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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

deficiencies.

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.

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

season.

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