NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 26th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (5-9-7-0) at New York Islanders (9-8-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The woeful Carolina Hurricanes try to halt a five-game
winless slide tonight when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau
Carolina is 0-3-2 during its skid and sits 13th in the Eastern Conference with
a mere 17 points. On Sunday the Hurricanes and Lightning skated to a scoreless
tie in Raleigh.
Nikolai Khabibulin and Kevin Weekes combined to make 58 saves, with Weekes
stopping 21 for the Canes. He needed to make only one stop in the overtime
period to record his third shutout of the season.
Carolina nearly came away with a win, but an OT goal by Rod Brind'Amour was
disallowed with 3:39 remaining. The referees immediately identified that
Brind'Amour, who was set up near the right circle, used a high stick to
deflect a point shot past Khabibulin.
The Hurricanes, a horrid 1-6-3 on the road, will visit Philadelphia on Friday.
New York, meanwhile, has lost two straight and three of the last four. On
Saturday the Isles capped off a four-game swing with a 2-1 loss in Columbus.
Oleg Kvasha scored with 40 seconds remaining to end Fred Brathwaite's shutout
bid, but that was as far as any rally went.
Goaltender Rick DiPietro finished with 27 saves in his third consecutive
The Islanders hope a return home will get them going again, as they have won
seven-of-nine at Nassau Coliseum to this point. This evening's tilt opens a
stretch in which New York plays six-of-seven on friendly ice. After visiting
Detroit on Friday, Steve Stirling's club will kick off a five-game home set
the following night against Philadelphia.
Carolina and New York split four meetings last season, and the Isles have won
five of the last eight overall. The Hurricanes, however, have won five of
their last eight on Long Island.
11/26 10:27:58 ET