New York Islanders (3-2-1) at New Jersey Devils (3-0-2)
This is the second time we get to see the Islanders this season but the first time at home. The Devils are 2-0 at home this season.
The Last Devils Game – The Devils did OK the other night in Boston. Boston is a tough team. They are pretty deep team full of guys that love to just grind it out. Moose kept us in the game but when you spend a lot of time trying to clear the puck out of your end, eventually something is going to find twine. And it did, late in the 3rd. The Devils did manage a point but lost the 2nd point in a shootout, which we looked terrible at.
The Last Islanders Game – They shocked the world, or at least according to NHL.com. The rolled over the Penguins 4-0 and looked damn impressive doing so. Let’s hope that team doesn’t show up tonight.
The Last Islanders/Devils Game – Opening night, the Devils took care of business in the Islanders arena. Zajac scored on a beautiful feed from Kovalchuk to open the scoring. The Islanders did tie the game but immediately David Clarkson banged home his first of the year to give NJ the 2-1 win. The Devils defense played an amazing game that night.
Tonight’s Game – Let’s start with the good news. Cam Janssen cleared waivers and is on his way to Albany. Mark Fayne and Stephan Matteau will be watching this game from above this evening, which means the Devils will see 2 new skaters on the ice tonight. Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson will dress for NJ tonight.
Hopefully Henrique can spark the scoring tonight because the Devils have had their issues when it comes to scoring. Larsson has to be a better option than Fayne so I am definitely excited for The Adam and Adam show tonight.
Don’t mistake the Islanders for some great team because of their thrashing of the Penguins the other night because the Islanders are just an average team. True, their top line is pretty good and the Devils main focus needs to be John Tavares, Matt Moulson, and Kyle Okposo. Keeping them quiet should be as easy as winning the possession battle, something the Islanders don’t really do well at.
The Islander have also given up a lot of shots this season, it’s just that Nabakov has been up to the task of keeping pucks out of the net. Let’s make tonight the night he isn’t. Get traffic in front and shoot, shoot, SHOOT the puck.
The Islanders are a tougher opponent than they were opening night only because we are a week and half into the season which has given them time to find some chemistry together, something they failed to do in a short training camp.