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Islanders-Hurricanes [game thread]

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Carolina Hurricanes (20-30-7, 29th) at New York Islanders (23-26-8, 27th)
7 p.m. EST | Nassau [gloriously unsponsored] Vets. Mem. Coliseum
MSG+2 (twice the plus!), radio
Trying to pad their Legace: Canes Country
Islanders Gameday: It's just the Hurricanes...right?

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Nice news albeit cautious news: Newsday's Katie Strang reports Jack Hillen looks good and even expects to resume skating within a few days. Still will skate with robotic facial protection and is good ways off, but the kid skates with such a beautiful stride he belongs on the ice.

Both Strang ($5 please) and Chris Botta (not $5) report Scott Gordon talking a lot about the youth of this team, how they are learning -- essentially, trying to ease the pressure. Lots of talk about "must win" to turn this streak around and get the bubble boost that two points automatically provide when each Eastern bubble team is refusing to take the reins on a nightly basis. I'm still shocked the Islanders remain just five points out of seventh after a six-game losing streak has them three wins under NHL-style quasi-".500." What a year, what a system.

Rick DiPietro gets the Saturday Night Special opposite Justin Peters. Who is Justin Peters? A guy who's not going to replace Cam Ward, for one. Man, getting an NHL goalie job is tough odds.

This is the Lighthouse Hockey in-game thread. For chatting, game commentary, and exchanges of brownie recipes. I will miss most of the game tonight -- hope to be around for the first -- so have fun, behave, and let me know what you see.