NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 31st
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (17-21-11-3) at New York Islanders (24-20-5-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try to halt a two-game winless
streak tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Nassau Coliseum.
New York is 0-1-0-1 in its last two tries, on the heels of a 4-1 run. On
Thursday the Isles dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Boston in the back end
of a home-and-home.
Boston's Glen Murray scored his second goal of the contest 2:25 into OT
to spark the B's. The marker allowed the two teams to avoid tying for
the third time in three encounters this season. Twice this month, January 3
and 27, the two teams played without a winner emerging.
Rick DiPietro helped the Islanders earn a point with his 36 saves in the
losing effort. Oleg Kvasha scored the only goal of the contest for New York,
which lost for the first time in four games (2-1-1).
The Islanders, with 55 points, reside eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff
race -- five ahead of ninth-place Atlanta and Buffalo.
New York will host Vancouver on Tuesday.
Florida, meanwhile, 0-1-1 in its last two, on the heels of a two-game win
streak. On Wednesday, Roberto Luongo's 44 saves helped the Panthers to a 3-3
tie with the Philadelphia Flyers at the Office Depot Center.
Luongo made six saves in the overtime alone, including a game-preserving glove
stop on Philadelphia's Mark Recchi.
Andreas Lilja, Juraj Kolnik and Kristian Huselius scored the Florida goals.
On the milestone watch, veteran defenseman Lyle Odelein is expected to skate
in his 1,000th NHL game tonight. He'll be the fifth player to reach the
plateau wearing a Florida sweater.
The Panthers open a three-game road trip tonight and will visit San Jose on
New York is 4-0-3 in the last seven meetings with Florida, including a pair of
wins this season.
01/31 10:19:52 ET