NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 31st
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (18-27-5) at New York Islanders (22-25-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders hope to remain on track tonight when
they welcome the Washington Capitals to Nassau Coliseum.
On Saturday, Alexei Zhitnik and Mark Parrish scored 20 seconds apart midway
through the third period, as the Islanders edged the Boston Bruins, 4-3, at
the TD Banknorth Garden.
Mike York and Trent Hunter each scored a goal and added two assists for the
Islanders, who have won their last two contests on the heels of a three-game
slide. Rick DiPietro was busy in goal, turning aside 41 shots in the victory.
A win tonight would mark the Isles' first three-game winning streak since
The Islanders will host the rival Rangers on Thursday.
Washington, meanwhile, ended a three-game skid with Sunday's 2-1 win over the
Tampa Bay Lightning. Dainius Zubrus tallied the game-winning goal late in the
third period to lift the Capitals to the home decision.
Olaf Kolzig was brilliant in net with 34 saves for the Capitals.
Jeff Halpern scored the other goal for Washington, while phenom Alexander
Ovechkin picked up his 31st assist of the season.
The Capitals will host Toronto on Friday.
The Islanders won the only meeting of the season with the Caps and have taken
three in a row versus Washington. However, the Capitals are 12-2-1 (2 losses,
1 tie) in their last 15 trips to Long Island.
01/31 10:25:12 ET