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Friday, January 23rd (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (22-20-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (16-21-9-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders continue their current road trip tonight when they visit former head coach Peter Laviolette and the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.

Laviolette coached the Islanders for two seasons and, despite leading them to the playoffs in both, was fired last year. He was then hired to replace Paul Maurice in Carolina on December 15.

On Tuesday the Isles had a two-game winning streak ended via a 2-0 loss in Toronto to kick off the three-match swing. Gary Roberts and Mikael Renberg each collected a goal and an assist, and Ed Belfour recorded his 70th career shutout to back the Maple Leaf effort.

Garth Snow stopped 19-of-21 shots for New York, which lost for the first time in four contests overall (2-1-1). The Islanders were shut out for the seventh time this season.

New York, 0-3-2 in their last five away from home, will conclude its trek on Saturday in Atlanta.

Carolina, meanwhile, ended a two-game losing slide with a 2-1 win in New Jersey on Wednesday. Jeff O'Neill's late second-period goal proved to be the difference, as the Canes pulled the decision at the Meadowlands.

Josef Vasicek also scored and Kevin Weekes made 20 saves for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in their last seven (2-4-1).

O'Neill, whose name has popped up in the trade rumor mill recently, has helped his market value with five goals in his last four games. He leads the team with 27 points -- 10g, 17a -- at the moment.

Carolina, 0-2-1 in its last three at home, will host Buffalo on Sunday.

The Hurricanes shut out the Islanders, 2-0, on Long Island November 26, snapping a two-game series losing streak. Carolina has won four of the last six meetings overall.

New York, though, has won in three of its last four trips to Raleigh.

01/23 11:06:53 ET


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