New York Islanders look to build on momentum against Carolina 2
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault (81) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

After laying down a dominant effort in a 5-2 win over the Panthers, the New York Islanders will visit the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time this season. 

  • New York Islanders (16-16-8)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (20-15-7)
  • PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
  • MSG+

Is The Slump busted?

The New York Islanders finally scored more than one goal against the Panthers Friday night. It was the first time the Islanders scored more than one goal in three games.

John Tavares collected his 499th, 500th and 501st points against the Panthers recording a hat trick on an empty-net goal. The captain and the Islanders hope to build off of the momentum going forward.

After starting Thomas Greiss in three consecutive games to start 2017, he will see a fourth straight start. When asked about the move, Coach Jack Capuano said he’s riding the hot goalie.

Since the Islanders put forward a dominant effort, it is highly unlikely any changes are made to the lineup save for the goaltender. Capuano has been more reserved in changing the lineups lately, allowing some good chemistry to gel in the lines prior to the thee game funk.

There are some questions regarding the lineup due to injury. More will be reveled closer to game time.

The Carolina Hurricanes are right in the playoff description. They are three points behind the Philadelphia Flyers with two games in hand. Their home record has been a key to their success this season, going 13-1-1 in their last 15 home games.

The Islanders currently lie 10 points behind the Flyers and have four games in hand.

After today, Philadelphia will begin a five-day break. The Islanders have an opportunity to gain some ground and help pull themselves out of the cellar.

The lockerroom knows exactly where they are at and what the implications behind each game are heading forward.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.