NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, December 21st
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (13-15-2-1) at Washington Capitals (10-19-3-1), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals try to extend their season-high
unbeaten streak to four games tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders
to the MCI Center.
The Capitals earned their second straight tie on Friday night to move to 1-0-2
in their last three contests. Dainius Zubrus scored in the second period and
Olaf Kolzig turned away 12 shots in the final 25 minutes of play to help
Washington salvage the 2-2 tie with Toronto at home on Friday.
Kip Miller scored and Kolzig finished with 32 saves for the Capitals, who are
winless in their last two (0-1-1) and 2-1-2 under new coach Glen Hanlon.
Washington's Robert Lang added a pair of assists to grab the NHL scoring lead.
Lang has 42 points (17g, 25a) and has a two-point advantage over Detroit's
Pavel Datsyuk and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk.
The Caps, 4-7-1-1 at home, are playing the second test of a five-game
The Islanders were dealt their second-straight setback on Saturday afternoon,
as they fell, 3-1, in Philadelphia. Jim Vandermeer scored a pair of goals in
Alexei Yashin notched the lone goal for the Islanders, who have lost two in a
row and three of their last five. Garth Snow stopped 16 of the 19 shots he
faced in the loss.
New York is just 2-9-2-1 on the road this season and completes its three-game
road trip tonight.
Washington has completed dominated this series in recent memory, winning six
straight and losing just once in the last 29 matchups (25-1-3). This season,
the Caps have pounded New York, 6-1, on October 9 and then earned a 4-1
victory on December 2.
The Isles are winless in their last 15 trips (0-13-2) to Washington and
haven't won in the nation's capital since March 2, 1997.
12/21 10:25:17 ET