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Wednesday, February 20th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (28-25-7) at Washington Capitals (28-26-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try for their longest winning streak in over four years tonight, when they visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

The Islanders have won four in a row and are trying to rattle off five straight victories for the first time since a six-game stretch from December 21-31, 2003.

New York's recent surge has pulled the club closer to a playoff berth in the East. The Islanders have 63 points and are just three points behind Philadelphia and Boston for the final postseason spot in the conference.

The Isles posted their most recent victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks on Monday afternoon. Freddy Meyer netted the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as New York scored three unanswered goals and defeated the Sharks, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum.

Rick DiPietro was stellar, stopping 28-of-30 shots for the Islanders, who have put together this winning streak directly on the heels of a seven-game slide from January 24-February 9.

Andy Hilbert added a goal and an assist, Mike Comrie tallied in the win and Bill Guerin donated two helpers.

The Islanders are just 12-13-4 as the visiting club this year and have lost four of their last five games on the road.

Washington was able to snap a two-game slide its last time on the ice, as the Capitals won in Tampa this past Saturday. Alexander Semin netted the game- winning goal in a wild finish as Washington rallied past Tampa Bay, 3-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Semin's goal made it 2-0 with 6:08 left, but the Lightning scored twice in the final five minutes to give the Capitals a scare.

Semin added an assist, while Tomas Fleischmann and David Steckel also scored for the Capitals. Olaf Kolzig stopped 39-of-41 shots in the victory.

Washington has 62 points and is tied with Atlanta for second place in the Southeast Division. Carolina is in first place with 65 points.

The Caps have a 15-13-1 record as the home team this year and have won six of their last eight contests as the host.

The Isles are 2-1 against Washington this year and have won four of five and six of the last eight meetings. New York has also come out on top in four of their previous six tests in D.C.

02/20 10:52:18 ET


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