NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, December 31st
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (18-15-2-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-19-5-3), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders seek their sixth straight win today
when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.
New York has won its last five and is 9-2-0-1 in the 12 contests since a
seven-game losing streak. On Monday, Mark Parrish scored a pair of goals and
Garth Snow made 28 saves, leading the Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the New
Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.
Kenny Jonsson also scored for the Isles, who reside third in the Atlantic
Division with 39 points.
Parrish has scored five goals in his last three games, and has a total of
seven in the month of December.
New York, 4-9-2-1 on the road, opens a three-game swing today and will visit
Ottawa on Thursday.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, continues to flounder near the NHL basement but is
coming off a win. On Monday, Sebastien Caron stopped 31 shots for his third
career shutout, as the Penguins blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 at Mellon
Caron stopped nine shots in the first period, then turned aside 11 in each of
the next two for his first shutout since last January 21 against Buffalo.
Tomas Surovy scored the game's lone goal for the Penguins, who won for the
first time in six games (1-3-1-1).
Pittsburgh, 7-7-3 on home ice, will visit Nashville on Thursday.
The Islanders are 1-0-1 against the Penguins this season, and 5-1-1 in the
last seven meetings overall.
12/31 10:08:44 ET