Ducks-Islanders Preview

The Associated Press

The Anaheim Ducks have won seven games in a row twice this season.

Another meeting with the New York Islanders could put this streak in the record books.

The Ducks go for the longest winning streak in franchise history Saturday night, when they try to beat the Islanders for the second time in less than two weeks.

Anaheim (25-7-5) is atop the Pacific Division and just one point behind NHL-leading Chicago. The Ducks have amassed 18 points in their last 10 contests (8-0-2) and have tied the team record originally set from Feb. 20-March 7, 1999, with seven consecutive victories.

Anaheim's latest attempt to win eight games in a row fell short with a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Oct. 22.

This time, the Ducks are facing the Islanders (10-19-7), and they already beat them on this current streak. Anaheim scored four unanswered goals to rally for a 5-2 win Dec. 9, and a change of venue doesn't seem likely to produce different results.

Anaheim has won four in a row on the road, while New York has dropped six straight at home.

Kyle Palmieri kept the Ducks rolling Friday, scoring in overtime of a 3-2 win at New Jersey. The right wing, from nearby Montvale, N.J. after being born on Long Island, became the 14th Duck to score during the current streak, ending his 18-game drought.

"What makes this team special is the depth in here," right wing Teemu Selanne told the league's official website. "It's a good sign. Obviously a lot of hard work ahead, but I think we have all the pieces."

Corey Perry leads the Ducks with 22 goals, while his 37 points are two back of Ryan Getzlaf for the team lead. The right wing, though, failed to get on the score sheet against the Devils after scoring nine goals over the previous nine games, including two versus the Islanders.

Cam Fowler, who had a goal and an assist Friday, had three points in the latest meeting with New York, giving the defenseman six in four career matchups.

While the Ducks are seeking a franchise record, the Islanders are trying to avoid their first seven-game slide at home since Jan 3-Feb. 5, 2008.

They're hoping to build on Friday's 5-3 road victory over the New York Rangers, winning for just the second time in 15 games overall (2-9-4).

"I don't think we had won too many games overall," said right wing Michael Grabner, who scored two goals. "We've got to work ourselves back into the playoff picture. (Friday) was a good start, but (Saturday) is another test."

Thomas Vanek scored Friday's go-ahead goal early in the third period, giving him three goals and two assists in six games. That includes getting one of each at Anaheim last week, and he has five points in the last three matchups.

John Tavares also had two points against the Ducks on Dec. 9, and he's managed two goals and four assists in five career games. The captain, though, was held without a point against the Rangers after totaling six over the previous five games, starting with the visit to Anaheim.

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