Series (Game 4 of 6)

New York leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 25th
Game 2: Wednesday, October 29th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 31st
Game 4: Wednesday, February 18th
Game 5: Sunday, February 29th
Game 6: Tuesday, March 2nd

Penguins 3

(11-40-4, 31 pts)

Islanders 4

(28-21-2, 66 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 18, 2004

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
PIT 0 2 13
NYI 1 1 24

M. Czerkawski (Islanders - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Hamrlik (Islanders - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Scuderi (Penguins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Pittsburgh (11-39-5-4) at NY Islanders (27-21-8-2) 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders try to improve their playoff positioning Wednesday night as they host the woeful Pittsburgh Penguins, who hope to halt a franchise-record 15-game losing streak.

The Islanders are tied with Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern Confernce, eight points behind the New Jersey Devils.

"I think we can definitely go up a couple of more spots," Islanders defenseman Kenny Jonsson said following Monday's 1-1 tie with Los Angeles. "I think we are five or seven points out of the six spot. Pittsburgh is a fast team and they are working hard. If you are not working just as hard they can come and beat you."

New York's 19 home wins are tied with Ottawa for the most in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders are unbeaten in their last six home contests (4-0-2) and 12-2-2 in their last 16 here.

On Monday, Rick DiPietro made 29 saves for the Islanders to move to 6-1-3 in his last 10 decisions.

Arron Asham had the lone goal for the Islanders, who may be without rookie right wing Trent Hunter. Hunter left Monday's game with 11:20 remaining in the third period with a right knee injury. He returned for one shift, but is listed as day-to-day

Pittsburgh is 0-14-0-1 since a 2-1 win at Philadelphia on January 12 and is two defeats away from tying the longest skid in NHL history. The Washington Captials lost 17 in a row in 1975 and the San Jose Sharks matched the record in 1993.

Pittsburgh's skid continued with an 8-4 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Penguins allowed four power-play goals and have given up at least one in nine straight games.

The Islanders lead the season series, 2-0-1.