Well, looking at the standings, you would think tonight's game is pretty much a battle of basement dwellers.
But beware, for the Islanders are an impressive 6-2-2 in their past ten games.
Thanks to this winning spell, have a notion that they could sneak into the playoffs.
Doubtful they will succeed, but stranger things have happened.
Meanwhile, further in the basement, the Canadiens still sit in 26th overall.
However, the Habs saw their "grip" on that position slip as Anaheim and Carolina - 27th and 28th respectively - played each other last night in a three-point contest, which Anaheim won 3-2 in OT.
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