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Thursday, January 8th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (15-17-7-1) at New York Islanders (19-17-3-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try to halt a three-game winless streak tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Nassau Coliseum.

New York is 0-2-1 on the heels of a six-game winning streak, including Tuesday's 3-2 loss to visiting Calgary. The Flames' Jarome Iginla scored twice, including the game-winner with six minutes remaining in the second period, to lead the victors.

Mattias Weinhandl and Jason Blake scored goals for New York, which had its seven-game home winning streak halted in the defeat. Garth Snow made 31 saves for the Islanders.

The Isles, with 42 points, are currently part of a tight race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. They sit seventh in the East -- two ahead of the rival Rangers and three up on Tampa Bay.

New York, which has won seven of its last eight at home, will host the Blueshirts on Saturday.

Edmonton, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak snapped in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to host New Jersey. Patrik Elias assisted on Sergei Brylin's tying goal late in the third period and scored the winner 41 seconds into overtime to lift the Devils.

Raffi Torres and Ethan Moreau tallied for the Oilers, who did earn a point for the fourth straight game (2-0-1-1). Tommy Salo stopped 23 shots in defeat.

Edmonton also a three-game road winning streak stopped and is 2-0-0-1 on a six-game trip that continues Saturday in Philadelphia.

The Islanders have won four straight meetings with the Oilers, including two consecutive wins at home. Edmonton is 2-6-2 in its last 10 visits to Uniondale.

01/08 10:16:07 ET


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