NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (4-5-1-1) at New York Islanders (4-3-2-0), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim try to extend their unbeaten streak to four games today when they continue their current road trip in New York against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Anaheim is 2-0-1 in its last three, including consecutive wins over the Rangers and Capitals to begin a six-game trek. The Ducks are 4-1-1 since losing their first five games of the season.
Sergei Fedorov scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally late in the second period, to lead the Mighty Ducks to a 4-2 win over Washington on Wednesday.
Jason Krog and Steve Rucchin also scored for the Ducks, and Martin Gerber recorded 23 saves. Sandis Ozolinsh and Petr Sykora both finished with two assists.
Gerber has permitted a mere four goals in his last four starts, including the last two Ducks games. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere has struggled to say the least, with a bloated 3.14 goals-against average and .893 save percentage in six appearances. While Gerber has started the last two tilts, and it is unclear if his heavier workload is only temporary.
Anaheim will resume its venture Sunday in Chicago.
New York, meanwhile, is 1-2-1 in its last four, including Wednesday's 4-4 tie in Pittsburgh. Jason Blake and Mariusz Czerkawski each scored a goal near the midway point of the third period to force the deadlock. Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates also scored for the Islanders, and Garth Snow made 20 saves.
Czerkawski scored on a wrist shot from the right side of the crease just 2:48 later to even the game at 4-4. The former All-Star is tied with Columbus' Rick Nash for second in the NHL with eight goals, behind Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk.
The Isles open a four-game homestand today and will host the Ottawa Senators on Monday in a rematch of last spring's first-round playoff set.
Anaheim is 2-1-1 in the last four meetings with New York. The Ducks are 2-1-1 in their last four at Nassau.
11/01 10:18:46 ET