[34-37-11]
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[48-28-6]
04/03/2012
FINAL
1 2 3 T
New York Islanders NYI 1 0 0 1
20 SHOTS 20
26 FACEOFFS 18
21 HITS 22
33 PIM 5
0/0 PP 1/4
5 GIVEAWAYS 7
2 TAKEAWAYS 7
12 BLOCKED SHOTS 11
         

Islanders @ Devils

Monday, 04.02.2012 / 11:25 AM

Team Record: 33-35-11
Last Game: 5-1 L vs OTT
Season Series: 2-3-0 of 6
Team Record: 45-28-6
Last Game: 5-0 W @ CAR
Season Series: 3-2-0 of 6
Matt Donovan
The 21 year old defenseman was recalled on loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Monday afternoon, and he will make his NHL debut tonight in New Jersey. He will be paired with Dylan Reese.

Jack Capuano said today that Donovan is an "offensive minded defenseman who will jump in to the play. He's good on the power play and a puck moving guy. What we've seen in training camp, he's that type of guy."

With 42 points, he leads all Sound Tigers defensemen in scoring and ranks second overall on the team.  He is fourth among AHL defenseman in scoring.
Ilya Kovalchuk
The Devils winger is sixth in the league in scoring with 80 points (34g/46a).

As part of the league's top penalty kill, Kovalchuk has three short handed goals. 

The Devils are the first team to have three 30-goal scorers this year, with Kovalchuk, David Clarkson and Zach Parise.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Devils.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
Cizikas 3/29 Upper body 2 day-to-day
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 43  10 weeks
Nabokov 1/27 Lower body 3
Power play: 18.9%
Penalty kill: 81.0%
Home record: 16-18-6
Road record: 17-17-5
Goals For: 194
Goals Against: 241
Power play: 16.7%
Penalty kill: 89.8%
Home record: 22-13-4
Road record: 23-15-2
Goals For: 219
Goals Against: 205




Answer from Sunday's question: Which Islanders legend had his jersey retired on Apr. 1, 1995? The answer is: Bob Nystrom. Nystrom’s 23 was retired and raised to the Coliseum rafters on Apr. 1, 1995.
Al Montoya will be in net tonight and Donovan will make his NHL debut. Forward lines the same. Steve Staios and Milan Jurcina and will be scratched. . Click here for complete lines. Follow @NYIslanders for any updates.

Forwards:
Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Zubrus
Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Clarkson
Carter-Josefson-Bernier

Defensemen:
Greene-Fayne
Salvador-Zidlicky
Harrold-Volchenkov

Goaltenders:
Brodeur, Hedberg




*Cory Wright contributed to this report
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