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Friday, November 13th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (6-6-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-12-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes have already set a record for the
franchise's longest losing streak and will try to avoid matching the club's
longest stretch without a win when they host the New York Islanders tonight at
The Hurricanes have dropped 13 consecutive contests to surpass the nine-game
losing streak originally set by the 1982-83 Hartford Whalers. The Whalers also
went 14 straight without a win from January 4-February 9, 1992, a span that
featured eight losses and six ties.
Carolina has gained a few points during its current 0-10-3 stretch, but the
team's last seven losses have come in regulation.
"You never feel like you're at the end of it," Carolina head coach Paul
Maurice told the team's Web site about the skid. "There are always more
barrels to kick and more to do."
The Hurricanes opened a three-game homestand Wednesday night and were dealt a
5-2 loss by the Los Angeles Kings. Randy Jones, who was making his Kings
debut, scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period to lead
the way for the visitors.
Tuomo Ruutu scored twice for the Hurricanes, while Manny Legace turned aside
26-of-30 shots in his Carolina debut. Legace was signed to a one-year contract
on Monday after starting goaltender Cam Ward sustained a left leg laceration
on Saturday in Columbus. Ward was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday and
is expected to miss three-to-four weeks. It's unclear if Legace or Michael
Leighton will get the start in net tonight.
On the injury front for Carolina, defenseman Joni Pitkanen (illness) and
forwards Scott Walker (undisclosed) and Stephane Yelle (lower body) are all
questionable for tonight's test. Top centerman Eric Staal (upper body) is
still weeks away from returning.
The Hurricanes are 2-5-1 at home this year and have dropped five straight in
The Islanders kicked off a seven-game road trip Wednesday night in Washington
and were dealt a loss, but still picked up a point after a lengthy shootout
battle. Chris Clark tallied the deciding goal in the 11th round as Washington
rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat New York, 5-4, at Verizon
Clark opened the 11th and final round with a snapshot under the crossbar, and
Semyon Varlamov was able to make a pad stop on Mark Streit to end the contest.
Streit, Matt Moulson, Sean Bergenheim and Trent Hunter scored for the
Islanders, who have dropped three of four. Dwayne Roloson let up four goals on
41 shots in the loss. Martin Biron could get the start in net tonight after
serving as the backup in the last two games.
The Islanders played without forwards Kyle Okposo, Doug Weight and Blake
Comeau on Wednesday. Okposo has contracted the H1N1 virus and has yet to join
the club on its road trip. Comeau is also sidelined with an illness although
it has not been revealed if he also has been diagnosed with swine flu.
However, Comeau is expected to join the club in Raleigh sometime before
tonight's game and is questionable for this evening's test.
Weight, meanwhile, has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury and
is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks.
The Isles are just 1-4-4 as the guest this year, but hope to add a few more
road wins during their longest trip of the season.
New York notched a 4-3 shootout win over the Hurricanes on October 21, but
Carolina has still taken four of five and eight of the last 11 meetings
between the clubs. The Isles have dropped two straight and six of eight in
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