Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
10/01/08 David Tanabe D Concussion Out indefinitely
02/17/09 Tim Gleason D Hand Questionable for Feb. 19 at N.Y. Islanders
02/06/09 Scott Walker RW Upper body IR. Out until at least mid-February
02/16/09 Justin Williams RW Hand Out until at least mid-March
13 Ray Whitney LW 58 17 28 45
12 Eric Staal C 58 24 18 42
15 Tuomo Ruutu RW 55 16 17 33
14 Sergei Samsonov LW 58 12 19 31
17 Rod Brind'Amour C 56 8 21 29
8 Matt Cullen C 53 15 12 27
77 Joe Corvo D 58 9 16 25
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Last time the Islanders played Carolina at the Coliseum they took sixty shots and lost. Since then Carolina fired Peter Laviolette and replaced him with the coach who took over for Laviolette in Paul Maurice and have been a spotty team that sits five points out of eighth place as of Wednesday night's games.
Carolina comes in off a five-one loss against Boston with two goals in their last four games but before that scored seven against Phoenix and defeated San Jose who leads the West. Islanders play their third game in four days/nights but have not traveled. Like Pittsburgh, Carolina comes here a team bordering on desperate needing points and frankly due to breakout if they have it in them collectively.
Cam Ward starts in goal according to the beatwriter.