NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 1st
(All times Eastern)
New Jersey Devils (25-22-13) at New York Islanders (23-30-8), 1 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils had a strong showing in their
first game after the Olympics and they'll try to build off that positive
result when they visit the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon.
The Devils emerged from the break for the Winter Games by posting a 5-2 win
over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. The regulation victory
pushed New Jersey into a tie with the Blue Jackets in the East standings,
where both clubs are five points out of a playoff spot.
Jersey scored three times in the opening nine minutes of the game to grab a
3-0 lead. It would be all the offense the Devils would need to earn just their
third win in eight games (3-3-2).
Adam Henrique scored twice, registering the final marker of the three-goal
flurry early in the first period and he also added a short-handed tally late
in the second stanza. Ryane Clowe and Jaromir Jagr recorded a goal apiece,
while Patrik Elias picked up a pair of assists before adding an empty-netter
late in the win.
Cory Schneider stopped 17-of-19 shots to record the win, but the Devils will
turn to Martin Brodeur in net on Saturday.
"Great effort from our guys," Schneider said. "It's a good win coming out of
The Devils did lose a pair of players in Damien Brunner and Bryce Salvador to
injury in Thursday's win. Brunner sustained a lower-body injury while
Salvador, the team captain, left after taking a slap shot by Jack Johnson off
the chest. Both players are questionable for Saturday.
The Islanders are also coming off a win in their first game after the
Olympics. Although New York returned to action without leading scorer John
Tavares, the club was able to earn a 5-4 overtime win against the visiting
Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Tavares, of course, expects to miss the rest of the season after suffering
tears to the MCL and meniscus in his left knee while playing for Team Canada
Lubomir Visnovsky scored the game-winner 1:55 into the extra session to help
the Isles down the Leafs in a wild one at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders had a 2-1 lead for more than 32 minutes of game time before the
teams traded five goals in an 8 1/2-minute flurry in the third period.
Anders Lee -- in his first appearance this season for the Islanders -- scored
his second goal of the game with 2:40 left in regulation to tie it. Visnovsky
got the winner after a failed Toronto clear ended up on his stick in the slot
for a slap shot.
Earlier, Michael Grabner scored two short-handed goals on the same penalty
kill for the Islanders, who had gone into the Olympic break with two straight
losses and on a 1-6-1 slide.
Evgeni Nabokov gave up four goals on 22 shots but got the win for New York.
"We worked tonight," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. "We've worked pretty
hard this year and we were resilient."
The Isles, who are just 9-14-8 as the hosts this season, are 14 points out of
a playoff spot in the East.
The Devils and Islanders have split the first two of five meetings this
season. New Jersey halted a three-game skid in the series when it notched a
2-1 road win on Dec. 28. That regulation win was Jersey's fourth win in its
past five trips to Long Island.
All told, New Jersey is just 11-15-6 as the road team this season.
03/01 10:25:46 ET