NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 25th
(All times Eastern)
New Jersey Devils (11-8-1) at New York Islanders (5-10-4), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Devils and Islanders will resume their Atlantic
Division rivalry this afternoon on Long Island, as New York welcomes New
Jersey for a Black Friday matinee at Nassau Coliseum.
This game marks the start of a home-and-home series, which will end tomorrow
afternoon at New Jersey's Prudential Center. The Devils enter this season's
series on a winning streak after taking the last four of six total encounters
Jersey has beaten New York in five of the last seven matchups overall and the
Devils have claimed two in a row and three out of five on Long Island.
The Devils have won three of their last four games and are coming off
Wednesday's shootout decision over visiting Columbus. Martin Brodeur stopped
35 shots and turned aside two more in the shootout, helping the Devils edge
the Blue Jackets, 2-1.
Ilya Kovalchuk went first in the shootout and scored on a snap shot. After
Brodeur stopped Rick Nash, Zach Parise faked a forehand to draw Columbus
goaltender Curtis Sanford out of position, then put a backhander in net.
That forced the remaining two Blue Jackets shooters to score, but Brodeur
stymied Mark Letestu to secure the win. Brodeur was also tested in the third
period, but stopped 16-of-17 shots to send the game into overtime.
"Once they started to really turn it up, they got some great chances," Parise
said. "He made all the saves we needed him to make to get us to overtime. He
Dainius Zubrus scored the lone goal in regulation for New Jersey. The Devils,
who will head out on a four-game road trip after tomorrow's home test, are
6-5-0 as the visiting team this season.
The Islanders, meanwhile, have lost three straight and seven of their last
eight games. New York was able to record just its 14th point of the season on
Wednesday, as visiting Philadelphia rallied for a 4-3 overtime win at the
Coliseum. Danny Briere tied the game late in regulation for the Flyers and
then won it at the 2:34 mark of OT.
Kyle Okposo scored twice and Michael Grabner once in a three-goal first period
for the Islanders, losers in 11 of 13. Rick DiPietro surrendered four goals on
"There's definitely something to be said about getting the bounces," DiPietro
said. "I don't know what to say. It just wasn't our night. We could have
scored on that power play in overtime, and then we lost it after."
The Isles have a 5-5-2 home record this reason compared to their winless 0-5-2
mark on the road.
11/25 10:57:47 ET