To do so they will have to beat the Washington Capitals (32-17-10), who look to gain ground in the Metropolitan Division standings. Today will be the final time the Isles and Caps will see one another during the 2014-15 regular season and the Islanders have won two of the three meetings they have had against Washington.
The Caps have found success at home recently, earning 13 points in their last 15 games at Verizon Center. They have also had a knock for beating Eastern Conference opponents. The Capitals are 21-8-7 against the East this year.
Washington's power play has also been very dangerous this season. They have the second ranked power play unit in the league, with a 24.4 power play percentage.
"Obviously they were 3-for-6 last night and that's the strength of their hockey team," Isles' head coach Jack Capuano said about the Caps' power play. "We're gonna be discipline in all areas. We have to go in there and they're big, physical team. This is a great test for us."
The Islanders will start Chad Johnson and Brandon Holtby will be in net for Washington. Hotlby is 6-1-2 in nine games against the Islanders, with a 2.26 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
New York saw an influx of goals on Thursday from the team's defenseman against the Nashville Predators. Brian Strait, Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy all found the back of the net against the NHL's best team.
The power play for the Islanders has also scored in back-to-back games and the penalty kill has managed to kill off 13 straight penalties over the last five games.