two teams in similar positions face off monday afternoon as the new york islanders host the minnesota wild. both clubs hold down the second wild-card spot in their respective conferences, with new york having won two consecutive games and minnesota dropping two in a row - both at home.

the islanders are wrapping up a stretch during which it plays seven of nine at home and have gone 3-2-1 at barclays center in that span. new york is coming off back-to-back shutout victories in which its goaltenders starred, as jaroslav halak made 50 saves against the new york rangers on thursday while thomas greiss stopped 45 shots in carolina the following night. minnesota concluded a 2-1-2 homestand on saturday with a 3-2 loss to anaheim that was decided in the 11th round of the shootout. jason zucker scored his 23rd goal of the season in the setback, eclipsing the career high he set last campaign.

tv: 1 p.m. et, sportsnet, fs north (minnesota), msg plus (new york)

about the wild (31-20-7): eric staal had his five-game point streak halted saturday but still leads minnesota with 52, including a team-high 26 goals. the 33-year-old center has not been kept off the scoresheet in consecutive contests since a three-game stretch from jan. 9-13 and is two points away from 900 for his career. nino niederreiter scored his 100th nhl goal in thursday's loss to washington and is closing in on the century mark in assists and 200 points, as he is three shy of each plateau.

about the islanders (29-25-6): greiss did not participate in sunday's practice after recording his eighth career shutout two nights earlier and could miss the matchup against minnesota. "he just tweaked something," coach doug weight told the team's website. "we're going to have it looked at and make a final ruling here moving forward. we're prepared for anything." pierre turgeon is the only islander to notch more than 50 assists in the last 28 seasons, doing so in both 1992-93 (74) and 1993-94 (56), but josh bailey (47) and rookie mathew barzal (46) are on pace to shatter the mark.


1. islanders c casey cizikas is expected to skate in his 400th career game on monday.

2. minnesota d jared spurgeon needs three points to reach 200 in the nhl.

3. new york has surrendered at least 39 shots in 10 of its last 11 contests.

prediction: islanders 4, wild 2