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Tuesday, April 7th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (26-43-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (44-28-7), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The sizzling Carolina Hurricanes will take aim at a ninth consecutive victory when they host the lowly New York Islanders for tonight's test at RBC Center.

Carolina was last in action Saturday against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins and earned an overtime victory. A win tonight would tie a franchise record winning streak set twice during the 2005-06 season -- the same year the Hurricanes won the club's only Stanley Cup championship. Carolina has also won a franchise-record 11 in a row on home ice.

With 95 points, the Hurricanes have clinched a playoff berth and come into tonight tied with Philadelphia for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia, which is hosting Florida tonight, has a game in hand over the Hurricanes.

Anton Babchuk's point blast 1:11 into overtime lifted Carolina over the Penguins, 3-2.

Eric Staal and Chad LaRose also scored for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward made 33 saves -- including a stop on Evgeni Malkin's penalty shot in the third period.

The 'Canes are playing the third portion of a four-game homestand that is scheduled to end Thursday against Buffalo. Carolina will close out its regular season on the road with Saturday's test in New Jersey.

The Islanders are last in the NHL with 61 points and have long since been eliminated from playoff contention. New York had lost three straight prior to winning Saturday's home contest against Tampa Bay in a battle between the East's bottom two teams.

Yann Danis stopped 29-of-30 shots to backstop the Isles to a 3-1 win against the Lightning at Nassau Coliseum. Richard Park, Radek Martinek and Josh Bailey scored for New York.

The Isles, who have a dismal 9-27-3 road record this year, are playing the first of two straight on the road tonight and will then close the regular season on a two-game homestand.

Carolina has won all three meetings with New York this year and can complete the season series sweep tonight. The Hurricanes have taken seven of the last nine encounters between the clubs and the Isles have dropped five of seven in Raleigh.

04/07 10:59:04 ET


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