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Wednesday, December 10th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (11-13-2-0) at New Jersey Devils (14-5-6-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two clubs searching for their third consecutive win clash tonight when the New York Islanders visit the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.

Since a brutal seven-game losing streak, the Isles have toppled Chicago and Tampa Bay to wrap up a five-game homestand. On Tuesday, Radek Martinek and Mark Parrish scored third-period goals to lift New York to a 5-2 victory over the Lightning.

Shawn Bates and Trent Hunter each finished with a goal and two assists for the Islanders, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit. New York has scored 10 goals in its last two games after managing only seven during the woeful losing skid.

Garth Snow made 29 saves in the victory, while Michael Peca posted a pair of assists. Jason Blake scored into an empty net in the closing seconds.

Despite their mini winning streak, the Islanders still have plenty of work to do in terms of climbing the ladder. Their 24 points place them fourth in the Atlantic Division, and they are currently four out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference race.

New York, a horrible 2-7-2 on the road, will host Atlanta on Saturday.

New Jersey, meanwhile, has beaten Washington and Ottawa during its streak, which comes on the heels of an 0-2-2 slide. On Saturday, Scott Niedermayer and Brian Gionta scored in the final two minutes of play as the Devils rallied for a 2-1 victory over host Ottawa. It was the club's first win this season when trailing after two periods.

Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots in the Eastern Conference final rematch. The reigning Vezina winner has allowed two goals or less in 12 of his last 14 starts.

The Devils, who trail first-place Philadelphia by seven points in the Atlantic Division, are 8-4-2 at the Meadowlands this season. Jersey will host the Flyers on Friday to begin a crucial home-and-home set.

The Devs defeated the Isles, 4-0, on Long Island October 28 and are 5-0-1 in the last six meetings. New York has dropped its last four in East Rutherford.

12/10 10:37:04 ET


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