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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils

The Islanders host the Devils Saturday night at the Coliseum.

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils

New York Islanders
28-36-9 (65 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
11-18-8 home
New Jersey Devils
31-28-14 (76 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
13-18-6 road
7:00  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
• Young Guns: The Islanders have 10 rookies on their active roster.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo missed Thursday's game with a lower-body injury.
Persson: The Islanders recalled John Persson on an emergency basis from Bridgeport on Thursday. 
• Streaking: Ryan Strome (1G, 2A) and Matt Martin (2G, 1A) are riding two-game point streaks.
• Last Three: The Islanders have taken five of a possible six points in their last three games (2-0-1).

Devils Storylines
• Better With Age:
42-year-old Jaromir Jagr (23-37-60) and 37-year-old Patrik Elias (17-33-50) lead the Devils in scoring.
Playoff Push: The Devils are four points back of the final playoff spot in the East with nine games to play.
Special Teams: The Devils lay claim to the league's best penalty kill (86.8%) and a top-10 power play (20.2%).
Last Three:
The Devils are 1-1-1 in their last three games.
Islanders player to watch
Matt Donovan - Defense

Matt Donovan picked up his second goal of the season Thursday night in Tampa Bay, pinching off the blue line for a one-timer in the slot. The rookie defenseman also picked up an assist, giving him 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 43 games this season. Donovan, a native of Edmond, OK, has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last five games.
Devils player to watch
Adam Henrique - Forward

Adam Henrique is the Devils third leading scorer, with 42 points (24 goals, 18 assists) in 73 games this season. The 2008 3rd-round draft pick is currently riding a two-game point (one goal, one assist) and has points in three of four. The third-year pro is fifth in the NHL with three shorthanded goals this season. Henrique has three points (two goals, one assist) in three games vs. the Islanders this season.
2013-14 season series (1-2-0)

The New York Islanders are 1-2 against the New Jersey Devils through three games this season. The Islanders lost the team’s most recent meeting (March 1) 6-1 at Nassau Coliseum. Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Islanders.

LAST GAME: 
Mar. 1, 2014: NJD 6, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.4% (22nd)
77.6% (29th)
198
241
5-3-2


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Devils
20.2% (8th)
86.8% (1st)
177
181
4-5-1
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
56 Johan Sundstrom 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo – 53 Casey Cizikas – 28 Johan Sundstrom

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 24 Kevin Czuczman
46 Matt Donovan 7 Matt Carkner
  
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
New Jersey Devils previous game lines
Forwards
8 Daninius Zubrus – 19 Travis Zajac – 68 Jaromir Jagr
14 Adam Henrique – 26 PAatrik Elias – 12 Damien Brunner
29 Rayne Clowe – 16 Jacob Josefson – 15 Tumomo Ruutu
20 Ryan Carter – 11 Stephen Gionta – 17 Michael Ryder

Defensemen
6 Andy Greene – 7 Mark Fayne
34 Jon Merrill – 2 Marek Zidlicky
22 Eric Gelinas – 10 Peter Harrold

Goaltenders
30 Martin Brodeur
35 Corey Schneider
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
•    Lower Lobby 5pm
•    Doors Open 5:45 pm
•    Charity of the Game – Andre Janiak Foundation
•    Fan Appreciation Sale – 20% off most apparel, spend $150 receive a free player bobblehead!
•    Tran-Star Parachutes
•    Mercedes 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 7 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 7 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 7 3 2 1 5
B. Nelson 7 1 4 -3 5
R. Strome 5 1 3 4 4
A. Quine 7 1 3 2 4
S. Prince 7 3 0 3 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
T. Hickey 7 1 2 -1 3
N. Leddy 7 0 3 3 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 2 0 .941 1.94
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