John Tavares of the New York Islanders carries the puck into the offensive zone as Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks gives chase during the first period in NHL action on November 13, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders look to avoid a fifth straight loss Thursday night at home against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Islanders lost their fourth consecutive game, and 10th of their past 11, Tuesday against the New York Rangers. The Rangers broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period when Brad Richards struck with a slap shot from the left circle, then added an empty-net goal to seal the game.
"We have a lot of ups and downs," Nielsen said. "There have been games that we didn't play great and games that we have to get back consistency. If we can show up every night and compete like we did last night, we are going to win a lot more games than we lose and go on a long winning streak. So we have to make sure we show up every night and play hard, points are going to come."
Montreal has won seven of its past 10 games.