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|Team Record: 28-30-9
Last Game: 5-1 L @NJD
Season Series: 2-2-0 of 6
|Team Record: 38-24-5
Last Game: 5-1 W vs NYI
Season Series: 2-2-0 of 6
MacDonald scored the Islanders only goal on Thursday night in a loss to the Devils, banking a shot off Martin Brodeur from behind the goal line. A shutdown defenseman first, MacDonald has found his scoring touch of late, posting five points (1g/4a) in his last seven games.
With his fourth goal of the season, MacDonald matched his career high, set last season, and is now the Isles second-highest scoring defenseman (4g/12a) behind captain Mark Streit.
A career Devil, Elias has suited up in over 1,000 games for New Jersey and is currently second in team scoring with 65 points (23g/42a) in 66 games. The 35-year-old is enjoying his best season statistically since 2008-09, when he scored 78 points in 77 games.
Elias scored a goal and assist in Thursday’s 5-1 win over the Islanders, marking his first points in four games against the Isles this season. Elias has had three multi-point games in his last four outings and has 11 points (4g/7a) in his last 10 games.
The Tiebreaker: The Islanders and Devils split the first two games of their three-game set, with the home team taking each game. The Isles gutted out a 1-0 win on Sunday, but after a three-day layoff, lost 5-1 at Prudential Center Thursday. The season series is also tied at two games apiece and with a win, the Islanders would earn at least a split in the series for the second consecutive season. The last time they won the season series over New Jersey was 2007-08.
Fifteen and Counting: The Islanders have entered the final stretch of the regular season with 15 games remaining on their schedule. The margin for error is razor thin at this juncture, making this a crucial game. The Islanders next four games are all against playoff teams, so there are no breaks in a tough first-half of March.
Ullstrom and Bailey: Josh Bailey has five points (4g/1a) in his last five games playing on a line with David Ullstrom and Frans Nielsen. Five of Ullstrom’s six points this season have been connected to Bailey in some form. The duo picked up the primary and secondary assist on Andrew MacDonald’s lone goal Thursday night.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 13th career hat trick as the Islanders lost 5-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Kovalchuk scored a goal in each period while Patrik Elias and David Clarkson added insurance tallies for the Devils. Andrew MacDonald was the only Islander to beat Martin Brodeur, scoring from behind the goal line. It was the second game of a three game set between the Islanders and Devils this week.
Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Devils.
IslandersPower play: 18.09%
Penalty kill: 81.54%
Home record: 15-14-5
Road record: 13-16-4
Goals For: 156
Goals Against: 200
DevilsPower play: 16.51%
Penalty kill: 89.14%
Home record: 18-12-3
Road record: 20-11-2
Goals For: 189
Goals Against: 177
Answer from Thrusday's question: The Islanders play the Devils in the second of three straight meetings this week. Who was the last team the Islanders played three times in a row during regular season play? The answer is: The Islanders have never played three in a row against the same team in regular season play.
Check back after media availability for Saturday's lineups.
Devils Expected LineupsForwards: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Ponikarovsky-Josefson-Clarkson; Boulton-Carter-Bernier
Defensemen: Fayne-Greene; Salvador-Zidlicky; Volchenkov-Larsson
Goaltenders: Brodeur, Hedberg
Jack Capuano on what the Islanders need to do on Saturday to win: “We have to get some guys to play with a little bit more passion and urgency. If not, it’ll be the same result.”
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