ISLANDERS (29-18-6) at HURRICANES (24-21-10)
TV: 7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-CR, NHL.TV
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk will likely be a game-time decision again when the Hurricanes host the New York Islanders at PNC Arena on Saturday.
Faulk did not play in Carolina's 2-1 shootout loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. He fell hard into the end boards at practice Thursday after getting tangled with Brad Malone.
The Islanders are coming off a 5-2 win on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, but coach Jack Capuano said his team needs to manage the puck better.
This will be the second of four games between the Islanders and Hurricanes. Carolina won 3-2 at New York on Oct. 29.
The Hurricanes have scored one goal or fewer in six of their past nine games. They have scored five in each of the other three, all wins.
Here are the projected lineups:
Mikhail Grabovski - John Tavares - Ryan Strome
Nikolay Kulemin - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Josh Bailey
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey - Brian Strait
Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Adam Pelech (upper body)
Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Steve Bernier, Marek Zidlicky
Kris Versteeg - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Philip Di Giuseppe
Nathan Gerbe - Jay McClement - Chris Terry
Jaccob Slavin - Ron Hainsey
John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Michal Jordan
Injured: James Wisniewski (knee), Justin Faulk
Scratched: Riley Nash, Brad Malone
Status report: PNC Arena hosted a college basketball game Saturday afternoon, so the Islanders and Hurricanes did not have morning skates.
Who's hot: Tavares has three goals and four assists in the past four games. The Islanders have scored a power-play goal in four straight games. … Nestrasil has scored three goals in the past three games. Ward has allowed one goal in each of the past two games, which were shootout losses.