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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils

The Islanders battle their Tri-State rivals Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Saturday, 03.1.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils

New York Islanders
23-30-8 (54 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
9-14-8 home
New Jersey Devils
25-22-13 (63 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
14-16-0 road
1:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 

Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
Call-Ups Impress: Anders Lee (two goals), Ryan Strome (one assist) and Mike Halmo (four hits) all hit the statsheet in Thursday's 5-4 OT win over Toronto.
Nielsen/Martin Progress: Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin practiced, with contact, on Friday. Head coach Jack Capuano said he saw improvement, but did not update their status for today's game.
• Double Shorty: Michael Grabner scored a pair of shorthanded goals 48 seconds apart, on the same penalty, setting a new Islanders record - fastest two shorthanded goals by one player - in the process.
Devils Storylines
• Ageless Wonders:
The Devils two leading scorers, Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias, are the two oldest skaters on the team. Jagr is 42, while Elias is 37, but will turn 38 before the end of the season. Goaltender Martin Brodeur is also 41-year-old.
Stingy Devils: The Devils boast the league’s top penalty kill (87.4%) and have allowed the fourth-fewest goals-per-game (2.33) in the NHL.
• 700 Club:
Jaromir Jagr is one-goal shy of 700 in his career. Jagr currently leads the Devils in goals (18), assists (32) and points (50).
Islanders player to watch
Anders Lee - Forward

Anders Lee had an immediate impact his season debut for the Islanders, scoring two third-period goals – including the tying marker – in a 5-4 OT win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The recent Sound Tigers call-up now has four points (three goals, one assists) in three-career NHL games dating back to last season. Lee led the Sound Tigers with 22 goals this season and was second in team scoring with 41 points at the time of the call.
Devils player to watch
Patrik Elias - Forward

At 37, Patrik Elias is defying the aging process and has 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 45 games this season; which ranks second in Devils scoring. The career Devil is a reliable, consistent scorer who has put up nearly 1,000 points (currently 966) since breaking into the league in 1995-96. Elias is coming off of a three-point game (one goal, two assists) against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
2013-14 season series (1-1-0)

The Islanders and Devils split the first two games of their season series, with the road team picking up each victory. In their most recent matchup the Islanders fell to the Devils 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum. Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal for the Islanders, tying the game in the third period, but Travis Zajac netted the game-winner two and half minutes later for the Devils. 

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 28, 2013: NJD 2, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.8% (21st)
78.1% (28th)
169
204
3-6-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Devils
19.8% (11th)
87.6% (1st)
140
148
5-3-2
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek –
29 Brock Nelson – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner 12 Josh Bailey15 Cal Clutterbuck
27 Anders Lee
18 Ryan Strome13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
 

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
New Jersey Devils previous game lines
Forwards
8 Dainius Zubrus – 19 Travis Zajac – 68 Jaromir Jagr
14 Adam Henrique – 26 Patrick Elias – 12 Damien Brunner
29 Ryane Clowe – 21 Andrei Loktionov – 17 Michael Ryder
20 Ryan Carter – 11 Stephen Gionta – 18 Steve Bernier

Defensemen
6 Andy Greene – 7 Mark Fayne
24 Bryce Salvador – 2 Marek Zidlicky
22 Eric Gelinas – 34 Jon Merrill

Goaltenders
30 Martin Brodeur
35 Cory Schneider
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
Lower Lobby @ 11am
Doors Open @ 11:30am
Marvel Superhero Day
Charity of Game: Heather Pendergast Foundation
Mercedes Benz Chuck-A-Puck



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 8 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 8 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 8 3 2 0 5
B. Nelson 8 1 4 -3 5
A. Quine 8 1 4 1 5
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
T. Hickey 8 1 3 -3 4
S. Prince 8 3 0 2 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
N. Leddy 8 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 3 0 .937 2.06
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