NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 26th (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (5-9-7-0) at New York Islanders (9-8-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The woeful Carolina Hurricanes try to halt a five-game winless slide tonight when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Carolina is 0-3-2 during its skid and sits 13th in the Eastern Conference with a mere 17 points. On Sunday the Hurricanes and Lightning skated to a scoreless tie in Raleigh.
Nikolai Khabibulin and Kevin Weekes combined to make 58 saves, with Weekes stopping 21 for the Canes. He needed to make only one stop in the overtime period to record his third shutout of the season.
Carolina nearly came away with a win, but an OT goal by Rod Brind'Amour was disallowed with 3:39 remaining. The referees immediately identified that Brind'Amour, who was set up near the right circle, used a high stick to deflect a point shot past Khabibulin.
The Hurricanes, a horrid 1-6-3 on the road, will visit Philadelphia on Friday.
New York, meanwhile, has lost two straight and three of the last four. On Saturday the Isles capped off a four-game swing with a 2-1 loss in Columbus. Oleg Kvasha scored with 40 seconds remaining to end Fred Brathwaite's shutout bid, but that was as far as any rally went.
Goaltender Rick DiPietro finished with 27 saves in his third consecutive start.
The Islanders hope a return home will get them going again, as they have won seven-of-nine at Nassau Coliseum to this point. This evening's tilt opens a stretch in which New York plays six-of-seven on friendly ice. After visiting Detroit on Friday, Steve Stirling's club will kick off a five-game home set the following night against Philadelphia.
Carolina and New York split four meetings last season, and the Isles have won five of the last eight overall. The Hurricanes, however, have won five of their last eight on Long Island.
11/26 10:27:58 ET