Teetering on the brink of the playoff picture, the Carolina Hurricanes look to make up the vital two points that separates them from the 8th place Buffalo Sabres in a match against the Islanders tonight at RBC Center.
The Hurricanes' scoring woes couldn't have come at a worse time; they have not scored more than two goals in regulation for the entire month of March. Not to mention their epic power-outage. They are an abysmal 4 for-71 on the power play over the last 17 games.
Eric Staal has pretty impressive numbers against the Islanders, however. He has 26 points (18 goals, 8 assists) in 25 career games against NYI.
The Islanders enter tonight's game having dropped the first two games of a five-game road trip. Activated off the IR Monday after missing six weeks with facial fractures, Rick DiPietro is set to make his first start since soon.
If the Islanders took venues into consideration, DiPietro's return would definitely be delayed.
His last visit to the RBC Center?
A 7-2 shellacking November 3...
Count on DiPietro playing one of the next two games, though. Coach Jack Capuano indicated that he didn't want to use goaltender Al Montoya in back-to-backs in the future. Montoya experienced dehydration and cramping last weekend after a back-to-back set. He was then pulled two days later after giving up five goals against the Rangers; Capuano said he looked "tired."
Entourage star and Islanders diehard Kevin Connolly is in town for tonight's game