NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (19-18-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (21-18-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling teams meet this evening in Carolina,
as the Hurricanes welcome the New York Islanders to the RBC Center.
The Islanders have the more serious losing streak of the two teams, having
dropped five straight contests. They were in action Thursday evening in New
Jersey and handed a 4-3 setback.
Zach Parise scored twice and Martin Brodeur made 40 saves to lift the Devils
past New York at Continental Airlines Arena.
Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 26 shots for the Islanders, while Trent
Hunter and Andy Hilbert both notched a goal in the losing effort. Mike
Sillinger added a late power-play tally for the Isles.
New York, which is 8-10-1 as the visitor this year, continues its current
four-game road trip tonight.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have dropped three consecutive contests, including
Thursday's 2-0 loss to visiting Phoenix. Curtis Joseph stopped 29 shots as the
Coyotes toppled Carolina.
Cam Ward made 26 saves in the loss for Carolina, which has dropped four of its
last five outings. The Hurricanes were blanked for the second straight time,
also falling 3-0 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
The Hurricanes, who wrap up a brief two-game homestand tonight, are 11-7-1 in
Raleigh this year.
New York is 2-1 against the 'Canes this year, but Carolina has won four of the
last six meetings overall. The Isles have also dropped three straight at the
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