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Saturday, December 13th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Thrashers (16-11-3-1) at New York Islanders (11-13-2-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders hope to avoid another losing streak tonight when they welcome the red-hot Atlanta Thrashers to Nassau Coliseum.

After ending a seven-game skid with consecutive wins over Chicago and Tampa Bay, the Isles fell, 1-0, to New Jersey on Wednesday. The Devils' Patrik Elias scored at 2:09 of overtime after being stopped on a penalty shot earlier in the extra session.

New York's Garth Snow turned aside the first 34 shots he faced, including a brilliant stop on Elias' free attempt just 16 seconds into OT

The loss continued the Islanders' troubles on the road, as they fell to 2-7-2-1 away from Nassau. They are a solid 9-6 in Uniondale, however.

New York will have a chance to gain some revenge on Jersey at home Tuesday.

The Islanders have a tough task this evening as they'll try to cool off the surging Thrashers. Atlanta, which remains atop the Southeast Division, has won its last four games, including Friday's 6-3 pounding of woeful Pittsburgh.

Marc Savard and Shawn McEachern each scored a goal and assisted on two others, as Savard extended his point streak to six games. Slava Kozlov and J.P. Vigier each added a score and a helper for Atlanta, with Kozlov stretching his goal- scoring streak to a team-record five contests.

Byron Dafoe made 24 saves in the victory, which placed the Thrashers five games over .500 for the first time in what, before this season, had been a less than stellar history.

The Thrashers, who lead the Southeast by five over second-place Tampa Bay, are 6-6-1-1 on the road. Bob Hartley's club will host Washington on Tuesday.

Atlanta is 1-0-1 against New York this season, but the Islanders are 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings. The Thrashers have won two straight at Nassau Coliseum.

12/13 10:17:45 ET


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