Preview: Devils vs. Islanders
Saturday, 02.23.2008 / 1:00 PM
New Jersey Devils
newjerseydevils.com – The Devils hope to extend one streak while ending another.
New Jersey can win its fourth straight by snapping its losing slide to the surging New York Islanders today at Prudential Center (1p.m., MSG, WFAN 660 AM).
After enduring the worst stretch of their season, the Islanders have rolled to six straight wins. The Atlantic Division-leading Devils are winless in five meetings with the Isles this season.
New Jersey (35-21-5) defeated San Jose 3-2 on Wednesday, as John Madden and Sergei Brylin scored 1:10 apart during a three-goal second period.
Zach Parise added his team-leading 24th goal, and has scored in a career-high four straight games. He has two goals and an assist against the Islanders this season.
New Jersey has won three in a row and is 5-0-1 since its team meeting following a 2-1 home loss to Anaheim on Feb. 8.
The Devils are tied with Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic and tied for the second-best record in the East, one point back of conference-leading Ottawa. The club has grabbed at least one point in six straight games, collecting 16 out of a possible 22 points in their first 11 contests this month.
"It's second nature. When you battle for positioning or you look at other teams it's important you know where you stand," said Martin Brodeur, who had 30 saves on Wednesday. "Sometimes you see something and it motivates you. You always look at it."
Brodeur has posted a 1.80 GAA during the winning streak, but has had no success against New York this season, going 0-4-0 with a 2.29 GAA. Before his current skid versus the Islanders, he had won six in a row against them, recording a 0.99 GAA and three shutouts.
He is 38-21-2 with four ties, 10 shutouts and a 2.18 GAA all-time against New York.
The Islanders are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, but trail the three teams in front of them by just one point.
Rick DiPietro has been in net for each game of the winning streak, posting a 1.98 goals-against average. He's been just as outstanding against the Devils this season, going 4-0-0 with a 1.23 GAA and one shutout.
The Islanders won six straight over the Devils dating back to last season while holding them to nine goals. Immediately before that run, New Jersey had its own six-game win streak in this series, limiting the Islanders to six goals in that span.
Miroslav Satan scored the lone goal on Thursday, and has scored three in his last four games. Satan has two goals and three assists against New Jersey this season.
with wire services