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|Team Record: 33-35-11
Last Game: 5-1 L vs OTT
Season Series: 2-3-0 of 6
|Team Record: 45-28-6
Last Game: 5-0 W @ CAR
Season Series: 3-2-0 of 6
The 21 year old defenseman was recalled on loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Monday afternoon, and he will make his NHL debut tonight in New Jersey. He will be paired with Dylan Reese.
Jack Capuano said today that Donovan is an "offensive minded defenseman who will jump in to the play. He's good on the power play and a puck moving guy. What we've seen in training camp, he's that type of guy."
With 42 points, he leads all Sound Tigers defensemen in scoring and ranks second overall on the team. He is fourth among AHL defenseman in scoring.
The Devils winger is sixth in the league in scoring with 80 points (34g/46a).
As part of the league's top penalty kill, Kovalchuk has three short handed goals.
The Devils are the first team to have three 30-goal scorers this year, with Kovalchuk, David Clarkson and Zach Parise.
Zapping power: The Devils have the No. 1 penalty kill in the NHL at 89.8 percent and have a whopping 15 short-handed goals, which is also tops in the league.
Going about their business: While the Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs after Saturday's loss to Boston, there is still hockey to be played. Head Coach Jack Capuano is adamant that the team remain focused. Normally after back-to-back games, the team would get a day off, but practice was scheduled on Monday and Capuano emphasised that he is looking for the team to continue building good habits.
Isles on the leaderboards: The Islanders have 1,326 blocked shots, which is the most in the NHL...Matt Martin's 361 hits, a career high, are the most in the league as well as an all-time single season NHL record...John Tavares' 78 points (31g/47a) rank him eighth in the league...PA Parenteau's 49 assists, a career high, are good enough for ninth in the NHL...Andrew MacDonald has 179 blockd shots, ranking him eighth.
The New Jersey Devils scored two goals 14 seconds apart to rally past the Islanders 2-1 Mar. 10 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders held a 1-0 lead in the final two minutes before David Clarkson and Marek Zidlicky put the Devils on top. Anders Nilsson made 33 saves and John Tavares scored his 27th goal as the Islanders dropped their second consecutive game to the Devils.
Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Devils.
IslandersPower play: 18.9%
Penalty kill: 81.0%
Home record: 16-18-6
Road record: 17-17-5
Goals For: 194
Goals Against: 241
DevilsPower play: 16.7%
Penalty kill: 89.8%
Home record: 22-13-4
Road record: 23-15-2
Goals For: 219
Goals Against: 205
Answer from Sunday's question: Which Islanders legend had his jersey retired on Apr. 1, 1995? The answer is: Bob Nystrom. Nystrom’s 23 was retired and raised to the Coliseum rafters on Apr. 1, 1995.
Al Montoya will be in net tonight and Donovan will make his NHL debut. Forward lines the same. Steve Staios and Milan Jurcina and will be scratched. . Click here for complete lines. Follow @NYIslanders for any updates.
Devils Expected LineupsForwards:
Quote of the Day: Jack Capuano on the rest of the season: "I just want to make sure we have good habits. I want to make sure that guys are doing the right things. A lot of it, at this time of the year, is your battle level and how you need to win those one-on-one battles. How you need to win those stick battles and play on the D side. There's a lot of teams that play similar systems in this league, but it's the teams that have good puck managemnet and do the right things and continue with the habits that make them them successful. So that's what I'm looking for."
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