After winning their respective season openers, the New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes each feel they took a step back in their most recent contests.
Both teams look to get back on track as New York hosts Phoenix for the first time in nearly three years Tuesday night.
The Islanders (1-0-1) beat New Jersey 4-3 in a shootout Friday to win their first season opener since 2007, but they blew a 2-0 third-period lead before falling 3-2 in a shootout to Columbus on Saturday.
Coach Jack Capuano said his club can't continue having breakdowns. It held three separate one-goal leads in the opener and allowed the Devils to force overtime with a goal midway through the third.
"We got three out of four points, but we have to be doing whatever it takes,'' Capuano said. "Keep showing a willingness to compete. For the most part we did, but the guys have to learn that you have to play hard every shift."
Capuano was pleased with the play of Evgeni Nabokov, who made 27 saves. He may be in net ag...