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Tuesday, November 5th (All times Eastern)

New York Islanders (6-5-3) at Washington Capitals (7-7-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Thomas Vanek scored his first goal with his new team the last time out and he'll try to help the New York Islanders earn a third straight win when they visit the Washington Capitals for Tuesday's clash at Verizon Center.

Vanek has played three games with the Isles since coming over in a blockbuster trade with Buffalo on Oct. 27. New York gave up forward Matt Moulson plus a pair of draft picks -- a first-round selection in 2014 and a second-rounder in 2015 -- to land Vanek.

The Austrian sniper went without a point in his New York debut, a 3-2 loss against the rival Rangers last Tuesday, but has since posted a goal and two assists in consecutive wins for the Islanders. Vanek had an assist in Friday's 5-4 win at Ottawa and then notched a goal and a helper in the following day's 3-1 triumph over visiting Boston.

Kevin Poulin, who had given up seven goals in his two starts this season, only allowed one on 27 shots Saturday to earn the win. John Tavares and Andrew MacDonald lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

"They played excellent in front of me," Poulin said of his teammates.

The Isles expect to have Evgeni Nabokov back in the crease on Tuesday, when they begin a four-game road trip. New York is 3-2-0 as the visiting team so far this season.

Vanek and the Isles will face a Washington team that has also posted wins in back-to-back games despite playing both of those tilts without superstar winger Alex Ovechkin, who is battling an upper-body injury.

The Caps had little trouble scoring in their first game without Ovechkin, torching the Philadelphia Flyers by a 7-0 score in Friday's road game. Washington followed with Saturday's close shootout victory against the visiting Florida Panthers.

Mikhail Grabovski, Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom scored shootout goals to lead the Capitals to a 3-2 decision over the Panthers. Washington led 2-1 late in regulation, but Florida capitalized on a 4-on-3 power-play when Tomas Fleischmann beat Michal Neuvirth to force overtime.

Neuvirth stopped 31-of-33 shots he faced in the victory and made a difficult glove save in the shootout on Jonathan Huberdeau, allowing Backstrom to wrist the game-winner past Scott Clemmensen.

"Tonight was an ugly one," said Backstrom. "Neuvy (Neuvirth) played great and kept us in the game."

Backstrom and John Carlson scored in regulation for the Caps.

Ovechkin, a three-time Hart Trophy winner, made a full return to practice on Monday and expects to play in Tuesday's game. The Russian has 10 goals in 12 games this season and has victimized the Islanders for 19 goals and 31 points in 29 career games against them.

The Caps are 4-3-0 on home ice this season and are playing the middle test of a three-game residency tonight. Washington will complete the homestand Thursday against Minnesota.

The Islanders have won four of the past seven overall meetings against Washington, but the Caps have taken two of three and five of their last seven home games in this series.

11/05 10:46:00 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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