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Saturday, November 22nd (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (9-7-2-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-2-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two nights after ending a five-game winless slide, the Columbus Blue Jackets try to put together some momentum this evening when they welcome the New York Islanders to Nationwide Arena.

On Thursday, Marc Denis turned aside 25 shots for his second shutout of the season, leading the Blue Jackets to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the back end of a home-and-home at Nationwide.

Denis stopped 10 shots in the first period, blocked seven in the second and needed eight saves in the third for his 11th career shutout. He turned aside 37 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 loss at Detroit.

Rick Nash, Andrew Cassels and Dan Fritsche scored for Columbus, which snapped an eight-game winless streak against Detroit (0-7-1). The Blue Jackets were 0-3-2 during their previous winless streak.

Nash, the top pick in the 2002 Entry Draft, tallied his team-leading 11th goal, leaving him only six shy of the 17 he posted during his rookie season.

The Blue Jackets, a stellar 6-3-1 at home, will cap off a three-game set Tuesday against Edmonton.

New York, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three, including Thursday's 3-2 defeat in Tampa. Arron Asham and Mark Parrish tallied the only goals for the Isles, who fell despite a late comeback attempt. Rick DiPietro stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced, as the Islanders lost for the fourth time in six tries since a four-game unbeaten streak.

The Isles spoiled Nikolai Khabibulin's shutout bid when Asham scored on a wrap-around with 5:41 remaining in the game. Parrish tallied 4:17 later with a second-effort goal in front of the net, but that was all New York could manage.

New York, 2-5-2 on the road, will host Carolina on Wednesday.

Columbus swept two games from New York last season and is 4-0-1 in the five all-time meetings. The Isles are 0-2-1 in Columbus.

11/22 10:39:58 ET


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