NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, December 31st
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (19-16-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-17-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders are doing well against their own
division; it's the rest of the league the club is having problems with. The
Islanders will try to reverse that trend tonight when they visit the Carolina
Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
The Islanders posted a 5-2 win over New Jersey on Saturday to move to a
perfect 4-0-0 against the Atlantic Division leader. On the year, New York is
9-5-0 against its own division.
However, the Islanders are just 10-11-2 versus the rest of the NHL and that is
a big reason why they sit in last place in the standings, five points back of
In the win over New Jersey, Andy Sutton scored the deciding goal, Chris
Campoli had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Andre Bergeron, Sean Bergenheim and
Mike Comrie also tallied for the Islanders, who have won three of four.
Wade Dubielewicz made 27 saves in place of Rick DiPietro, who suffered a knee
sprain in last Wednesday's win over Toronto. He sat out the Devils game and is
questionable for tonight.
Mike Sillinger had two assists for the Islanders, who are 6-9-1 on the road
this season. New York will host Florida on Thursday before hitting the road
for five straight.
The Hurricanes have dropped three of five but still lead the Southeast
Division by four points over Florida. Carolina was bested by Columbus, 4-1, on
Eric Staal recorded the lone Carolina goal to run his point streak to seven
games (5 goals, 3 assists). Ray Whitney, meanwhile, had an assist to give him
four goals and five helpers over his six-game point streak.
Cam Ward made 17 saves in two periods before being taken out in the third.
John Grahame came in and made two saves, allowing no goals.
Carolina played on Saturday without Matt Cullen (broken nose), Bret Hedican
(right knee) and David Tanabe (concussion). In addition, Justin Williams
remains on injured reserve due to a torn left ACL.
The Hurricanes play the first of two straight home games that will bridge the
calendar year. Carolina, which is 10-7-1 at home this season, hosts Atlanta on
Carolina has won three straight and six of its last eight against New York.
That includes an 8-3 win for Carolina in the only meeting so far this year on
The Hurricanes have also posted a win in four straight home meetings in the
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