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Despite Islanders' strong run, the Capitals remain out in front

The NHL standings are posted daily at the Islanders’ practice facility in East Meadow. So even if it’s way too early in the season to focus on them, the team knows it hasn’t significantly closed the gap on the first-place Capitals in the Metropolitan Division despite its 13-game point streak.

“We’re definitely aware of it,” right wing Jordan Eberle said after Friday’s practice. “We joke about it for sure. They’re obviously playing well, too.”

The second-place Islanders take a 12-0-1 streak into Saturday night’s game at Philadelphia to start a stretch of 10 of 13 games on the road.