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Islanders vs. Devils - game preview

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

Sunday, 03.04.2012 / 12:00 AM / 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."


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
5 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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