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Saturday, October 21st (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (3-4-1) at New York Islanders (2-3-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders continue their current homestand tonight when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders have checked off three portions of the current seven-game set. The club is 1-0-2 on the set so far, losing the last two games -- one via shootout and one in overtime.

On Thursday. Ted Nolan's club dropped a 4-3 OT tilt to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Sergei Gonchar scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

With the score deadlocked at three, New York's Alexei Yashin got called for a hooking penalty 1:34 into overtime. Gonchar then fired a slap shot just inside the right post on the power play 3:33 into the overtime period for the game- winner.

Yashin, Mike Sillinger and Jason Blake scored for the Islanders. Yashin added a pair of assists in defeat.

Mike Dunham finished with 32 saves for the Islanders, as he made his third straight start in place of Rick DiPietro. DiPietro remains day-to-day with a groin injury. He did dress on Thursday but sat the bench.

The Isles will host Buffalo on Thursday.

Carolina had a three-game winning streak come to an end after Friday's 5-4 loss against the upstart Buffalo Sabres.

Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, while netminder Cam Ward turned away 24 shots for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Mike Commodore, Scott Walker and Eric Belanger each scored in the loss.

The Hurricanes will wrap up a season-high seven-game road trip tonight against the Isles and are 3-3 so far on the swing.

Carolina went 3-1 against the Islanders last season and has won three straight and five of the last eight matchups. The 'Canes have won three of four and five of the last seven contests at Nassau Coliseum.

10/21 10:42:21 ET


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