Game Time: 7:00 PM
Radio: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM
The Devils (3-0-2) come back home after losses in overtime and a shootout on the road to take on the New York Islanders (3-2-1) for the second of five meetings this season. The last time these two teams squared off, the Devils pulled out a 2-1 win in Nassau Coliseum with goals from David Clarkson and Travis Zajac. The Devils haven’t been too considerate of their fan’s blood pressure early this season, with their last 3 games going well into overtime. The Islanders are only one point behind the Devils in the Atlantic Division, and will look to exact revenge and move into division lead.
Many questions are looming for this season, however today’s win can hopefully ease the worry. With a shortened season New Jersey has to come out of the gate strong and today was a solid start. Brodeur’s age didn’t seem to matter as he looked sharp stopping 18 of 19 shots. He was quick and looked focused. As usual, Marty was positioning himself well and challenging the Islanders shooters.
(headline by @tomheaney1)
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Zach Parise (2 assists)
2nd star: Patrik Elias (1 goal, 1 assist)
1st star: Travis Zajac (Game winning goal)
Johan Hedberg entered Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders having allowed just one goal in two games against the Isles this season, so it seemed like a good decision by coach Pete DeBoer to start Hedberg on Tuesday. “Moose” responded by stopping 19 of 20 shots he faced, and picked up his 17th win of the season. The Devils didn’t play their best game by any stretch of the imagination, but it was enough to move up to 98 points, and actually close to within three points of fifth place Philadelphia with two games remaining. Here’s how it all unfolded.
New York Islanders (33-35-11, 77 points) vs. New Jersey Devils (45-28-6, 96 points)
7:00 PM E.T.
TV: MSG Plus
Radio: WFAN 660 A.M.
Tonight the Devils take on the Islanders for their 6th and final meeting of the season. The Devils are leading the series 3-2, with the last win coming on March 10th, when the Devils rallied with just under 2 minutes remaining in regulation for a 2-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders were eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend and have nothing to play for at this point except pride, so expect a tough, hard-fought game tonight.
New York Islanders (28-30-9, 65 points) vs. New Jersey Devils (38-24-5, 81 points)
7:00 PM E.T.
TV: MSG (Devils’ feed), MSG+ (Islanders’ feed)
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
You know the drill by now. Last Sunday was the third meeting of the season between these two Atlantic Division rivals, Thursday was the fourth meeting and Saturday is the fifth of six meetings this season between the teams. The Devils won the first game at Nassau Coliseum, 1-0 on a Petr Sykora goal, the Islanders won the next game at Prudential Center, despite late controversy on a possible game-tying goal by Zach Parise, the Islanders won the next game on Long Island, 1-0 and the Devils responded Thursday with an impressive 5-1 win. After this game on Long Island, the Islanders will visit the Rock on April 3rd, which, barring a dramatic comeback by the Islanders to give them a shocking playoff berth, will be the final time these two teams meet this season.