The Islanders (14-14-6) visit the Wild (22-8-4) Thursday night in Minnesota at 8 p.m.
According to STATS:
- The Islanders defeated Minnesota in October, 6-3, stretching their active winning streak to three games when facing the Wild. That's hardly unusual for a series that has never alternated between winning and losing streaks that lasted fewer than three games (three such winning streaks by each team).
- The Islanders have won their last three games to even their 2016-17 overall record at 14-14-6. Since November 28, the Islanders' penalty-kill is 25-for-25 (100.0 percent) in New York's eight victories, but just 7-for-15 (46.7) over its six losses.
- Minnesota prevailed in overtime at Nashville on Tuesday, 3-2, to stretch the Wild's winning streak to 11 games. After losing four of their first five games this season that lasted past regulation, the Wild have won their last three.
- The Islanders' Andrew Ladd recorded his first multi-point game of 2016-17 when he scored a pair of goals on Tuesday. It was the 23rd multi-goal game of Ladd's career. He's tallied three goals on just four shots on goal over his last two games.
- Devan Dubnyk has permitted no more than three goals in each of his first 27 starts this season, which is the longest streak to begin a season by any goaltender in the league since Minnesota's Manny Fernandez opened with a 30-start stretch in 2005-06.
- Eric Staal has scored more goals on Thursdays this season (six in seven games) than he has on all other days of the week combined (five in 27 games). Staal's six goals on Thursdays are tied for the second most in the league (Sidney Crosby, 7).