The New Jersey Devils welcome the New York Islanders to The Rock for their first meeting of the preseason. Here’s what you need to know when the Devils host the Islanders tonight.
Time: 7:00 PM Watch: MSG/MSGSN Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET
The Devils visited the Philadelphia Flyers, topping the Broad Street Bullies in overtime. Tyce Thompson continued his strong preseason pouncing on a loose puck in the neutral zone and driving a 2on1 with Curtis Lazar, feeding the veteran forward for an easy tap-in. Late in the first period, Timo Meier and Alexander Holtz connected on Holtz’s second goal of the preseason to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. The middle frame and most of the third period went scoreless until Rhett Gardner tied the game late in the third period. In overtime, Dawson Mercer gained the offensive zone and dropped the puck to Erik Haula who beat Carter Hart glove side for the OT winner. Vitek Vanecek played the full 60-plus minutes, stopping 29 of 31 shots faced.
Projected Devils Lines
Tyler Toffoli-Jack Hughes-Jesper Bratt
Tomas Nosek-Michael McLeod-Nathan Bastian
Chris Tierney-Curtis Lazar-Tyce Thompson
Max Willman-Justin Dowling- Graeme Clarke
Kevin Bahl-John Marino
Luke Hughes-Colin Miller
Daniil Misyul-Simon Nemec
Projected Islanders Lines
Simon Holmstrom-Bo Horvat-Mathew Barzal
Pierre Engvall-Brock Nelson-Julien Gauthier
Anders Lee-J.G Pageau-Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech-Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho-Scott Mayfield
According to the game notes via Devils PR, “Jersey’s team inked a 1-2-0 record against the Islanders last season and were outscored 12-9. The last time that the Devils won a regular-season series against the orange and blue was in 2017-18 (3-0-1).
Nico Hischier (2g-2a) and Jesper Bratt (0g-4a) led the Devils with four points against the Isles in 2022-23.
Ondrej Palat earned two multi-goal efforts last season, and one of those multi-goal contests was against New York on
Oct. 20, 2022, at UBS Arena (2g-0a).
Speaking of Oct. 20, the Devils didn’t surrender a shot on goal to the Islanders until 16:53 into the first period on that date.
That contest marked New Jersey’s lone victory (4-1) vs. New York last season, and the longest stretch without allowing a shot
against in a single period.
Akira Schmid and Vitek Vanecek both played against the Isles last season, but both netminders posted a 0-1-0 record
against the team’s division rivals.
2023-24 Regular Season Matchups vs. NYI
Oct. 20 at NYI, 7:30 P.M.
Nov. 28 vs NYI, 7:00 P.M.
Mar. 24 at NYI, 5:00 P.M.
April 15 vs NYI, 7:00 P.M.