Charlottetown Islanders head coach Jim Hulton is hoping his team's performance Wednesday was an anomaly.
He'll find out tonight.
The Islanders host the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at 7 p.m. after losing 7-2 Wednesday in Saint John, N.B.
Hulton said Thursday the mandate since the Christmas break was to get better every day.
"Our estimation, as a staff, is we took a step backwards last night," he said. "We embarrassed ourselves — one of the few times this year we honestly got outworked and outcompeted. This comes down to a pride game."
The Drakkar come to town after taking a 10-3 beating at the hands of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Wednesday.
"It should be two angry, embarrassed hockey clubs playing," Hulton said.
The Islanders (23-24-5-2) have won seven of their past 10 games while Baie-Comeau (8-39-1-2) has lost nine of its past 10.
"If we think, just because we're going to look at the standings, (that) this is going to be an easy game, we're in for a rude awakening," Hulton said. "Those kids and that coaching staff has pride and they (are going) through a tough season, but they're going to bounce back."
Tonight's game will be an opportunity for Guillaume Beaudry, Nicolas Leblond and Alexis Vanier to play their former team.
Matthew Welsh gets the start for the Islanders while defenceman Luc Deschenes (upper body) will be a game-time decision. If the blue-liner can play, it would be the first time all season the Islanders have all their players available to them.