NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 24th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (23-20-4-1) at Atlanta Thrashers (21-21-5-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to push their unbeaten
streak to four games tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to
The Thrashers are 2-0-1 in their last three tries, including a 1-1 tie with
Colorado on Thursday. The spurt comes on the heels of an 0-7-1-1 skid.
Colorado's Brad Larsen produced the game-tying goal in the second period to
lift the Avalanche to a 1-1 tie with the Thrashers at Philips Arena.
Frantisek Kaberle scored for the Thrashers, while Pasi Nurminen started in
goal and posted 20 saves.
All-Star reserves were announced by the NHL on Thursday, and no Thrashers were
named. Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk will start in the game next month in
Atlanta, which trails Tampa Bay by four points in the Southeast Division
standings, will visit New Jersey on Sunday.
The Islanders have won three of their last four games after posting a 3-2 win
over Carolina Friday. Michael Peca and Trent Hunter each scored second-period
goals in the winning effort.
The Islanders emerged victorious against their former coach Peter Laviolette,
who was going up against his former team for the first time since the
Islanders fired him following last season. Laviolette took over for Carolina
head coach Paul Maurice back in December.
Justin Papineau also scored for the Islanders, who snapped a five-game road
winless streak (0-3-2) and remained unbeaten in 18 games when leading after
two periods (16-0-2-0). Rick DiPietro stopped 25 shots in the contest.
New York is 1-1-1 against Atlanta this season, after posting a 3-1 clip in the
series in each of the previous two campaigns.
01/24 10:18:29 ET