NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 6th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (8-14-3) at New York Islanders (10-13-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of last-place clubs will meet tonight on Long Island, as the free-falling Atlanta Thrashers visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
In addition to being basement dwellers in the Southeast Division, the Thrashers are dead last in the NHL with just 19 points on the year and have lost their last five games. Since tying a franchise record with five straight victories from November 2-14, Atlanta has gone just 1-7-1 in its last nine outings.
Atlanta's most recent setback came Wednesday evening in Ottawa, as the Senators slammed the Thrashers by a 5-1 count. Dany Heatley registered a goal and two assists to lead the Sens to the rout at Scotiabank Place.
Eric Boulton had the lone goal for the Thrashers, while Ondrej Pavelec yielded five goals on 34 shots.
The Thrashers were 0-for-6 on the power play and have managed just one goal on the man advantage in 15 opportunities over their past five games.
Tonight's test marks the end of a three-game road trip for Atlanta, which is just 3-8-2 as the visiting team this season. The Thrashers have been defeated in three straight and four of their last five away from Georgia.
The Islanders, who are last in the Atlantic Division with 22 points, have lost three of four outings and are coming off Thursday's 5-2 setback in Washington. Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Donald Brashear's first goal of the year represented the game-winner in the triumph at the Verizon Center.
Mark Streit and Trent Hunter lit the lamp for the Islanders. Joey MacDonald allowed four goals and was assaulted with 46 shots in the loss.
Streit has 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) on the season and only Montreal's Andrei Markov has more points by a defenseman in the Eastern Conference.
The Isles are just 5-7-1 as the host this season, but have won three of their last four tests at the Coliseum.
Atlanta defeated the visiting Islanders in the first of four meetings between the clubs back on November 6. The Thrashers have won three of the last five matchups between the clubs, but New York has taken two of three and five of seven on the Island.
12/06 10:34:23 ET