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Game Preview: Devils Visit the Islanders in Final Preseason Tilt

The Devils face the Islanders at UBS Arena in their final exhibition before the 2023-24 regular season.



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The New Jersey Devils will not have a morning skate on Friday as they’ll travel to Long Island to face the New York Islanders. Here’s all you need to know when the Devils visit the Islanders in New Jersey’s final preseason tilt.

Time: 7:00 PM      Watch: MSG/MSGSN/MSG+      Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET

Last Game

The Devils welcomed the New York Rangers to the Prudential Center on Wednesday night. New Jersey’s power play was too much for the Rangers to handle as the Devils scored on 3/5 man advantages. Jesper Bratt continued his torrid preseason, scoring his fifth goal and ninth point in four games. Dawson Mercer and Jack Hughes also scored on the power play to help propel the Devils to their sixth preseason victory. Ondrej Palat collected three assists, Timo Meier chipped in two helpers, and Nico Hischier deposited an empty-net goal. Vitek Vanecek played strong for New Jersey, again, in his second 60-minute performance of the preseason, making 19 saves on 21 shots in the 5-2 victory.

Projected Lines

*New Jersey did not hold a morning skate for line projections.

Devils Roster

Kevin Bahl, Nathan Bastian, Justin Dowling, Joe Gambardella, Santeri Hatakka, Alexander Holtz, Luke Hughes, Curtis Lazar, Michael McLeod, Dawson Mercer, Colin Miller, Simon Nemec, Tomas Nosek, Isaac Poulter, Ryan Schmelzer, Akira Schmid, Brendan Smith, Tyce Thompson, Chris Tierney, Max Willman


Simon Holmstrom-Bo Horvat-Mathew Barzal

Pierre Engvall-Brock Nelson-Julien Gauthier

Anders Lee-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Fasching

Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech-Noah Dobson

Alexander Romanov-Ryan Pulock

Scott Mayfield-Sebastian Aho

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov

Devils vs. Islanders

According to the game notes via Devils PR, “Jesper Bratt earned a hat-trick vs the Islanders on Mon., Oct. 2, while also recording four points (3g-1a) in the Metropolitan Division affair. Bratt earned two of his tallies against New York netminder Ilya Sorokin and one against former Devils’ goaltending prospect, Ken Appleby. Keep in mind that Bratt earned his first career regular-season hat-trick on Mar. 19, 2023, at Tampa Bay. Bratt leads all Devils skaters with eight points (4g-4a) in three games played this preseason. Defenseman John Marino wasn’t a stranger to the goal column on Monday night, either. The right-handed shot
recorded two goals and one helper for three points and led all Devils skaters with 21:30 TOI. Additionally, Marino led all New Jersey skaters with 2:29 shorthanded TOI.”

“Jack Hughes also found the back of the net and finished the contest vs the Islanders with another multi-point effort (1g-1a). Hughes owns consecutive multi-point games (2g-2a).”

“Netminder Akira Schmid played the full 60 minutes on Monday vs the Islanders and improved to 2-0-0 this preseason. During the second period on Monday, New Jersey didn’t allow a shot on goal for the final 11:22 of the second period. New York’s next shot on goal was recorded 0:11 into the third period (M. Barzal goal).”

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.

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