NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 17th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (19-23-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (15-25-5), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders hope to end a six-game road losing skid tonight when they begin a three-game trek against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
The Isles, who are 9-12-1 on the road overall. haven't won away from Long Island since December 6 in St. Louis. Overall, New York has dropped four of its last five games.
On Saturday the Islanders were embarrassed at home, falling 8-1 to the Vancouver Canucks. Todd Bertuzzi netted a hat trick and Anson Carter had two goals and an assist to lift the visitors.
Alexei Zhitnik scored the lone goal for the Islanders, losers in nine of their last 11 contests. Goaltender Rick DiPietro was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots, and his replacement, Wade Dubielewicz wasn't much better. The Canucks scored just nine seconds after Dubielewicz came into the game, and he allowed four goals on 18 shots.
The Isles, who are 9-12-1 on the road, will visit Carolina on Thursday.
Chicago, meanwhile, is 2-1-1 since a 10-game losing streak. On Sunday, however, the Hawks dropped a 3-2 shootout contest to visiting New Jersey. Viktor Kozlov had the deciding shootout goal to lift the Devils.
Tyler Arnason had a goal and an assist and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Blackhawks, who have now dropped 12 of their last 14 games.
Blackhawks goaltender Adam Munro finished with 24 saves.
Chicago, which is 8-11-2 at home, will host Colorado on Thursday.
The Islanders have won two straight meetings with the Blackhawks.
01/17 10:43:50 ET