Islanders-Ducks Preview

The Associated Press

The Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders could wind up with the worst records in their respective conferences.

While frustration continues to mount for the Ducks, the Islanders have picked up a bit of steam.

Looking to win four straight for the first time in nearly a year, visiting New York tries to hand Anaheim an eighth loss in nine games Friday night.

The Islanders (14-17-6), whose 34 points are one better than Carolina for the fewest in the East, moved out of the basement Tuesday by defeating the Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout.

New York's Matt Moulson notched his team-leading 18th goal, Frans Nielsen scored his second in 22 games and Kyle Okposo had the equalizer with 1:30 remaining in regulation. John Tavares assisted on all three goals - he has seven points during the team's three-game win streak - before Nielsen and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout.

"We didn't have our 'A' game, but we were able to find a way to win," said Okposo, who has three goals in two career meetings with the Ducks. "That's what happens when a team is starting to go a little bit, you start to find ways to win games. We've got to continue to do that."

A matchup with woeful Anaheim (10-22-6) could help the Islanders keep things going and post their first four-game win streak since Feb. 10-15. The Ducks join Columbus as the league's only teams yet to reach 30 points.

Anaheim is 1-6-1 over its last eight games following Wednesday's 3-1 loss to San Jose. Reigning Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry snapped a season-worst, four-game pointless streak with an early goal, but the Ducks lost the lead by giving up two in a 27-second span late in the second period.

"There's just no resiliency, I guess would be the best word," forward Bobby Ryan said. "Obviously, you get down (after allowing a goal), but that shift that follows has to be the best shift of the game, and we give up another goal. As a team, throughout the year there's been a sense that if they get one, something bad is going to happen."

Anaheim has gone 0 for 17 with the man advantage over its last five games. That's not the only drought the Ducks want to see come to an end.

Former 90-point scorer Ryan Getzlaf is pointless in a career-worst six consecutive games and has no goals in his last 12. The seven-year veteran has never posted a rating below plus-4 but sits near the bottom of the league at minus-19.

"I think he's pressing," said coach Bruce Boudreau, 3-9-2 since replacing Randy Carlyle.

"He knows he hasn't been scoring. He knows he's the captain, and he puts a little bit too much pressure on himself. I told him to not worry about that. Just worry about his game and not anybody else's at this stage."

Jonas Hiller, who made 33 saves Wednesday, is 1-5-1 with a 3.69 goals-against average over his last seven games. Hiller hasn't earned a decision but owns a 1.65 GAA in three career meetings - one start - versus the Islanders.

Evgeni Nabokov has allowed just five goals while starting each of New York's last three games. He went 9-3-0 with a 1.76 GAA and two shutouts in his last 12 matchups versus the Ducks while with San Jose.

These teams haven't met since New York defeated Anaheim 3-2 on Dec. 16, 2010.

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