NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 17th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (35-17-6) at New York Islanders (28-22-8), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to end their recent lack of success against the New Jersey Devils when the Atlantic Division inhabitants square off this evening at Nassau Coliseum.
New York has lost four straight times to the Devils, including twice as the host, since earning a 5-2 victory at the Meadowlands in November, the first meeting between the clubs this season.
The Islanders fared much better against New Jersey during the 2005-06 campaign, winning six of the eight overall matchups.
The Isles do come in having recorded a point in 11 of their last 12 contests, however, and currently stand tied with Montreal and Toronto for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The club is 6-1-4 since the All-Star break, with that lone regulation loss coming at the hands of the Devils on February 8.
New York got a seven-game homestand off to a good start on Thursday, as Randy Robitaille netted a pair of goals to lead the way in a 4-1 victory over Boston.
Mike Sillinger added a goal and an assist in the Islanders' second consecutive triumph, while Jason Blake picked up a pair of helpers on the evening. Rick DiPietro made 24 saves for his 24th win of the season.
With the victory, New York improved to 14-9-4 at home for the year.
New Jersey's advantage in the Atlantic was whittled to five points by second- place Pittsburgh on Friday, as the red-hot Penguins scored three times in the first period and held on for a 5-4 decision at Continental Airlines Arena.
Brian Rafalski and Patrik Elias each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who received an uncharacteristically shaky outing in goal from Martin Brodeur. The All-Star netminder yielded five goals on just 24 shots.
Jamie Langenbrunner registered an assist on Zach Parise's third-period tally to extend his point-scoring streak to eight games, the longest active run in the NHL. The veteran wing has compiled 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) during the tear.
New Jersey played without top goal scorer Brian Gionta, who sat out with a groin pull that could keep him out of tonight's contest as well. Gionta has 24 goals on the season, one more than Parise for the team lead.
02/17 10:42:26 ET