New York (27-23-2) at Anaheim (27-20-4)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Mon Feb 17, 2003
  • TV: FSNY, FSW2
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —The New York Islanders continue a four-game road trip Monday night against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, carrying one of the highest-paid fourth-line centers in NHL history.

New York improved to 1-1-0 on the trip following Saturday’s 3-2 triumph at Los Angeles. Arron Asham recorded his second two-goal game of the season and Garth Snow made 31 saves for the Islanders, who improved to 6-0-0 following a shutout loss.

The trip started Thursday with a 2-0 setback at Nashville.

Against the Kings, coach Peter Laviolette dropped Alexei Yashin to the fourth line with Claude Lapointe and Steve Webb. Yashin, whose $7.4 million salary is tops on the team, has gone seven games without scoring and has just a goal and three assists in his last 11 contests.

Asked about the demotion, Yashin said, “From my perspective, I just try to do the best for my team. I can’t really talk about (whether it’s deserved). It’s not my decision, it’s the coach’s decision. So there’s nothing I can do about that.”

The Ducks return to the Arrowhead Pond following an unorthodox 1-1-0 road trip. After handing the league-leading Dallas Stars just their third home loss of the season, Anaheim was beaten in Nashville on Saturday, 2-1.

Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who have lost just twice in the last nine games. Friday’s 4-2 victory at Dallas ended Anaheim’s NHL-record streak of 10 consecutive one-goal triumphs.

The Ducks have won four in a row at home and are 11-3-1-1 in the last 16 contests at the Pond.

Much of that success is due to the No. 1 line of Adam Oates, Paul Kariya and Petr Sykora. The trio has combined for 18 goals and 32 assists in the last 17 games.

The Islanders lead the all-time series, 6-5-3, including a 3-2-2 mark in Anaheim.

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