NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, December 5th (All times Eastern)

New York Islanders (8-15-5) at St. Louis Blues (18-5-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After losing two straight games for only the second time this season, the St. Louis Blues hope to get back on track in Thursday's home meeting against the struggling New York Islanders.

The Blues had won five straight before suffering two of their five regulation losses this season over the last two outings. St. Louis had its winning streak snapped in Friday's 6-3 loss at San Jose before closing a three-game road trip with Monday's 3-2 setback in Los Angeles.

St. Louis, which is 18-5-3 on the season, had lost two in a row previously on Oct. 18 and 25, but both of those losses against Winnipeg and Vancouver, respectively, came after regulation.

The last time the Blues dropped three in a row was during an 0-3-0 stretch from March 24-28 of last season.

St. Louis fell behind 3-0 in Monday's loss against the Kings before making a late push in the third period. Kevin Shattenkirk cut the deficit to 3-1 with 5:54 left in regulation and Vladimir Tarasenko tallied with 16 seconds remaining, but the Blues were never able to draw even in the 3-2 loss.

"We can't play like that," said St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock. "The score is 3-0, I don't think you can judge the game by its 3-0 score, who knows how much they let their foot off the accelerator. To me, it's ready at the start, ready to compete at the start, ready to fight for space. They took it to us."

Shattenkirk and Tarasenko each added an assist in the loss. Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots and fell to 14-4-2 on the season. Halak will get the start again tonight and is 5-1-1 with a superb 1.41 goals against average in seven career tilts against the Islanders.

The Blues played Monday without forward Magnus Paajarvi, who is battling flu- like symptoms. Paajarvi, who has just one goal in 10 games this season, could be back in the lineup tonight.

Despite the two recent losses on the road, the Blues enter Thursday riding a four-game winning streak on home ice. St. Louis boasts a stellar 11-1-2 record at Scottrade Center this season.

The Blues have won two straight and three of their last four home games against the Islanders. St. Louis also has claimed three of four overall in this series.

New York enters Thursday's tilt on a seven-game slide, but the club has earned its only two points during the 0-5-2 stretch over the last two contests -- both overtime losses.

After getting beat by an Alex Ovechkin OT game-winner in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, Sidney Crosby provided the back-breaking goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal eight minutes into the third period and then won it with just 1:16 left in the extra session.

Crosby stripped New York captain John Tavares just outside the Isles' blue line, then skated back into the zone, split a pair of defenders, and chipped the puck on the backhand past Anders Nilsson to end the game.

Kyle Okposo tallied twice and Tavares assisted on both goals for the Islanders. Nilsson made 21 saves in the setback.

"We've got to find a way to get two points," Okposo said following the loss.

The Islanders are on their longest losing streak since a club-record 14-game slide (0-11-3) from Oct. 23-Nov. 24, 2010.

12/05 10:38:33 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Canes fall to Montreal in J. Staal's return, 3-1 4
Lundqvist, Nash lift Rangers over Hurricanes 4-1

Henrik Lundqvist took a puck to the throat and was scared and in pain. His New York Rangers felt every bit of both as they watched him writhing on the ice.

Related Stories
  • NC State at Wake Forest

    Tuesday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke vs. Notre Dame

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: UNC at Boston College

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Farmers Insurance Open

    Saturday at 5:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Women: Louisville at Duke

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State at Wake Forest

    Tuesday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Anaheim

    Tuesday at 10:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 50
CIN 46
Final
BOS 75
MIA 83
Final
NYK 92
LAL 80
Final
FSU 55
MIAMI 54
Final
YOUNG 80
OU 96
 
Final
ECU 50
CIN 46
Final
MSU 76
MICH 66
Final
DAY 101
FORD 77
Final
MON 76
MAN 87
 
Final
CAN 67
MAR 75
 
Final
NIAG 105
QUIN 100
 
Final
USC 39
UTAH 67
Final
WASH 88
CAL 90
Final
HOU 70
UCONN 68
Final
WILL 62
NDST 64
 
Final
MON 2
ARI 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
PIT 0
NAS 4
Final
VAN 2
MIN 4
3rd
SEA 24
NEP 14