NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 21st
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-1) at New York Islanders (0-3-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try once again to post their
first win of the season when they welcome the struggling Carolina Hurricanes
for tonight's battle at Nassau Coliseum.
New York is 0-3-3 on the season and hasn't gained a point since beginning the
campaign with three consecutive OT losses. The Islanders and the Toronto Maple
Leafs are the only winless teams left in the NHL.
The Isles were last in action on Saturday when they were dealt a loss by
visiting San Jose. Joe Thornton picked up a goal and two assists and Evgeni
Nabokov made 31 saves to lead the Sharks to the easy 4-1 win.
Matt Moulson scored the lone goal for New York, which has lost 10 in a row
dating back to the end of the 2008-09 campaign. Martin Biron faced 29 shots
and allowed all four goals in the loss.
One bright spot for the Isles this year has been the play of rookie center
John Tavares. The No. 1 overall pick in the June draft recorded an assist in
Saturday's loss, giving the 19-year-old seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in
his first six NHL contests.
The Isles are 0-2-1 as the host this year and have dropped five straight at
the Coliseum dating back to last season.
New York centerman Frans Nielsen is expected to make his season debut tonight
after missing the first six games while recovering from knee surgery. The 25-
year-old Dane had nine goals and 33 points in 59 games for the Isles last
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have posted just two wins in seven outings this year
and have dropped their last three games.
Carolina also played last on Saturday and was blanked in a road game against
New Jersey, as Martin Brodeur made 26 saves to record the 102nd shutout of his
legendary career. Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise had the goals in the 2-0
Cam Ward made 27 saves in the loss for Carolina, which has scored four goals
in three games since posting its last victory in a 7-2 thrashing of Florida on
Carolina's top offensive weapon Eric Staal has started off slowly this year,
as he has just two goals and no assists in seven games so far. Staal had 40
goals and 74 points for the Hurricanes last year.
The Hurricanes have a winless 0-3-0 mark on the road this season and are
playing the second test of a four-game swing tonight. Carolina will close the
trip with stops in Colorado and Minnesota.
Aaron Ward could miss tonight's game for Carolina as the veteran defenseman
suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's game.
Carolina swept the season series with the Isles in 2008-09, winning all four
games. The Hurricanes put an exclamation point on the season-series sweep with
a 9-0 victory in the last meeting between the clubs on April 7 in Raleigh.
The 'Canes have taken five of six and eight of 10 overall from the Isles and
Carolina has also won four straight and seven of their last 10 tests at the
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