)

 

Status report

Di Giuseppe skated Monday morning but will not play. McGinn and Zykov did not make the trip and "are a long way away," from returning Peters said. … This will be Berube's first start since a 6-4 win against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 19. He's played three games in relief since then. … Cizikas and Quine skated Monday and are close, according to coach Doug Weight, but are not ready to return.

 

Who's hot

Teravainen has two goals and two assists in his past five games. … Nelson and Beauvillier have each scored in back-to-back games. Nelson has three goals in his past five. … Tavares has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. Ladd has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).

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