The struggling New York Islanders (7-10-3) look to turn things around tonight with Evgeni Nabokov in goal against the visiting Detroit Red Wings (9-5-6). The Red Wings, now a new Eastern Conference opponent due to the alignment change, are facing the Isles for the first time this season after a 4-3 shootout loss last night to the Washington Capitals.
The Isles, who once sat second in the Metropolitan Division, currently sit in 6th, five points behind the second place Capitals and three points behind the third place Carolina Hurricanes.
An inability to hold gain leads and/or hold them has propelled the Islanders to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings (12th in the East) and has allowed their division rivals to surpass them.
Scoring is once again a problem for the Flyers, who have managed six goals in the first five games -- they have just one multi-goal game, a 2-1 win against Florida on Tuesday. Riding off of another disappointing 2-1 loss to Phoenix last night, the Flyers will travel to Detroit for the second half of a back-to-back.
Mark Streit was a very serviceable captain of this New York Islanders squad for the past two years, but his defensive prowess was fading just like his time spent with the team. His -27 and -14 rating over the past two respective seasons might not be missed on the Isles blue line, but his ability to power play the quarterback has certainly left a void (Photo Credit: Dan4th/Flickr).
Of his 27 points last season, 11 of them were scored with the man advantage. The previous season, Streit scored 47 points as the Isles top defenseman with 23 of them coming on the power play.
The Flyers will not be signing free agent winger Daniel Cleary.
According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Cleary texted Khan to tell him he is heading to Detroit to sign a contract Thursday night with the Red Wings.
Cleary and his former team have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal, tweeted Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun. This news comes hours after it was reported that Cleary did not show up to Flyers training camp Thursday morning.
The Philadelphia Flyers have found its third line left winger.
After rumors swirled around the potential return of Simon Gagne the Flyers went out and signed veteran left winger Daniel Cleary to a three-year, $8.25 million deal. The deal carries a no-trade clause.
The will also not be official until the end of the month, reported Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Cleary, 34, scored nine goals and added six assist in 48 games last season. He will line up most likely with center Sean Couturier and right winger Matt Read.
It might be too early to throw the word "desperate" around but with the way things are going it feels appropriate. The Kings have gone from bad to inconsistant to consinstantly bad. A five game road trip has started 1-2 and both losses have been disheartening. The little momentum the Kings picked up against the lowly Blue Jackets was erased Thursday night suffering a 3-0 shutout loss in Nashville.The Kings (3-4-2; 8 points) travel to Joe Lewis Arena to play the Red Wings (6-4-1; 13 points) for a 9:3...