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The New York Islanders got back to their winning ways with a much-needed victory last time out.

The New Jersey Devils are still trying to stop the bleeding.

Looking to continue its recent success in the series, New York tries to hand the visiting Devils a fourth consecutive loss Monday night.

The Islanders (20-10-0) had allowed 17 goals during a season worst-tying three-game losing streak before bouncing back to beat Chicago 3-2 on Saturday. Jaroslav Halak came up with 23 saves, and Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky scored 51 seconds apart midway through the third period to rally New York.

"We weren't happy with the last three games, that's no secret," captain John Tavares said. "We've got a good team and we know how to respond, and we know we have to get better."

The Islanders outshot the Blackhawks 33-15 over the final two periods to finish with 41 shots, their most in nine games. New York is 14-3-0 when recording at least 29 shots.

"We were just trying to shoot the puck and go to the net," said Okposo, who has eight points in as many games. "When we do that, we're a pretty good team."

The Devils (11-15-5) are mired in a 2-6-3 funk after falling 4-3 at Dallas on Saturday. Adam Henrique notched a pair of assists for New Jersey, which erased a 2-0 deficit but couldn't keep up down the stretch.

Michael Ryder's goal-scoring drought reached 17 games, coming close in the first period by ringing a shot off the post when the Devils trailed 1-0.

"I'm getting the chances, getting good shots. They're just not going in right now," Ryder told the league's official website. "It's a little frustrating, especially when you lose by one goal. If one of those goes in, it's a tie game."

Cory Schneider stopped 29 of 33 shots before giving way to Keith Kinkaid to start the third period. Schneider has allowed three or four goals in four of his last five starts, dropping to 5-11-1 since Nov. 4.

Schneider is 1-1-1 despite a 1.31 goals-against average in three starts against the Islanders, all of which have come on the road. He stopped 25 of 27 shots in a 3-1 loss Nov. 29, New Jersey's third consecutive defeat and sixth in eight meetings in the series.

Halak made 34 saves in last month's showdown, improving to 3-1-0 with a 2.28 GAA against New Jersey since 2010-11. Halak is 8-1-0 with a 1.74 GAA over a nine-start stretch at home.

Tavares has six goals and three assists in his last six meetings against the Devils. He's tied with Okposo for the team lead with 27 points, 13 of which have come in 14 home games.

The Devils could be without forward Michael Cammalleri after he exited Saturday due to a lower-body injury. He's tied for third on the team with 15 points despite playing in just 23 games.

New Jersey has been limited to an average of 2.0 goals during a 4-10-1 stretch on the road, the NHL's fourth-worst record since Oct. 28. The Islanders have surrendered two goals or fewer in eight of their last nine home games.

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