GAME: Edmonton Oilers (15-17-7-1) at New York Islanders (19-17-3-1).
TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Edmonton Oilers should have added incentive Thursday when they make
their only appearance of the season at Nassau Coliseum for a matchup with the
New York Islanders.
Several former Islanders are currently playing for the Oilers, including
goaltender Tommy Salo, forwards Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres and defenseman
Salo, who played for the Islanders from 1994-98, is 1-3 with a 2.97
goals-against average in five games against his former team. Brewer, dealt to
Edmonton on June 24, 2000 for defenseman Roman Hamrlik, has no points in four
games against the Islanders.
Isbister was acquired with Torres from New York at last season's trade
deadline in exchange for defenseman Janne Niinimaa. Isbister's second game with
the Oilers was against the Islanders on March 13. He was a minus-three with no
points in Edmonton's 5-2 loss.
Torres, tied for second on the team with 11 goals, has never faced the
Thursday's contest will be the fourth stop on a six-game road swing for the
Oilers, who opened the trip with wins at Minnesota and Chicago before a 3-2
loss in overtime to New Jersey on Monday.
That snapped a three-game road winning streak for Edmonton, which also
visits Philadelphia and Washington before returning home.
Veteran center Adam Oates, signed in November after Mike Comrie was traded,
has no goals and just three assists in 18 games with the Oilers.
The Islanders' latest streak is a three-game winless stretch. New York lost
3-2 to visiting Calgary on Tuesday.
"We got sloppy," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "They were working
all night. We were working in spurts."
Before the current 0-2-1 skid, New York had won six in a row. The Islanders
suffered through a seven-game losing streak less than three weeks before that
Tuesday's defeat was the Islanders' first at Nassau Coliseum since Dec. 4,
ending a seven-game win streak there.
Thursday could be the first appearance for New York goalie Rick DiPietro
since Dec. 21. Garth Snow has appeared in each of the last 15 games, making
eight consecutive starts.
The Islanders have won four straight against the Oilers.