Season series: The Islanders won the first two games in the season series by a combined 8-3. They beat the Capitals, 5-3, on Nov. 5 at Nassau Coliseum and then 3-0 at Verizon Center on Jan. 17.
Big Story: The Capitals are looking for their first three-game winning streak since mid-January. They're still ninth in the Eastern Conference, and they didn't do anything prior to Monday's trade deadline. The Islanders are 13th in the East, but believe they're still in the race.
Islanders: GM Garth Snow shipped Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau to Boston in a minor deal, but he had opportunities to do something bigger prior to Monday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. He opted not to.
"We weren't ready to just get rid of players," Snow told Newsday. "We're eight points out of the playoffs and we want to try and get there."
The Islanders are 13th in the East and were eight points out once the deadline passed. However, they have won only once in their last four games, and it came via a shootout. They have just two wins in their last six games.
"We're not out of it, but we're not where we expected to be after we'd played some good hockey," PA Parenteau told Newsday. "We've got some guys playing good hockey. We need everyone. And I never wanted to go anywhere else."
Capitals: There were rumors in D.C. that Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik were on their way out, but GM George McPhee didn't do anything prior to the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Monday.
"I just didn't see anything that makes us better," McPhee told reporters in Arlington, Va.
Washington is still in the hunt for the Southeast Division title, but it has been playing without concussed No. 1 center Nicklas Backstrom since Jan. 3. McPhee recently Backstrom on long-term injured reserve, and there are questions about whether he'll be able to return this season.
"We can make the playoffs with this team, and if he comes back we can beat anybody in the conference," McPhee said.
Who's Hot: Washington has won back-to-back games and Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson each have 3 points on a goal and 2 assists in those games. Alexander Semin has 4 points in the last three games. Neuvirth has been in net for both wins. … For the Isles, John Tavares has 3 points over the last two games and Parenteau has 5 points in the last three games, 10 points in his last eight.
Injury Report: For the Capitals, Backstrom (concussion) remains out indefinitely. For the Isles, Josh Bailey remains day-to-day with back spasms.
Stat Pack: The last time the Capitals won back-to-back games they were able to make it three in a row with a win at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. … Caps defenseman Dennis Wideman went to All-Star Game and had 4 points in first six games after, but has no points in the last eight. He received a season-low 15:38 of ice time against Toronto on Saturday.
Puck Drop: "Sometimes no deal is better than a bad deal," McPhee said in response to not making a trade.