NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, April 2nd
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (37-29-10-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (28-33-13-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders attempt to clinch the final playoff
berth in the Eastern Conference tonight when they visit former coach Peter
Laviolette and the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.
The Isles, who are three points up on ninth-place Buffalo with two games to
go, can secure their third consecutive trip to the postseason with a victory.
New York drew closer to the playoffs on Wednesday, as Roman Hamrlik and Mark
Parrish each posted two goals and an assist to lead a 5-1 rout of the Montreal
Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum.
Adrian Aucoin also scored for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game losing
streak. Rick DiPietro finished with 20 saves.
If the Isles land a playoff spot, their three straight berths would come on
the heels of seven miserable years out of the postseason field.
Coincidentally, Laviolette, who will coach the Hurricanes tonight, guided them
to the playoffs the past two seasons before being dismissed last summer.
New York will finish the regular season Sunday against visiting Philadelphia.
Carolina, meanwhile, is merely trying to play spoiler at this point, and has
lost two straight. On Tuesday the Canes dropped a 3-2 decision Boston at the
RBC Center. Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to lead the Northeast
Ryan Bayda and Josef Vasicek scored for Carolina, while Kevin Weekes made 26
saves in the loss.
Carolina failed on three attempts on the power play and has not scored on its
last 26 tries with the extra skater.
The Hurricanes will finish their campaign Sunday in Florida.
Carolina is 2-1 against New York this season.
04/02 10:14:28 ET