The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes begin the 2018-19 season in Raleigh tonight. Game time, though keep in mind opening-night pageantry delays, is 7 p.m.
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New Era, New Coach, New Captain
It’s the first official game under the Lou Lamoriello-Barry Trotz regime. Islanders debuts for a medley of summer signings (and one fall signing, Luca Sbisa). Not for Robin Lehner, however, as Trotz has given Thomas Greiss the start.
Something else new: Anders Lee is your new captain.
Hey You, I Know You, I Know You
It’s also Calvin de Haan’s first NHL game in another uniform. The Carp Lad played 304 regular season games for the Islanders across six seasons, plus 16 playoff games. He will be missed.
(But we have Sbisa!)
The official site had de Haan talking about the move, after the usual “lots of good memories, good friends” drill:
De Haan said he’s adjusting to life in Raleigh and playing for a new team and joked that he’s the oldest defenseman on the Hurricanes, despite being 27 years old.
”It was something I really wanted to try and take advantage of, a lot of players don’t get this opportunity” de Haan said. “It was nothing against the Isles, just a personal decision I had to make.”
New for Carolina, Too
The Hurricanes will have Rod Brind’Amour in his first game as head coach, after their old coach fled to Calgary in the summer amid much management turnover.
And de Haan’s not the only new guy. Thanks to an injury to 2017-18 bust Scott Darling, the much-maligned Petr Mrazek will get the start in goal. Also, don’t forget top summer pick Andrei Svechnikov, a sniper who they appear to be easing in.
The biggest changes, however, were the trade of Jeff Skinner for some reason, and the acquisition of Dougie Hamilton for a package including Noah Hanifan.
So the Canes’ blueline remains stacked.
Lineups, Lines and Pairings
This is what we expect, with pretty decent certainty based on the last few days:
Anthony Beauvillier - Mathew Barzal - Josh Bailey
Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Jordan Eberle
Leo Komarov - Valtteri Filppula - Tanner Fritz
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock
Thomas Hickey - Nick Leddy
Luca Sbisa - Johnny Boychuk
Michael Ferland - Sebastian Aho The Lesser - Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams
Brock McGinn - Martin Necas - Valentin Zykov
Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark - Andrei Svechnikov
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brett Pesce
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