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
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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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