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Isles' hope confidence carries over to game in Carolina

New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. The Islanders beat the Rangers, 3-0, at home on Thursday. It was their first home shutout of their New York rivals since a 2-0 win on December 26, 2006. It was also their first shutout of this season.
  2. The Hurricanes fell to the Devils, 5-2, in New Jersey on Thursday, snapping a three-game winning streak. The five goals allowed equaled the total allowed during that three-game streak, as they had outscored their opponents by a combined 14-5.
  3. Carolina got a 4-2 win when these teams last met in November in Raleigh, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Isles. Overall, the Hurricanes are 7-2-3 in their last 12 games against the Islanders.
  4. Jaroslav Halak made 50 saves in the win over the Rangers, getting his 42nd career shutout, sixth most among active goalies. He was one save shy of Glenn Healy's team record of 51 saves in a shutout, done on January 16, 1990 against Vancouver.
  5. Jeff Skinner scored his 19th goal of the season in the loss to New Jersey. With one more goal, he would reach 20 goals for the sixth time in his career. Only one other player has more such seasons for the Canes since the move to Carolina -- Eric Staal (nine).
  6. Neither team has been great in the second of back-to-back games -- the Hurricanes are 5-5-1 (.500), tied for 15th in the league. The Islanders are 4-7-0 (.364), the sixth-worst record in the NHL.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As much as the New York Islanders needed a victory, they also needed to regain confidence in their back end.

Now they go into Friday night's road game against the Carolina Hurricanes with both.

Each of the teams played Thursday night, with the Islanders defeating the New York Rangers 3-0 while the Hurricanes dropping a 5-2 decision at New Jersey.

"Everyone was on the same page for the most part," Islanders center Mathew Barzal said. "There was a lot of pace to our game."

The Islanders won for only the second time in seven games this month. They had allowed 25 goals in the previous six games, so a shutout was even more rewarding as they attempt to regroup.

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak needed 50 saves for his first shutout of the season.

"He played well, and when we really needed him he came up and made some big saves," right winger Josh Bailey

For the Hurricanes, they'll have a chance to recover from their hiccup with yet another home game. It will be the ninth game on home ice during a 10-game span.

"I think the guys realize it's time," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "I don't want to waste any more time and waste any more opportunities to get points. You've got to play that way, you've got to play that way each and every night."

With Thursday night's setback, it means the Hurricanes failed to match their season-high five-game points streak.

"We believe in ourselves if we just play," Peters said. "If we do our job, the standings will take care of themselves."

Yet the Hurricanes certainly have an eye on the standings.

They also have developed more depth across recent weeks, so there's a chance for lineup changes if Peters and his staff determine there were specific flaws from Thursday night.

"There's probably more flexibility in our lineup now," Peters said. "Now we have more moving parts and a dangerous offense."

Carolina is bound to turn back to goalie Cam Ward after Scott Darling was dinged for five goals in Thursday night's game. Ward has been the primary goaltender for the past month.

Ward is 5-1-1 in his last seven outings. He also was the winner in the Nov. 19 game against the Islanders.

The Islanders had so much attention on their rivalry with the Rangers that they'll certainly have to refocus for this next game.

Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was back in the New York lineup for Thursday night, but it's unclear if it will be that way for a back-to-back when he takes on one of his former teams in Carolina.

The Hurricanes are also a former team for Islanders coach Doug Weight, who played for the 2006 Stanley Cup champions.

The Islanders and Hurricanes split two mid-November games. They also meet March 18 at New York.

For this game, the Hurricanes have a special mother's event, which included players' mothers traveling for Thursday night's game at New Jersey.

"It's a different perspective from the fathers' trip," Peters said. "... fewer cigars and Scotch."

Updated February 15, 2018

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