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Carolina looks to extend point streak to six; Greiss to start in goal for New York

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

HURRICANES (7-5-4) at ISLANDERS (9-6-2)

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

 

The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to extend their point streak to six games against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Thursday.

Carolina, which is 3-0-2 in its past five games, is playing the opener of a two-game road trip before it hosts the Islanders on Sunday.

Scott Darling will start in goal for the Hurricanes, who extended their point streak with a 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on Monday.

Goaltender Thomas Greiss will make his second straight start for the Islanders. He is 53-31-11 in 100 games since joining the Islanders prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.

The Islanders have not lost in regulation at home this season (5-0-2).

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen had a natural hat trick Monday. He has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past three games.

Islanders forward Jordan Eberle has four goals in his past four games and six in his past seven. He went the first 10 games of the season without a goal.

 

They said it

"We're getting closer and closer every time we take the ice. I think the guys are getting more comfortable with the way we play. Now we start playing some teams in the East and some teams specifically in our division. Now we've got to have a real good segment." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

"They're a team that really flies under the radar, don't get as much attention. They obviously haven't made the playoffs in a while, but I don't think it's because they don't compete or they're not talented. They've been developing a lot of young players for a long time; you can especially see it on their back end. Good, strong [defense], that's very mobile. They really challenge you. They really get into your face and they've got some crafty forwards that are skilled and can make some plays." -- Islanders captain John Tavares on the Hurricanes

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Lee Stempniak (upper body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Jason Chimera -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Alan Quine, Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)

 

Status report

The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate. Kruger did not practice Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms. Di Giuseppe will take his place if Kruger is unable to play. … Ho-Sang is on a regular recall after the Islanders terminated his emergency recall following their morning skate. 

 

Stat pack

The Hurricanes are 22-7-7 in 36 games against the Islanders since the start of the 2008-09 season and are 4-0-1 in their past five games at New York. … The Islanders have allowed the first goal in 12 of 17 games this season but are 8-0-0 when leading after the second period.

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