NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 3rd (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (4-5-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-6-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to post their first win in nearly two weeks when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the RBC Center.
The Islanders have lost four straight since last recording a win in Tampa on Oct. 21. New York has allowed 18 goals during its current skid and is coming off Saturday's embarrassing 6-1 loss in Philadelphia.
Jeff Carter registered two goals and an assist and Chris Pronger also added a pair of power-play goals to help the Flyers rout the Isles at the Wells Fargo Center.
Frans Nielsen netted a short-handed goal for the Islanders, who lost their 11th consecutive game in Philadelphia. Rick DiPietro was beaten six times on 29 shots.
"You know, we come out of the gates flying and now have kind of hit this wall and it's something we can't let slide and just say it's going to fix itself," said New York winger Trent Hunter. "We're the only guys who can fix it, the guys in the room and we've got to start playing through each other and playing with a little more fire and come out of the gates flying."
The Islanders had won three straight before this current slide and also come into tonight on a three-game road losing streak. This evening's tilt marks the second stop on a road trip that is set to end tomorrow night in Ottawa.
The Hurricanes were also dealt a loss in Philadelphia in their most recent game and Carolina has dropped two straight overall. The Flyers posted a 3-2 win in Monday's game against the Hurricanes with Scott Hartnell providing two goals for Philly.
Patrick Dwyer and Joe Corvo netted the goals for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of four while scoring only six goals during that stretch.
"That seems to be the thing right now, we're not getting the bounces," said Dwyer. "If we keep working hard at it and keep pushing ourselves, the bounces will start coming our way and, hopefully, we'll be able to get this monkey off our back and start putting some pucks in the net."
Justin Peters took the loss after yielding all three goals on 37 shots in his second start of the season. Cam Ward is expected to resume his normal starting role tonight.
Carolina is 1-2-0 as the host this year and has lost its only two games at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes other home game was actually played in Helsinki, Finland in a season-opening two-game series against Minnesota.
The Islanders and Hurricanes split four meetings last year, but Carolina has taken six of eight overall in the series. New York has also dropped three of four and seven out of 10 in Raleigh.
11/03 10:58:45 ET