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Monday, December 29th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (19-6-8-1) at New York Islanders (17-15-2-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders seek their fifth consecutive win tonight when they welcome the defending-champion New Jersey Devils to Nassau Coliseum.

The Isles have won six of their last eight, and are 8-2-0-1 since a seven-game losing streak that bridged the months of November and December. New York's most recent two Ws were a 4-3 overtime decision at the Devils, and Saturday�s 3-1 triumph over visiting Toronto.

Mark Parrish scored twice to lead the effort against the rolling Leafs. Mattias Weinhandl added a goal for the Islanders, who have won six straight at home. Garth Snow stopped 19 shots in the victory, including all 17 he faced in the final two periods.

The Islanders had scored at least four goals in their five previous home games -- their longest run since December 1993.

New York will open a three-game road trip Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

The Devils, meanwhile, began a four-game swing Saturday with a 2-0 win against the Penguins. Corey Schwab made 21 saves for his sixth-career shutout, as he spelled reigning Vezina winner Martin Brodeur for only the second time this season. Schwab posted his first shutout since January and first win since March.

Jay Pandolfo and Jeff Friesen scored for the Devils, who are 7-1-2-1 in their last 11 tries.

New Jersey, which sits one point behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division, is 10-2-5 on the road this season. The Devs will resume their current trek Thursday in Washington.

The Devils and Islanders have split four meetings this season, with New York winning the last two.

12/29 10:09:09 ET


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