Series (Game 1 of 6)

New Jersey leads 4-2

Game 1: Friday, November 26th
Game 2: Thursday, December 23rd
Game 3: Monday, January 17th
Game 4: Sunday, March 6th
Game 5: Saturday, March 12th
Game 6: Wednesday, March 30th

Devils 0

(7-14-2, 16 pts)

Islanders 2

(5-12-5, 15 pts)

1:00 PM ET, November 26, 2010

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 0 00
NYI 1 1 02

R. DiPietro (Islanders - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Joensuu (Islanders - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

R. Schremp (Islanders - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Devils-Islanders Preview


With their franchise-record losing streak at 14, the New York Islanders have one last chance to avoid a winless November.

This month also hadn't been too kind to the New Jersey Devils until recently.

The Islanders will try to avoid moving a step closer to the longest losing streak in NHL history when they face the Atlantic Division rival Devils for the first time this season Friday.

The Islanders got off to a surprising 4-1-2 start but have gone 0-11-3 since beating Tampa Bay on Oct. 21. The NHL record is 17 straight losses, set by the 1974-75 Capitals and matched by the 1992-93 Sharks.

While a victory remains elusive, the league-worst Islanders (4-12-5) did record a point for the second straight game with Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to visiting Columbus. Trent Hunter, Michael Grabner and John Tavares scored for New York, which is 0-2-2 since interim coach Jack Capuano replaced Scott Gordon.

"It's getting frustrating, no doubt about it," forward P.A. Parenteau said. "Guys have not been part of a situation like this in their hockey careers. We're doing some good things. The way we've played the last couple of games shows we're not giving up. We have the guys to turn it around in this locker room."

One of the few positives to come out of the latest loss was scoring more than two goals for the first time in 12 games. The power play, however, failed to convert on three opportunities and is 0 for 27 in the last seven games.

"There are some high-end teams in this league that are going through the same thing. You just have to get pucks to the net and have traffic," Capuano said. "They outworked us. We didn't have much time in (our) zone."

After going nearly three weeks without playing, Rick DiPietro has stopped 67 of 73 shots in starting the last two games. He is 12-10-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average versus the Devils, his most wins against any opponent.

New Jersey (7-13-2) has the second-fewest points in the Eastern Conference but enters this contest with back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Two nights after beating Washington 5-0, Johan Hedberg stopped all three shots in a shootout Wednesday, helping the Devils to a 2-1 victory over Calgary.

"It's obviously very important for us," Hedberg said. "We're in a situation where we need points. It was a tight game between two defensive teams. It felt in the third that this might go for a long time. It was a huge."

Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal in the tiebreaker for the Devils, outscored 9-3 during a three-game road skid. They have scored two goals or fewer in 10 of 14 away games.

With Martin Brodeur still sidelined with a bruised right elbow, Hedberg likely will make his third consecutive start. He is 6-5-1 with a 3.10 GAA against the Islanders.

Kovalchuk has been a disappointment early in his first full season in New Jersey with four goals in 21 games. He does, however, have goals in three straight against the Islanders, totaling eight points during that span.

The Devils have lost four of their last five visits to Nassau Coliseum.