NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 9th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (13-6-4-1) at New York Islanders (10-13-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to win their third straight
tonight when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Since an 0-4-2 slide, the Bolts have opened their current road trip with
victories over Buffalo and the NY Rangers. Tampa, with 31 points, enters
tonight's action one behind first-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division.
On Sunday, the Lightning edged the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Cory Sarich's goal with 11:37 remaining in the third period provided the
Dave Andreychuk and Martin St. Louis also found the net for Tampa Bay, while
John Grahame made 29 saves. St. Louis assisted on Sarich's tally as well and
leads the team with 21 points (6g, 15a) overall.
The Bolts, who will try for their third winning streak this season of three
games or more, are 5-3-2 on the road. They'll finish up the current trek
Thursday in Ottawa.
New York, meanwhile, hopes to win its second-in-a-row after ending a seven-
game losing streak with Saturday's 5-2 triumph over woeful Chicago in the
fourth of a five-game home set.
Alexei Yashin broke out of his goal-scoring slump with two tallies to lead the
effort. Dave Scatchard, who missed 20 games with a dislocated right shoulder,
returned to the lineup with a bang as he recorded a goal and an assist.
Trent Hunter and Eric Cairns also converted for the Islanders, who won for the
first time since a 4-1 triumph at Florida on November 19. Rick DiPietro
managed the win in net with 21 saves.
The Islanders now seek their first winning streak since a three-gamer that
spanned from November 1-6. New York, 8-6 at home, will visit New Jersey on
Tampa Bay defeated the Isles, 3-2, on November 20 to begin New York's recent
swoon. The Bolts have won two straight and three of the last four meetings,
and snapped a three-game road losing streak in the series last March.
12/09 10:11:39 ET