Brooklyn Bound; Isles vs Devils Preview

For the second and final time before they become permanent residents next season, the Islanders make their way to the Barclays Center to take on the New Jersey Devils in their fourth game of the preseason. Sporting a 2-1 record thus far, the Islanders are coming off of a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night at the Nassau Coliseum. Although there has not been a definitive indication of the lines for tonights matchup, Arthur Staple of Newsday tweeted the lines from the skate this morning as the probable roster. They are as follows;

Anders Lee - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Mikhail Grabovski - Brock Nelson - Nikolay Kulemin
Michael Grabner - Johan Sundstrom - Josh Bailey
Eric Boulton - Kael Mouillierat - Colin McDonald

Kevin Czuczman - Travis Hamonic
Brian Strait - Ryan Pulock
Matt Donovan - TJ Brennan

Chad Johnson
David Leggio

As per the Devils website, these are the lines from the morning skate at the AmeriHealth Pavilion and probable lineup.

Mike Cammalleri - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Ryane Clowe - Jacob Josefson - Damien Brunner
Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier
Tuomo Ruutu - Tim Sestito - Mike Sislo

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas - Adam Larsson
Tomas Kaberle - Raman Hrabarenka

Cory Schneider
Scott Wedgewood

- The Islanders and Devils also met last season in the first ever NHL game in Brooklyn. New Jersey ultimately came away with the 3-0 victory on goals from Jacob Josefson, Patrick Elias and Steve Bernier. Cory Schneider recorded the shutout win for the Devils.

- Since incumbent Isles starter Jaroslav Halak played the full game on Wednesday, expect that Chad Johnson may in fact play the full game tonight although it has not been confirmed. 

- The Devils are coming off of a 4-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers last night in which Cory Schneider played the full game. It seems a bit strange that he would be playing on consecutive nights in the preseason so it will be interesting to see if their lineup from the ealry skate changes at all especially since their backup has yet to be determend among Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid and Scott Clemmensen.

- The top two lines for the Islanders feature interesting combinations. Anders Lee getting time on the wing with Tavares and Okposo could very well be a combination we see this season if he continues to producae at the rate in which he did last season. On the second line, Brock Nelson centering Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin could very well be a dangerous trio. Although Grabovski is slated to be the second line center, Nelson playing with those two during the season could turn out to be a formidable line.

The game this evening is expected to be close to, if not completely sold out as the Islanders get acclimated to Barclays one last time before officially moving in. In addition the LIRR will be running extra trains both before and after the game due to the increased number of commuters. Hopefully the Isles can reverse their fortunes from the game in Brooklyn last season and make this the first of many wins to come at Barclays.

Puck drop is at 7:30pm and will be broadcast on MSG+.


Bryan Curran
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