08 March 2012
Updated: Head coach Jack Capuano announced that the Islanders will start Evgeni Nabokov tonight in net. Dylan Reese and Michael Grabner are the healthy scratches.
The Islanders and Devils will face off for the second of three matchups this week tonight at the Prudential Center.
Last time, the Isles defeated the Devils 1-0 at the Coliseum, with Anders Nilsson stopping all 24 shots he faced to get his first career NHL victory, Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal in the game in the second period.
The win moved them within five points of a playoff spot in the east, but a victory by the Winnipeg Jets on Monday moved the Islanders back to seven points out. A victory tonight, baring another Jets win, will move the Islanders back within five points.
Several Islanders are entering tonight’s game on different streaks. Matt Moulson has six points through his last six games; Frans Nielsen has four assists in the last four games; Casey Cizikas has three assists in his last three games; PA Parenteau has 12 points in his last 14 games and Josh Bailey has four goals in his last four games.
Expected Lineup for the Devils (via the New York Islanders website):
Pre-Game ReadingJosh Bailey’s Move Pays Dividends for Islanders - Newsday
John Tavares’ Hard work Pays Dividends - Newsday
New Jersey Seeks Revenge; Should Parenteau Too? - Lighthouse Hockey
Devils Vow They’ll be ready for Rematch - The Star Ledger
County Gets Two Bids to Develop Nassau Hub - Newsday
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