Game Preview: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
|New York Islanders
16-16-3 (35 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
|New Jersey Devils
15-11-9 (39 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
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.
•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).
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
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
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|New Jersey Devils projected lines
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
2 Marek Zidlicky - 24 Bryce Salvador
6 Andy Greene - 29 Mark Fayne
5 Adam Larsson - 7 Henrik Tallinder
30 Martin Brodeur
1 Johan Hedberg
|Quote of the Day
Head Coach Jack Capuano,