NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 6th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (6-13-4-3) at New York Islanders (9-13-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The two sorriest clubs in the National Hockey League will
enjoy each other's company tonight when the New York Islanders invite the
Chicago Blackhawks to Nassau Coliseum.
Both clubs have lost seven straight, and the Blackhawks are winless in the
last their last 12 (0-8-1-3).
Chicago's dive continued Wednesday with a 3-2 home loss to Buffalo. Dmitri
Kalinin and Maxim Afinogenov scored in the third period as the Sabres held on
for the decision.
Bryan Berard and Brett McLean both scored for the Blackhawks, who had their
winless streak extended to 12 games (0-8-1-3). Chicago remains without injured
cogs Eric Daze and Alexei Zhamnov (both back surgery) and goaltender Jocelyn
Thibault (hip surgery).
Michael Leighton, who has been sharing net duties with Craig Anderson in
Thibault's absence, finished with 25 saves.
The Blackhawks' current winless skid is its longest since the lockout-
shortened 1994-95 season. Chicago, losers of seven straight on the road, will
host Phoenix on Sunday.
New York, meanwhile, continued its woes Thursday, as Brian Leetch scored twice
to lead the rival Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Isles in a scrappy contest at
The Rangers took advantage of a costly major penalty called against Islander
captain Michael Peca in the middle period, scoring twice during the five-
minute kneeing penalty to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
Janne Niinimaa and Alexei Yashin scored for the Islanders, who haven't won
since November 19 in Florida.
The Isles, 7-6 on home ice, will cap off a five-game homestand Tuesday against
Chicago and New York split two meetings last season as the Islanders snapped a
10-game series winless streak (0-8-2) last March.
12/06 11:26:39 ET