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Lowly Islanders looking to end slide vs. Ducks

Anaheim (23-20-5) at NY Islanders (12-29-5), 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- After shutting down goaltender

Rick DiPietro for the rest of the season, the Islanders will

hope to end their latest embarrassing losing streak when they

host the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

After posting a 2-10-2 record last month, the Islanders are

threatening to go winless in January with only three games left.

New York did manage to pick up its first point of the month,

suffering a 2-1 overtime setback to the Washington Capitals on

Monday.

Rookie Kyle Okposo netted a power-play goal as the Islanders

lost their eight straight. This slide doesn't even mark the

club's longest losing skid of the season -- the Isles dropped 10

in a row to start December.

Due to DiPietro's knee injury and Joey MacDonald's struggles,

Yann Denis has made three consecutive starts. He has yet to

record his first career win, posting an 0-5-1 record with a 3.53

goals-against average and .887 save percentage.

The Ducks, who are on a five-game road swing, did not enjoy

their first stop in the New York-Metropolitan area. Rookie

Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry each scored their 14th goal of the

season in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

After the All-Star break, Anaheim wraps up the trip in Phoenix

on Tuesday.

The Ducks will have three starters at the midseason gala as Ryan

Getzlaf, defenseman Scott Niedermayer and Jean-Sebastien Giguere

were all voted into the festivities in Montreal.

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