NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, January 19th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (20-23-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (31-10-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes, who find themselves with the best
record in the National Hockey League, seek their ninth consecutive win tonight
when they host the New York Islanders at the RBC Center.
A victory this evening would tie the Canes' franchise record for a winning
streak, a mark established from October 22 - November 11 earlier this season.
On Tuesday, Rod Brind'Amour scored the game-winning tally in the shootout and
Martin Gerber stoned Jeff Carter at the other end to preserve the Hurricanes'
4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
Matt Cullen, Erik Cole and Oleg Tverdovsky each scored a goal and Gerber made
23 saves for the Hurricanes. Carolina has not lost since being defeated in
overtime against the Flyers on December 29.
Carolina, with 66 points, is one ahead of Ottawa and Detroit in the race for
the NHL's best overall record. Philly is in the mix too, with 64 points.
The Canes, who have won six straight home games, will visit Washington on
New York, meanwhile, has won two of its last three games. On Tuesday, Oleg
Kvasha scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes left in overtime to
lift the Islanders over the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, at the United Center.
Alexei Yashin scored the Islanders other goal and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves
for New York.
The Isles ended a six-game road losing streak.
New York, which is 10-12-1 away from home, will visit New Jersey on Saturday.
Carolina is 2-1 against New York this season.
01/19 10:35:41 ET