National Hockey League Previews from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 6th (All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (20-12-3-3) at New York Islanders (19-16-3-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames seek their sixth consecutive road victory tonight when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
On Monday the Flames began a three-game trip with a 5-0 pounding of the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists to lead the rout. Jamie McLennan stopped all 36 shots he faced for his fourth shutout in just 17 starts this season for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the first time in four games (1-2-1).
Andrew Ference added two goals and set up another for the Flames, while Matthew Lombardi and Denis Gauthier tallied as well.
Iginla, coming off a stellar month of December that saw him net eight goals, leads Calgary with 13 scores for the season. He has scored 11 of those goals on the road.
The Flames, with 46 points, remain third in the Northwest Division standings -- two behind Colorado and six back of first-place Vancouver.
Calgary will wrap up its current swing Thursday in Chicago.
The Islanders, meanwhile, are 0-1-1 on the heels of a six-game winning streak, but they have won seven-in-a-row at home. On Saturday, Trent Hunter and Adrian Aucoin scored four minutes apart in the third period as New York rallied to post a 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins at the FleetCenter.
Garth Snow made 27 saves for the Islanders, while Mariusz Czerkawski also scored. The Islanders played in their league-low fifth overtime game (1-1-3).
Hunter leads all NHL rookies with 15 goals, and has amassed seven tallies and six assists in his last 15 games.
New York begins a three-game set tonight and will host Edmonton on Thursday.
The Flames have won nine of the last 10 meetings with the Islanders, and taken five straight at Nassau Coliseum.
St. Louis Blues (22-10-5-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (12-17-8-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues open a brief road set tonight when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
St. Louis is a meager 2-4-3 in its last nine tries, including Monday's 1-1 tie with the visiting Minnesota Wild. Andrei Zyuzin's goal with 6:35 left in the second period lifted Wild to the point.
Chris Osgood made 23 saves, including 14 in the second period, for the Blues, who concluded a four-game homestand. Mark Rycroft netted the only goal for St. Louis.
There was some bad news on the health front for the Blues, as 2003 Calder Trophy winner Barret Jackman aggravated a shoulder injury during the match. The defenseman has already missed 23 games this season because of injury. He sat out six games with a dislocated left shoulder in late October and early November, then was out for 17 games in late November and December.
The Blues, with 50 points, enter tonight seven behind the Central Division- leading Detroit Red Wings. St. Louis, 9-6-1-1 on the road, will visit Nashville on Saturday.
Carolina, meanwhile, has lost three straight, falling to Anaheim, Detroit and Phoenix. The red-hot Brian Boucher stopped 26 shots for the Coyotes to hand the Hurricanes a 3-0 defeat on Sunday.
Boucher's effort helped continue the offensive struggles of the Canes, who have scored just 13 goals in their last 11 games. For the season they have managed a mere 34 markers in 39 contests.
Tonight's tilt is the sixth installment of a seven-game homestand for Carolina. Peter Laviolette's club will host the NY Rangers on Thursday.
St. Louis is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings with Carolina, and has won three straight on the road in the series.
Buffalo Sabres (16-19-4-1) at Montreal Canadiens (19-15-5-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens hope to extend their unbeaten streak to five games tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Bell Centre.
Montreal is 3-0-1 in its last four tries, including consecutive victories over Atlanta and Washington in the first two portions of a four-game home set.
On Sunday, Michael Ryder scored twice and added an assist to lead a 4-1 win over the Capitals. Sheldon Souray and Joe Juneau each netted a special teams goal to snap a 1-1 tie for the Canadiens, who scored the final three tallies to post their first winning streak since October.
Jose Theodore made 19 saves for Montreal, while Mike Ribeiro, Jason Ward and Saku Koivu each added an assist.
Ryder netted his ninth goal of the season, and leads NHL rookies with 17 assists and 26 points.
The Habs, 4-0-1 in their last five at home, will conclude its set Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Buffalo, meanwhile, is 2-0-1 in its last three, including Saturday's 3-3 tie in Toronto. The Maple Leafs' Matt Stajan scored with 3:02 left in regulation to force the deadlock.
Miroslav Satan, Chris Drury, and Rory Fitzpatrick tallied for the Sabres, who scored all of their goals in the second period. Martin Biron finished with 34 saves.
Satan has a three-game goal-scoring streak with five tallies in that span, while Drury has two scores and two assists in his last three.
The Sabres, 2-7-1 in their last 10 on the road, will host Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Montreal and Buffalo have split two meetings this season, as the Canadiens snapped a four-game series losing streak with a 3-0 home win on November 8. The Sabres have lost two of their last three at the Bell Centre.
Nashville Predators (18-15-4-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (21-8-8-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to get back on the winning track tonight when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
The Predators were handed a 6-0 thrashing by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. Kris Draper and Jason Woolley scored two goals apiece, and Curtis Joseph made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season to lead Detroit.
Nashville had won the first three meetings of the season, but this one wasn't even close. Tomas Vokoun stopped 13 of 17 shots for the Predators, who have won just four times in their last 14 contests (4-5-3-2).
Detroit has an NHL-leading 57 points and holds a sizeable lead atop the Central Division. St. Louis has 50 points, while Nashville is in third with 42.
The Predators, who have just one win in their last seven road games (1-4-1-1), complete a brief two-game trip tonight.
Toronto, meanwhile, was on the positive side of a blowout Monday night, as it pounded the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-0, at the Igloo.
Joe Nieuwendyk and Tie Domi each scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Maple Leafs, who have just two regulation losses in their last 20 contests (14-2-3-1) and lead the Eastern Conference with 55 points.
Trevor Kidd made 25 saves for the Maple Leafs, as Toronto picked up its first win in its last five tries (1-2-2). It marked the 19th shutout of Kidd's career, but his first blanking this season.
Kidd started in place of Ed Belfour, who missed the game due to an unspecified leg injury that he suffered in practice on Sunday. The injury is not believed to be serious, as Belfour was expected to sit out the game even if he was healthy.
Aki Berg, Tomas Kaberle and Nathan Perrott scored the other goals for Toronto, which won for the fourth straight time versus the Penguins.
Nashville has won two straight meetings and is 4-1-1 all-time against the Maple Leafs. The Predators also hold a 3-1-1 mark against the Leafs in Toronto.
Tampa Bay Lightning (16-14-6-1) at Ottawa Senators (20-10-5-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to push their unbeaten streak to 10 games tonight when they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Corel Centre.
The Senators have won their last four games, including a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Daniel Alfredsson scored two third- period goals to lift red-hot Ottawa.
Bryan Smolinski added two goals while Chris Neil also lit the lamp for the Senators, who are 7-0-2 in their last nine games. Martin Prusek stopped 14 shots in the win.
The Senators played without winger Martin Havlat after he was suspended two games by the NHL for kicking Islanders' defenseman Eric Cairns during last Thursday's contest. He will also sit out tonight's tilt.
With 48 points, the Sens trail first-place Toronto by seven in the Northeast Division race.
Ottawa, 6-0-1 in its last seven home tilts, plays the final test of a three- game stand tonight.
Meanwhile, Fredrik Modin recorded a natural hat trick to lead the Lightning to a 6-1 pasting of the Philadelphia Flyers at the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday.
Ruslan Fedotenko recorded a goal and an assist, while Vincent Lecavalier and Ben Clymer also lit the lamp for the Lightning. Nikolai Khabibulin only had to make 18 saves in the win, as Tampa won for the first time in four games (1-2-1).
In five of their previous seven games, the Lightning had been limited to one goal or less. In this one, after allowing the first goal, they scored the final six.
Tampa now trails first-place Atlanta by just four in the Southeast Division race. The Lightning, 1-4-1 in its last six road games, begin a five-game swing tonight.
The Lightning have dropped two straight and are just 2-12-1 in the last 15 meetings with Ottawa. The Senators have also beaten Tampa Bay in 11 of the last 12 meetings at the Corel Centre.
Columbus Blue Jackets (10-22-4-3) at Colorado Avalanche (20-10-7-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche go for their first four-game winning streak of the season tonight when they welcome the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets to the Pepsi Center.
Colorado should have a full arsenal of weapons this evening, as Paul Kariya is expected to return after missing 32 of the last 34 games with a sprained right wrist. Captain Joe Sakic, who sat out Sunday's game against Minnesota due to a broken jaw, will also play. It will mark the first time Colorado has had its top six forwards in the lineup since October 21.
The Avalanche's latest victory came over the Wild in Denver. Colorado has 48 points and trails Vancouver by four for the top spot in the Northwest Division.
Milan Hejduk scored his second game-winning goal in two nights, as the Avs picked up the 3-1 triumph against Minnesota. Hejduk also tallied in a 4-2 victory in Vancouver on Friday night.
Teemu Selanne and Peter Forsberg also scored for the Avalanche, who improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven overall. Philippe Sauve stopped 25 shots for the win.
Forsberg has one goal and four assists of his last five games, while Selanne scored for just the second time in 11 contests
The Avalanche, 11-7-2 at home this season, end a brief two-game stand tonight.
Columbus, meanwhile, was dealt a 1-0 shutout by Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at the Office Depot Center. Luongo made 42 saves to stymie the Jackets.
Marc Denis stopped 33 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had a two-game road win streak snapped. Columbus had opened a seven-game trip with a 2-0 win in Tampa on Friday, meaning that the club is now 1-1 under new head coach Gerard Gallant.
Gallant, who has been on the team's staff since its inception in 2000, assumed head coaching duties when president/GM Doug MacLean relinquished the bench job on Thursday.
The Blue Jackets, who will continue their journey on Thursday in San Jose, have just two victories in their last 15 contests (2-10-1-2).
Colorado has dominated the all-time series with the Blue Jackets, going unbeaten in the 13 meetings (12-0-1). The Avs have outscored Columbus, 55-16, in those games, including a 5-1 thrashing at the Pepsi Center on December 6.
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