The Wild have scored two goals or fewer in six of their last
seven games and are 0-12-4 this season when scoring less than
Minnesota also has dropped six of its last seven games,
including a 3-2 setback vs. Buffalo on Sunday, despite a goal
and an assist from Brian Rolston, who has compiled multi-point
efforts in five of his last 10 games.
New York has won three of four following Saturday's 3-2 shootout
triumph over Edmonton. Trent Hunter scored a regulation goal
for the second straight game and added a shootout tally to go
along with one from Alexei Yashin.
DiPietro made 27 saves and stopped two of three attempts in the
shootout to improve to 11-9-2 on the season. He has won three
of four decisions this month.
New York has at least one power-play goal in eight of its last
nine games, while Minnesota leads the league with an 88.9
percent penalty-killing rate.
The Islanders have won three straight over the Wild, including a
3-1 victory here on March 19, 2004 behind a hat trick from