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Devils Vs Isles Part 3: Pre-Game Report | March

Update: The Islanders have recalled Michael Haley on emergency basis this afternoon. The move was made because Casey Cizikas will miss tonight's game with the flu. 

The Islanders and Devils will wrap up their three game set tonight at the Coliseum. New Jersey downed the Islanders, 5-1, Thursday night at the Prudential Center and the Isles will look to salvage the mini three game series.

Ilya Kovalchuk dominated the Isles last time around, netting his 13th career hat trick. Patrik Elias and David Clarkson also scored in the win and Andrew MacDonald scored the Islanders lone goal in the game.

Anders Nilsson will start in net for the Islanders. The Swedish goaltender has a 3.02 goals against average and .896 save percentage in three appearances. Nilsson received his first NHL victory last Sunday when he shut out the Devils.

Dylan Reese will be in tonight and Milan Jurcina will be a healthy scratch. Matt Martin will miss tonight’s game with the flu.

Pre-Game Reading

Dee Karl has a great one-on-one piece with Isles GM Garth Snow and head coach Jack Capuano. (Hockeybuzz)

Travis Hamonic talked to Newsday’s Arthur Staple about what it’s been like to play with a cage on and how thankful he was to not have been more seriously hurt. "I feel maybe God had something to do with turning my head at the last second. There's no telling what can happen when you take a puck in the eye.” (Newsday)

Lighthouse Hockey takes a look at some of the Islander prospects taking part in NCAA playoff action. (Lighthouse Hockey)

Matt Mouslon and Frans Nielsen are among the three-dozen hockey players supporting the You Can Play Project. Moulson said that it’s an important message to get out and that he’d welcome an openly gay athlete. "If you have a guy that can help you, I don't care if he's gay or straight, I'm going to treat him the same way as a teammate. We're a family inside the locker room. I don't think it matters about anyone's sexual orientation." (ESPN New York)