Posted January 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
Although they're at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes don't look anything like a last-place team when they face the New York Islanders. The bottom two teams in the East meet Tuesday night at RBC Center with the Hurricanes looking to continue their dominance in this series. Carolina (13-21-6) has been better since Kirk Muller replaced the fired Paul Maurice on Nov. 28, guiding the team to a 5-4-2 mark after the Hurricanes lost their first four games following the coaching change. That improvement hasn't been enough to move Muller's club out of last place in the conference, a spot it shares with the Islanders (13-17-6), though New York has four games in hand. The Hurricanes have been particularly good lately at home, where they've won three straight and four of five. They haven't won four in a row at RBC Center since Jan. 24-March 11, 2010. Poor road play continued to plague Carolina on Saturday against Tampa Bay, as the Lightning scored three third-pe...
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