NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 2nd
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (7-15-1-1) at New York Islanders (9-11-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals try to win consecutive games for
the first time this season tonight when they visit the New York Islanders,
losers of five straight, at Nassau Coliseum.
Immediately following their first six victories of the campaign, the Caps have
yet to even record a point. With 16 points, Washington holds the worst record
in the National Hockey League -- one behind Pittsburgh.
On Saturday, Peter Bondra notched his 19th career hat trick, as Washington
used a four-goal second period to post a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue
Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Jaromir Jagr added a goal and two assists as the Capitals snapped a two-game
losing skid. Brian Sutherby also scored to help Washington start its five-game
road trip on a positive note, and Olie Kolzig finished with 25 saves.
Robert Lang recorded an assist for Washington to extend his point streak to 15
games (11g, 12a), while Jagr has found the scoresheet in 11 straight (5g,
The Capitals, 4-9-1 on the road, will resume their current trek Thursday in
New York, meanwhile, was pounded, 5-1, by the then-surging Philadelphia Flyers
at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday for its fifth straight defeat. After being shut
out in consecutive losses to Carolina and Detroit, the Isles allowed five
goals in the second period Saturday en route to the blowout loss. They have
been outscored by an 18-4 margin in the last five games combined.
Janne Niinimaa scored the lone goal for the Islanders. Rick DiPietro stopped
13-of-18 shots in the loss, but was replaced by Garth Snow after 40 minutes.
Snow stopped all seven shots he faced.
The Islanders, 7-4 on home ice, opened a five-game Nassau set and will welcome
the Rangers to Uniondale on Thursday.
Washington torched the Islanders, 6-1, on opening night at the MCI Center and
has won five straight in the series. The Capitals are 24-1-3 in the last 28
meetings, and 11-1-1 in their last 13 trips to Long Island.
The lone Islander win in the last 28 clashes was a 5-2 triumph on April 6,
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