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Islanders vs Devils Preview: Odds, Lineups, TV, The Streak, and More

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Matt Tennyson #7 and Scott Wedgewood #41 of the New Jersey Devils defend the net from Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders during the second period at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Matt Tennyson #7 and Scott Wedgewood #41 of the New Jersey Devils defend the net from Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders during the second period at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders kick off a three-game series with the New Jersey Devils tonight. Game one is at the Nassau Coliseum with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight.

This is the last game of the Islanders’ current five-game homestand, after tonight these sides will head to the Prudential Center to close out this series this weekend.

The Islanders carry a 4-0-0 record during this current run of games on home ice. Most recently on Tuesday night, the Isles beat the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout.

The New York Islanders look to keep their winning streak alive when they face off against the New Jersey Devils

The blue and orange come into tonight on a six-game winning streak, which they started on March 2 with a win versus the Devils. The Isles are also a nine-game point streak (8-0-1) and have yet to lose a game in regulation at the Coliseum (11-0-2).

Tonight is the last game of the Devils’ current three-game road trip. On Monday New Jersey beat Boston 1-0 and on Tuesday they lost to Washington 5-4 in overtime.

Also for the first time this year, the Islanders will be playing in front of a live audience on home ice. There will be 1,000 Northwell Health staff in attendance for tonight’s clash.

Tale of the Tape

Odds

The Islanders come into today as the favorites, courtesy of the Action network.

It is no surprise that the Islanders are the favorites today, but it is interesting to note that the Isles and Devils have had some close contests throughout this season.

The Isles are currently leading the season series between these sides with a 2-1-0 record. Expect the blue and orange to come out flying tonight, playing in front of Islanders fans for the first time at the Coliseum since March 7, 2020.

Projected Lineups

1. 106. . 16-6-4. . New York Islanders

Barry Trotz and the Islanders coaching staff have kept the lineup consistent during this streak and it is projected the Islanders will make one change for tonight’s game.

Michael Dal Colle is projected to come back in for Leo Komarov, who replaced Dal Colle on Tuesday night versus the Bruins. Other than that, the lineup will remain the same.

Semyon Varlamov is projected to be named the starter tonight and Ilya Sorokin looks set to back him up.

The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:

Lee-Barzal-Eberle
Beauvillier-Nelson-Bailey
Wahlstrom-Pageau-Dal Colle
Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Pelech-Pulock
Leddy-Mayfield
Dobson-Greene

Varlamov (Sorokin)

. 8-11-3. . New Jersey Devils. 7. 85

Just like the Isles, the Devils are not expected to make any major changes to their lineup tonight. We could see Nikita Gusev return to the lineup for Andrea Johnsson, who registered a -2 plus/minus and just over six minutes of ice time on Tuesday.

After Scott Wedgewood has started the past couple of games for New Jersey, it is expected that Mackenzie Blackwood will be the starter.

The Devils are projected to lineup like this:

Zacha-Hughes-Palmieri
Bratt-Maltsev-Wood
Kuokkanen-Zajac-Sharangovich
Gusev-McLeod-Bastian

Smith-Severson
Kulikov-Subban
Murray-Vatanen

Blackwood (Wedgewood)

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Where to Catch the Game

TV: MSG+, MSG+2, MSG GO APP
Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM
*All Stats Provided by the NHL*

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