GAME DAY — Hurricanes at Islanders, 7pm

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Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders, 7:00pm ET
Uniondale, NY — Nassau Coliseum — MSG+2

The Islanders play a rare Sunday night game tonight, thanks in part to the condensed schedule of the 48-game season. It’s been quite a week for the team; from a 7-0 blowout loss on Monday to waiving Rick DiPietro and a 4-0 win in Buffalo last night. They’ll return to the Coliseum tonight after a three game road trip, a place where they are only 2-6 this season and overall are 0-2 in the second game of back-to-backs.

We last saw the Hurricanes just about two weeks ago at the Coliseum, where they beat the Isles 6-4 by scoring four goals in the third period. In case you’re wondering, that was a Rick DiPietro start. Since then, the Canes have been mediocre, posting a 2-3 record. Like the Islanders, they also played last night losing to the Lightning 5-2 at home. Dan Ellis started in net for the Canes, so that means we’ll likely see Cam Ward in net today.

For the Islanders, the back-to-backs mean we’ll also probably see a different goalie in their net. Kevin Poulin should get the start, he’s also 2-0 with a .915 save percentage against the Canes in his career (update — Poulin starting is confirmed). The only other change to tonight’s lineup is that Radek Martinek is in for Joe Finley.

For anyone who missed it, you can check out Howie Rose’s interview with Garth Snow here.

Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
Bailey – Nielsen – Aucoin
Grabner – Reasoner – Okposo
Martin – Cizikas – McDonald

MacDonald – Hamonic
Visnovsky – Hickey
Streit – Martinek


Healthy scratches:
Ullstrom, Boulton, Finley