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Friday, January 6th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (18-19-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (25-10-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes hope to remain on track tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to the RBC Center for the opener of a home-and-home.

The Hurricanes have won two straight contests on the heels of a three-game slide. On Wednesday, Cory Stillman's tiebreaking goal midway through the third period capped a four-point night for the forward, as he led the Hurricanes to a 4-3 home win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Stillman, who extended his point streak to nine games, finished with two goals and two assists. He scored the game's final two goals as Carolina rallied from a 3-1 deficit. The veteran has five goals and 12 assists during his tear.

Erik Cole and Andrew Hutchinson also scored and Martin Gerber stopped 23 shots for the Hurricanes, winners in seven of their last 10 games overall.

The Hurricanes sit atop the Southeast Division with 54 points -- nine ahead of second-place Tampa Bay.

Carolina, which is 16-4-1 on home ice, will visit the Islanders on Saturday.

The Islanders, meanwhile, hope to win their second consecutive game after five straight defeats. On Wednesday, Mark Parrish scored 2:15 into overtime to lift New York to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers at Nassau Coliseum.

Oleg Kvasha tallied two goals and an assist for New York. Alexei Yashin added a goal and an assist in the victory. Garth Snow allowed three goals on 39 shots but was injured in the final seconds of regulation.

Snow suffered sprained MCL's in both of his knees and is expected to miss three to four weeks of action. Regular starter Rick DiPietro is currently day- to-day with a sprained left knee, and he is not expected to start tonight. That means Wade Dubielewicz, who stopped three shots after replacing Snow, will receive the nod. Dubielewicz will make his second NHL start.

The Islanders are 9-10-1 on the road.

New York posted a 3-2 victory over Carolina on October 8 and has won two consecutive meetings.

01/06 10:10:01 ET

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