NY Islanders (13-29-5) at Atlanta (17-27-5), 7:00 pm EST
ATLANTA (Ticker) — Like most teams in the NHL, the Atlanta
Thrashers wish they could play the New York Islanders more
The Thrashers will look to complete a sweep of the season series
with the Islanders on Thursday for the first time in franchise
Atlanta, which has lost its last two contests, has outscored New
York by a 13-6 margin over their first three meetings of the
The Islanders, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with a
2-1 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks on January 21 in their final
game before the All-Star break, are the only team in the league
with a worst record than the Thrashers.
Atlanta is looking for its first goal since the break after
suffering a 2-0 defeat to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Kari
Lehtonen made 31 saves in that one.
Lehtonen, who has yet to face the Islanders this season, is
8-14-2 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .905 save
percentage on the campaign.
Goaltending has been a major concern for New York with Rick
DiPietro out for the remainder of the season. Before the break,
the Islanders turned to Yann Danis, who has posted a 1-5-1
record with a 3.19 GAA and .901 save percentage.