The New York Islanders continue their road trip down the Eastern seaboard when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at PNC Arena. Here’s what you need to know before puck drop.
Game 700 For Lee:
Islanders captain Anders Lee is expected to play the 700th game of his career tonight against Carolina.
“It’s still mind-boggling a little bit to play hockey this long,” Lee told reporters in Carolina on Wednesday. “To be able to play this long in this league is really special. [I’m] not taking anything for granted, just enjoying it and trying to make the most of it.”
Lee made his debut for the Islanders back in 2013 and was later named captain ahead of the 2018-19 season.
“It’s who he is from the inside out,” Casey Cizikas said. “I think you can attribute that to the way he was brought up by his parents. He cares about everybody, and he cares about how everybody is doing. I think that’s the main thing. He’s always talking and asking you how you’re feeling. That’s what you want from your leader. You want him to lead you on the ice and be that vocal point in the room. ”
After a slow start to the regular season, Lee has turned things on a bit lately, with three goals and four points in his last six games.
Lineup based on reports from Andrew Gross of Newsday
Last Time Out:
After stringing together a few decent wins, it seemed the Islanders had put their issues holding leads late in games to rest. That was until their matchup on Tuesday night in New Jersey, where the Islanders had a relapse. Up 4-2 entering the third period, the Islanders surrendered three unanswered goals to the Devils, losing the game in the final seconds of regulation.
The Carolina Hurricanes picked up a road win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday and enter tonight’s matchup winners in seven of their last ten while occupying second place in the Metropolitan Division at 13-8-0.
Carolina is still one of the most dominant puck possession teams in the entire NHL. That’s something the Islanders learned the hard way when they allowed the Hurricanes to attempt 101 shots the last time they met on Nov.4.
That was one of the first of many instances of the Islanders blowing a late lead as they lost in overtime after entering the third period with a three-goal lead.
Sebastian Aho scored the winner for Carolina in that game and is leading the team with 19 points this season. Teuvo Teravainen leads the Hurricanes with 10 goals.
Pyotr Kochetkov is slated to make his seventh start of the season in goal for the Hurricanes. With a 3-4-1 record, the Russian backstop is posting a .894 save percentage and a 2.65 GAA.
The Hurricanes are notorious for firing pucks on net at free will, as they attempted 101 shots the last time they met the Islanders. You can bet Semyon Varlamov to face the over on shots tonight by using odds presented by Draft Kings.
How To Watch:
Puck drop between the Islanders and Hurricanes from PNC Arena is scheduled for just past 7:30 p.m. EST. The game can be seen on ESPN+ and Hulu. 88.7 FM WRHU will produce the radio feed of the game, which can also be heard on 1050 AM ESPN and 103.9 FM WRCN.