NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, January 15th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (20-19-3-1) at Ottawa Senators (23-11-6-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to push their unbeaten streak to
three games tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to Corel Centre.
Ottawa is 1-0-1 in its last two, and 10-1-3 in the last 14 overall. On Tuesday
the Senators capped off a four-game road trip with a 4-0 blanking of New
Jersey at the Meadowlands.
Marian Hossa scored a pair of goals and Patrick Lalime made 26 saves for his
third shutout of the season to back the effort. Hossa has four goals in his
last two games.
Bryan Smolinski and Josh Langfeld also scored for Ottawa, which trails Toronto
by four points in the Northeast Division race. Radek Bonk and Martin Havlat
each notched a pair of assists for the Senators.
Lalime stopped five shots in the first period and three in the second, then
turned aside 18 in the third to preserve his 31st career shutout. He has
recorded two blankings in his last four starts.
The Senators, 7-0-1 in their last eight at home, will host Boston on Saturday.
New York, meanwhile, is coming off consecutive losses to the rival Rangers,
including Tuesday's 4-1 setback at Madison Square Garden. Mike Dunham stopped
18 shots and four different Rangers scored goals in the match.
Rick DiPietro made 27 saves for the Islanders, who are just 1-4-1 in their
last six contests. Jason Blake scored the lone goal for the Isles.
The Islanders suffered a 3-2 setback to the Blueshirts at Nassau Coliseum on
New York, which is winless in its last three road contests (0-2-1), will host
Buffalo on Saturday.
The Islanders and Senators have split two games this season, but Ottawa is
10-2-2 in the last 14 meetings.
01/15 10:44:18 ET