Islanders Schedule 2011: New York Needs To End Losing Streak

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 29: Marty Reasoner #16 of the New York Islanders yells to a teammate in his game against the San Jose Sharks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Sharks defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Islanders will focus on nipping their current losing streak in the bud before it turns into a repeat of last season.

The Islanders are falling on their face. New York has lost its last five games, including shootout and OT losses in its last two. The Islanders are not strangers to losing streaks. Last year's team ripped off 14 consecutive losses at one point.

The good news is that those losses included two games to the Penguins and one more to the Sharks. The schedule should get a little easier this week ... but not by much. The Islanders get the best and the worst of the Southeast Division this week, catching a break with Winnipeg coming to town, but then getting Southeast Division leader Washington.

SB Nation's Islanders blog, Lighthouse Hockey, stumbled upon one area in which New York must get better. 

To question the capabilities of the Islanders offense only nine games into the season may be a bit premature. But if you take away the 5-1 victory over the Lightning, the Islanders have scored a paltry six even strength goals in eight games this season.

Yup, that's not going to cut in. Go read the whole post at Lighthouse Hockey for more. Below are game details and preview capsules.

Vs. Winnipeg on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. ET on MSG+ Hockey is back in Winnipeg, but the Jets haven't done too much winning. At 3-6-1 Winnipeg sits in last place in the Southeast Division. One of these two teams will score a win against a fellow bottom feeder. The other one, well ...

Vs. Washington on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. ET on MSG+ The Capitals, led by Alex Ovechkin, have the most potent offense in the NHL, scoring 3.8 goals per game and converting 25.7 percent of their Power Play chances. Washington has lost two straight after starting off the season 7-2.

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