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DUCKS (25-7-5) at ISLANDERS (10-19-7)
TV: PRIME, MSG PLUS
Last 10: Anaheim 8-0-2; New York 2-4-4
Season series: The Ducks and Islanders conclude a two-game season series tonight at Nassau Coliseum. Anaheim is 10-10-5 in its all-time series against the Islanders, including a 4-6-1 mark on Long Island. The Ducks earned a 5-2 victory in the first game between these two teams on Dec. 9 at Honda Center. Anaheim rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits with three two-period goals for the win, keyed by Cam Fowler's career-tying three points (1g/2a) and Daniel Winnik's career-best three assists. The Ducks have won the last two games vs. the Islanders dating to a 4-2 win on Jan. 6, 2012 at Honda Center, matching a club best (fourth time). Anaheim has never won more than two straight games over the NY Islanders. Saku Koivu leads Ducks skaters in career scoring vs. the Islanders, collecting 33 points (8g/25a) in 42 games.
Big story: The Pacific Division-leading Ducks bring their second franchise-tying seven-game winning streak of the season into the third contest of a four-game road trip at the New York Islanders today at Nassau Coliseum (4 p.m. PST, PRIME TICKET/AM 830).
Anaheim's 25-7-5 record matches the second-best mark in club history (also 2012-13, 25-7-5) as only the 2006-07 club had more points after 37 games (27-4-6, 60). The Ducks' 117 goals scored are also the second most through 37 games in franchise history, behind only 2006-07 (132). Anaheim is second in the overall NHL standings, only one point behind league-leader Chicago (56). Anaheim's seven-game win streak matches the longest in club annals, joining similar streaks from Oct. 5-20, 2013 and Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999. This marks the 10th win streak of six games-or-more in franchise history. In addition, the Ducks also have points in 10 straight games (8-0-2, 18 points), marking the longest active point streak in the league. The club's last streak of 10 games-or-more occurred from Feb. 27-Mar. 20, 2013 (12 games, 9-0-3). There have been three separate seven-game winning streaks in the NHL this season, with two being recorded by Anaheim (also Vancouver, Dec. 1-14). The Ducks also have points in 12 of 13 (10-1-2, 22) and 23 of 27 (18-4-5, 41).
Ducks: Anaheim will be trying for a franchise-record eighth consecutive victory. That's because New Jersey native Kyle Palmieri delighted the hundreds of friends and family in the crowd by scoring at 2:37 of overtime to give the Ducks the victory Friday. Palmieri's wraparound went off Devils defenseman Jon Merrill into the net.
"It was a pretty memorable night for me, my family, my friends," Palmieri said. "It was definitely a pretty cool experience for everybody. It didn't have to be storybook in my eyes, but we were lucky enough to get a win and I was able to contribute, so it felt pretty good."
ROAD WARRIORS: Anaheim played its league-leading 22nd road game of the season last night in New Jersey, extending its road winning streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime win. The Ducks, who have also earned points in five straight away from home (4-0-1), last won four straight road games from Feb. 9-16, 2013 (4-0-0). With a 12-7-3 road record, Anaheim co-leads the NHL in road points (27). At 61 goals, the Ducks have scored the second-most goals through 22 road games in club history (2006-07, 65). With the conclusion of this four-game road trip, Anaheim will have completed 59% of its road schedule and will not return to the Eastern Time Zone for the remainder of the season.
Islanders: Michael Grabner and the Islanders each had a weight lifted Friday. Grabner scored his first two goals since opening night, and the Islanders won for the first time in regulation since Nov. 12 by defeating the New York Rangers 5-3 at Madison Square Garden.
"It's been the longest [drought] of my career and it's nice to end it," Grabner said. "At the same time, I've got to go back to work tomorrow and try to do it again."
The victory was the Islanders' first in regulation since Nov. 12 and their second in nine games this month.
"We got 60 minutes of consistent effort form our guys, our penalty kill came up big when they had to, and I thought [goaltender Evgeni] Nabokov did a great job for us," coach Jack Capuano said.
Who's hot: Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made 19 saves to beat the Devils. He's won six consecutive starts, allowing 11 goals in that span. … Islanders forward Kyle Okposo has five points in his past five games and has exceeded last season's offensive totals with 11 goals and 31 points.
Injury report: The Ducks are without goaltender Viktor Fasth (lower body) and defensemen Luca Sbisa (hand) and Sheldon Souray (wrist). … Islanders defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and Radek Martinek (back) are on injured reserve.
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