NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, October 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (5-4-1) at New York Islanders (3-3-2), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to avoid a third straight
setback on Tuesday when they visit the New York Islanders for a clash at
Vancouver began its current seven-game road trip with wins in Philadelphia and
Buffalo before losing to Pittsburgh and Columbus on Saturday and Sunday,
The Canucks were handed a 4-3 shootout loss Saturday in Pittsburgh and then
dropped a 3-1 decision the following day against the Blue Jackets. R.J.
Umberger scored the game-winner in the third period to lift Columbus to the
home win on Sunday.
Henrik Sedin had the lone goal of the game for the Canucks and Eddie Lack gave
up two goals on 28 shots in the loss. Lack was making just his second start of
"He played a great game," Sedin said of Lack. "He's given us a chance to win
in each of his starts. That's all you can ask from him."
Roberto Luongo will be back between the pipes for Vancouver on Tuesday. A
fourth-round pick by the Islanders in 1997, Luongo is 7-10-2 with a tie and a
2.65 goals against average in 23 career games against his former team.
The last time the Canucks lost three in a row was during a four-game playoff
sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks last May. The club last lost three
straight in the regular season during a four-game slide (0-2-2) from March
3-10 of last season.
Vancouver is 3-2-1 on the road this season and will visit New Jersey and St.
Louis before completing this swing.
The Islanders enter Tuesday having lost four of their last five games and are
coming off Saturday's regulation home loss against Carolina. Jiri Tlusty
scored a pair of goals for the visiting Hurricanes, who scored the game's
first three goals before holding on for the 4-3 victory at the Coliseum.
Kyle Okposo, Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders. Evgeni
Nabokov turned away 19 shots in the loss.
"We didn't deserve the game," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We didn't
start the game the way we needed to start. You watch the replay of the goals,
just lack of effort on a few of them. You don't expect that out of
In addition to losing the game, New York also saw defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky
suffer a concussion. Visnovsky, who suffered the head injury on a hit from
Carolina's Riley Nash, will sit out tonight's game and is sidelined
Tuesday's contest marks the end of a four-game homestand for the Isles, who
are 2-1-2 as the host this season.
The Canucks have taken two straight and four of the last six games against the
Islanders. New York also has lost two of its last three home tilts against
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