The New York Islanders begin a four-game home stand Tuesday night as they host the Detroit Red Wings in an inter-conference match up at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Surprisingly, the last-place Islanders (14-19-6, 34 points) have earned three straight victories over the Red Wings (26-24-1, 53 points), who are in a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference's Central Division.
On Saturday, the Islanders finished their three-game road trip with a 5-1 loss at the Phoenix Coyotes. The night before, New York had lost to at the Anaheim Ducks, 4-2. That loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Islanders.
Currently, New York center John Tavares is on a five-game point streak, which has included two goals and seven assist.
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