The New Jersey Devils faced off against the Islanders in the second half of their home-and-home series, splitting the series in tonight's 6-4 loss in Brooklyn. The Devils have not defeated the Islanders on the road since March 1, 2014. However, despite the loss, there were some key positives to take away from tonight's game.
In another playoff-like atmosphere, the Devils youth stepped up, an encouraging sign for the future of the franchise. Miles Wood netted his eighth goal of the year on a power play in the first period, Taylor Hall tallied his 14th goal of the year, and Joseph Blandisi got on the board for the first time this season.
Special teams play remained consistent. The club entered tonight's game first in the league for penalty kills on the road. Despite giving up one power play goal tonight, the team has killed 21 of its 26 penalties since January 31st. The Devils also netted another two goals on the man-advantage, tallying three power play goals in their last two games.
Lastly, the final score wasn't an exact reflection of the Devils play. The team fought back multiple times, including coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the second to cut the Islanders lead to 4-3 heading into the third.
The time is now for the Devils who will play three of their next four games at Prudential Center starting with Tuesday night when they face the Ottawa Senators.