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Wednesday, November 3rd
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (4-5-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-6-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to post their first win in
nearly two weeks when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the RBC
The Islanders have lost four straight since last recording a win in Tampa on
Oct. 21. New York has allowed 18 goals during its current skid and is coming
off Saturday's embarrassing 6-1 loss in Philadelphia.
Jeff Carter registered two goals and an assist and Chris Pronger also added a
pair of power-play goals to help the Flyers rout the Isles at the Wells Fargo
Frans Nielsen netted a short-handed goal for the Islanders, who lost their
11th consecutive game in Philadelphia. Rick DiPietro was beaten six times on
"You know, we come out of the gates flying and now have kind of hit this wall
and it's something we can't let slide and just say it's going to fix itself,"
said New York winger Trent Hunter. "We're the only guys who can fix it, the
guys in the room and we've got to start playing through each other and playing
with a little more fire and come out of the gates flying."
The Islanders had won three straight before this current slide and also come
into tonight on a three-game road losing streak. This evening's tilt marks the
second stop on a road trip that is set to end tomorrow night in Ottawa.
The Hurricanes were also dealt a loss in Philadelphia in their most recent
game and Carolina has dropped two straight overall. The Flyers posted a 3-2
win in Monday's game against the Hurricanes with Scott Hartnell providing two
goals for Philly.
Patrick Dwyer and Joe Corvo netted the goals for the Hurricanes, who have lost
three of four while scoring only six goals during that stretch.
"That seems to be the thing right now, we're not getting the bounces," said
Dwyer. "If we keep working hard at it and keep pushing ourselves, the bounces
will start coming our way and, hopefully, we'll be able to get this monkey off
our back and start putting some pucks in the net."
Justin Peters took the loss after yielding all three goals on 37 shots in his
second start of the season. Cam Ward is expected to resume his normal starting
Carolina is 1-2-0 as the host this year and has lost its only two games at the
RBC Center. The Hurricanes other home game was actually played in Helsinki,
Finland in a season-opening two-game series against Minnesota.
The Islanders and Hurricanes split four meetings last year, but Carolina has
taken six of eight overall in the series. New York has also dropped three of
four and seven out of 10 in Raleigh.
11/03 10:58:45 ET