Florida (16-21-5) at NY Islanders (17-19-2) 7:00 pm EST
UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders did not
enjoy the holiday season quite as much as most other teams.
Looking to snap a season-high five-game losing streak and post
their first win since December 21, the Islanders host the
Florida Panthers on Wednesday.
New York has not lost six straight since a seven-game skid from
November 20-December 4, 2003. While defense has been the team's
biggest problem for most of the slide, the offense was the
culprit in Monday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Garth Snow made 41 saves but only rookie Jeff Hamilton was able
to find the net for the Islanders, who have been outscored,
22-11, during the skid.
New York tries to get back on track against a familiar face in
Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo.
A first-round pick of the Islanders in 1997, Luongo is just
4-9-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average in 17 career games
against his former team.
Luongo made 22 saves Tuesday but the Panthers managed a
season-low 16 shots on goal in a 3-0 loss to New Jersey. Florida
went 0-for-3 with the man advantage as its season-best
three-game winning streak came to an end.
The teams have split two meetings this season, including a 5-3
victory for the Islanders on November 19 behind two goals from
Shawn Bates and 26 saves from Rick DiPietro, who is sidelined
with a knee sprain.