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Islanders return home seeking sweep of Hurricanes

by John Kreiser

HURRICANES (0-1-0) at ISLANDERS (1-0-0)


Season series: This is the second half of a home-and-home. The New York Islanders will be going for a sweep after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday. This is the Islanders' final home opener at Nassau Coliseum, where the Hurricanes are 11-1-2 in their past 14 visits and have won four in a row.

Hurricanes team scope: Bill Peters will get a second try at his first NHL coaching victory after the Hurricanes paid for their inability to kill penalties in the opener. Carolina surrendered two power-play goals on three opportunities, and another New York goal came one second after a first-period power play expired. The Hurricanes did cut a 5-1 deficit to 5-3 but got no closer. "It obviously wasn't enough, and we'll have to respond tomorrow," captain Eric Staal told the Hurricanes website. “You've got to respond. Now it's our chance in their building to ruin their home opener.”

Islanders team scope: New York's season-opening win against Carolina was the result of a mix of old and new. Captain John Tavares had assists on the Islanders' first three goals in his first game since sustaining a knee injury at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February, and second-year forward Brock Nelson scored twice and had two assists. Newcomer Jaroslav Halak (21 saves) was solid when he had to be, center Mikhail Grabovski scored his first goal with the Islanders, and defenseman Johnny Boychuk, acquired in a trade with the Boston Bruins last Saturday, scored the first goal and assisted on the next two. "Everyone went out and did their job," Tavares told MSG Network.

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