EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – Another night, another important game for the Islanders.
After a franchise record nine-game road trip, the Islanders are back on Barclays Center ice on Monday for the first game of a home-andtome with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders remained in the playoff hunt with a 5-3-1 record during the nine-game trip, but sit one point out of the final wild card spot.
It’s great to be back in New York!
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) March 13, 2017
“It’s a huge game for us obviously,” Islanders head coach Doug Weight. “Coming back from that trip we cant have a let down. These guys obviously have proven, Carolina is coming to play. They’re playing fast and they’re battling a lot of good teams. It’s going to be a tough 48 hours. It’s going to start tonight and we got to get a win, there’s no other way to put it.”
The Islanders have had their fair share of trouble with the Hurricanes this season. In two previous meetings the Isles have failed to come away with a win, falling 7-4 in Carolina on January 14 and losing 5-4 in overtime on February 4.
Monday’s starter JF Berube appeared in both games for the Islanders and surrendered five goals on 25 shots during the overtime loss in February. Monday will be Berube’s seventh start this season.
The Islanders forward lineup will remain the same as it was on Saturday in St. Louis and Adam Pelech will take Scott Mayfield’s spot on defense.
A win on Saturday will move the Islanders back into a playoff spot.
“I expect us to have some jump and be excited for tonight. It’s a crucial two points,” John Tavares said. “Regardless of how we feel I think just the excitement and the opportunity should be pretty motivating.”