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Berube could get call as Islanders seek rebound

Hurricanes' Brown to enter lineup in place of injured Di Giuseppe

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (39-25-9) at HURRICANES (32-28-14)

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

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Islanders will try to rebound from a Friday night loss when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at PNC Arena.

The Islanders, who did not skate in Raleigh on Saturday morning, lost 7-4 at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Thomas Greiss made 35 saves for New York, which allowed a season-high in goals. Jean-Francois Berube is expected to make his fifth NHL start against Carolina.

The Islanders currently hold the first wild card position into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings.

The Hurricanes will be without rookie forward Phillip Di Giuseppe, who took a hit along the wall in Carolina's 3-2 win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. In his place, Patrick Brown was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League. An undrafted college free agent in 2014, Brown jumped from Boston College straight to the NHL last season. He played in Carolina's first seven games, all losses in what became an 0-6-2 start.

"I don't think we won a game while I was up here, but it was still a dream come true," Brown said. "I hope I can contribute a lot more now that I'm a little more seasoned player."

Brown has 13 goals and 10 assists with Charlotte this season. With two professional seasons under his belt, he expects his second turn in the NHL to be less stressful.

"Last year I was pretty nervous, breathing heavy," said Brown, whose father, Doug, played 15 seasons in the NHL. "I feel confident. I've got my game legs under me (because) I've played a full season so far."

Defenseman Justin Faulk returned to the Carolina lineup against Columbus after missing 18 of the previous 19 games following a knee injury sustained in practice.

"I feel fine on the ice," Faulk said. "I tried coming back right away and it just didn't work out. Taking the time off to let it heal and get to where I am now was big. It was a tough situation, never fun to go through."

Here are the projected lineups:

Josh Bailey - John Tavares - Ryan Strome
Nikolay Kulemin - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Shane Prince - Brock Nelson - Anders Lee
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey - Ryan Pulock

Jean-Francois Berube
Thomas Greiss

Injured: Adam Pelech (upper body), Marek Zidlicky (upper body), Jaroslav Halak (groin), Mikhail Grabovski (upper body)
Scratched: Brian Strait, Steve Bernier

Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Riley Nash
Chris Terry - Jay McClement - Patrick Brown
Nathan Gerbe - Brad Malone - Brody Sutter

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey - Ryan Murphy

Eddie Lack
Cam Ward

Injured: James Wisniewski (knee), Andrej Nestrasil (back)
Scratched: Michal Jordan

Status report: Wisniewski, who has not played since the first game of the season, has begun skating before practices.

Who's hot: Bailey has three assists in the past two games. … Nelson has goals in two straight games. … Terry has three goals and one assist in the past four games. … Hanifin has an assist in each of the past three games.

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