Islanders hoping to end latest slide

PA Stats Inc
Dec 13, 2008
The Hockey News

Islanders hoping to end latest slide

PA Stats Inc
Dec 13, 2008

NY Islanders (10-17-2) at Columbus (12-13-3), 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- It is beginning to get embarrassing
for the New York Islanders.

The Islanders are looking to avoid a sixth consecutive loss when
they complete a four-game road trip against the Columbus Blue
Jackets on Saturday.

New York's season may have reached its low point on Thursday.
The Islanders were handed a 9-2 beatdown at the hands of the
Pittsburgh Penguins, who entered the contest on a three-game

Defensemen Mark Streit and Andy Sutton were the goal-scorers for
New York, which is 1-7-0 over its last eight and owns the worst
record in the NHL with 22 points.

The Islanders have struggled without goaltender Rick DePietro,
who is hoping to return from his knee injury by the end of the

Playing in DiPietro's place, Joey MacDonald has posted a 10-12-2
record with a 3.08 goals-against average and .902 save

A return to Columbus seemed to fix the Blue Jackets' woes. Rick
Nash and rookie Jakub Voracek both scored in the shootout,
helping the team snap a three-game losing streak with a 2-1
triumph over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Columbus, which lost all three contests on a road trip through
California, is searching for its fourth straight win at
Nationwide Arena.

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Islanders hoping to end latest slide