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When, where 6 p.m. Tuesday, Barclays Center, New York

TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM)

About the Islanders • Since defeating the Blues 4-3 on Jan. 5, the Islanders are 2-2, most recently routing Tampa Bay 5-1 on Sunday. The Islanders scored three goals in the first 4:43, handing the league’s overall points leader only its second regulation loss in 21 games.

At 25-15-4, the New Yorkers currently hold down a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Under former Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz, the Islanders have been much stingier defensively, allowing 40 fewer goals at this point of the season compared to last year. So they’re nearly one goal per game better. Ten days ago in St. Louis, Jordan Eberle and Johnny Boychuk scored 11 seconds apart to spark a third-period rally.

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