New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.3rd Period:
5:00: No score to start the third period. Shots are 5-1 Islanders (22-15 overall)
10:31: NYI GOAL! Frans Nielsen takes a feed from a falling Kyle Okposo and snaps home the tying goal glove side on Cory Schneider. Thomas Vanek started the play by blocking a Devils clearing attempt around the boards. 1-1 tie.
13:03: NJD goal. Travis Zajac deflects a Marek Zidlicky one-timer past Nabokov. Zajac took the puck up high, looked to be in the collarbone or face. Jaromir Jagr picked up the secondary assist. 2-1 Devils.
16:32: NYI PP: (Mark Fayne - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles PP 0-2.
17:28: Islanders call a 30-second timeout. 2nd Period:
5:46: NJD PP (Cal Clutterbuck - Two Minutes Hooking) Devils go on their first power play.
7:46: Clutterbuck steps out of the box as the Islanders successfully kill their first penalty.
8:02: NYI PP (Jon Merrill - Two Minutes Holding) Isles go on their first power play.
10:02: Merrill is let loose and the teams are back to even strength.
17:30: Steve Bernier gets in alone off a turnover in the Islanders zone. Nabokov misses with the pokecheck but comes up big with the pad.
18:12: NYI PP (Marek Zidlicky - Two Mintutes Holding) Isles PP: 0-1END OF 2ND PERIOD: Devils lead 1-0. Shots are 17-14 Islanders. 1st Period:
5:00: No score five minutes into the game. Shots are 2-1 Devils.
5:44: Matt Carkner and Ryan Clowe drop the gloves in the Islanders zone. They each get majors after trading fists.
10:00: No score. Shots are 4-4.
11:37: NJD goal. Adam Henrique finishes off an odd-man rush as the trailer. He dekes and goes high with a backhand putting the Devils up 1-0. Assists: Boucher, Ryder. Devils lead 1-0.END OF 1ST PERIOD: Devils lead 1-0. Islanders lead shots 9-8.Isles Starters:
Vanek-Nelson-Okposo, MacDonald-Hickey, Nabokov. Devils Starters:
Bernier-Elias-Gionta, Salvador-Zidlicky, Schneider. Islanders Lines:
26 Thomas Vanek – 29 Brock Nelson – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
16 Peter Regin – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner – 37 Brian Strait
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
8 Dainius Zubrus – 19 Travis Zajac – 68 Jarmoir Jagr
29 Ryan Clowe – 26 Patrik Elias – 18 Steve Bernier
15 Reid Boucher – 14 Adam Henrique – 17 Michael Ryder
22 Eric Gelinas – 21 Andrei Loktionov – 11 Stephen Gionta
6 Andy Greene – 7 Mark Fayne
24 Bryce Salvador – 2 Marek Zidlicky
28 Anton Volchenkov – 34 Jon Merrill
35 Cory Schneider
30 Martin Brodeur
The Islanders kick off their post-Christmas schedule against their Metropolitan division rivals from Newark. The Devils are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in New Jersey and both teams are 2-1-2 in their last five. The Islanders beat the Devils 4-3 in their season opener at Prudential Center on Oct. 4 and are coming off a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. Tavares Out:
Captain John Tavares will miss tonight’s game with a lower body injury and is considered day-to-day. Brock Nelson will center the top line with Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo. Capuano:
I’m concerned obviously. You know what Johnny is to our hockey club. He’s not only a leader, but his play speaks for itself. He’s not ready to go and we’re not going to put him in a situation where he could further hurt himself. It’s a day-to-day situation right now. We’ll be cautious with it and hopefully he’ll feel better tomorrow. Nelson:
I have to come ready to play. It’s the same game, I can’t over think it. I just have to go out there and play. Streak Ended:
Tavares’ absence ends his 246-game ironman streak, the fifth-longest in Islanders history. The 23-year-old played the equivalent of three 82-game seasons without missing a game and has only missed three others in his Islanders career. Frans Nielsen (168 games) is the Islanders new reigning ironman. Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 284
4. Denis Potvin 2625. John Tavares 246Lineup Notes/Changes:
Brock Nelson will center the top line and Peter Regin will take his place at wing on the third line. Matt Carkner is in for Aaron Ness. John Tavares and Eric Boulton are out for the Islanders. Nabokov in goal:
Evgeni Nabokov will make his sixth straight start for the Islanders tonight. Nabokov is coming off his first shutout of the season against the Detroit Red Wings and is 2-1-2 in his last five games. Streaking:
Kyle Okposo (two goals, two assists) Frans Nielsen (two goals, two assists) and Thomas Vanek (three goals, one assist) are all riding four-game point streaks. Michael Grabner has three goals and an assist over the last four games while Josh Bailey has assists in three straight. From the Coach:
He’s playing physical, he’s grinding it out, playing good down low, protecting the puck and he’s shooting pucks. It’s about confidence and he’s got that right now. He’s playing poised, he’s playing relaxed and when you do that you play confident and play your best hockey. He’s utilizing his size and playing real well.