The New York Islanders are off to a promising start on their longest road trip of the season but theyll next visit a place where
The New York Islanders are off to a promising start on their longest road trip of the season but theyll next visit a place wherein News 12.12.2018 03:35
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The New York Islanders are off to a promising start on their longest road trip of the season but theyll next visit a place where they havent won in more than a decade. Dion Waiters Jersey . The Islanders, though, would appear to have one of their best chances to end a four-game skid in Edmonton tonight, given the Oilers woeful state. Edmonton (8-22-9) is one of the lowest-scoring teams in the Western Conference (2.10 goals per game) and one of the worst in the league at keeping opponents out of the net, giving up 3.33 goals per contest. It is also owns one of the leagues meekest power plays with a 12.8 percent conversion rate and has allowed opponents to score on 23.7 percent of their power plays in 15 contests since the beginning of December. The Oilers have tried to shake things up with moves over the past week. They acquired Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round draft pick from Pittsburgh for winger David Perron in the latest one Friday. They also acquired Derek Roy from Nashville and claimed Matt Fraser off waivers from Boston on Monday. Benoit Pouliot scored the tying goal in Fridays 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado in his return from an 18-game absence due to a broken foot. Even though were struggling, there are positives and were trying to build off that, Pouliot said. Its good to be back, and Im looking forward to the rest of the year. New York (26-11-1) earned a third consecutive win and seventh in nine games Friday, 2-1 over Calgary. John Tavares scored both goals as the Islanders improved to 2-0-0 on their seven-game trek. Were confident in our game, said Tavares, who has five goals and two assists in his last six games. I think weve been good on the road, and I think weve been good at home. In any situation, we just feel comfortable with the way we can play in our group and our belief that we can win any kind of hockey game. New York will next seek its first win in Edmonton since a 5-2 victory March 13, 2003. Theyve lost each of their past three games there by one goal and took a 3-2 overtime loss in the most recent visit March 6. The Islanders, who have claimed two of three overall in the series, has shined on special teams lately. New York has scored five power-play goals in their last 16 chances and have killed off 20 of their past 21 penalties. In this visit, the Islanders will get to face an Oilers team that owns the fewest points in the league, is 2-14-8 since Nov. 10 and 2-10-2 in its last 14 home games. Tavares has two goals and two assists in his last two games against Edmonton, both in Long Island. Edmontons Taylor Hall has totaled three goals in his past two matchups, including the overtime winner in March. Hall might face Jaroslav Halak, who is 18-2-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average in his last 20 starts and a winner of seven in a row. Halak is 5-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA in his last six appearances against Edmonton. Josh Richardson Jersey . Andrew Luck couldnt believe his ears. Colts fans couldnt believe the scoreboard, and the Kansas City Chiefs couldnt believe their incredibly bad luck. Shaquille ONeal Jersey . -- Down to 10 men and behind on the scoreboard, Toronto FC displayed its perseverance. http://www.basketballheatshop.info/Cheap-Dwyane-Wade-Heat-Jersey/ . This week, topics cover the World Series champion Red Sox, John Farrell and what to look forward to this off-season.CHICAGO -- Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points and the Chicago Bulls brushed off a poor offensive first half to rally for an 89-77 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Kirk Hinrich had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Mike Dunleavy scored 13, Jimmy Butler 12 and Joakim Noah added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Gibson, who was 9 for 15 from the field, also had eight rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench. The Bulls (40-31) pulled within two percentage points of Toronto (39-30) for third place in the Eastern Conference. The win also prevented Indiana from clinching the Central Division title on Chicagos home court. The Pacers are looking to win consecutive division crowns for the second time since joining the NBA (1998-99 and 1999-2000). The Pacers, who were led by Paul Georges 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. Theyve lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season. The Pacers earned a 91-79 victory over the Bulls on Friday night at Indiana. With the NBAs top two defensive teams on the court, points figured to come at a premium, and that certainly was the case in the first half. Neither team managed to score 20 in either of the first two quarters, and the Pacers took a 34-33 halftime lead when George Hill (12 first-half points) hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left. The Bulls were 14 of 44 (31.8 per cent) from the field in the first half, including 1 for 10 on 3-pointers. Perhaps the most entertaining portion of the half came when the crowd got on Pacers centre Roy Hibbert for an apparent flop, a hot topic between the teams in recent days. On the play, Hibbert was fouled by Noah as he was beginning to go up for a shot attempt. While there definitely was enough contact to warrant a foul, it appeared to be light. Hibbert, though, dropped to the court flailing as if he had been hit by a flagrant foul. After the replay was shown on the scoreboard, the crowd began too boo. Justise Winslow Jersey. Noah stood off to the side with a big grin on his face. Following Fridays game in Indiana, Gibson accused the Pacers of flopping, and it was still the topic of conversation at the morning shootaround for both teams. "I mean, I havent taken a charge in probably four years," Hibbert said at the shootaround. "Hes entitled to his opinion. Im just going to go out there and play hard." The Bulls finally got into an offensive rhythm in the third quarter, starting the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 49-39 lead. A few minutes later, Indiana had cut the lead to 55-49 and George had the ball on a fast break ahead of the field. Hinrich, though, caught him from behind and looked as if he was going to give an intentional foul. Instead, Hinrich stripped the ball and the Bulls headed in the opposite direction as George complained that he was fouled. The Bulls completed the four-point swing on Gibsons dunk to make it 57-49 with just more than 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The Bulls took a 64-56 lead into the fourth after scoring 31 points in the third. They had balanced scoring in the quarter with Dunleavy and Hinrich each tallying seven points. Carlos Boozer, Butler and Gibson added five apiece. The Bulls were never seriously threatened in the fourth and held on for a relatively comfortable win. NOTES: The Bulls posted a 110-94 victory in Indianas only previous visit to the United Center this season on Nov.16. Indiana won both games at home as the teams split the season series. ... Pacers coach Frank Vogel when asked if Hibbert was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year: "Hands down. Hes the best rim-protector on the best defence in the league. I think thats who the award should go to. Ill be very disappointed if he doesnt get the award this year." Hibberts main competition could be Noah, who received the endorsement of Rockets coach Kevin McHale a couple of weeks ago. . Former Bull C.J. 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