New Jersey Devils (31-28-14) at New York Islanders (28-35-10)
7:00 PM ET • Nassau Coliseum • MSG, Sports Radio 66 & 101.9 FM WFAN
New Jersey will have an 11:30 AM morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
The Devils completed their five game homestand at 2-2-1=5pts. Five of the team’s remaining nine games will be played at Prudential Center.
New Jersey is 2-3-0=4pts in its last five road games and is 13-18-6 overall. The Devils are 14-9-3 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 8-5-0 on the road.
The Devils have scored three-or-more goals in eight of their last 14 games. Last Sunday vs. Toronto, they chased their opponent’s starting goaltender for the fourth time this season/in a span of 22 games.
New Jersey’s power play unit has converted 5/17 (29.4%) attempts over the last five games away from home and is the fourth-best in the NHL on the road (26/110, 23.6%).
The club’s top-ranked penalty-kill (203/234, 86.8%) was 3/3 Thursday and is 25/28 (89.3%) over the last seven games.
With Thursday’s loss to Phoenix, New Jersey fell to 0-9 in the shootout this season and extended its NHL record losing streak to 13, dating back to March 15, 2013 at Philadelphia. The Devils were 0/3 Thursday and are 1/28 in overall shootout attempts this season.
The Devils are allowing just 25.6 shots per-game, which is the fewest in the NHL.
New Jersey’s 8.1 PIM per game are the fewest in the league.
Head Coach Peter DeBoer won his 98th game as coach of the Devils on Sunday vs. Toronto, passing Brent Sutter for third in franchise history. DeBoer now trails Doug Carpenter by just two wins for second place. Jacques Lemaire is first with 276 victories.
Cory Schneider is expected to make the start in goal tonight. He’s won two straight and is fifth in the NHL with a 2.14 goals-against average this season.
Adam Henrique scored his team-leading 24th goal of the season on Thursday He has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) and is tied for 13th in the NHL with 10g-5a-15pts since returning from the Olympic Break on February 25; his 10g rank fourth in that span.
Ryane Clowe scored his sixth goal of the season on Thursday. Clowe now has points in back-to-back games and 3g-7a-10pts over the last 14.
Patrik Elias collected the lone assist on Henrique’s goal, has points in two straight (1g-1a-2pts) and is ninth (tie) in the NHL with 6g-11a-17pts since play resumed following the Winter Olympic break.
Jon Merrill recorded the primary assist on Clowe’s goal and has points in back-to-back games (1g-2a-3pts) for the second time this season.
Jacob Josefson also assisted on Clowe’s marker, his second of the season/first since December 23 at Chicago.
Jaromir Jagr scored his 23rd goal of the season on March 20 vs. Minnesota. It was the 704th goal of his career goal, just four behind Mike Gartner (708g) for sixth-place in NHL history. He’s also 5a behind Gordie Howe (1,049a) for eighth and is 7pts behind Steve Yzerman (692g-1,063a-1,755pts) for sixth place all-time.
Devils vs. Islanders
Today’s game between the Devils and Islanders marks the fourth of five meetings between the clubs this season, and the third/final game to be played at Nassau Coliseum.
New Jersey leads the season series 2-0-1 following a 6-1 victory in Long Island on March 1. Marek Zidlicky has 1g-3a-4pts to lead the Devils, while Michael Grabner has 2g-1a-3pts to leads the Islanders. Martin Brodeur (1-0-1, 1.92 GAA & .911 save %) and Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA & .968 save %) have split the goaltending duties for New Jersey while Evgeni Nabokov (1-2-0, 3.66 GAA & .863 save %) and Anders Nilsson (0-0-0, 3.00 GAA & .938 save%) have both seen action for New York.
New Jersey is 82-85-22 vs. New York all time, including a 35-49-12 mark in the previous 96 games on Long Island. The Devils are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games at Nassau Coliseum.
Patrik Elias is the Devils’ all-time leading scorer with 32g-51a-81pts in 83 career games vs. the Islanders while Frans Nielsen has 6g-11a-17pts in 34 appearances vs. New Jersey to lead New York’s active skaters.
Brodeur is now 51-28-8 with 10 ShO, a 2.23 GAA and .912 save % in 89 games vs. New York, while Schneider’s start on December 28 was the first his career vs. the Isles.
Nabokov is now 6-10-0 with 1 ShO, a 3.09 GAA & .885 save % in 16 games, while Nilsson is 1-1-0 with 1 ShO, 1.30 GAA & .960 save % in three games vs. the Devils.
Steve Bernier needs nine points to reach 200 in his NHL career.
Damien Brunner needs five games to reach 100 in his NHL career.
Ryane Clowe needs eight assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
Patrik Elias needs eight goals to reach 400 in his NHL career.
Bryce Salvador (lower body, one game missed) is out tonight.
Tim Sestito (upper body, three games missed) is day-to-day.
Anton Volchenkov (lower body, two games missed) is day-to-day.
Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 224
Mar. 18: Recalled forward Tim Sestito from Albany (AHL).
Mar. 5: Acquired forward Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina in exchange for forward Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round choice in the 2017 NHL Entry draft.