Vancouver (10-6-1) at NY Islanders (6-9-2), 7:00 pm EST
UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks have
enjoyed plenty of success at home. They hope to do the same
away from the confines of General Motors Place.
Looking for their fifth win in six games, the Canucks open a
four-game road trip against the lowly New York Islanders on
Vancouver defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, on Saturday to
conclude its six-game homestand with a 4-1-1 record.
The Canucks, however, will look to carry that success over to
the road, where they will play 11 of their next 13 contests.
Roberto Luongo has started 12 consecutive games and posted three
straight shutouts in that span. Since yielding six goals in a
7-6 win over the Anaheim Ducks on October 31 - the last time the
Canucks played on the road - Luongo has given up just six goals
in as many games.
The 29-year-old Luongo is 10-5-1 with a 2.22 goals-against
average. He could, however, be rested in favor of Curtis
Sanford, who dropped a 5-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres on
October 17 in his lone start this season.
New York has won two games in a row after dropping nine of its
previous 11 thanks to a home-and-home sweep of the Ottawa
Senators on Thursday and Saturday.
Goaltender Joey MacDonald has become a workhorse for the
Islanders, starting seven consecutive games. The 28-year-old
has played in 14 contests this season in the wake of Rick
DiPietro's knee injury and has gone 6-6-2 with a 2.82 GAA.
The Islanders have struggled converting on the power play
lately, going 3-for-22 in the last four contests.