GAME: New Jersey Devils (19-6-8-1) at New York Islanders (17-15-2-1).
TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.
The New York Islanders seem to be turning things around against the New
The resurgent Islanders look to win their fifth straight game and third in a
row over the defending Stanley Cup champions when they host the Devils at
New York was shut out in three straight meetings with New Jersey, including
the first two this season, but has scored nine goals in two victories since.
The Islanders were 0-6-1 in seven games against the Devils before a 5-4 win
on Dec. 16 and a 4-3 overtime victory Friday.
"It was huge for our hockey club, especially the way it's been going
against the Devils," said right wing Trent Hunter. "It shows the heart and
character of the team."
Mark Parrish scored 1:25 into overtime to give the Islanders the win before
scoring two goals in an impressive 3-1 win over the NHL-leading Toronto Maple
Leafs on Saturday.
"It's obviously a good feeling," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said of
beating the Devils. "It builds more confidence, which we need to continue to
New York has gone 8-2-0-1 since a season-high seven-game losing streak to
move into third place in the Atlantic Division. The Islanders have won six
straight home games during that stretch, improving to 13-6 at the Coliseum and
tying Philadelphia for the second-most home victories in the league. Detroit
leads the NHL with 14.
The Islanders face one of the best road teams in the NHL in the Devils, who
at 10-2-5 have the fewest road losses in the league.
Following this matchup, the Islanders play their next three games on the
road, where they have struggled to a 4-9-2-1 record this season.
Saturday's game was the Islanders' second without Alexei Yashin, who will
miss 10 to 12 weeks after having tendons partially severed in his right wrist
in a 4-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday. Yashin was second on the team with 24
The Devils followed Friday's loss with a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh on
Saturday. Backup goaltender Corey Schwab did his best impression of regular
starter Martin Brodeur with 21 saves and a shutout in only his second start of
Brodeur has started 32 games, leads the NHL with eight shutouts and is tied
with Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour for the league lead with 18 wins.
"Obviously, he's in a unique situation where he's playing behind one of the
best goalies of all time. But he's always ready, and when he plays he's always
sharp," left wing Jeff Friesen said of Schwab. "It's a reflection of his work
Brodeur has continued his dominance of late against everyone except the
Islanders, who account for two of the three games in which he's allowed more
than three goals and have handed him his only two losses since Dec. 4 (6-2-2).
In his other eight games during that stretch, the reigning Vezina Trophy
winner has allowed just eight goals and posted four shutouts, giving him 72 in
his career -- most among active goaltenders.
"Nothing comes easy against Brodeur and the Devils," said Parrish.