NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 29th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (13-29-5) at Atlanta Thrashers (17-27-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The last time the New York Islanders were in action they
ended a lengthy losing streak. Tonight, the Isles will try to end an even
longer road skid as they visit the Atlanta Thrashers for a matchup at
The Islanders, who are last in the Atlantic Division as well as the NHL with
just 31 points on the year, are playing for the first time since the
All-Star break. New York last played on January 21 against visiting Anaheim
and posted a 2-1 decision to end an eight-game losing streak.
New York has a dreadful 5-17-2 record as the visiting club this year and has
lost 14 in a row on the road. The last time the Isles won away from Nassau
Coliseum was in a November 24 game at Montreal. A setback tonight would tie
longest road losing streak in club history, matching a 15-game slide set
from January 20-April 1, 1973.
The win over the Ducks was the first in the 2009 calendar year for the
Islanders, who are just 3-17-3 in their last 23 contests. However, New York
has recorded points in two straight tests as they dropped an overtime
decision to Washington prior to the Anaheim game.
Like the Islanders, the Thrashers are also a last place team as they occupy
the bottom spot in the Southeast with 39 points. Atlanta has lost two in a
row, including a shutout loss in Dallas on Tuesday night.
Marty Turco used 25 saves to record his 35th career shutout and the Stars
blanked the Thrashers, 2-0.
Kari Lehtonen yielded two goals on 33 shots for the Thrashers.
The game marked the first time Atlanta had been held scoreless since another
2-0 setback to visiting Columbus on November 22.
The Thrashers are just 9-13-2 at home this year, but are aiming for their
third straight win as the host tonight.
Atlanta is 3-0 against the Isles this season, outscoring New York by a
combined 13-6 score in those outings. The Thrashers have taken five of seven
overall from the Islanders and have won two straight and three of the last
four matchups at Philips Arena.
01/29 11:16:50 ET