GAME: New York Islanders (26-21-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-20-14-3).
TIME: Friday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Phoenix Coyotes look to snap a seven-game winless streak when they host
a New York Islanders team which has never won in Arizona.
The Coyotes lost at home to the Islanders on March 9, 1996, when they were
still the Winnipeg Jets, but are 4-0-2 all-time against New York in Phoenix
since moving there for the 1996-97 season.
Phoenix is unbeaten in its last nine games (6-0-3) against New York since a
4-0 loss at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 6, 1997.
The Coyotes, however, are struggling lately. Phoenix returned from the
All-Star break and lost 5-3 on the road to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on
Wednesday to fall to 0-5-1-1 in its last seven games.
Phoenix tied the game at 3-3 with 8:06 left in the second period, but the
Ducks answered with two goals in the next 5:43 to send the Coyotes to their
third straight loss.
"It's a funny game at times," Coyotes center Jeff Taffe said. "We outshot
them in the second period and had some chances, but they still had the two-goal
lead. We had some breaks not go our way, but once again, tonight showed just
how important the next few minutes are following a goal."
The Islanders returned to action after the break on Tuesday, and skated to a
1-1 road tie with the Colorado Avalanche before playing to a 4-4 draw with the
Stars in Dallas on Wednesday.
Rookie Trent Hunter gave the Islanders a 4-3 edge with 1:47 remaining on his
20th goal, but Bill Guerin poked a loose puck past goaltender Garth Snow with
time winding down off a scramble in front of the cage.
Video replay upheld the goal after officials determined Guerin didn't kick
the puck into the net.
"We played together well, we got some excitement and some good chances,"
New York forward Mariusz Czerkawski said. "But it's kind of tough to talk
about that with them scoring with six seconds left."
New York has just two wins in its last seven games, but has earned eight of
a possible 14 points over that span to maintain its hold of eighth place in the