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Islanders vs. Devils - game preview

The Islanders open a three game set against the Devils in a Sunday matinee

Sunday, 03.4.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders vs. Devils - game preview
Team Record: 27-29-9
Last Game: 3-2 W @ BOS
Season Series: 1-1-0 of 6
Team Record: 36-23-5
Last Game: 5-0 W @ WSH
Season Series: 1-1-0 of 6
John Tavares
Tavares scored the game-winner Saturday afternoon against Boston as part of a two-point game. Tavares assisted on Moulson’s goal in the second period and now has 26 goals and 37 assists this season, more points than any player on the Devils roster.
Zach Parise
Parise only played 9:36 on Friday night against Washington, but scored three goals en route to a 5-0 win. Parise’s hat-trick gives the 27-year-old winger four goals in his last two games and he leads the Devils with 27 goals and is third in assists with 29. New Jersey’s captain has appeared in all 64 games this season.
Three Game Set: The Isles and Devils get set to play three games against each other this week. For the Isles it’s three in a row against their tri-state rivals and for the Devils it’s three of four. The Isles need to take five or six points to stay in the hunt. The teams play two of the three games at Nassau Coliseum and so far, the road team has won each meeting this season.

Second Line Scoring: The recently assembled line of David Ullstrom, Frans Nielsen, and Josh Bailey have been the Isles most potent secondary line during the last three games. Bailey has four goals and Nielsen has four assists while Ullstrom picked up a helper Saturday against Boston. The recent success of the trio has taken some of the pressure off of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau.

Notable Numbers: John Tavares has assists on 19 of Matt Moulson’s 28 goals this season…Evgeni Nabokov is 10-4-1 in his last 15 starts…The Islanders are 14-1-6 when leading after two periods.
The Islanders picked up their first road win of the season, beating the Devils 3-2 at Prudential Center on Nov. 26. Michael Grabner broke a 2-2 deadlock at 5:51 of the third period, after he stripped Ilya Kovalchuk of the puck short-handed and buried the breakaway on Martin Brodeur. Matt Moulson and Josh Bailey both scored for the Islanders while Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique added tallies for New Jersey. Al Montoya stopped 24 of 26 for the win.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Devils.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 28  10 weeks
Montoya 2/29 Upper body 2 No timetable
Islanders
Power play: 18.75%
Penalty kill: 81.68%
Home record: 14-14-5
Road record: 13-15-4
Goals For: 154
Goals Against: 195
Devils
Power play: 16.67%
Penalty kill: 88.63%
Home record: 16-12-3
Road record: 20-11-2
Goals For: 180
Goals Against: 174



Answer from Saturday's question: When was the last time the Islanders played a 0-0 tie? The answer is: 2004. The Islanders and Bruins skated to a 0-0 stalemate Feb. 24, 2004, before the shootout was introduced. Recently, the Isles and Flyers skated to a 0-0 score after 65 minutes, but the game was decided in the shootout and finished as a 1-0 final.

Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves in yesterday's 3-2 win in Boston. Michael Grabner was sidelined with the flu and Nino Niederreiter was back in the lineup. Check back after media availability for Sunday's lineups. 

Devils Expected Lineups
Forwards: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Ponikarovsky-Josefson-Clarkson; Elias-Zubrus-Sykora; Boulton-Carter-Bernier

Defensemen:
Fayne-Greene; Salvador-Zidlicky; Volchenkov-Larsson

Goaltenders:
Brodeur; Hedberg


Jack Capuano on the recent line changes: "Whoever is in there has to do the job, I mean you have to have a win your shift mentality and elevate your battle levels. I thought today the guys did that. Whoever is in there tomorrow, or as we move forward, has got to do the same thing if you want to stay in."


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 51 21 24 -3 45
K. Okposo 52 15 29 -10 44
F. Nielsen 54 15 20 -2 35
B. Nelson 54 20 11 -2 31
M. Grabovski 54 9 16 2 25
N. Leddy 54 4 21 -11 25
A. Lee 54 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 53 9 15 3 24
R. Strome 43 6 15 -5 21
C. Cizikas 54 5 13 4 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 12 4 .914 2.42
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .930 2.21
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