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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Hurricanes... The Hurricanes will enter game 1 of the regular season without several key players in their lineup. Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal, whom both suffered injuries during the preseason, will not play against the Isles... The Hurricanes visited the Islanders in the preseason back on September 24 at Nassau Coliseum. They beat New York 4-2... The Hurricanes went 3-1-0 against the Islanders in 2013-14. [/sny-box]
IT'S FINALLY HERE!
Game one of the final season at Nassau Coliseum commences tonight with the Islanders on road in Carolina. Cam Ward will be in net for the Hurricanes, according to team beat writer Chip Alexander. Ward is 17-3-3 vs. the Isles. The Islanders will counter by putting Jaroslav Halak between the pipes to make his debut with the team.
In addition to being without Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal, the Hurricanes will be missing defensemen Ryan Murphy and Brett Bellemore. It was revealed on Thursday that Isles forward Michael Grabner underwent sports hernia surgery.
The Islanders would like to kick off their 2014-15 campaign on the right foot by grabbing a W in their first of two games against the Hurricanes. Historically the Isles have struggled against the Canes, going 51-61-9-3 vs. Carolina all-time. With the new summer additions on the roster, the Isles are hoping to turn that around.
"I think we're going to be high energy," Matt Martin told Islanders Point Blank on wednesday. "We want to get out there and be physical, and play with high energy. We have a lot of offense on this team and I think we have four lines that can produce now. Friday night is going to be a good test for us."
Below are the likely lines for the Islanders for tonight's game:Corey Conacher - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Mikhail Grabovski - Brock Nelson - Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey - Travis Hamonic
Brian Strait - Griffin Reinhart