NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
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
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
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.
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