It's been a little while since the Carolina Hurricanes or the New York Islanders won consecutive games, but it's probably only a requirement for one to make the playoffs.
It'll in fact take quite a bit more for Carolina to climb the Eastern Conference ladder, and that near-desperate attempt continues Tuesday night in Brooklyn as the clubs meet for the second time in four days.
While the Islanders (40-25-9) are trying to catch Pittsburgh for third in the Metropolitan Division, entering this contest three points back with a game in hand, the Hurricanes (33-28-15) have more work to do to track down a wild-card spot.
They followed Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders with a 3-2 win over New Jersey, and while a three-point back-to-back home set is nothing to be ashamed of, Carolina needs to string together wins. It's 2-2-4 since last doing so March 8-10.
"We're going to grind and keep going. We're going to keep playing hard. We've beaten some good teams," coach Bill Peters told the team's official website. "We're going to continue to do what we do. We believe in ourselves. I know there's a lot of confidence in that room, and I have confidence in the guys. We're just going to keep finding ways." >> Read more