Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 26th
Game 2: Friday, January 23rd
Game 3: Saturday, March 27th
Game 4: Friday, April 2nd

Islanders 3

(23-20-1, 51 pts)

Hurricanes 2

(16-22-2, 43 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 23, 2004

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NYI 1 2 03
CAR 1 0 12

T. Hunter (Islanders - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

S. Hill (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Blake (Islanders - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

NY Islanders (22-20-4-1) at Carolina (16-21-9-2) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Peter Laviolette faces his former team for the first time when the Carolina Hurricanes host the New York Islanders on Friday.

Laviolette was fired by New York last season despite making a pair of playoff appearances. There were rumors that he clashed with players and the Islanders failed to get out of the first round on both occasions.

Carolina fired Paul Maurice and replaced him with Laviolette on December 15. The Hurricanes are 8-9-1-0 since then.

The Hurricanes posted a 2-1 victory at New Jersey in their last game on Wednesday. Jeff O'Neill scored for the sixth time in the last seven games and Kevin Weekes made 20 saves.

Carolina is 6-3-4 against the Atlantic Division, the only division against which it owns a winning record.

New York had scored nine goals in its two previous games before Tuesday's 2-0 loss at Toronto. The Islanders are winless in their last five road games (0-3-2-0).

Weekes made 28 saves in Carolina's 2-0 victory at New York on November 26. Josef Vasicek and defenseman Bret Hedican scored the two goals.