Game Preview: Islanders at Devils

The Islanders and Devils decide their season series in Newark.

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 12:00 AM
Peter Kaplan

New York Islanders
32-37-11 (75 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
19-18-2 road
New Jersey Devils
34-29-17 (85 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
20-11-8 home
7:30  p.m.
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Television:
MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald
; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Back-To-Backs: The Islanders finish their 18th set of back-to-back games tonight. The Isles are 7-8-2 record in the second game of back-to-backs.
Sundstrom: Johan Sundstrom left Thursday's game in the second period and did not return. 
• Franchise-First: The Islanders picked up the franchise's first-ever shutout in Montreal Thursday.  
Devils Storylines
• Team Leaders:
Jaromir Jagr leads the Devils with 40 assists and 64 points. Adam Henrique leads New Jersey with 25 goals. 
• Shootout Woes: The Devils have gone 0-12 in the shootout this season, including a loss to the Islanders.
• Elias Returns: 
Patrik Elias returned to the Devils lineup on Thursday after missing the last two games.
Islanders player to watch
Ryan Strome - Forward

Ryan Strome’s is showing versatility in his first season with the Islanders. A natural center, the Mississauga, ON, native played wing on Thursday and scored the game-winning goal. Since his second call up on Feb 24, Strome has played in all situations, helping the Islanders to an 18-11-5 record. Strome was recently named to the AHL’s All-Rookie team after posting 49 points in 37 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Devils player to watch
Tuomo Ruutu - Forward

Tuomo Ruutu was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Andrei Lotionov and a conditional third- round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft at the NHL trade deadline. Due to injuries, Ruutu has been given the opportunity to play with Jaromir Jagr on the Devil’s top line. The Vantaa, Finland native had his four-game point streak (two goals, two assists) snapped Monday against the Flames. 
2013-14 season series (0-1-1)

The Islanders are 2-2-0 against the Devils this season. In their most recent outing, the Islanders bested the Devils in a shootout, winning 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum. Anders Nilsson made 23 saves while Frans Nielsen scored the Isles lone goal in regulation. Nielsen and Brock Nelson both converted in the shootout for the Isles.

LAST GAME: 
Mar. 29, 2014: MTL 1, NYI 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
17.3% (19th)
77.9% (29th)
218
262
6-2-2

 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   
 
Devils
19.3% (9th)
87.3% (1st)
192
203
4-2-4
       
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
56 John Persson 29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome
17 Matt Martin
– 
53 Casey Cizikas 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo – 28 Johan Sundstrom –  59 Brett Gallant

Defensemen

24 Kevin Czuczman 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan 42 Scott Mayfield
  
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
New Jersey Devils previous game lines
Forwards
15 Tuomo Ruutu – 19 Travis Zajac – 68 Jaromir Jagr
12 Damien Brunner– 8 Dainius Zubrus –17 Michael Ryder
20 Ryan Carter– 11 Stephen Gionta– 18 Steve Bernier
22 Eric Gelinas– 23 Tim Sestito– 9 Mike Sislo

Defensemen
6 Andy Greene – 7 Mark Fayne
34 Jon Merrill – 2 Marek Zidlicky
28 Anton Volchenkov – 10 Peter Harrold

Goaltenders
35 Corey Schneider
30 Martin Brodeur

Quote of the Day:
Ryan Strome:
I think the best way to impress a coaching staff and a general manager is to win games. I think if we play energetic and upbeat we’re going to give ourselves a chance no matter who is playing.
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