Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils

The Islanders host their division rivals Saturday night.

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils
The Islanders host their division rivals Saturday night. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
11-20-7 (29 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
5-7-7 home
New Jersey Devils
15-16-8 (38 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
8-11-3 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)

The New York Islanders opened their season with a 4-3 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Oct. 4. Michael Grabner led the way for the Isles with two goals and one assist. In goal, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots and all six shooters he faced in the skills competition. Frans Nielsen also tallied his first goal of the season in the victory.

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 4, 2013: NYI 4, NJD 3 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Devils player to watch
Jaromir Jagr - Right Wing

At 41, Jaromir Jagr continues to produce in the NHL and add to his legendary career. The eighth-leading scorer in NHL history (1,721 points) currently leads the Devils with 33 points (13g/20a) in 38 games and leads all European-born players in goals (694), assists (1,027) and points. The Czech native has two Stanley Cups, one Olympic gold, five Art Ross titles, one Hart Trophy and 12 all-star designations. Jagr has accomplished nearly everything short of a Norris trophy, yet there’s no quit in Jagr, who has points in seven of his last nine games.
Islanders Storylines
Back to Work: After four days off the Islanders are effectively kicking off the second third of the season. The Islanders have 22 more games until the next checkpoint, the Olympic break.
Picking up Points: The Islanders are 3-2-2 in their last seven games, with wins over the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks.
Second Line: The Islanders second line is heating up. Frans Nielsen is riding a four-game point streak (2g/2a), Michael Grabner has points in three of four (3g/1a) and Josh Bailey has assists in three straight.
Vanek/Okposo: Thomas Vanek has four points (3g/1a) in his last three games while Kyle Okposo has two goals and two assists on a four-game point streak.
The Matchup
Islanders
15.8% (21st)
72.9% (30th)
96
129
3-5-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Devils
18.6 (13th)
86.4% (4th)
93
101
4-4-2
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome
15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner
– 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

New Jersey Devils previous game lines
Forwards:
8 Dainius Zubrus 19 Travis Zajac 68 Jarmoir Jagr
15 Reid Boucher
14 Adam Henrique 17 Michael Ryder
9 Mattias Tedenby
26 Patrik Elias 18 Steve Bernier
29 Ryan Clowe
21 Andrei Loktionov 11 Stephen Gionta

Defensemen:
6 Andy Greene 7 Mark Fayne
22 Eric Gelinas
2 Marek Zidlicky
28 Anton Volchenkov
34 Jon Merrill

Goaltenders:
30 Martin Brodeur
35 Cory Schneider
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting Lions Bank Eye
Mercedes Benz Chuck-A-Puck
Upcoming Coat Drive 1/25

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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