Saturday, December 30, 2006

Battle of New York Game Day: Devils vs. Islanders, 7:00 PM, FSNY/FSN2, Radio Disney/Bloomberg

(21-13-3, 45 Pts, 1st Atlantic, 3rd East) (19-14-3, 41 PTS, 2nd Atlantic, 7th East)
7:00 PM
Nassau Mausoleum

TV: FSN2 (Devils Broadcast), FSNY (Isles Broadcast), Check for Channel Listings of FSNY2.
Radio: Radio Disney AM-1560 (Devils Broadcast), Bloomberg 1130 (Isles Broadcast)

Last We Met:

As Doc Emrick said, "There are some games where the turning point is the [national] anthem. That was one of them." The Islanders embarrassed the Devils (In front of a crowd of about 65), who could only muster 16 shots. 5 different scorers for New York, who were lead by Alexei Yashin with a goal and three assits, and the Icelanders took the only meeting of the season so far, 5-2. Zajac and Parise scored for NJ.

Next Meeting: Next Thursday at The Swamp, followed by a game on 1/13 at the Mausoleum.

Leading Scorers
New Jersey
#26 Patrik Elias 14-22-36
#9 Zach Parise 14-16-30
#14 Brian Gionta 15-14-29
#15 Jamie Langenbrunner 14-14-28
#23 Scott Gomez 6-21-27

New York
#55 Jason Blake 21-17-38
#79 Alexei Yashin 12-22-34
#81 Miroslav Sata 10-15-25
#25 Viktor Kozlov 13-11-24
#18 Mike Sillinger 10-14-24

New Jersey
#30 Martin Brodeur 21-12-2, 2.17, .922%
#40 Scott Clemmensen 0-1-1, 3.60, .878%

New York
#39 Rick DiPietro 16-11-1, 2.66, .917%
#1 Mike Dunham 3-3-2, 2.83, .916%

Key Matchup
#14 Brian Gionta (NJ)

#55 Jason Blake (NYI)

The two small, gritty American forwards will be key to either team geting out to an early start, which--with the goaltenders involved in this one--may be the most important element of this contest. Gionta's recently picked up his game, and Blake's always a threat to score, so it'll be interesting to see who gets off and running first.

Game Analysis

This game is probably bigger for the Islanders than it is for the Devils. After getting shutout by the Senators, they need a big pickup against the best team in the division. For the Devis, it's more about pride. The Islanders absolutely humiliated them the first time around. They need a win to show the Isles who they are.

Prediction: Isles 3, Devils 2.

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