NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (13-22-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (19-17-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The sliding Pittsburgh Penguins will try to avoid a sixth
consecutive loss when they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers for this evening's
encounter at Mellon Arena.
Pittsburgh hopes it can continue its recent success against Atlanta to help
end the five-game losing streak. The Penguins are 2-0 against the Thrashers
this year and have won five of the last seven meetings between the clubs.
Atlanta has also dropped three straight and five of eight in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh's fifth consecutive loss came Monday night against the New York
Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season as
the Rangers dropped the Penguins, 4-0, at Madison Square Garden.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots in the loss for the slumping Penguins, who
have dropped a season-high five straight and have just five wins in their past
Pittsburgh, which has just one goal over its last two games, hasn't lost six
straight games since a seven-game slide from January 26 to February 8, 2006.
The Pens are just 8-9-2 as the host this year and have lost five straight home
games. Following tonight's test, Pittsburgh will head out on a three-game road
trip beginning with Thursday's tilt in Nashville.
The Thrashers, meanwhile, have lost five of their last six games and are
coming off Sunday's home loss to Tampa Bay. Martin St. Louis registered two
goals, and the Lightning climbed out of the Southeast division cellar with
the 4-1 victory at Philips Arena.
The Lightning have 32 points and are now one ahead of Atlanta for fourth
place in the Southeast.
Erik Christensen scored the lone goal for the Thrashers, while Kari Lehtonen
allowed four goals on 35 shots in the loss.
The Thrashers, who are beginning a three-game road trip tonight, have a poor
6-10-3 as the visiting team this season.
01/06 10:48:08 ET