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Desparate Islanders trying to end slide

NY Islanders (10-18-3) at Minnesota (15-13-2), 8:00 pm EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders finally

picked up their first point of December. Now, they looking for

a win.

The Islanders will look to snap a seven-game losing streak

Friday when they face the Minnesota Wild, who have lost six in a

row.

Andy Sutton and Jon Sim scored in the third period to erase a

two-goal deficit, but New York still lost the Washington

Capitals, 5-4, in overtime on Tuesday.

The Islanders are in the midst of a 1-8-1 stretch and continue

to lose ground in the Atlantic Division. New York already is in

danger of finish last in the division for the second straight

season.

The Wild haven't been much better, going 1-6-1 over their last

eight. Marian Gaborik and Andrew Brunette each had a goal and

assist Wednesday, but Minnesota still suffered a 3-2 overtime

loss to the Calgary Flames.

A playoff team last season, the Wild are in better shape than

New York.

Minnesota is still in the thick of the Western Conference

playoff race, sitting in third place of the Northwest Division.

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