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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Islanders (19-17-3) at New Jersey (22-13-4)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY 2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) To stop their four-game losing streak, the Islanders will have to take down the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils, Thursday night at the Continental Airlines Arena.

This is the first of four consecutive games on the road for the Islanders. After taking on the Devils, the Islanders visit Carolina, the Rangers and Boston, before returning home to play New Jersey on Saturday, January 13.

Despite the loss on Tuesday to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Islanders showed some fight, scoring two goals in 33 seconds to get within one in the final three minutes of the game. Jason Blake recorded his 23rd goal of the season and Mike Sillinger scored his 11th of the season. Blake now has 40 points and is on pace to eclipse his previous high of 57, set during the 2005-06 season.

The Islanders have a daunting task, trying to top the Devils in New Jersey, where they are an impressive 13-3-3. One of those three losses came against the Islanders back on November 2.

The Devils have been successful because of the strong play from veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur and their stingy defense. Up front, New Jersey has a balanced attack, as can be seen by three players tied for the team in lead in goals with 15: Brian Gionta, Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner. Seven Devils have at least 20 points, led by Elias, with 37.

The Devils had won three straight games, before losing to the Rangers in a shootout at home on Tuesday. Langenbrunner tied the game at two in the final five minutes of the game. In the shootout, it took eight rounds to decide the winner as Marcel Hossa beat Brodeur, while Henrik Lundqvist denied Travis Zajac to preserve the victory.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY 2.

To locate FSN NY 2 in your area, click here.

- 41 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
New Jersey - 48 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division

Jason Blake, 23 goals and 40 points; Alexei Yashin, 22 assists; Brendan Witt, 78 PIM
New Jersey Brian Gionta, Patrik Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner, 15 goals; Scott Gomez, 23 assists; Elias, 37 points; Cam Janssen, 65 PIM

- Power play: 15.6 percent. Penalty killing: 80.4 percent
New Jersey - Power play: 19.7 percent. Penalty killing: 87.5 percent

Rick DiPietro (16-13-1, 2.58 GAA, .919 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-4-2, 2.85, .916) New Jersey Martin Brodeur (22-12-3, 2.10, .924); Scott Clemmensen (0-1-1, 3.60, .878)

2 pts; New Jersey 2 pts

New Jersey
13-3-3 at home
Islanders 8-9-1 on the road.


1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
38 Allan Rourke

7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan

30 Martin Brodeur 
40 Scott Clemmensen

2   David Hale
5   Colin White
7   Paul Martin
8   Alex Brooks 
21 Brad Lukowich
28 Brian Rafalski
29 Johnny Oduya

9    Zach Parise
10 Erik Rasmussen
11 John Madden
12 Jim Dowd
14 Brian Gionta
15 Jamie Langenbrunner
17 Michael Rupp
18 Sergei Brylin 
19 Travis Zajac
20 Jay Pandolfo
23 Scott Gomez
25 Cam Janssen
26 Patrik Elias 



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