Islanders hoping to end latest slide

NY Islanders (10-17-2) at Columbus (12-13-3), 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — It is beginning to get embarrassing
for the New York Islanders.

The Islanders are looking to avoid a sixth consecutive loss when
they complete a four-game road trip against the Columbus Blue
Jackets on Saturday.

New York’s season may have reached its low point on Thursday.
The Islanders were handed a 9-2 beatdown at the hands of the
Pittsburgh Penguins, who entered the contest on a three-game

Defensemen Mark Streit and Andy Sutton were the goal-scorers for
New York, which is 1-7-0 over its last eight and owns the worst
record in the NHL with 22 points.

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The Islanders have struggled without goaltender Rick DePietro,
who is hoping to return from his knee injury by the end of the

Playing in DiPietro’s place, Joey MacDonald has posted a 10-12-2
record with a 3.08 goals-against average and .902 save

A return to Columbus seemed to fix the Blue Jackets’ woes. Rick
Nash and rookie Jakub Voracek both scored in the shootout,
helping the team snap a three-game losing streak with a 2-1
triumph over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Columbus, which lost all three contests on a road trip through
California, is searching for its fourth straight win at
Nationwide Arena.