Islanders 3, Devils 2 (SO)

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Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

NEWARK, NJ — In some ways, it was youth against age at the Prudential center tonight for two teams left with only pride to play for in the final gasps of the regular season. The Islanders started a lineup of youth, with 11 players who had started the season in the American Hockey League or college and nine players in total that were 23-years old or younger.

On the other side, it could have been one of the final games for two living legends and future Hall of Famers in New Jersey’s 41-year old Martin Brodeur and 42-year old Jaromir Jagr. Even if not their final NHL games, quite possibly their final games in a Devils uniform, especially as the former seems to finally be showing his age after 21 seasons. Both players are free agents at the end of the season and among hockey’s elite; Brodeur leads the NHL All-Time in goaltender wins and Jagr sits in 7th on the goal scoring list. 

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Game Day (81): Islanders at Devils, 7:30pm

(33-31-14)                (31-36-11)
Prudential Center — Newark, NJ
TV: MSG+2 Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Devils… 42-year old Jaromir Jagr has played 80 games for the Devils and leads the team with 64 points. Jagr trails Mike Gartner by three goals for sixth on the NHL’s All-Time list… Ryan Clowe, Bryce Salvador and Adam Henrique all missed the team’s last game with injuries… The Devils finish up their season Sunday at home against the Bruins…

After a 2-0 win in Montreal last night, the Islanders are right back in action in New Jersey tonight against the Devils. The Devils have been knocked out of playoff contention since these two teams last met a couple weeks back on March 29.

Jersey is 3-1-2 in their last six including two shootout losses, which has been their achilles heel all season. They are 0-12 overall in shootouts, the only team in the NHL this year without a shootout win. If the Devils continue without a shootout win this year, they will be only the fourth team to ever go a full season without a shootout win. They will also be the most futile in single season, almost beating the others combined:

  1. 2013-14 Devils (currently 0-12)
  2. 2012-13 Leafs (0-5)
  3. 2012-13 Flames (0-3)
  4. 2006-07 Hurricanes (0-5)

As for the Islanders, Anders Nilsson is expected to start in goal tonight against Corey Schneider Martin Brodeur for the Devils. The rest of the lineup will be revealed later this afternoon but it should be the same as last night save for Johan Sundstrom. Justin Johnson has been called up to replace Sundstrom.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Bailey Hickey-Hamonic Nillson
Persson-Nelson-Strome Carkner-Donovan Nabokov
McDonald-Cizikas-Martin Czuczman-Mayfield
Scratches: Sundstrom, Martinek, Clutterbuck, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares

Isles recall Justin Johnson

The Islanders have recalled forward Justin Johnson on an emergency basis, the team announced.

Johnson, 32, has appeared in 48 games for the Sound Tigers this season and has five points (one goal, four assists) and 183 penalty minutes.

Final Score: Islanders 2 – Canadiens 0

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Thursday night in Montreal, the Islanders blanked the Canadiens 2-0.

The Islanders jumped in front 1-0 at the 15:05 mark in the second period, when Ryan Strome beat Carey Price with a slapshot.

With 20 seconds left in the second period, Brock Nelson gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

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The Islanders take on the Devils Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Game Day (80): Islanders at Canadiens, 7:30pm

(33-31-14)                (31-36-11)
Bell Centre — Montreal, QC
TV: RDS, MSG+2 Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Habs… Bradon Prust and Travis Moen are out for tonight’s game… Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Douglas Murray are all questionable…

It’s a trade deadline rematch tonight at the Islanders travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens and Thomas Vanek. The Islanders did end up swapping the second round pick with a fifth as Montreal clinched a playoff berth earlier this month. Both have been on a hot streak since Vanek was acquired; Vanek has 6 goals and 15 points in 16 games and the Habs have won 10 of their last 13.

The Islanders start the final game of a three-game road trip to end the year. They’ll be in New Jersey tomorrow night and Buffalo on Sunday. The goalies tonight are confirmed to be Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and Carey Price for the Canadiens.

The Isles will also hold out all their injured players for the remainder of the year:

Your lines are the practice lines from this morning per the Twitterer above.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Bailey Hickey-Hamonic Nabokov
Persson-Nelson-Strome Carkner-Donovan Nillson
McDonald-Cizikas-Martin Czuczman-Mayfield
Scratches: Martinek, Clutterbuck, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares

Strome named to AHL All-Rookie Team

Ryan Strome has been named to the American Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team.

Strome, 20, skated in 37 games with the Sound Tigers in 2013-14 and collected 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists). He began the season in the AHL and notched 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 24 games before earning his being called up to the NHL on December 11.

Strome was loaned back to the Sound Tigers on January 15 and had 16 points. He was recalled once again on Feb. 24 and spent the remainder of the season with the Islanders. Though he appeared in just 37 AHL games this season, Strome’s 49 points currently rank him sixth among AHL rookies.

The All-Rookie Team was voted on by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the AHL’s 30 member cities.

Isles recall Sundstrom again

The Islanders have recalled Johan Sundstrom on an emergency basis on Wednesday, the team announced.

Sundstrom was returned to Bridgeport on Monday.

The Morning Skate: Isles KO Sens, Bossy’s Donuts

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

With last night’s loss to the Senators, the Islanders effectively knocked the Senators out of the playoffs in addition to Brett Gallant knocking out Matt Kassian.

Ok, so the Islanders didn’t knock them out but despite the win, Ottawa is out of the playoffs as the Blue Jackets beat the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime. That win bolsters Columbus’ playoff hopes as they are four points clear of Washington and five clear of the Devils with only three games to go.  

In other Ottawa Senators news, their goaltender names his pet piranhas after Senators beat writers (no, really).

In transaction news today, the Islanders have recalled Johan Sundstrom which — just guessing — that’s probably due to Cal Clutterbuck’s injury yesterday. The team has not had an update today on Clutterbuck’s status after he left and did not return to last night’s game.

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Senators 4, Islanders 1: Isles Drop Final Home Game of Season

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders ended their home schedule on a sour note Tuesday night.

The Ottawa Senators scored three goals in the third period to defeat the Isles 4-1 in front of a crowd of 12,922 at Nassau Coliseum. Jason Spezza scored back-to-back goals and Alex Hemsky scored the game winner for the Senators. Matt Kassian’s empty net goal sealed the victory for Ottawa.

“I thought our kids battled,” Islander Coach Jack Capuano said. “The most skilled team won the game tonight. There’s no question. A highly skilled team that caught our D flat footed on a couple goals there. Spezza is a world class player obviously and Hempsky. We had our chances, but I thought we were pretty structured. I thought our kids worked hard.”

The game was a scoreless draw for the first 32:45 of the game before Spezza scored his first goal of the contest. His shot from the top of the left circle made it past Anders Nilsson and into the net to put Ottawa up 1-0. The Islanders responded in the opening minute of the third period. Frans Nielsen put home a rebound shot to even the game at one 22 seconds into the period.

Nilsson played well after the tying goal and kept the Senators at bay, but at 12:45 Spezza struck again. A quick wrist shot from the Ottawa captain made it under the crossbar to put his team up 2-1. Hempsky scored roughly two minutes later on an impressive play that saw him wiz past the Islanders defense and beat Nilsson.

An empty net goal in the final minute sealed the 4-1 victory.

The loss was the 19th time the Islanders lost at home this season and marks the fourth straight year they have finished below .500 at Nassau Coliseum. It’s not something that the players in the locker room are happy about, and they want the fans to know that.

“We’ve got some of the best fans in the league,” Travis Hamonic said. “We want to be able to win here first of all for each other. For the organization, for the fans, for Long Island. We want to win here. It’s a fun place to win games and the crowd gets behind you. We’ve got loyal fans and it would be nice to have some better efforts here at home.”

The Islanders realized that this season has not turned out the way they or the fanbase had hoped it would.

“Last year we took a step in the right direction, but this year we went back the other way,” Matt Martin said. “We have to get back on track, but [the fans] stuck with us this year. My first few years here there wouldn’t be people in the stands tonight and there have been a lot of people in the seats this whole season. We’re grateful for that.”

The Islanders have three games remaining in the 2013-14 season. On Thursday they take on the Montreal Candians, followed by a trip to Newark on Friday and wrapping it all up on Sunday in Buffalo against the Sabres.