New York’s last three-game losing streak was a six-game slide from October 26 to November 7. The Islanders fell to 3-9-1-0 in the final game of that slide, but are 21-13-4-2 since.
On Friday, New York suffered a 3-0 setback at Washington as it managed just 20 shots on goaltender Olaf Kolzig. The Islanders had two shots in the first 19 minutes of the opening period and took nearly 13 minutes to record their first shot of the second period.
It marked the first time since November 29-30, the Islanders suffered consecutive regulation losses.
Buffalo is 0-3-0-2 following a season-high seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2).
Buffalo had won three of the first five meetings against the Islanders since trading Mike Peca to New York during the 2001 draft. But it suffered a 1-0 overtime defeat here as Jason Blake tallied with 3:24 left on December 31.