Surging Preds set to host Isles
ISLANDERS (5-17-5) at PREDATORS (14-8-6)
: New York 1-7-2; Nashville 5-2-3.
: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on Feb. 9, when the Isles earned a 4-3 shootout victory at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
: The frustration level is at an all-time high on Long Island. Saturday's loss to the Thrashers was their 19th in 20 games (1-16-3) and has them with a League-low 15 points.
"It's frustrating," center Rob Schremp
said. "They score a goal off a faceoff. What are you going to do? It's just stupid. It's just bad breaks. What are you going to do … break sticks, slam doors, scream, yell? I don't know. Nobody likes losing. We're all competitive guys and we want to win. What can you do? We work so hard. This is stupid."
: Nashville has earned points in every game this month, as Saturday's 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena improved its December record to 4-0-1. Anders Lindback stopped all 22 shots he faced against the Panthers for his first NHL shutout.
"I feel more and more comfortable," said Lindback, who is 3-0-1 in his last four starts. "You get into it when you start to play continuously. I get really good help from the defense. I don't have to face as many chances."
: Matt Moulson
scored his team-leading 10th goal for the Isles on Saturday night. He also now leads the club with 16 points. … Preds forward Steve Sullivan has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his last four games.
: The Islanders will be without Mark Streit
(shoulder), Kyle Okposo
(shoulder), Mike Mottau
(eye), Milan Jurcina
(hamstring), Radek Martinek
(arm), Doug Weight
(back) and Trent Hunter
(knee). … Pekka Rinne (knee), David Legwand (lower body) and Matthew Lombardi (concussion) are out for Nashville.
: Blake Comeau
's power-play tally late in the third period on Saturday night ended a string of 46 consecutive opportunities without a goal via the man advantage. It was the Isles' first in 13 games. … Twenty-seven of Nashville's 71 goals this season have come in the first period.
: "It's tough to explain. We've just got to keep battling. We're not quitting." -- Isles interim coach Jack Capuano on team's tailspin