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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Lineups and Game Discussion

When you have points in five straight games, why change anything? Bill Peters certainly subscribes to that theory.

Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The Hurricanes head to Brooklyn tonight looking to continue their season-high five game point streak, and start a bit of an odd home-and-almost-home with the Islanders. The teams will play tonight and again on Sunday in Raleigh, but in between each team will play an additional game on Saturday, with the Canes in Buffalo and the Islanders heading to Tampa.

Marcus Kruger was under the weather and missed practice yesterday, and won’t be in the lineup tonight after he didn’t travel with the team yesterday. Josh Jooris will slide over to center the fourth line in Kruger’s spot and Phil Di Giuseppe will draw in on the wing.

Here’s how things will likely look:

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Derek Ryan - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom - Josh Jooris - Phil Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling
Cam Ward

Scratches: Lee Stempniak (IR upper body), Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Klas Dahlbeck (healthy)

The Islanders are playing their first game in five days, last taking the ice on Saturday in a 5-2 win over the Blues in St. Louis. Doug Weight will make three changes to that lineup, and don’t look now but the Isles have actual depth and scoring punch beyond John Tavares in their lineup tonight.

Here’s how the home team will look:

Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier - Brock Nelson - Josh Ho-Sang
Jason Chimera - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan - Adam Pelech
Thomas Hickey - Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak

Kyle will be on scene at Barclays tonight to cover the game for us, so we’ll have postgame quotes and the like for you after the game as well. It’s also a Cool Bars night at the Carolina Ale House in Greenville, so if you’re looking for something to do, you could do way worse than going to hang out with the Canes promotions team, the Storm Squad and Stormy.