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Isles end skid, extend Predators’ misery

Nov 12, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

The New York Islanders ended their four-game losing streak on Tuesday and added to the Nashville Predators’ woes in the process, taking the game 3-1.

That final digit might serve some bittersweet solace for the Predators, as they were bombarded 10-0 in their past two games on Friday and Sunday. Patric Hornqvist‘s goal in the third period broke a team-wide scoring slump that lasted 174 minutes and 48 seconds, according to the Predatorial’s Patten Fuqua.

Hey, at least the Preds are displaying a sardonic sense of humor about it:

Two teams facing the unknown

The Islanders face two more games at home (both tough ones, as they host Los Angeles and Detroit) before ping-ponging from a three-game road trip to four straight home contests. No doubt about it, the team must breathe a sigh of relief considering how dicey things have been even after acquiring Thomas Vanek, who’s been on the shelf with an upper-body injury.

Nashville has now lost three in a row while scoring just one goal. Still, they started off this bumpy seven-game road trip with two wins and an OT loss, so an especially pragmatic fan might look at it as less of a dire situation than it might seem.

Both teams find themselves in an interesting place: unsure if this season will allow them to be a scrappy playoff team or a franchise hoping to nab a decent draft pick.

(Considering the fact that Isles GM Garth Snow traded away valuable draft picks for Vanek, the Isles might not be able to afford the latter option.)

  1. jl9830 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Actually, the Islanders have a clause in the trade with Buffalo that allows them to defer the first-rounder to 2015 if the Isles pick is in the top-10.

    • godsmacked1 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      thank God. I would have given up the pick unprotected if they could have gotten Miller and signed him to a contract than Vanek.

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