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Game Preview: Islanders vs Devils

The Islanders host the Devils in preseason action at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS

7 P.M., BARCLAYS CENTER - BUY TICKETS

TV: MSG+


The New York Islanders return to Barclays Center on Monday night, as they take on the New Jersey Devils in preseason action at 7 p.m. 

The Islanders (3-0-2 in preseason play) have whittled their training camp roster down to 25 active skaters, so the remaining three exhibition games will be close to the opening night roster. 

These next three games for Doug Weight will be tinkering and evaluating line combinations and giving young players a chance to play with established veterans in meaningful roles. Mathew Barzal spent the weekend practicing with the Islanders' top power-play unit, so he could be auditioning for the role on Monday. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Dougie: Greiss will go for the whole game tonight. #Isles pic.twitter.com/0zXEiNXpvF

John Tavares will play in his second preseason game on Monday, as he looks to gel with Jordan Eberle before the start of the regular season. Tavares scored two goals, including the OT winner last Sunday at NYCB Live - Nassau Coliseum. 

The Devils haven't quite narrowed the field, as Monday's game is a split-squad affair for New Jersey, with half of the Devils' training camp roster playing in Prince Edward Island for Kraft Hockeyville. Islanders fans will recognize a few names on the Devils roster in Brooklyn, including former Islander Brian Strait, forward Bracken Kearns and Long Island native Keith Kinkaid. 

The Devils are 3-0-1 in preseason play. 

ISLANDERS ROSTER
FORWARDS
7 Jordan Eberle
8 Steve Bernier
13 Mathew Barzal
15 Cal Clutterbuck
24 Stephen Gionta
25 Jason Chimera
27 Anders Lee
29 Brock Nelson
53 Casey Cizikas
66 Joshua Ho-Sang
86 Nikolay Kulemin
91 John Tavares
DEFENSE
2 Nick Leddy
14 Thomas Hickey
42 Scott Mayfield
44 Calvin de Haan
50 Adam Pelech
55 Johnny Boychuk
GOALTENDER
1 Thomas Greiss
41 Jaroslav Halak
DEVILS ROSTER
FORWARDS
10 Jimmy Hayes
23 Stefan Noesen
36 Nick Lappin
38 Bracken Kearns
39 Brian Gibbons
41 Michael McLeod
43 Ben Thomson
44 Miles Wood
56 Blake Pietila
58 Kevin Rooney
64 Joseph Blandisi
74 Blake Speers
DEFENSE
8 Josh Jacobs
12 Ben Lovejoy
28 Damon Severson
32 Michael Kapla
47 Brian Strait
48 Yaroslav Dyblenko
GOALTENDER
1 Keith Kinkaid
55 Ken Appleby

 

 

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