NEW YORK -- It took the New York Islanders only 24 hours to rewrite the narrative of their season.
Now they have to hope 48 hours off didn't undo the magic they conjured in a historic set of back-to-back games late last week.
The Islanders will look to maintain their sudden stinginess Monday afternoon, when they host the Minnesota Wild in a Presidents Day matinee at Barclays Center.
The teams enter Monday with at least a share of a wild-card spot in their respective conferences.
The Islanders, who are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, earned their second consecutive shutout win Friday night, when they beat the host Hurricanes 3-0.
Minnesota occupies the second wild card in the Western Conference despite dropping its second straight game Saturday when the visiting Anaheim Ducks posted a 3-2 shootout victory that took 11 rounds, the longest shootout in Wild history.
The shutouts by the Islanders (29-25-6) were noteworthy and unexpected in more ways than one. It marked the first time New York had authored shutouts on consecutive nights and the first time an NHL team had 45-save shutouts. Thomas Greiss stopped 45 shots on Friday and Jaroslav Halak made 50 saves in a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday. << Read more
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