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Surging Preds set to host Isles

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Surging Preds set to host Isles
New York Islanders vs. Nashville Predators
ISLANDERS (5-17-5) at PREDATORS (14-8-6)

TV: MSG-Plus.

Last 10: New York 1-7-2; Nashville 5-2-3.

Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on Feb. 9, when the Isles earned a 4-3 shootout victory at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Team Scope:

Islanders: The frustration level is at an all-time high on Long Island. Saturday's loss to the Thrashers was their 19th in 20 games (1-16-3) and has them with a League-low 15 points.

"It's frustrating," center Rob Schremp said. "They score a goal off a faceoff. What are you going to do? It's just stupid. It's just bad breaks. What are you going to do … break sticks, slam doors, scream, yell? I don't know. Nobody likes losing. We're all competitive guys and we want to win. What can you do? We work so hard. This is stupid."

Predators: Nashville has earned points in every game this month, as Saturday's 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena improved its December record to 4-0-1. Anders Lindback stopped all 22 shots he faced against the Panthers for his first NHL shutout.

"I feel more and more comfortable," said Lindback, who is 3-0-1 in his last four starts. "You get into it when you start to play continuously. I get really good help from the defense. I don't have to face as many chances."

Who's Hot: Matt Moulson scored his team-leading 10th goal for the Isles on Saturday night. He also now leads the club with 16 points. … Preds forward Steve Sullivan has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his last four games.

Injury Report: The Islanders will be without Mark Streit (shoulder), Kyle Okposo (shoulder), Mike Mottau (eye), Milan Jurcina (hamstring), Radek Martinek (arm), Doug Weight (back) and Trent Hunter (knee). … Pekka Rinne (knee), David Legwand (lower body) and Matthew Lombardi (concussion) are out for Nashville.

Stat Pack: Blake Comeau's power-play tally late in the third period on Saturday night ended a string of 46 consecutive opportunities without a goal via the man advantage. It was the Isles' first in 13 games. … Twenty-seven of Nashville's 71 goals this season have come in the first period.

Puck Drop: "It's tough to explain. We've just got to keep battling. We're not quitting." -- Isles interim coach Jack Capuano on team's tailspin

2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Dec 13 '10 NYI 0 at NSH 5 S. Kostitsyn
M. Moulson2810616-13631
B. Comeau2851015-101421
F. Nielsen2841115-51600
J. Wisniewski2621315-211820
J. Tavares258614-191741
P. Parenteau2741014-91430
M. Grabner24639-3200
R. Schremp14549-2800
D. Weight18279-31010
J. Bailey18336-51221
R. Martinek26145-1700
Z. Konopka28134-710700
T. Hunter17134-32300
M. Jurcina10213-1400
M. Mottau20033-12800
M. Martin20202-112800
J. Sim22112-61600
N. Niederreiter9112-1800
J. Hillen16022-71200
B. Gervais15022-71900
T. Hamonic8022-1600
J. Joensuu10101-22301
M. Eaton27011-6800
A. MacDonald13011-2800
T. Gillies19000-25500
D. Reese7000-3600
R. Rakhshani1000+0000
R. DiPietro133-6-4504033.81.876
D. Roloson152-12-1404272.67.906
C. O'Reilly2961218+6211
S. Sullivan298917+52031
P. Hornqvist298715-21621
M. Erat2231114+71410
M. Goc236713+9202
C. Wilson296612+3201
S. Weber295712-52621
C. Franson294812+61210
S. Kostitsyn254711+1611
J. Dumont29459+61201
J. Tootoo27369+34300
K. Klein28279+71300
F. Bouillon28189+31800
R. Suter18189+61601
J. Ward29358-41821
D. Legwand18268-3800
J. Smithson29336-41200
S. O'Brien29235-52200
N. Spaling22112-6610
A. Sulzer12000-3400
W. Belak4000-1000
M. Lombardi2000-1000
T. Laakso1000+0000
L. Klasen1000-1000
P. Rinne198-7-4435272.38.918
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