NEW YORK -- Like thousands of workers in offices around the country, the New York Islanders have a big task ahead of them upon returning to work from the holiday break.
The Islanders will look to resume their long climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture Tuesday night, when they host the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. It will be one of 10 games as the NHL resumes play following a three-day break for the holidays.
Both the Islanders and Capitals won their final game before the break on Friday, when New York cruised past the Buffalo Sabres 5-1, while Washington blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0.
The Islanders (13-14-6) is riding a two-game winning streak, having beaten the Bruins 4-2 in Boston on Dec. 20.
"Two in a row, we feel pretty good," Islanders right winger Ryan Strome said. "Refresh over the break. We've got to get on our horses here (and) get going."
Strome was one of five players to score a goal apiece on Friday for the Islanders, whose nine goals over the past two games were scored by eight different players. << Read more...
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