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Hurricanes at Islanders preview

Carolina, New York on edge of playoff contention in Eastern Conference

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

HURRICANES (30-30-11) at ISLANDERS (30-31-10)

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

 

The Game

The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes will wrap up their season series at Barclays Center on Sunday.

New York has won two of the three games, including a 3-0 victory at Carolina on Feb. 16.

Carolina, which has lost three straight in regulation, including 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by 12 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. New York is 13 points behind Columbus.

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho extended his point streak to four games Saturday (two goals, three assists).

Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has a goal and two assists in his past two games and leads NHL rookies with 72 points.

 

They said it

"There's a lot of players in this room that care and really want to win. We had a solid season throughout at the beginning and halfway through and on, and obviously of late it's been ugly. But there's some good people in this room that really care and that really want to win and that'll come through in the end and that'll help us get to where we want to go. " -- Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal

 

"Your career only lasts so long, so you want to enjoy every second of it and every challenge, no matter how tough it's going sometimes. You just try to look at the positive side of it and try to find a way to break through and hopefully lead to some good things that we can build on individually and as a team." -- Islanders captain John Tavares

 
Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Elias Lindholm -- Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Joakim Nordstrom -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Klas Dahlbeck -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: None

Injured: Noah Hanifin (upper body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

John Tavares -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anders Lee -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Brock Nelson -- Tanner Fritz

Chris Wagner -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Sebastian Aho -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Jaroslav Halak

Christopher Gibson

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Brandon Davidson, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Thomas Greiss (lower body), Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Calvin de Haan (upper body), Scott Mayfield (lower body), Shane Prince (lower body), Alan Quine (lower body)

 

Status report

Hanifin was injured Saturday and left the game midway through the third period. … Aho (of the Islanders) will replace Davidson, who is a "little banged up," Weight said.

 

Stat pack

Slavin scored his NHL career-high seventh goal Saturday and leads the Hurricanes with 139 blocked shots. … The Islanders are 6-3-1 in their past 10 games against the Hurricanes.

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