NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, February 3rd
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (30-15-7-2) at New York Islanders (25-20-5-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A night after having a five-game winning streak halted, the
Vancouver Canucks try to bounce back when they visit the New York Islanders at
On Monday the Canucks dropped a 4-3 contest at the Rangers. New York's Bobby
Holik scored his second goal of the contest to break a tie with 2:41
Brendan Morrison had a goal and two assists and Todd Bertuzzi and Markus
Naslund each finished with a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Dan
Cloutier added 27 saves for Vancouver, which rallied from a 3-1 third-period
The Canucks remain a point behind first-place Colorado in the Northwest
On the record watch, the Canucks' Trevor Linden is two points shy of matching
Stan Smyl for the team's career points mark. Smyl is the all-time leader with
673 points in a Vancouver sweater.
Vancouver, which had won 10 of its last 11 road games before Monday, will
visit New Jersey on Thursday to conclude a five-game trek.
The Islanders, meanwhile, are 5-1-2-1 in their last nine tries, including
Saturday's 4-2 victory over visiting Florida. Jason Blake scored twice in the
third period to lead the way.
Radek Martinek and Trent Hunter both scored for the Islanders, while Garth
Snow made 26 saves. New York rallied from a 2-1 deficit to push its unbeaten
streak to eight games in the series (5-0-3).
New York, with 57 points, currently occupies the eighth spot in the Eastern
Conference standings -- five ahead of Buffalo in the race,
The Islanders, 11-2-1 in their last 14 home games, will begin a four-game road
trip Thursday in Montreal.
Vancouver snapped a two-game series losing streak last March, and is 5-3-2 in
the last 10 meetings with New York. The Canucks are, however, winless in their
last four trips to Nassau Coliseum.
02/03 10:10:53 ET