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NFT: Islanders vs. Devils 7pm @ The Rock

The 12th Man : 2/7/2019 6:38 pm


Islanders try to get back On the winning track and achieve a series sweep of the Devils tonight. I was not very impressed with their overall game against the Bruins. Lehner looked very good again but offensively we were a second off here and there. Hopefully, tonight we get on the point streak.PP looked better to start the game and then went stagnant. One last thing video review is great but when it takes to long it annoys the hell out of
me when they then overturn the call that was made on the ice. I get that you want to get the call right but if it takes you that long to figure out then just leave the call the way it is.


The Islanders have won all three meetings against the Devils this season and are looking for their first season series sweep since 2014-15. Thomas Greiss posted a 35-save shutouts on Nov. 3 in Brooklyn, Mathew Barzal scored the OT winner in a 4-3 win in Newark on Nov. 23 and Michael Dal Colle's first-career goal was the game-winner in a 4-1 victory on Jan. 17 on Long Island.


- The Islanders are looking to get back on track after falling 3-1 to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, the Isles' first regulation loss since Jan. 12. The loss snapped the Islanders eight-game point streak (6-0-2), though the Isles' 16-4-2 record since Dec. 15 is still the league's best over that span.

- Head Coach Barry Trotz tinkered with his lines at Wednesday's practice in Newark, swapping Michael Dal Colle and Anthony Beauvillier. Dal Colle practiced with Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey, while Beauvillier practiced with Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov.

- Trotz did not reveal a starter for Thursday's game. Thomas Greiss has played two of the Islanders three games against the Devils this season, stopping 74 of 77 shots in a pair of wins. Greiss is also riding a personal shutout streak of 146:48 after recording shutouts against Washington and Tampa Bay in each of his last two starts.

- The Islanders allowed the first goal on Tuesday for the first time since Jan. 10. Tuesday's 3-1 loss also marked the end of the Isles nine-game streak with allowing two regulation goals or fewer.

- Mathew Barzal has points in two straight games (1G, 1A) and in three of his last four games. Barzal leads the Islanders in assists (32) and points (47) this season.

- The Islanders (66 points) are first in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of the Washington Capitals (64 points) and four points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins (62 points).


- The Devils traded center Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predators on Wednesday in exchange for Nashville's 2019 second-round pick. Boyle had 19 points (13G, 6A) in 47 games for the Devils this season, matching his goal output from all of last season.

Boyle was a swiss-army knife for the Devils, averaging 1:59 SH/TOI GP, as well as 2:54 PP/TOI GP.

- New Jersey is coming off a 5-1 loss to the LA Kings on Tuesday. The Devils are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games.

- The Devils (47 points) are currently last in the Metro Division, 14 points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card berth.

- Reigning NHL MVP Taylor Hall has been out with a lower-body injury since Dec. 23. Hall has 37 points (11G, 26A) in 33 games this season.

- In Hall's absence, Kyle Palmieri has assumed the Devils' scoring lead with 40 points (23G, 17A) in 52 games. Palmieri also filled in for Hall at the NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose.

Go Isles! Need these 2 points!

Just got back from game  
theold5j : 2/7/2019 10:48 pm : link
Lot of empty seats, lot of islanders fans for a weeknight.

PP is in need of a hammer. Nobody wants to shoot the puck.

Hopefully Clutterbuck is ok. And once again Trotz pushes the right button on the goalie rotation
When they move the puck  
Mike from Ohio : 2/8/2019 7:52 am : link
the power play generates chances. ALthough they didn't score a pp goal last night, it looked much better than it has in a while. I'd like to see Barzal make quicker decisions as he still likes to hold the puck too long and just circle with it.

The defense and goalies have been consistently good, but come playoff time if the pp isn't working that is going to be really tough to overcome.
Ugly game last night  
Metnut : 2/8/2019 8:54 am : link
but glad to get the 2 pts. The last power play in the 3rd looked better. Isles won't have an elite power play with this roster but if they move the puck, shoot on net and crash for rebounds, they can hopefully get the power play to average. I thought Dal Colle played well enough to stay on the third line another game.

Thanks for the thread 12th man! Sorry you didn't get any action on it last night.
We have getting points but we have not really played that great  
The 12th Man : 2/8/2019 12:32 pm : link
I believe it is time for us to make a move to shore up the PP. We need to make some hay over the next 8 to 10 games. They are all very winnable. We have stopped scoring goals recently. We need to find a way to start turning the lamp back on again. Scheinder played very well last night. MDC looked very good on Barzal's line. Beauvillier better watch out. he was moved last night if things do not pick up for him the next place he will be moved to Bridgeport. Had a busy day and night yesterday. Glad I got it posted and even happier we got the 2 points.
theold5j : 2/8/2019 12:54 pm : link
Anyone hear about what's going on with the injury
RE: Clutterbuck  
Metnut : 2/8/2019 1:26 pm : link
In comment 14290936 theold5j said:
Anyone hear about what's going on with the injury

Trotz said it wasn't serious. He's day to day.
I have mixed feelings about making a deadline move  
Mike from Ohio : 2/8/2019 2:38 pm : link
While the team has not been positioned like this for a very long time, it still feels like this is not the year for a deep playoff run, so any short term rentals will hopefully not be expensive. A guy like Panarin will cost too much and may walk in July.

Stay the course and make some tweaks if available, but don't start throwing away prospects.
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