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Preview: Devils at Islanders

New Jersey seeks home-and-home sweep of New York

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DEVILS (25-23-10) at ISLANDERS (26-21-10)

6 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

Devils team scope

The New Jersey Devils are four points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Devils will look to complete a home-and-home sweep of the New York Islanders after a 3-2 win against their Metropolitan Division rivals at Prudential Center on Saturday. The Devils have won their past six road games and have points in the past nine away from home (8-0-1). Goalie Keith Kinkaid will start for the Devils after Cory Schneider made 40 saves in his season-high eighth straight start. Kinkaid is 0-0-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in three games against the Islanders. "Saturday was a playoff-type atmosphere," Hynes said. "It was a hard game against a team that's fighting. This is where we're trying to grow our team and grow our organization and learn how to play in these games and be a team that can contend." Travis Zajac had a shorthanded goal and an assist on Saturday. "We've been good after poor games, have bounced back and had some outstanding games, but we have to do it over and over again and have to be disciplined in how we play," Zajac said. "We can't get away from it [Sunday] and hope it will just happen. We need to come out with the right mindset and get ready to grind. You have to do things that make you uncomfortable on the ice, that's how you win this time in the season."

 

Islanders team scope

New York is two points behind the Bruins for the second wild card in the East. The Islanders outshot the Devils 42-21 on Saturday, including 20-8 in the second period, but couldn't score until the third. "[Schneider] played really well; they certainly have a team that works and they're well coached," coach Doug Weight said. "But I felt like we deserved better. Nothing is easy this time of year. They got the two points and we didn't, so it's a huge game for us [Sunday]." Defenseman Calvin de Haan, who had an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and three takeaways Saturday, said the Islanders need to match the Devils' intensity from the opening faceoff. "We know what we have to do," he said. "We just have to bounce back here and the good thing about the back-to-back is that you can get right back to it." Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube has never played against the Devils. After hosting New Jersey, the Islanders will play nine straight road games and 17 of their final 24 games away from Barclays Center. The Islanders are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars for fewest road wins this season (7-13-4).

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Beau Bennett -- Adam Henrique -- PA Parenteau

Pavel Zacha -- Jacob Josefson -- Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood -- Joseph Blandisi -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Andy Greene -- Ben Lovejoy

Jon Merrill -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Michael Cammalleri, Seth Helgeson

Injured: Kyle Quincey (upper body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome

Andrew Ladd -- Casey Cizikas -- Nikolay Kulemin

Jason Chimera -- Alan Quine -- Stephen Gionta

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Jean-Francois Berube

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Adam Pelech

Injured: Travis Hamonic (knee), Cal Clutterbuck (lower body), Shane Prince (upper body)

 

Status report

The Devils and Islanders did not have morning skates. ... Cammalleri is a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. He has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games this season. ... Quincey, listed as day to day, missed his fifth straight game Saturday.

 

Who's hot

Ladd has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his past 11 games. ... Zacha has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past seven games.

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