The New York Islanders opened a pivotal weekend back-to-back set Saturday by steadying themselves in the race for the Metropolitan Division crown.
The Arizona Coyotes' playoff hopes may rest on being able to salvage one win in their own back-to-back set Sunday.
The Islanders and Coyotes will each complete a busy weekend Sunday, when New York hosts Arizona in an afternoon game with playoff implications in both conferences at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
The Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday by beating the host Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. The visiting Coyotes' untimely losing streak hit four games Saturday with a 2-1 shootout defeat to the New Jersey Devils.
The loss ensured the Coyotes (36-32-7) would fall out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference.
Arizona, which began the day tied with the Minnesota Wild for the final spot but on the outside looking in due to having two fewer regulation/overtime wins than the Wild, fell one point behind the Colorado Avalanche, who moved into eighth place with a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. >> Read more
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