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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 / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils
The Islanders host the Devils Saturday night at the Coliseum. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

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 MTL 6 5 1 0 20 20 10
2 NYI 5 4 1 0 20 15 8
3 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
4 WSH 5 3 0 2 18 11 8
5 TBL 5 3 1 1 17 10 7
6 DET 5 3 1 1 11 8 7
7 PIT 4 3 1 0 16 10 6
8 CBJ 5 3 2 0 15 12 6
9 NJD 5 3 2 0 17 16 6
10 NYR 6 3 3 0 17 20 6
11 BOS 7 3 4 0 15 17 6
12 TOR 6 2 3 1 15 19 5
13 PHI 5 1 2 2 17 21 4
14 FLA 5 1 2 2 5 11 4
15 CAR 4 0 2 2 10 15 2
16 BUF 6 1 5 0 8 22 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 5 2 7 0 9
B. Nelson 5 4 4 3 8
K. Okposo 5 2 5 -1 7
J. Boychuk 5 2 4 4 6
R. Strome 5 0 5 3 5
N. Leddy 5 2 1 3 3
M. Grabovski 4 2 1 3 3
F. Nielsen 5 0 3 2 3
J. Bailey 5 2 0 3 2
N. Kulemin 5 0 2 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 1 0 .913 2.70
C. Johnson 1 0 0 .875 3.00

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