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JAFFE'S MORNING SKATE

Thursday, 02.08.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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JAFFE\'S MORNING SKATE
Catch the Islanders on MSG Network Thursday, Islanders at Devils: pre-game starts @ 7:00 pm

By Billy Jaffe

It's a potential four-point swing when the Islanders take on their Atlantic Division rivals, the New Jersey Devils. Here's my look at the keys to Thursday's game at the Continental Airlines Arena, which can be seen on MSG Network at 7:30. Pre-game show starts at 7:00 pm.

 


1. Take the early lead

When you get the lead on the Devils you take them out of their style of play. Once the Devils get the lead, their tendency is to settle down not shut down and play tighter than most teams. If you force them to open up, you can get them out of their preferred style.

 
2. Keep it away from Marty

Get the puck away from Martin Brodeur. He handles the puck well, so be aware of your dump-ins. When you get chances, shoot the puck. When you shoot, get people in front of the net. It's too easy for Brodeur when no one is in front.


3. Play with an edge

They're not a big team, but they're feisty, so you have to be ready to battle. Gionta, Gomez, Langenbrunner and the rest of the forwards will go to the front of the net. If you're not ready to compete, it will be difficult to play against them.

 
4. Don't get frustrated

Don't start thinking, "We're never going to get through." Even if you don't get through to them on one shift, keep challenging. Challenge the defense to handle the puck and be physical.

 
Catch Jaffe, Howie Rose and Deb Kaufman at 7 pm Thursday on MSG Network for the Islanders pre-game show. You can watch the Islanders games on FSN NY and MSG Network all season long. Islanders telecasts are produced by Kevin Meininger and directed by Larry Roth.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
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5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
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K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
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B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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