NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 28th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (10-9-7) at New Jersey Devils (16-6-1), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try for a third straight win
today, when they welcome the New York Islanders for an Atlantic Division
battle at Prudential Center.
The Devils have won back-to-back games on the heels of a three-game slide and
have posted victories in 10 of 13 and 13 of their last 17 contests. As a
result of that extended surge, New Jersey heads into Saturday's action just
one point behind Pittsburgh for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Today also marks the start of a four-game homestand for the Devils, who have
won four straight in Newark and are 6-4-0 as the host this season.
Jersey notched a close victory on Friday afternoon in Boston as Jamie
Langenbrunner scored the shootout winner to lift the Devils to a 2-1 decision
over the Bruins.
Zach Parise scored New Jersey's lone goal in regulation and also added a goal
in the shootout. Parise pushed his point streak to nine games and has eight
goals and six assists during the run.
"I thought we really played well in the first," said Devils head coach Jacques
Lemaire. "To win it in overtime shootout is great, especially with the team
they have here. I thought our team played as well as they could."
Martin Brodeur made 32 saves for the Devils. He also set the all-time record
for minutes played by an NHL goaltender, surpassing Patrick Roy's previous
mark of 60,235.
Devils forward David Clarkson left Friday's game early in the first period
after taking a puck off his ankle and did not return. Clarkson, who has seven
goals and 15 points this year, isn't expected to play in today's contest.
The Islanders were also winners on Friday afternoon as they pulled out a close
win over visiting Pittsburgh. Rookie John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal in
the late stages of the third period to lift New York to a 3-2 victory over the
defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins.
Tavares, the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's draft, gave his Isles the
lead with 6:12 left in the third period. Freddy Meyer's wrist shot from the
left point hit Brent Johnson up high, and, after the rebound couldn't be
controlled, Tavares had a easy tap-in to make it a 3-2 game.
Josh Bailey and Sean Bergenheim also tallied for the Islanders, who were able
to recover nicely after dropping a 2-1 decision to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Dwayne Roloson turned aside 19-of-21 shots for New York, which has split its
last six games.
The Islanders are kicking off a five-game road trip today and will try to
improve upon a 4-6-5 road record during the swing. After this afternoon's
tilt, New York won't play again until Thursday's test in Atlanta.
The Devils posted a 2-1 regulation win over the visiting Islanders on November
6 and New Jersey has taken six of eight overall in the series. New York has
lost seven of its last 11 road games against the Devils.
11/28 10:40:48 ET