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Sunday, December 29th (All times Eastern)

New York Islanders (11-21-7) at Minnesota Wild (20-15-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders were unable to halt their home losing streak without forward John Tavares in the lineup.

The Islanders may be without their captain again on Sunday night when they hit the road to take on the Minnesota Wild.

Tavares saw his streak of 246 consecutive games played end on Saturday night due to a lower-body injury that held him out of practice on Friday and leaves him day-to-day.

The 23-year-old top overall pick of the 2009 draft had not missed a contest since suffering a concussion in the opener of the 2010-11 season and sitting out three in a row. Tavares leads the Islanders this season with 13 goals and 26 assists.

Minus their top scorer, the Isles were bested 2-1 by the New Jersey Devils. Frans Nielsen had the goal and Evgeni Nabokov yielded two on 25 shots, the winner deflecting off a Devils player.

"They're a very patient team, they're a good hockey team," noted New York forward Kyle Okposo said of the Devils. "They're very structured and they got a lucky bounce there at the end."

The setback sent the Islanders to their fifth loss in seven games overall and dropped them to 0-4-4 in their last eight at home.

Okposo notched an assist on Nielsen's goal, giving the duo five points each on their respective five-game point streaks. Nielsen has three goals over his run.

The Wild have also lost a top player to injury with Zach Parise landing on injured reserve Saturday. Parise had been playing on a badly bruised foot since Nov. 25 and has missed Minnesota's last two games.

The 29-year-old winger has racked up 15 goals and 12 assists in 37 games this season.

While the Isles have struggled at home, the Wild are a dominant 14-3-2 as the hosting club this season. However, Minnesota dropped to 6-12-3 as the visiting team with Friday's 6-4 loss in Winnipeg.

Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine, Dany Heatley and Stephane Veilleux provided the scoring for the Wild. Niklas Backstrom allowed five goals on 37 shots in Minnesota's fourth straight loss that matches a season high.

"Backstrom gave us a chance to win that game," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "I'm not going to say that he didn't play well."

The Islanders have won their past three games versus the Wild and snapped a three-game slide in Minnesota with a 2-1 shootout road victory in the most recent meeting on Dec. 17, 2011.

12/29 10:27:58 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
Final
PIT 7
MIL 8
Final
NYM 5
ATL 7
Final
TAM 16
NYY 1
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
Final
TEX 6
CWS 3
Final
LOS 8
ARI 6
Final
COL 3
PHI 1
Final
SDP 3
SFG 1
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
4th
OKC 77
MEM 72
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
Final
PIT 3
CLB 4
3rd
COL 3
MIN 1
 
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2