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Tuesday, November 12th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (8-7-2) at New York Islanders (6-9-3), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will try to rebound from consecutive 5-0 losses when they visit the sliding New York Islanders for Tuesday's battle at Nassau Coliseum.

The Predators began their seven-game road trip with a promising 2-0-1 record, before getting slammed in the next two outings at Winnipeg and New Jersey.

Nashville was dealt a 5-0 loss Friday against the Jets despite firing 41 shots on net. On Sunday in New Jersey, however, the Predators were held to just 15 shots on goal, as Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur extended his NHL record for career shutouts to 123.

Carter Hutton allowed all five goals on 23 shots for the Predators, who went 0-for-6 on the power play.

"We're not playing well defensively and giving up way too many chances," Predators captain Shea Weber said. "We're giving up odd-man rushes and not helping out our goalie. We need to play solid defensively in order to get offense."

Hutton, who is the club's de facto No. 1 goaltender with Pekka Rinne on the shelf, has started the last seven games for Nashville and is 4-3-1 with a lofty 3.53 goals against average and .887 save percentage this season. Marek Mazanec spelled Hutton in Friday's loss in Winnipeg, but has yet to garner his first NHL start.

Nashville forward Mike Fisher is questionable for Sunday's game after sitting out the last three games with a lower-body injury.

The Predators are 4-5-1 on the road this season and will cap their longest trek of the season Friday night in Pittsburgh.

The Islanders are happy to be home after going 0-4-0 on a recent four-game road trip. New York yielded four goals or more in three of the losses and was outscored by a 16-6 margin during the four-game slide.

The ill-fated road trip ended Sunday with a 4-2 setback in Montreal, as Lars Eller and Michael Bournival scored second-period power-play goals to snap a tie and lift the Canadiens to a win at the Bell Centre.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, who are on their longest slide since an 0-5-0 stretch from Feb. 3-11 of last season. Montreal native Kevin Poulin manned the crease on Sunday, but gave up all four goals on 31 shots.

"It's frustrating," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. "We did some things but we made a lot of mistakes, silly mistakes."

The Islanders played Sunday without winger Thomas Vanek after he suffered an injury early in Saturday's 5-2 setback in Columbus. Vanek left the contest just 23 seconds in after sustaining what the team is calling an upper-body injury. He is not expected to play on Tuesday.

Vanek, of course, came over to the Isles late last month in a trade with Buffalo and has started slowly with his new team, posting one goal and two assists in six games.

Cal Clutterbuck also has sat out the last three games with an unspecified upper-body injury and the New York forward is questionable for tonight.

Nashville has dominated the Isles in recent seasons, taking three straight and posting an 8-0-1 mark in the last nine meetings between the clubs. New York, which is 3-3-3 as the host this season, does have three wins in its past five home games against the Preds.

11/12 10:50:09 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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