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Hurricanes' Faulk to be game-time decision

Carolina defenseman may be out against Islanders

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

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:

ISLANDERS

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

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Adam Pelech (upper body)

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Steve Bernier, Marek Zidlicky

HURRICANES

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

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

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.

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