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Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (15-17-7-1) at New York Islanders (19-17-3-1).

TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Edmonton Oilers should have added incentive Thursday when they make their only appearance of the season at Nassau Coliseum for a matchup with the New York Islanders.

Several former Islanders are currently playing for the Oilers, including goaltender Tommy Salo, forwards Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres and defenseman Eric Brewer.

Salo, who played for the Islanders from 1994-98, is 1-3 with a 2.97 goals-against average in five games against his former team. Brewer, dealt to Edmonton on June 24, 2000 for defenseman Roman Hamrlik, has no points in four games against the Islanders.

Isbister was acquired with Torres from New York at last season's trade deadline in exchange for defenseman Janne Niinimaa. Isbister's second game with the Oilers was against the Islanders on March 13. He was a minus-three with no points in Edmonton's 5-2 loss.

Torres, tied for second on the team with 11 goals, has never faced the Islanders.

Thursday's contest will be the fourth stop on a six-game road swing for the Oilers, who opened the trip with wins at Minnesota and Chicago before a 3-2 loss in overtime to New Jersey on Monday.

That snapped a three-game road winning streak for Edmonton, which also visits Philadelphia and Washington before returning home.

Veteran center Adam Oates, signed in November after Mike Comrie was traded, has no goals and just three assists in 18 games with the Oilers.

The Islanders' latest streak is a three-game winless stretch. New York lost 3-2 to visiting Calgary on Tuesday.

"We got sloppy," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "They were working all night. We were working in spurts."

Before the current 0-2-1 skid, New York had won six in a row. The Islanders suffered through a seven-game losing streak less than three weeks before that run.

Tuesday's defeat was the Islanders' first at Nassau Coliseum since Dec. 4, ending a seven-game win streak there.

Thursday could be the first appearance for New York goalie Rick DiPietro since Dec. 21. Garth Snow has appeared in each of the last 15 games, making eight consecutive starts.

The Islanders have won four straight against the Oilers.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 08 '04 EDM 2 at NYI 3 J. Papineau