The New York Islanders are off to a fast start, and they're in position to hand the Chicago Blackhawks their first three-game winless streak since February 2012 when the teams meet at the United Center on Friday night.
The Islanders have followed up a surprising playoff berth last season by starting 2-0-1 in 2013-14, and they're coming off a 6-1 home victory over Phoenix on Tuesday.
The lopsided result was due in part to a strong effort from Evgeni Nabokov, who made 33 saves and stopped 16 of 17 shots in the second period.
"We got some bounces. Let's not kid ourselves," Islanders Jack Capuano said. "The score didn't indicate the way the game was."
Hart Trophy finalist John Tavares scored his first two goals of the season as he joined a balanced Islanders attack. Four New York players have at least four points, and nine have scored goals.
Michael Grabner leads the way with two goals and four assists, three of which came against Phoenix. He had...