Hurricanes, Islanders look to rebound from big losses

Carolina (3-2-1) at NY Islanders (2-4-0), 7:00pm EDT

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) — The Carolina Hurricanes and New
York Islanders both look to bounce back from embarrassing losses
on Saturday as they face off at Nassau Coliseum in an Eastern
Conference showdown.

The Islanders started their three-game homestand on the wrong
foot Thursday as the Dallas Stars jumped to an early three-goal
load en route to a 5-3 victory. It was New York’s second loss
in a row and third in four games.

It marked the third time in their last four games that the
Islanders have allowed four goals or more – and so far, they
have not had the offense to make up for the defensive

The Hurricanes, who missed out on the playoffs by just two
points last season, had a defensive breakdown of their own on
Thursday. After holding a 1-0 lead through two periods, they
surrendered four third-period goals and fell to the Pittsburgh
Penguins, 4-1.

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The Penguins turned things around in a hurry, scoring twice in a
span of 32 seconds to turn a slim deficit into a lead. The
silver lining for Carolina was that 19-year-old center Brandon
Sutter – the 11th overall pick in the 2007 draft – scored his
first goal in his sixth career game.

Both clubs will be looking to get their offenses going, as they
are ranked in the bottom third of the league in goals scored.

The Islanders have just 17 tallies in seven games. Defenseman
Mark Streit, who collected three points in Thursday’s loss,
leads the club with eight – two goals and six assists – this