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New York seeking fourth straight win; Carolina tries to avenge loss from Thursday

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

ISLANDERS (11-6-2) at HURRICANES (8-6-4)

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

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will look for their fourth straight win when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday.

The Islanders are coming off a 5-3 victory at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Anders Lee scored two goals and Josh Bailey had three assists. Goalie Jaroslav Halak will start after Thomas Greiss made 36 saves against the Lightning.

The Hurricanes will also try to complete a successful back-to-back set after a 3-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The game against the Islanders is the opener of a four-game homestand.

New York and Carolina are playing against each other for the second time in four days; the Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 6-4 at Barclays Center on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Islanders captain John Tavares had a goal and two assists Saturday. He has 12 goals in his past 12 games.

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has a goal in each of the past three games after going without a goal in Carolina's first 15 games.

 

They said it

"We know in here we have a really good hockey club. The confidence is there that we can play with anybody and beat anybody on any given night." -- Islanders forward Andrew Ladd

"I don't think we were overly thrilled with our game [Thursday]. They have some real good players. They get the puck in behind you and make you come 200 feet. We've just got to wrap our heads around the fact that it's going to be a hard game." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Alan Quine -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Brock Nelson -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Jason Chimera

Andrew Ladd -- Casey Cizikas -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Cal Clutterbuck, Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (lower body)

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Josh Jooris (soreness), Lee Stempniak (upper body)

 

Status report

Neither team will hold a morning skate. … Clutterbuck was unable to play Saturday because of an illness.

 

Stat pack

The Islanders have scored at least five goals in three straight games and nine times in the first 19 games for the first time since the 1984-85 season. ... New York is 6-2-0 in its past eight games at Carolina. … Teravainen has seven points (three goals, four assists) in the past three games.

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