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Tuesday, February 19th (All times Eastern)
New York Islanders (6-8-1) at Ottawa Senators (8-6-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Thankfully the New York Islanders won't have much time to dwell on their latest loss, as they start a three-game road trip on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
New York was routed at home by the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, falling 7-0.
Evgeni Nabokov allowed all seven goals on 25 shots for New York, which saw its two-game winning streak come to an abrupt end. Since beginning the year 4-2-1, the Islanders have now lost six of eight.
"Our battle level was nowhere near where it had to be," coach Jack Capuano said. "We have to find better ways to find it. We have to generate more."
It's unclear if Capuano will stick with Nabokov on Tuesday or turn to oft- injured backup Rick DiPioetro. Nabokov has lost five of his last eight starts and has posted a 3.22 goals against average in that span.
DiPietro, though, is 0-2-0 with a 4.62 GAA and hasn't faced the Senators since 2008.
The Islanders, who will also make stops in Montreal and Buffalo on this trip, have posted a 4-2-1 mark away from home this season.
Ottawa, meanwhile, snapped a two-game losing streak with a shootout win in New Jersey on Monday, as they topped the Devils, 2-1.
After the first three shooters came up empty, Jacob Silfverberg skated in and ripped a wrister high over the glove of New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Bobby Butler had a chance to keep the Devils alive at the other end, but his wrister missed the net and the Senators escaped with the victory.
Silfverberg added an assist on Daniel Alfredsson's game-tying goal in the third period, while Ben Bishop stopped 30-of-31 shots and all three shooters in the shootout to help Ottawa win for only the second time in its last six tries.
"I thought Ben Bishop played very well for us in the first period to keep it 1-0," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "After that I thought we came out and played hard and deserved the points."
The Senators, of course, are playing without their top-3 scorers from last season in Jason Spezza (back surgery) and Erik Karlsson (Achilles), both of whom are out for the season, and Milan Michalek, who has been sidelined since Thursday with a knee injury.
"We were a little down," said Silfverberg. "We have a lot of young guys on our team, so this was big for our confidence. We've lost a couple of key players this year."
Ottawa has won three straight, five of eight and nine of its last 13 meetings with the Islanders. The Isles have also dropped five of seven in Ottawa.
The Senators are 10-2-2 in the last 14 home matchups with New York.
02/19 10:39:00 ET