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Hurricanes hoping to get back on track vs. Islanders

Carolina (28-25-5) at NY Islanders (17-34-6), 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Considering the opponent, this

could be a must-win game for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Looking to close in on the final playoff spot in the Eastern

Conference, the Hurricanes will square off against the lowly New

York Islanders on Thursday.

Carolina, which is coming off a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on

Tuesday, sits in ninth place in the East - five points out of

the final postseason spot.

Matt Cullen scored and Cam Ward turned aside 29 shots Tuesday

for the Hurricanes, who honored retired defenseman Glen Wesley

prior to the game.

"At home, for whatever reason, we haven't played very well,"

left wing Ray Whitney said. "It is embarrassing. It's

frustrating to have your fans boo you when you leave the ice.

Not that it's not warranted. Certainly frustrating and a little

bit humiliating."

Owners of the worst record in the NHL, the Islanders have lost

six of their last seven contests. All-Star defenseman Mark

Streit netted the club's lone goal in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to

the rival New York Rangers.

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