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RALEIGH Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , N.C. — Two teams feeling good after their most recent results meet Sunday when the New York Islanders face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.The teams put together different types of inspirational victories in advance of this game, but the confidence might be brewing for both clubs.For the Islanders, it was Saturday afternoon’s 6-1 whipping of the Philadelphia Flyers for a strong start on a three-game road swing.Article continues below ...“They are games that mean a lot,” said Islanders center Anthony Beauvillier, who notched his first goal of the season Saturday. “All of us want to get rolling.”The Hurricanes rallied from two-goal deficits twice in Friday night’s 4-3 shootout victory over visiting San Jose. That was Carolina’s first shootout of the season.“I think it’s a big step for us,” said Hurricanes left winger Brock McGinn, who scored in regulation and in the shootout. “I think we need to keep this confidence going.”The Hurricanes might be further establishing an identity as they continue a good start to the season with a 6-3-1 record.“The way we won was important,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said of the most recent game. “We’re not going to quit, I know that about this group.” The Hurricanes became the first team this season to outshoot the Sharks in San Jose’s 10 games. Carolina held a 41-23 edge in shots, though it was fast paced for both sides at times.“That’s the way hockey should be played,” Brind’Amour said. “I know there were lots of mistakes. But I was on the edge of my seat, and I have a pretty good one.”The Islanders are still piecing together things under first-year coach Barry Trotz. On Sunday www.kingsproshop.com , they try to win consecutive games for the first time this season.“We’ve done a lot of good things, haven’t always got the results we want,” Trotz said.Because of the Islanders’ wavering outcomes, there have been times when it’s hard to figure out the pulse of the team. For Trotz, he knows it will take time.“Part of the process is to understand, a lot of times with young players and even old players … to be a top player, you have to play (through it),” he said of certain struggles. “They can’t get frustrated. Make sure they play with a team concept and not try to do too much. … (They’re) getting used to us. We’re kind of retraining them a little bit.”Trotz said seeing how the Islanders develop during this road strip is crucial because there could be changes made with line combinations based on what the opponent is doing.“We’re trying to get some balance throughout the lineup,” Trotz said. “We need to be a little more consistent throughout our lineup. Stay out to the box, play our game and believe in what we’re doing.”Carolina center Sebastian Aho takes a 10-game points streak into Sunday’s game. He has an assist in every game this season, one game shy of matching Eric Staal for the franchise record of 11 consecutive games with an assist.Brind’Amour didn’t commit Saturday to using goalie Scott Darling for his season debut against the Islanders. He was activated for the last game but didn’t play. He’s coming off a groin injury suffered in the preseason finale.The teams opened the season against each other Oct. 4 in Raleigh, with the Islanders winning in overtime. The Anaheim Ducks didn’t like how they played while winning. The Arizona Coyotes didn’t like how they played while losing.The Ducks visit Gila River Arena in Glendale Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , Ariz., for the Coyotes’ home opener on Saturday night, with neither Pacific Division team satisfied with its effort in its first game of the season. The big difference is the Ducks won and the Coyotes lost, a familiar pattern from last season.Anaheim defeated San Jose on the road 5-2 Wednesday night, outskating the team that ousted the Ducks in a four-game Western Conference first-round playoff series sweep last season.Article continues below ...The Ducks looked faster than they did in the playoffs, a welcomed element to a team that already has high-end talent and scoring ability.Still, the Ducks were outshot 33-15, the kind of statistic they know they can’t repeat often if they’re to reach the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season. They did get a big night in goal from John Gibson, who made 31 saves. Rookie left wing Max Comtois scored 49 seconds into his first NHL game, while right wing Rickard Rakell had a goal and two assists, center Adam Henrique contributed a goal and an assist and right wing Jakob Silfverberg had three assists.“(But) we didn’t manage the puck at all,” defenseman Cam Fowler told the Orange County Register. “We turned the puck over a lot. We didn’t get on the forecheck Adam Henrique Jersey , which is our bread and butter. We seemed to be chasing the game for the majority of it.“Actually, when we got a 4-2 lead (on Henrique’s power-play goal midway through the third period), we played our best hockey. We were skating. We were pushing the pace.”Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet felt his mostly young team got pushed around too much in a 3-0 loss Thursday against the Dallas Stars, who bunched their goals in a span of 96 seconds in the second period. For the rest of the game, the Coyotes controlled the flow as much as the Stars did, but that wasn’t good enough for Tocchet.“We had some chances,” said Tocchet, whose team hit a couple of posts and the crossbar with shots. “We had a stretch there when they were pushing us around and our pushback wasn’t good for seven or eight minutes. We had a couple of crucial mistakes. … Six or seven guys, I didn’t like their game and that was the difference. We can’t have seven or eight passengers.”Tocchet sounded much like he did early in his first season as the Coyotes coach a year ago, when they lost their first 11 games, 10 in regulation, and never recovered.“We can’t be happy. It’s a loss Womens Andrew Cogliano Jersey ,” right wing Michael Grabner said Friday. “We’ve got to work on getting the puck in and maybe getting a garbage goal, and get some momentum on our side.”The Ducks were 3-1 against the Coyotes last season — including Anaheim wins in the opening and closing games of the Arizona season. The Coyotes have been shut out in two successive games, dating back to their 3-0 loss to Anaheim on April 7.“We’ve got to clean it up … and hopefully, get a win on Saturday night,” newly appointed team captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson said.If the Coyotes do win, they would be well ahead of schedule. They didn’t get their first victory last season until Oct. 30, and the first in regulation until Nov. 16.There’s a chance former New Jersey Devils left wing Brian Gibbons will make his Ducks debut after signing a one-year contract during the offseason. He’s been out with a hand injury, but resumed practicing this week.“He’s pretty much up to speed and ready to go,” coach Randy Carlyle said Friday.

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