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Jets Vs. Islanders: Can New York Ends Its Losing Streak?

The Islanders face the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, a good chance to stop their five-game losing streak.

The New York Islanders have lost five straight games, wiping out the short-lived era of good feelings from the teams 3-1 start. On Thursday, the 2011 NHL schedule presents the Winnipeg Jets, and a decent shot at ending their losing streak. Let's preview the action, shall we?

The Islanders have not suited up since Oct. 29 -- I wonder how their Halloween went? Here's hoping it was spooky! -- so maybe the rest will help with a fresh start. New York certainly did not risk losing momentum.

Now is a good time to get a win if the Islanders are going to prevent an enormous losing streak like the 14-game drought they suffered last season. After Winnipeg, the upcoming schedule is Washington (8-2), Boston (defending Stanley Cup champions), Colorado (7-5), Vancouver (6-5-1), New York (4-3-3).

Over at Lighthouse Hockey, there are plenty of jokes about the Jets history as the Thrashers. But jokes aside for a moment:

All that said, the Jets haven't completely stunk this year, and they and the Islanders could easily be bedfellows all year long. The Jets are scoring a lot (3.46) and their 5-on-5, while not outsanding, is not bottom-feeder level. They're being outshot by about a shot per game. It's also been only 11 games.

Here's the game info:
Game Time: 7 p.m.
TV Schedule: MSG+

For more on the matchup, visit our New York Islanders team page and SB Nation blog Lighthouse Hockey. And check out the opposition at our blog Arctic Ice Hockey.

Next Game

Winnipeg Jets
@ New York Islanders

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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