NEW YORK -- The hottest team in the NHL will face one of the league's coldest squads Friday night when the New York Islanders host the Ottawa Senators at Barclays Center.
The Islanders earned their season-high fourth straight win as well as their seventh victory in eight games Tuesday when they beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 5-2. The Senators' worst skid in nearly six years continued Wednesday, when they suffered their seventh straight loss with a 2-1 defeat to the host Montreal Canadiens.
The four-game winning streak by the Islanders (15-7-2) is the longest in the NHL entering Thursday night. The run has been fueled by versatility up and down the lineup for New York, which has outscored the opposition 16-10 and received goals from 11 players during the run.
"I think we've got a pretty explosive team and we've got guys who are playing with a lot of confidence," Islanders coach Doug Weight said. "They're starting to consistently figure each other out and move, and not just as lines, but groups of five, which is what we want to do."
The Senators (8-9-6), on the other hand, aren't doing much at all of what they need to do during a losing streak in which they've been outscored 23-9 while going 0-6-1. It's the second-longest active losing streak in the NHL behind the Philadelphia Flyers' nine-game skid, and the longest losing streak for Ottawa since it went 0-6-1 from Jan. 21 through Feb. 7, 2012. >> Read More
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