EDMONTON -- Despite their disparity in the standings, the New York Islanders are not taking the Edmonton Oilers lightly Sunday, in the third of a seven-game road trip.
The Islanders (26-11-1) began the road trip with victories at the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames, and are looking to extend their current win streak to four games overall.
Edmonton (8-22-9) has two wins in its past 24 games, and are looking to avoid a three-game losing streak.
“The games I’ve watched they haven’t struggled,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “They played very well [Friday] night; they beat L.A. here in this rink. They’ve made some changes, they’ve got a couple of veterans now, they sent some young guys back; their goaltending is good.
“I don’t look at records. That’s the last thing I do. I look at their work ethic, I look at the structure of their hockey team, I look at their personnel, I look at their captain, [Andrew] Ference on the back end, who’s won a championship, and understand what it takes. You have to be your best every single night and we just have to worry about how we have to play.”