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Saturday, April 8th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (25-39-12) at New York Islanders (33-38-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try to put an end to their six-game skid tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to Nassau Coliseum.

The Isles have been eliminated from playoff contention, and the losing streak sealed that fate. On Thursday they dropped a 3-1 tilt at Madison Square Garden to the rival Rangers, as Martin Straka scored twice and Kevin Weekes made 21 saves to anchor the Blueshirts' effort.

Miroslav Satan netted the lone goal for the Islanders, while Rick DiPietro allowed three goals on 26 shots in the losing cause.

New York will visit the Rangers on Tuesday.

Washington, meanwhile, has lost three straight games, including Friday's 4-3 loss to Southeast Division-champion Carolina. Justin Williams scored two of Carolina's three shorthanded goals in the match.

Dainius Zubrus donated three assists and Olaf Kolzig turned away 28 shots for Washington, which finished a three-game series against the Canes 0-1-2.

Rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin posted an assist, but remains two goals shy of reaching the 50-goal plateau. Only three rookies in NHL history have tallied 50 goals or more -- Teemu Selanne (76), Mike Bossy (53) and Joe Nieuwendyk (51). Selanne was the lone skater to post both 50 goals and 100 points in his first campaign (1992-93). He and Joe Juneau both reached the century mark that season, making them the last rookies to do so.

Overall, Ovechkin has 48 goals and 51 assists (99 points) and checks in with an 11-game point streak (5g, 12a).

The Capitals will visit Boston on Monday.

New York is 2-1 against Washington this season, but the Caps won the last meeting, 5-2, on March 6 at the Verizon Center.

04/08 10:19:05 ET


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