Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pre Game: Isles @ Hurricanes

 photo by venuestoday

Tonight, the Islanders continue their 4 game road trip traveling to Carolina to take on Eric Staal and the Hurricanes.

The goalie matchup tonight features Kevin Poulin for the Islanders and likely Justin Peters for Carolina.

The Islanders have struggled recently against Carolina.  Over the teams last 31 meetings the Islanders are 5-21-5 against the Hurricanes, according to the Canes official website.  Also, in their last 9 games at the PNC Arena the Islanders are 1-6-2.

To try and switch things up after Tuesdays bad loss, the lineup will include Colin McDonald making his return from injury and Aaron Ness who was called up from Bridgeport this morning.  I suspect that McDonald will take Brock Nelsons spot in the lineup.  Meanwhile, depending on the status of Matt Donovan will depend on who sits out for Ness.  Donovan has been battling a hip injury according to some reports.  If he is able to go then Matt Carkner will likely sit out for Ness.

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