NY Islanders (12-22-4) at Phoenix (18-15-5) 9:00 p.m. EST
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders are mired
in last place, and part of the problem is their lackluster
performance away from Long Island.
The Islanders will be looking to earn two points on the road for
the first time since November 24 when they visit the Phoenix
Coyotes on Friday.
New York, which begins a four-game swing against Western
Conference teams against the Coyotes, is 5-13-2 on the road and
0-9-1 over the last 10 away from home.
But after beginning December without a win in the first 10
games, the Islanders have played better of late, going 2-1-1 in
their last four games.
New York earned a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers on
Wednesday. Mike Comrie led the way with a pair of goals while
goaltender Joey MacDonald made 27 saves.
Phoenix is coming off a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on
Wednesday in which center Peter Mueller tallied twice to push
his point total to 23 on the season. Shane Doan added a pair of
assists in the contest and leads the Coyotes with 37 points.
After posting an 8-3-3 record in December, Phoenix has
positioned itself as a surprise contender in the Western