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Capitals hope to end slide against Islanders

NY Islanders (10-12-2) at Washington (13-9-3) 7:00 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals are in the midst

of a tough stretch, losing five of their last seven games, and

their latest defeat was surprising because it came on home ice.

The Capitals will look to bounce back and return to their

winning ways at home when they take on the New York Islanders

for the first time this season on Thursday.

Washington had won seven straight home games prior to a 5-3 loss

to Florida on Tuesday, just its second loss at the Verizon

Center and first in regulation. Tomas Fleischmann scored his

10th goal to a tie career-high.

Alex Ovechkin, who had a 10-game point scoring streak halted in

a 3-0 loss to Columbus on Saturday, collected an assist in the

loss to the Panthers, giving him 23 points in his last 12 games.

Jose Theodore will look to rebound from a poor performance

against the Panthers, a game in which he posted his lowest save

percentage (.810) since a season-opening loss to Atlanta. He

allowed four goals on just 21 shots to Florida after posting his

first shutout, 3-0, on Friday against Montreal.

The Islanders avoided a three-game slide with a 4-2 win over

Ottawa on Saturday. Defenseman Freddy Meyer was an unlikely

source of offense for New York, scoring two goals and adding an

assist after totaling just a goal and an assist in his previous

nine games.

Goaltender Joey MacDonald bounced back from a pair of rough

games with his 10th win. After allowing four goals in

consecutive starts, MacDonald turned aside 19 shots in the win.

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