NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 31st (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (18-15-2-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-19-5-3), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders seek their sixth straight win today when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.
New York has won its last five and is 9-2-0-1 in the 12 contests since a seven-game losing streak. On Monday, Mark Parrish scored a pair of goals and Garth Snow made 28 saves, leading the Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.
Kenny Jonsson also scored for the Isles, who reside third in the Atlantic Division with 39 points.
Parrish has scored five goals in his last three games, and has a total of seven in the month of December.
New York, 4-9-2-1 on the road, opens a three-game swing today and will visit Ottawa on Thursday.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, continues to flounder near the NHL basement but is coming off a win. On Monday, Sebastien Caron stopped 31 shots for his third career shutout, as the Penguins blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 at Mellon Arena.
Caron stopped nine shots in the first period, then turned aside 11 in each of the next two for his first shutout since last January 21 against Buffalo.
Tomas Surovy scored the game's lone goal for the Penguins, who won for the first time in six games (1-3-1-1).
Pittsburgh, 7-7-3 on home ice, will visit Nashville on Thursday.
The Islanders are 1-0-1 against the Penguins this season, and 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings overall.
12/31 10:08:44 ET