A loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday night cost the New York Islanders sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division but left them focusing on the positives of their situation.
The Islanders will look to begin maximizing the advantages they have over the Capitals on Sunday, when New York hosts the Philadelphia Flyers in another game between Metropolitan Division rivals at Nassau Coliseum.
Both the Islanders and Flyers were off Saturday after playing division games Friday, when New York fell to the visiting Capitals, 3-1, and Philadelphia beat the host New Jersey Devils, 6-3.
The Islanders and Capitals will both enter Sunday's game with 81 points, but New York has played one fewer game than Washington -- which faces the New York Rangers on Sunday -- and is already pondering the potential implications of April 6, when the two teams play each other in the regular-season finale.
Of course, to make the last game of the season against the Capitals a meaningful one, the Islanders will need to take care of business over the next six weeks, especially this coming week, when they play four games against the Flyers and Ottawa Senators. >> Read more
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