A Conflict Between Isles Fans? It's Game Day: Hurricanes @ Islanders
Islander fans, we have a conflict.
The Islanders play the Hurricanes on Saturday. With the Hurricanes being so close to the Rangers in the standings, a die-hard Islander fan would not mind the Islanders to lose this game just for the fact that a Hurricanes win would diminish the Rangers chances of a playoff spot. I'm sure the die-hard fan would appreciate an Islanders victory as well.
The Hurricanes have 83 points, only 4 points behind the Rangers who are tied with Buffalo for eighth place in the East at 87 points. Going 6-4-4 in their last 10 games and currently riding a two game winning streak, the Hurricanes storm into Nassau Coliseum seeking two more points in the standings in hopes to catch the Blue Shirts in points and obtain a comfortable lead in front of the Leafs.
The lead contender for the Calder Trophy, Jeff Skinner, will appear for the Hurricanes on Saturday after coming off of a 2 goal performance in Carolina’s 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
Speaking of candidates for the Calder Trophy, Michael Grabner returns to the Islanders lineup. The Isles rookie has missed the last two games to be with his girlfriend as he and his girlfriend have had a baby boy, Aidan Johann Grabner. So, congratulations to Michael Grabner.
Hurricanes Injury Report: Defenseman Jay Harrison is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Islanders Injury Report: Ty Wishart and Jack Hillen are day-to-day with shoulder injuries and are questionable for Saturday’s game. As for Frans Nielsen, he is also day-to-day with a head injury that he obtained after being hit from behind by Marian Gaborik causing Nielsen to hit his head on the glass. The NHL has opted to not review the play to see if it is worthy of a suspension.
Now, whom is Jack Capuano going to start in net? Al Montoya, who is coming off of a spectacular performance against his former team, the Rangers, on Thursday or Rick DiPietro who has not played very well at all since returning from injury?
Be sure to check back after the game for Daniel Friedman’s post game blog.
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