John Tavares has the last-place New York Islanders surging. He's also on the verge of the team's longest scoring streak in 12 years.
The third-year center will try to lead the Islanders to a season-high fourth straight win when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night to open a home-and-home set.
Tavares has eight goals and 13 assists during a career-high 12-game point streak, while the Islanders (19-21-6) have gone 8-4-0 in those contests. He had just four points over his previous nine games and New York went 2-6-1.
Now, Tavares on the brink of becoming the first Islander to go 13 consecutive games with a point since Mariusz Czerkawski from Jan. 22-Feb. 19, 2000.
"I'm trying to contribute the best I can to get us where we want to be," said the 21-year-old Tavares, who will be the Islanders' lone representative at this weekend's All-Star game. "We're really coming together as a team lately. I think we can be even better. We just have to play with confidence."