GAME: New York Islanders (18-15-2-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-19-5-3).
TIME: Wednesday, 2 p.m. EST.
The New York Islanders have beaten some of the league's top teams during
their season-high, five-game winning streak.
A victory over one of the NHL's worst clubs -- the last-place Pittsburgh
Penguins -- will give the Islanders their longest win streak in 10 years.
New York's season appeared to be slipping away with a seven-game losing
streak from Nov. 20-Dec. 4. The skid finally ended Dec. 6 with a 5-2 victory
over Chicago, and the Islanders have gone 8-2-0-1 in the past 11 games to move
into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
"Winning is a positive addiction," coach Steve Stirling said. "Everyone
in our locker room is feeling good whether they're playing two or 20 minutes."
The Islanders' current five-game win streak began with a come-from-behind
victory at Washington and continued with wins over the East's top three teams --
New Jersey, Philadelphia, Toronto and New Jersey again on Monday.
New York has not won six in a row since Dec. 11-26, 1993.
Beating the Penguins hasn't presented much of a problem lately for the
Islanders, 7-1-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.
New York recorded its first seven-game home winning streak in 19 years
Monday, when Mark Parrish had his second straight two-goal game and Garth Snow
stopped 28 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Devils.
After scoring one goal during a 13-game stretch, Parrish has six in his past
"You certainly gain more confidence when they go in for you," Parrish
said. "Shots that would have hit the post a few weeks ago are sometimes now
Snow has also played a huge role lately for the Islanders. He has been in
net for every minute during the five-game streak and has allowed just eight
The Penguins won a matchup of two of the league's worst teams Monday, ending
a five-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Chicago.
Sebastien Caron turned aside 31 shots in his third career shutout and Tomas
Surovy scored early in the second period as Pittsburgh evened its home record
"It all starts with your goaltender," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said.
"He gave us an opportunity again. We came out as strong as we were hoping
Wednesday will be another chance for Olczyk's team to win a division game
for the first time this season. The Penguins are 0-6-3-1 against the Atlantic
Division and 9-13-2-2 against the rest of the NHL.