NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 22nd
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (13-19-3) at New York Islanders (16-15-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to win back-to-back games
for the first time in over a month when they welcome the Washington Capitals
for tonight's test at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders haven't won consecutive contests since they beat the Devils and
Rangers on November 16 and 19.
New York is just 5-9-2 in its last 16 contests, but snapped a two-game slide
in Friday's tilt in Pittsburgh. Blake Comeau recorded a goal and an assist to
help the Islanders defeat the Penguins, 4-2, at Mellon Arena.
Andy Hilbert also had a goal and an assist for New York, while Rick DiPietro
made 24 saves.
Tonight marks the first of two straight at home for the Islanders, who are
10-7-1 as the host this season. New York will also welcome Toronto to Long
Island this Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Capitals will try to avoid a three-game losing streak when they
take the ice tonight.
Washington last played on Thursday against visiting Montreal and was handed a
5-2 setback in that contest. Guillaume Latendresse scored twice, leading the
Canadiens to the easy win at the Verizon Center.
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who have dropped
two straight and three of their last four tests. Alexander Semin also scored,
and Olaf Kolzig made just 16 saves for Washington.
Washington, which is last in the Eastern Conference with just 29 points, are
just 7-9-2 as the road club this year.
The Caps and Islanders have split two meetings this year with each club
winning on the opposition's ice. New York has won three of five, five of
seven and nine of the last 12 encounters between the clubs.
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