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Islanders v Devils 3/29/14

Here are some notes as the New York Islanders (28-36-9) return home to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to play host to the New Jersey Devils (31-28-14) in NHL action on Saturday night.

LAST GAME:

3/28/14: NYI 2 at TBL 3 (SO)
Sami Salo scored the deciding goal in the longest shootout in Islanders history, as the Tampa Bay Lighting survived four tying goals by the Isles in a 13-round shootout to win 3-2 Thursday at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Ryan Strome and Matt Donovan scored in regulation for the Islanders, who received shootout goals from Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson, Colin McDonald and Casey Cizikas.

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:
The Islanders look to extend their point streak to four games tonight as the face the New Jersey Devils for the fourth time this season. The Devils lead the season series two games to one, with the road team having won all three games.

TEAM NOTES:
Making a Splash: The Islanders dressed 10 rookies Thursday in Tampa Bay: Kevin Czuvzman, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Anders Nilsson, John Persson, Ryan Strome and Johan Sundstrom.

NHL Debut: John Persson made his NHL debut Thursday in Tampa Bay. He joins Kevin Czuczman, Mike Halmo, Ryan Strome and Johan Sundstrom on the list of Isles to make thier NHL debuts this season.

Back-To-Backs: The Islanders have played 15 sets of back-to-back games this season. They are 6-8-1 on the front-end and 6-7-2 on the back-end of back-to-backs this season. The club will total 17 back-to-back sets in 2013-14.

Streaking: Ryan Strome (1G, 2A) and Matt Martin (2G, 1A) are riding two-game point streaks.

Last Three: The Islanders have taken five of a possible six points in their last three games (2-0-1).

MILESTONE WATCH:
Kyle Okposo – 1 goal shy of 100

The Islanders and Devils game is set to air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off scheduled for  7:00 p.m.

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