NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 16th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (29-27-4) at New York Islanders (26-25-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - One night after earning a long and hard-fought victory, the
Atlanta Thrashers resume their current road trip with this evening's battle
with the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Atlanta got its five-game trek off to a terrific start on Friday, although the
club needed to extend itself to do so. Pascal Dupuis netted the game-winning
goal in the 10th round of the shootout as the Thrashers rallied for a 4-3
decision over New Jersey last night at the Prudential Center.
The Thrashers' Marian Hossa sent the contest into overtime when he jammed a
shot past Martin Brodeur with just 18.1 seconds remaining in the third period.
Hossa also added an assist on the evening, while Todd White and Ilya Kovalchuk
recorded regulation goals for Atlanta.
Thrashers goaltender Johan Hedberg made 30 saves prior to the shootout, then
stopped 8-of-10 New York skaters during the final phase.
The victory was Atlanta's third in a row and moved the team into a first-place
tie with Carolina in the tightly-bunched Southeast Division standings. The
Thrashers have not won four straight games since December 18-23.
The Islanders will try for their first three-game winning streak in nearly two
months when they take the ice tonight.
New York, which is last in the Atlantic Division with 59 points, is coming off
consecutive victories over Philadelphia and Toronto. After beating the Flyers
Tuesday night on home ice, the Isles headed to the Air Canada Centre on
Thursday and downed the Maple Leafs.
Bryan Berard, a former Maple Leaf, had a goal and two assists and New York
scored four times on the power play to upend Toronto, 5-4.
Two of those tallies belonged to Ruslan Fedotenko, while Mike Comrie added a
goal and a helper for the Islanders, who have won two straight on the heels of
a seven-game skid.
Freddy Meyer also scored, Miroslav Satan and Josef Vasicek each added two
assists and Rick DiPietro stopped 27 shots in the victory.
New York played the game without top defenseman Brendan Witt, who is expected
to miss 2-to-4 weeks with a sprained knee. Witt suffered the injury during the
Isles' 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.
The Islanders are 14-12-3 as the host club this season, but had dropped seven
consecutive home tests prior to downing the Flyers.
These teams have met twice previously during the 2007-08 campaign, with the
Thrashers winning both tilts. Atlanta shut out the Islanders by a 4-0 count at
Nassau Coliseum back on December 1, with the Thrashers' Kari Lehtonen turning
aside all 33 shots he faced.
02/16 10:19:23 ET