Game Preview: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils

Monday, 04.1.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
Islanders conclude a four-game road trip at Division-rival New Jersey
New York Islanders
16-16-3 (35 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
10-5-1 road
New Jersey Devils
15-11-9 (39 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
10-5-2 home
7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
 
 
Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2-2-0)
The Islanders and Devils have split the season series with two wins apiece. In the last meeting, John Tavares recorded his fourth career hat trick (one assist) and Matt Moulson posted four points (one goal, three assists) as the Islanders cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Devils on Feb. 16. Brad Boyes posted two helpers, and Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 30-of-31 shots to earn the win.

Feb. 16, 2013: NYI 5, NJD 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Devils player to watch
Ilya Kovalchuk - Right Wing

Right wing Ilya Kovalchuk has been a model of consistency this season, ranking second on the team with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) through 32 games. The Tver, Russia native is tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with four game-winning goals, but has shown dual-threat ability, recording assists in three straight games from March 16-21.

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders conclude a four-game road trip Monday. They are 2-1-0 so far on the trip.
•The Islanders have 21 points in their first 16 road games, their highest total in the post-Cup era.
•The Islanders have tied or led in the third period of 29 of 35 games this season.
•Matt Moulson has assisted on 16 of 21 of John Tavares' goals this season.
The Islanders have scored 64 goals in their 16 wins (4.0 per game).
The Matchup
Islanders
20.6% (26/126)
80.0% (88/110)
100
112
5-5-0

 
   
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

    
  
Devils
17.7% (23/130)
80.3% (102/127)
88
97
4-2-4
    
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 36 Eric Boulton
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

 
 
New Jersey Devils projected lines
Forwards
26 Patrik Elias - 19 Travis Zajac - 23 David Clarkson
16 Matt D'Agostini - 14 Adam Henrique - 21 Andrei Loktionov
18 Steve Bernier - 20 Ryan Carter - 11 Stephen Gionta
12 Alexei Ponikarovsky - 15 Tim Sestito - 25 Tom Kostopoulos

Defensemen
2 Marek Zidlicky - 24 Bryce Salvador
6 Andy Greene - 29 Mark Fayne
5 Adam Larsson - 7 Henrik Tallinder

Goaltenders
30 Martin Brodeur
1 Johan Hedberg

Quote of the Day


 “We had opportunities at the end of the second and in the third,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “Normally when you don’t capitalize on those opportunities, it’s going to come back to get you. That’s what happened today.”
 
 

Head Coach Jack Capuano,
following Saturday's game at Pittsburgh

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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