New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00pm ET
PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC — MSG+2
The Islanders head to Carolina tonight to take on the Hurricanes, a team out of the playoff picture (we’ve detailed the Islanders scenario here). The Hurricanes are in a tail spin; they’re 2-7-1 in their last 10 and have won only three games since March 13. At that point, they were leading the Southeast Division with 31 points, three points up on Winnipeg and ten up on Washington. Now they’ve got 39 points and have basically switched spots with the Capitals.
Part of the problem in Carolina has been goaltending. Since they lost Cam Ward for the year, Dan Ellis and Justin Peters have been splitting time. Their save percentages are .906 and .900, respectively. The Canes have also been without their number one defender, Justin Faulk.
The Islanders may or may not get help from Washington tonight, but they’ll certainly have a good opportunity to earn points against a poorly performing Hurricanes team.
In net, Evegeni Nabokov again (has anyone even seen Kevin Poulin lately? Is he ok?). There will be no changes on defense, while the forward lines are undecided. Here’s the lineup from Saturday:
Today’s Projected Lines
Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
Bailey – Nielsen – Okposo
Grabner – Aucoin – McDonald
Joensuu – Cizikas – Martin
Hamonic – MacDonald
Visnovsky – Hickey
Streit – Strait
Scratches: Boulton, Carkner, Finley, Lee, Martinek, Reasoner, Ullstrom