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3 — Defensemen making their Islanders debut tonight. It looks like newcomers Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk — both acquired via trade on Oct. 6 from Chicago and Boston, respectively — will be paired up together in their first game action with New York, and the 2012 draft's fourth overall pick, Griffin Reinhart, will make his NHL debut.
Five other Islanders will be wearing the blue and orange for the first time tonight as well: forwards Cory Conacher, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin, and goalies Jaroslav Halak (expected to start) and Chad Johnson.
Two Hurricanes will make their NHL debuts for Carolina tonight — Victor Rask and Patrick Brown — and free agent signings Jay McClement and Brad Malone will also play in their first game with the Hurricanes.