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Isles try to snap 4-game skid vs. Canes

 The Islanders will try to snap their season's-worst four-game skid tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Both Rob Schremp (back) and Michael Grabner (groin) are expected to return for New York tonight, with the former to make his regular-season debut after suffering a back injury this preseason.

As reported by Newsday's Arthur Staple yesterday, both goaltenders Rick DiPietro and Dwayne Roloson will get a start on this two-game road swing (tomorrow vs. Ottawa).

The Hurricanes have dropped their last two and will try to avoid a third tonight. They may be without defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who sustained an upper body injury in Carolina's 3-2 los to Philly on Monday. Pitkanen led the league in ice time last season with an average of 27:22 per game.

Some stats to consider before tonight's game:

--Cam Ward has a 10-2-1 record and  a 2.28 GAA in 14 career games against the Islanders.

--The Hurricanes are last in the NHL from the faceoff circle  (37.4%)

--Although the Islanders power-play is ranked 8th in the league with a 22.4% success rate, the team has been outscored 24-13 5-on-5

--Canes rookie Jeff Skinner is tied among rookies in scoring with three goals and five assists.

--Carolina, who opened the season with two "home" games in Helsinki, Finland, has yet to score a goal at the RBC Center.

***Jon SIm cleared waivers yesterday and reported to Bridgeport.


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