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Game Preview: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils 1/31/13

by Greg Picker / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

3-2-1 (7 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
2-1-1 road
New Jersey Devils
3-0-2 (8 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
2-0-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Television: MSG+2

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-1-0)
The Islanders and Devils kicked off the campaign with a 2-1 New Jersey victory at Nassau Coliseum on January 19. The Devils did a great job limiting Islanders’ chances throughout the game. Only Travis Hamonic’s power play goal in the third period beat Martin Brodeur. Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves on 28 Devils shots.

Devils player to watch
Martin Brodeur - Goaltender
Once again, Martin Brodeur is off to a great start to the season. Brodeur has played in four out of the Devils’ five games this season, conceding just seven goals for a 1.69 save percentage. All-time against the Islanders, Brodeur is 50-27-6 with a 2.19 GAA and .913 SV%.
Islanders Storylines
•Thursday’s game concludes the Islanders five-game road trip. The Islanders are 2-1-1 so far on the trip and won’t travel back outside of New York State until February 19.
•The Islanders are tied for fourth in the NHL on the power play and rank third on the penalty kill. The Islanders scored on their only two power plays against Pittsburgh and have only allowed one power play goal all season.
•With Matt Moulson’s power play goal against Pittsburgh, John Tavares has now been on the ice for 64 consecutive Moulson goals.

The Matchup
30.0% (6/20)
95.0% (19/20)


Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


16.7% (4/24)
88.5% (23/26)

New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 53 Casey Cizikas
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 36 Eric Boulton

2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
New Jersey Devils projected lines
17 Ilya Kovalchuk - 19 Travis Zajac - 15 Stefan Matteau
26 Patrik Elias - Dainus Zubrus - 23 David Clarkson
11 Stephen Gionta - 20 Ryan Carter - 18 Steve Bernier
12 Matt Anderson - 16 Jacob Josefson - 22 Krystofer Barch

24 Bryce Salvador - 28 Anton Volchenkov
6 Andy Greene - 29 Mark Fayne
2 Marek Zidlicky - 7 Henrik Tallinder

30 Martin Brodeur
1 Johan Hedberg
Quote of the Day
“You know the way they’re going to play. It’s been the same for many years now. Marty (Brodeur) is so good with the puck back there. We have to be really smart about where we put the puck on our dump-ins. I think it’s important we understand for us to play well we need to get on our forecheck and wear teams down.”

-Center John Tavares,
on Thursday's matchup with New Jersey

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