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Preseason Game Preview: Islanders at Devils

The Islanders look for a fourth-straight preseason win when they head to New Jersey

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

After a 4-3 OT win over Detroit on Friday night, the New York Islanders look to continue their undefeated preseason when they take on the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Prudential Center (7 p.m.). The Islanders are 3-0-0 in preseason play and 4-0-0 including a rookie game win over Philadelphia. 

(Update: Tonight's game will be streamed live on NewYorkIslanders.com, courtesy of NewJerseyDevils.com. Check back closer to puck drop for a link.)

See below for full rosters for Saturday's game. Simon Holmstrom, the Islanders' 2019 first-round pick (23rd overall) will make his preseason debut. Holmstrom's first game comes over a week into camp, but that's because the Swedish forward had missed rookie camp and the start of training camp with a lower-body injury, the result of blocking a shot back in Europe. 

Noah Dobson, the Isles' 2018 first-round pick (12th overall), and Kieffer Bellows, the Islanders' 2016 first-rounder (19th overall) will also see action on Saturday. Aside from the three recent first-rounders, it's a veteran-laden lineup for the Islanders, including: Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Leo Komarov and Jordan Eberle. Thomas Greiss is expected to start for the Islanders. 

The Devils are 3-1-0 in preseason play, most recently coming off a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night. Unfortunately for Islanders fans who wanted a first look at Jack Hughes, the first-overall pick in June's draft will not play on Saturday night. Ditto for P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds and Taylor Hall. 

One new face who will play on Saturday is Nikita Gusev, the Russian forward who led the KHL in scoring with 82 points (17G, 65A) in 62 games last season. The Devils acquired Gusev from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick. Nico Hischier, the first-overall pick in 2017, will also play on Saturday, while Cory Schneider will start in goal. 

ISLANDERS ROSTER:

GOALIES:

1 Thomas Greiss
50 Jared Coreau
 
DEFENSEMEN:

44 Sebastian Aho
38 Kyle Burroughs
45 Noah Dobson
4 Thomas Hickey
2 Nick Leddy
24 Scott Mayfield
3 Adam Pelech
 
FORWARDS:

13 Mathew Barzal
20 Kieffer Bellows
28 Michael Dal Colle
49 Arnaud Durandeau
11 Tanner Fritz
7 Jordan Eberle
74 Simon Holmstrom
66 Mason Jobst 
32 Ross Johnston
48 Otto Koivula
47 Leo Komarov
14 Tom Kuhnhackl
37 Matt Lorito
27 Anders Lee


DEVILS ROSTER:

GOALTENDERS

35 Cory Schneider
50 Evan Cormier

DEFENSE

2 Colton White
5 Connor Carrick
8 Will Butcher
24 Ty Smith
28 Damon Severson
38 Michael Paliotta
45 Sami Vatanen

FORWARDS

13 Nico Hischier
15 John Hayden
16 Kevin Rooney
34 Brandon Baddock
42 Nathan Bastian
43 Brett Seney
44 Miles Wood
59 Fabian Zetterlund
63 Jesper Bratt
70 Nikita Popugaev
73 Mikhail Maltsev
90 Jesper Boqvist
97 Nikita Gusev

*Devils roster courtesy of nhl.com/devils

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