The Islanders will be looking for their first victory since Oct. 15 when they host the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals.
If the New York Islanders are looking for an easy way to end their losing streak, it won't come Saturday night. The Washington Capitals are not the recommended prescription for a six-game winless drought.
The Islanders will be looking for their first victory since Oct. 15 when they host the Southeast Division-leading Capitals (7 p.m., MSG PLUS) .
Through 11 games, the Capitals have outscored their opponents by an NHL-leading 17 goals, compiling a 9-2-0 record. Despite playing three fewer games than the Pittsburgh Penguins and two fewer games than the Toronto Maple Leafs, the conference's co-leaders, Washington is only one point away from the Eastern Conference lead.
The Capitals rely on Nicklas Backstrom (16 points), Alex Ovechkin (12 points) and the goaltending of Tomas Vokoun (7-1-0, 2.36 GAA, .920 SV %). Despite playing fewer games than 22 teams in the NHL, the Capitals top the league in goals scored.
The Islanders were blanked Thursday by Winnipeg, 3-0, for their sixth straight loss. The Islanders have not earned a victory since completing a three-game winning streak with a 4-2 defeat of the New York Rangers on Oct. 15.