PNC Arena — Raleigh, N.C.
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After an offseason of immense change, the Islanders finally open the 2018-19 season tonight in Carolina. It is the first of four meetings between the Metro Division foes this season.
The Islanders and Hurricanes split the season series each winning two games apiece last season. The Islanders shut out the Hurricanes 3-0 during their last trip to Raleigh in February.
Tonight will mark the debuts of new coaches for both Carolina and New York. Barry Trotz was hired by the Islanders in June after leading the Washington Capitals to a Stanley Cup championship.
The new bench boss will go with Thomas Greiss in net against the Hurricanes. Greiss started three games for the Isles during the preseason.
“I just thought they both had really good moments in the preseason,” Trotz told reporters in Carolina. “Just like anybody else, they’ll have some hiccups. I just felt Thomas was a little more prepared to go right now based on performance. We’re not in a development league, we’re in a performance league. I thought he just edged out Robin to start. That doesn’t mean that’ll be the way it is all year. It’s just based on training camp and preseason.”
Josh Bailey did not skate during the team’s morning skate, but he will play tonight. The tenured Islander told Newsday’s Andrew Gross that he was feeling some lower back tightness, but would be fine to play.