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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 Jersey Devils.

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 Montreal Canadiens.

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 Devils.

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 tonight's game.

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


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