GAME: Atlanta Thrashers (17-11-3-1) at New York Islanders (11-13-2-1).
TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Southeast Division-leading Atlanta Thrashers shoot for their fifth
straight win as they visit Nassau Coliseum to take on the New York Islanders,
who are on a modest run of their own.
Slava Kozlov tied a franchise record by scoring in his fifth straight game
as Atlanta won its fourth in a row by beating Pittsburgh 6-3 on Friday.
Bryon Dafoe started for the second consecutive game in place of Pasi
Nurminen -- the first time that's happened this season -- and posted his third
straight win. He made 23 saves and gave up only one even-strength goal.
Nurminen started 25 of the previous 30 games.
"Right now, we have two goalies that are very solid," Atlanta coach Bob
Hartley said. "It's not luck that we're winning these games. We're very
fortunate that we have two guys that are playing very well."
Marc Savard added a goal and two assists and Shawn McEachern also scored for
Atlanta, which increased its lead in the Southeast Division to five points over
second-place Tampa Bay.
"Everybody's chipping in," Savard said. "We had a little lull there and
we talked about getting back with the program. Things are rolling right now.
Everyone's confident and it's showing in our play."
New York is coming off a tough 1-0 overtime loss to New Jersey on Wednesday
"It feels like a loss," said goaltender Garth Snow, who stopped Patrik
Elias' penalty shot in overtime only to see the winger score the game-winner at
2:09 of the extra period. "The only solace is that we did get a point, but
this feels like a loss."
Despite the defeat, the Islanders have played much better of late, earning
points in three straight games (2-0-0-1) after a season-high seven-game losing
streak from Nov. 20-Dec. 4.