NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, December 10th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (11-13-2-0) at New Jersey Devils (14-5-6-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two clubs searching for their third consecutive win clash
tonight when the New York Islanders visit the New Jersey Devils at the
Since a brutal seven-game losing streak, the Isles have toppled Chicago and
Tampa Bay to wrap up a five-game homestand. On Tuesday, Radek Martinek and
Mark Parrish scored third-period goals to lift New York to a 5-2 victory over
Shawn Bates and Trent Hunter each finished with a goal and two assists for the
Islanders, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit. New York has scored 10 goals in its
last two games after managing only seven during the woeful losing skid.
Garth Snow made 29 saves in the victory, while Michael Peca posted a pair of
assists. Jason Blake scored into an empty net in the closing seconds.
Despite their mini winning streak, the Islanders still have plenty of work to
do in terms of climbing the ladder. Their 24 points place them fourth in the
Atlantic Division, and they are currently four out of eighth place in the
Eastern Conference race.
New York, a horrible 2-7-2 on the road, will host Atlanta on Saturday.
New Jersey, meanwhile, has beaten Washington and Ottawa during its streak,
which comes on the heels of an 0-2-2 slide. On Saturday, Scott Niedermayer and
Brian Gionta scored in the final two minutes of play as the Devils rallied for
a 2-1 victory over host Ottawa. It was the club's first win this season when
trailing after two periods.
Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots in the Eastern Conference final rematch.
The reigning Vezina winner has allowed two goals or less in 12 of his last 14
The Devils, who trail first-place Philadelphia by seven points in the Atlantic
Division, are 8-4-2 at the Meadowlands this season. Jersey will host the
Flyers on Friday to begin a crucial home-and-home set.
The Devs defeated the Isles, 4-0, on Long Island October 28 and are 5-0-1 in
the last six meetings. New York has dropped its last four in East Rutherford.
12/10 10:37:04 ET