NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 6th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (8-14-3) at New York Islanders (10-13-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of last-place clubs will meet tonight on Long
Island, as the free-falling Atlanta Thrashers visit the New York Islanders at
In addition to being basement dwellers in the Southeast Division, the
Thrashers are dead last in the NHL with just 19 points on the year and have
lost their last five games. Since tying a franchise record with five straight
victories from November 2-14, Atlanta has gone just 1-7-1 in its last nine
Atlanta's most recent setback came Wednesday evening in Ottawa, as the
Senators slammed the Thrashers by a 5-1 count. Dany Heatley registered a goal
and two assists to lead the Sens to the rout at Scotiabank Place.
Eric Boulton had the lone goal for the Thrashers, while Ondrej Pavelec yielded
five goals on 34 shots.
The Thrashers were 0-for-6 on the power play and have managed just one goal on
the man advantage in 15 opportunities over their past five games.
Tonight's test marks the end of a three-game road trip for Atlanta, which is
just 3-8-2 as the visiting team this season. The Thrashers have been defeated
in three straight and four of their last five away from Georgia.
The Islanders, who are last in the Atlantic Division with 22 points, have lost
three of four outings and are coming off Thursday's 5-2 setback in Washington.
Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Donald Brashear's first goal
of the year represented the game-winner in the triumph at the Verizon Center.
Mark Streit and Trent Hunter lit the lamp for the Islanders. Joey MacDonald
allowed four goals and was assaulted with 46 shots in the loss.
Streit has 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) on the season and only Montreal's
Andrei Markov has more points by a defenseman in the Eastern Conference.
The Isles are just 5-7-1 as the host this season, but have won three of their
last four tests at the Coliseum.
Atlanta defeated the visiting Islanders in the first of four meetings between
the clubs back on November 6. The Thrashers have won three of the last five
matchups between the clubs, but New York has taken two of three and five of
seven on the Island.
12/06 10:34:23 ET