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Monday, January 21st (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (23-23-4) at New York Islanders (23-19-5), 2 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try for consecutive victories for the first time in over a month, as they open a home-and-home set with the Islanders this afternoon at New York's Nassau Coliseum.

Carolina put the brakes on a four-game slide with Friday's big 7-2 victory over Edmonton. Eric Staal's fourth career hat trick and first of the season, part of a five-goal third period, lifted the Hurricanes.

Rod Brind'Amour and Chad LaRose picked up a goal and two assists in the win, while Sergei Samsonov and Tim Gleason also lit the lamp. Cam Ward needed to make only 16 stops to register his 18th win of the year.

For Samsonov, it was his second goal and sixth point in six games with Carolina since being acquired on re-entry waivers on January 8. He had just four assists in 23 games with Chicago before being placed on waivers.

Brind'Amour, meanwhile has two goals and five assists in his last four games, and also has 40 goals and 48 assists for 88 points in 81 career games versus the Islanders.

Carolina will try for consecutive victories for the first time since December 15-18, but is still in first place in the Southeast Division, one point up on Atlanta.

The Hurricanes may be without Erik Cole today due to a knee injury. He is questionable for the contest, as are Trevor Letowski (undisclosed) and Dennis Seidenberg.

Carolina has lost three of its last four on the road and will try to improve on its 12-13-2 mark as the visitor before beginning a three-game homestand versus the Islanders on Tuesday.

The Islanders have lost six of their last nine overall and despite an early lead, lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, on Saturday. Richard Park, Josef Vasicek and Bill Guerin each scored for the banged-up Isles, who were without three starting defenseman in the game.

Chris Campoli left Wednesday's test against New Jersey with a shoulder injury and couldn't go against the Flyers, joining Brendan Witt and Radek Martinek on the sidelines.

Campoli is questionable for tonight, while Witt and Martinek are both on injured reserve. Witt has missed four games due to a sprained ankle, while Martinek has missed the last 13 games due to a bruised lower leg.

Rick DiPietro turned aside 27-of-32 shots, as New York lost for the second time in three games.

New York, six points out of first place in the Atlantic Division, plays its second straight home game today and is 13-9-2 at the Nassau Coliseum this year. Tomorrow's game versus Carolina is the first of consecutive road games for the Islanders.

Carolina and New York have split two meetings this year, with each club winning on road ice. The Hurricanes have won six of the last nine in the series, but have dropped three of five in Long Island.

01/21 10:34:40 ET


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