NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, March 28th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (36-28-10-4) at New Jersey Devils (40-24-12-2), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try to inch their way closer to a
playoff berth tonight when they travel to the Meadowlands to face the New
The Islanders have yet to clinch the final postseason spot in the Eastern
Conference, but have a five-point lead over Buffalo for the eighth slot with
just four games remaining for each team.
On Saturday, the Islanders were dealt a 3-2 loss by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Kevin Weekes made 16 of his 36 saves in the third period to lead Carolina,
while Allan Rourke and Sean Hill posted goals.
Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish both tallied for the Islanders, who had their
four-game winning streak snapped. Rick DiPietro stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Kenny Jonsson, Mariusz Czerkawski and Cliff Ronning each had an assist for New
York, which went 1-for-8 on the power play.
The Islanders follow up tonight's game with Wednesday's home tilt against the
New Jersey has already clinched a playoff berth, but is still fighting for
position in the East. The Devils, currently in sixth with 94 points, are two
behind Ottawa and three ahead of Montreal.
The Devils are coming off an easy win over Atlanta on Friday night. Scott
Gomez scored twice and assisted on another goal to lead New Jersey to a 5-0
win over the Thrashers at Philips Arena.
Patrik Elias also factored in three goals with a goal and two assists for the
Scott Clemmensen recorded his second shutout in only four starts this season
as the Devils rested starting netminder Martin Brodeur for the stretch run.
Had Brodeur played, it would have been a relatively easy night anyway as the
Thrashers managed just 18 shots on goal. Brodeur is expected to start
The Devils, 6-2-2 in their last 10 home tests, complete a two-game homestand
against the Rangers on Tuesday.
The Islanders have won three straight against the Devils this year to take a
3-2 lead in the season series. New Jersey is 9-4-1 in the last 14 matchups and
has just two losses in the previous nine meetings at the Meadowlands (6-2-1).
03/28 10:13:49 ET