Hurricanes and Islanders to play 2015 preseason game in Halifax, N.S.

Thursday February 12th, 2015

Hidden behind the race to the NHL trade deadline the Carolina Hurricanes are already hashing out their preseason plans. 

The Hurricanes will take a break from the south to face off against the New York Islanders in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sept. 26. at the ScotiaBank Centre, where the CHL’s Halifax Mooseheads play, according to a news release

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“The New York Islanders look forward to returning to the Maritimes and playing in Halifax, Nova Scotia,” said Islanders president and GM Garth Snow said during a conference call. “We know we have a lot of Islanders fans throughout the region and are excited to be back.”

Nova Scotia has never had its own NHL team, but the game is a nod to its professional hockey roots. Halifax is home to Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche (and former Moosehead) Nathan MacKinnon

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Questions have already started to rise about the game's lineup, mainly regarding whether Islanders' star Canadian forward Jonathan Tavares will suit up.

This isn’t the only preseason game planned so far, as the Edmonton Oilers scheduled to play the Minnesota Wild in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on the same date. 

-- Anna Gallegos

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