Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Pregame Report

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NHL: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES [AT] NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Pregame Report

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King)

So, this is it. After 42 home openers in Uniondale, this is the very last one. Of course, we still hold out hope that all Long Island hockey is not lost forever, and that Bruce Ratner stays true to his word in bringing six games a year back to Long Island. But that, of course, is likely a long shot.

There will be a lot of pomp and circumstance, a lot of pageantry, and probably a lot of tears. But, this team has a lot going for it, and they showed it last night. While it’s OK to be sentimental, there is a lot of be excited about with this group.

Last night, the Isles came storming out of the gate and skated away with with a 5-3 victory in Carolina. Brock Nelson had two goals, added two assists, and had the biggest game of his young career. Johnny Boychuk and John Tavares added three points apiece.

Nelson was excited to have been a contributor in a big win:

This is a big starting point for us. The new faces contributed and that’s why they’re here. If we get more than just a couple of guys on the score sheet we’re going to be a pretty good hockey club.

Let’s not forget about Johnny Boychuk. The newly acquired blueliner made an instant impact with his new team. He scored the first goal of the game, added two assists, logged more than 23 minutes of ice time, and was named second star of the game.

Tonight, the Isles will try to keep the good mojo going. Expect them to come out flying and take the play to Carolina in the first 10 minutes.

Chad Johnson will make his Islanders debut in net, as the Isles want to keep Jaroslav Halak fresh and healthy.

Billy Joel sang something that I find appropriate on a day like this: “The good ol’ days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”

As much as we will always long for our original home, we will hopefully come to embrace Barclays Center in Brooklyn as well. Sometimes these things have a way of working themselves out. As Howie Rose said last week, “Right now, Brooklyn isn’t even a blip on the radar screen.” We are focused on the here and now, and let’s enjoy every last second of it.

Enjoy the game and Rock The Barn.

 

What You Need To Know (c/o NHL media notes):

 

Lineups:

Islanders
Conacher–Tavares–Okposo
Grabovski–Nelson–Strome
Bailey–Nielsen–Kulemin
Martin–Cizikas–Clutterbuck


Hickey–Hamonic
Leddy–Boychuk
Strait–Reinhart

Johnson
(Halak)

Hurricanes
Tlusty–Staal–Semin
Gerbe–Rask–Lindholm
Malone–McClement–Dwyer
Terry–Nash–Brown

Faulk–Sekera
Hainsey–Liles
Gleason–Harrison

Khudobin
(Ward)

 

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Pregame Report
Eric Bordin