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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 RBC Center.

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 Raleigh.

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 Center.

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 Raleigh.

11/13 10:42:49 ET


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