The New York Islanders are in need of a big win. Then again so is their foe, the Ottawa Senators. The Islanders, who are coming off of two humiliating losses to the Flyers and Hurricanes, will try to avoid a six game losing streak tonight.
After a blistering hot start the Islanders have cooled off and are starting to play to their low expectations (due to their various injuries). Earlier in the year some of their younger players were picking up the slack, but right now that's not happening. Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau have cooled off considerably, and DiPietro doesn't look comfortable between the pipes.
After getting dealt a 6-1 setback Saturday in Philadelphia, the Isles were destroyed in Wednesday's game at Carolina. Cam Ward made 31 saves and Jon Matsumoto scored twice for the Hurricanes, who slammed New York, 7-2, at RBC Center.
Michael Grabner and P.A. Parenteau both lit the lamp for the Islanders, while Rick DiPietro was beaten seven times on 32 shots. DiPietro, who was also in net for all six goals against Philly, is expected to sit tonight in favor of Dwayne Roloson.
"We know we can be better and what we need to do to be better," said Grabner. "It's just a question of that we have to do that and have to do it for 60 minutes."
It hasn't been very long since New York last dropped six in a row. The Isles suffered seven straight regulation losses from Jan. 23-Feb. 6 of last year.
New York is just 2-5-1 as the visiting team this year and has lost four straight on the road.
The Sens have taken four out of five from the Islanders overall and New York has dropped three straight in Canada's capital city.
(The Sports Network contributed to this report.)