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GAME: New York Islanders (23-20-4-1) at Atlanta Thrashers (21-21-5-2).

TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Atlanta Thrashers hope to extend their three-game unbeaten streak, and climb into a tie for the eighth place in the Eastern Conference as they host the New York Islanders at Philips Arena.

Atlanta, which began January with a six-game winless streak (0-5-1), is gone 2-0-1 since, including Thursday's 1-1 tie with Colorado.

Frantisek Kaberle scored in the first period and Pasi Nurminen made 20 saves for the Thrashers, who haven't gone unbeaten in four since a four-game winning streak from Dec. 5-12.

"We're back on track," Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk said. "We need to win a couple of more games before the All-Star break and we'll be OK."

Atlanta, which boasts the best penalty-killing percentage in the league at home, held Colorado scoreless on five power-play chances.

"This is the best game our defensemen played this year," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "There's no rest playing against these guys. We missed a couple of chances, but I think we generated a lot and we kept their big guns pretty quiet."

The Thrashers have allowed just 10 power-play goals in 116 chances (91.4 percent) at Philips Arena.

The Islanders improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games with Friday's 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Trent Hunter had a goal and two assists and Rick DiPietro made 25 saves as New York ended a five-game road winless streak (0-3-2).

"We have no choice but to be desperate and play with a sense of urgency," DiPietro said. "We're closing in on the All-Star break and these are huge points. As a team, we need to learn to win on the road, and this was a good step for us."

With the win, the Islanders moved two points ahead of Atlanta for eighth place in the East.

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