ISLANDERS (1-2-0) at HURRICANES (4-0-0)
7:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, ESPN+, FS-CR, NHL.TV
The Carolina Hurricanes will try to improve to 5-0-0 for the first time in franchise history when they host the New York Islanders at PNC Arena on Friday.
The Hartford Whalers were 4-0-0 to begin the 1995-96 season.
Forward Julien Gauthier, selected in the first round (No. 21) of the 2016 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut with Carolina. He had 27 goals in 75 games last season for Charlotte of the American Hockey League. Goaltender Petr Mrazek will start for the Hurricanes.
Defenseman Nick Leddy and center Casey Cizikas will be game-time decisions for the Islanders, who will play their first road game of the season.
Thomas Greiss will start in goal. He is 8-4-1 with a 2.57 goals-against average, a .922 save percentage and one shutout against the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes swept the Islanders in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Players to watch
Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier has a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists) and leads New York with four points.
Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has two assists in each of the past three games and leads the team in points (six).
They said it
"They're all about pressure. They've got a lot of confidence. They're playing fast, they're on you. They recover really well. Man for man, they might be the fastest team in the League." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz
"I like the fact that we're winning not playing our best. There's a lot of areas I like, but there's a lot that's not quite there yet. But we've been able to find wins. That's critical." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle
Josh Bailey -- Brock Nelson -- Tom Kuhnhackl
Anthony Beauvillier -- Derick Brassard -- Michael Dal Colle
Matt Martin -- Leo Komarov -- Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Nick Leddy -- Noah Dobson
Scratched: Ross Johnston, Johnny Boychuk, Casey Cizikas
Injured: Andrew Ladd (knee)
Hurricanes projected lineup
Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Brock McGinn
Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas
Warren Foegele -- Lucas Wallmark -- Julien Gauthier
Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury
Injured: Trevor van Riemsdyk (shoulder), Jordan Martinook (core muscle)
Kuhnhackl will make his season debut for the Islanders. ... If Leddy is unable to play, Trotz said Dobson will move to the left side and likely play with Boychuk. ... Martinook is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after surgery Friday to repair a core muscle injury.
Lee has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 20 games against Carolina. ... The Hurricanes have a power-play goal in each of their first four games. Hamilton has five points (two goals, three assists) in four games.