RALEIGH, NC–– The New York Islanders (3-4-0) are back in action on Friday, as they face the Carolina Hurricanes (4-1-1) fresh off a 3-0 shutout win over their rival New York Rangers. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM ET at PNC Arena. This is the first of a back-to-back for both teams, as the Islanders host the Colorado Avalanche Saturday while the Hurricanes are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers.
When the puck drops, New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey will have played in his 1,000th NHL game. The 15-year veteran has played his entire NHL career with the New York Islanders and becomes just the third player in franchise history to surpass the 1,000 games played mark.
“Trying to approach it like any other day. Obviously, it means a lot to me, and [it would] make it all the more special with the victory here tonight,” Josh Bailey said following the morning skate.
The New York Islanders held an optional morning skate on Friday, and everyone was accounted for. Ilya Sorokin was in the starter’s crease and was the first netminder off the ice. He will make his second consecutive start, fresh off his first shutout of the season, a 41-save performance against the rival New York Rangers in a 3-0 win.
“Well, I thought our battle level was extremely high,” New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said. “You know, we did a very good job of defending through the neutral zone. You know, both teams are very similar. Carolina’s fast, faster in the neutral zone, So we’ll have to do a good job there and carry that over.”
For the Carolina Hurricanes, Frederik Andersen gets the start. He was the first goaltender off the ice at their morning skate.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Josh Bailey — Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield
CAROLINA HURRICANES LINES (PROJECTED)
Teuvo Teravainen — Sebastian Aho — Seth Jarvis
Andrei Svechnikov — Jesper Kotkaniemi — Martin Necas
Jordan Martinook — Jordan Staal — Jesper Fast
Stefan Noesen — Paul Stastny — Derek Stepan
Jacob Slavin — Brent Burns
Brady Skjei — Brett Pesce
Dylan Coghlan — Jalen Chatfield
DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Carolina Hurricanes? You can get the Islanders at +165, -195 on the reverse puck line. The Hurricanes are -195 on the money line and +135 on the puck line.
The over for the contest is 5.5 at -120, with the under at +100.
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HOW TO WATCH
Friday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.