Oct 4, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Damien Brunner (12) scores a goal on New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) during the third period at Prudential Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-3 in an overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 12/28/2013

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The Islanders and Devils have not met since opening night in New Jersey when New York claimed a 4-3 shootout victory to begin their season off on the right foot.

Ever since, it has been a struggle for the team from Long Island and likewise for their New Jersey neighbors, although the Devils are one game below .500 and the Islanders are near the bottom of the league standings board.

Yesterday, the team went back to work with a 1pm skate and Islanders nation was stunned by the absence of captain John Tavares and Casey Cizikas on the ice in front of season ticket holders. Post skate, word came from head coach Jack Capuano that Tavares was suffering from a lower body injury and was day to day. It’s widely assumed nothing serious and everyone would be surprised if he did not suit up this evening at home against the Devils. Cizikas was said to have missed practice for ‘personal reasons’ indicating maybe a travel related issue getting back from Christmas break.

After the Devils 2-1 loss at home to Columbus, look for Cory Schneider to get the start in goal against Evgeni Nabokov, whose return from a groin injury has stabilized the Islanders both in the dressing room and on the ice. New York will come in winners of two out of their last three with points in four of five games.

The hope is the streak of claiming points continues as well as the play of forward Michael Grabner, who is finally getting rewarded on the score-sheet lately to match his high intensity play in all three zones. He has been one of the better forwards for the better part of two weeks now.

With the trade freeze finally lifted, teams can begin discussing again the notion of swapping players to help fill holes and put themselves in better position for a playoff run. While not completely out of the realm of possibility for New York, it seems unlikely however, making the Islanders sellers instead of buyers as we get ready to enter 2014.

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

40

28

11

1

57

25

125

91

2

WASHINGTON

38

20

14

4

44

12

120

114

3

PHILADELPHIA

37

17

16

4

38

16

93

104

4

COLUMBUS

38

17

17

4

38

15

103

107

5

NY RANGERS

39

18

19

2

38

16

90

105

6

NEW JERSEY

39

15

16

8

38

15

93

101

7

CAROLINA

38

14

15

9

37

13

89

109

8

NY ISLANDERS

38

11

20

7

29

7

96

129

 

Across The Sound

The Sound Tigers have a full weekend ahead of them as they travel to Springfield tonight for a 7pm faceoff before returning home to take on Albany tomorrow at 3pm.

At 12-15-1, the baby Islanders are currently in 4th place out of 5 teams in the division.

 

 

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