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Preview: Devils at Islanders

New York six points out of playoff spot; forward Michael Cammalleri returns to New Jersey lineup

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

DEVILS (31-34-12) at ISLANDERS (35-29-12) 

7:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV  


Devils team scope

The New Jersey Devils, who have been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention, look to end a four-game losing streak (0-2-2) when they play the first of back-to-back road games. The Devils are at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Forward Michael Cammalleri is expected to return after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury. Cammalleri, 34, has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 55 games. "He's been working pretty hard so, fitness wise, he should be OK," coach John Hynes told on Thursday. "If he's good to go, we plan on playing him for the weekend."


Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders are six points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with six games remaining. The Islanders have one game in hand. They have lost three straight, including a 6-3 defeat at Philadelphia on Thursday. The Islanders trailed 5-0 after the first period. "We've got six games left," center John Tavares said, "so we want to play the way we played in the last 40 minutes [Thursday] and give ourselves the chance to play some good hockey games. Obviously our situation it is what it is. All we can do is control the way we approach the game and how hard we work and how hard we play."


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Michael Cammalleri -- Adam Henrique -- Joseph Blandisi

John Quenneville -- Pavel Zacha -- Beau Bennett

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Michael Kapla -- Ben Lovejoy

John Moore -- Steven Santini

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Dalton Prout

Injured: Jacob Josefson (upper body), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Shane Prince -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Stephen Gionta -- Alan Quine -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Hickey -- Adam Pelech

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Scott Mayfield

Injured: Travis Hamonic (upper body), Ryan Strome (upper body), Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Casey Cizikas (upper body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate Friday. … To make room for Cammalleri, the Devils sent forward Blake Pietila to Albany of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Kapla, who signed as a free agent from UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, is expected to make his NHL debut. … Hamonic is not expected to play after leaving the game Thursday.


Who's hot

Hall has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past 10 games. … Palmieri has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past nine games. … Tavares has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games.

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