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NY Islanders at New Jersey
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

A recent hot stretch has propelled the New York Islanders to within one point of the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference as they prepare to visit the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in the first leg of a home-and-home set. It's also a big series for New Jersey, which sits four points behind the Metropolitan Division-rival Islanders.

New York is 9-3-2 since Doug Weight replaced Jack Capuano behind the bench and is riding a 10-game point streak at home, but the team has labored away from Barclays Center. "We've got to get better on the road," Weight said. "We haven't played horribly, but we're not getting the results." The Devils are in a stretch of playing eight of nine at Prudential Center but fell to 2-2-0 on their five-game homestand after a 3-0 loss to Ottawa on Thursday. While it's the first of four meetings between the teams this season, the Islanders have been a nemesis for New Jersey, winning three in a row and nine of 10 in the series.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG, MSG-Plus

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (26-20-10): Weight's concerns on New York's play on the road are well-founded. The Islanders are only 7-12-4 away from home this season and play 18 of their final 26 away games from the Barclays Center. "I don't think we're too worried about playing at home or on the road," said forward Andrew Ladd, who score twice in Thursday's 4-2 victory over the Rangers. "You use the confidence from game to game to play that exact same way no matter what rink you're in."

ABOUT THE DEVILS (24-23-10): Goaltender Cory Schneider, poised to make his eighth consecutive start on Saturday, expressed frustration with his inability to track down long shots after surrendering a pair of goals to defensemen for the second game in a row. “It’s kind of the case with me lately," Schneider said. "I’m not quite seeing them well enough and maybe that’s on me to work that much harder to find them." He is 2-5-1 against the Islanders despite a 1.86 goals-against average.

OVERTIME

1. Ladd has scored six goals in the last 10 games.

2. New Jersey, which scrapped practice on Friday, placed F Sergey Kalinin on waivers.

3. Islanders captain John Tavares notched two assists Thursday but has collected only one goal in 12 games.

PREDICTION: Islanders 3, Devils 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Islanders 26-20-7-3 W1 19-8-4-2 7-12-3-1 1-2-0-0 25-18-7-3 8-6-3-1
New Jersey 24-23-8-2 L1 12-11-4-0 12-12-4-2 2-3-0-0 22-20-8-2 7-5-0-2
Last Meeting
NY Islanders New Jersey
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/19/16 NYI 1 NJ 0 24 27 0-4 27 23 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders C. Cizikas 1
New Jersey B. Baddock 0
Goals Player  
NY Islanders C. Cizikas 1
New Jersey B. Baddock 0
Assists Player  
NY Islanders N. Leddy 1
New Jersey B. Baddock 0
Saves Player  
NY Islanders J. Halak 27
New Jersey C. Schneider 23
Season
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders J. Tavares 48
New Jersey T. Hall 40
Goals Player  
NY Islanders A. Lee 23
New Jersey A. Henrique 18
Assists Player  
NY Islanders J. Bailey 29
New Jersey T. Hall 26
Saves Player  
NY Islanders T. Greiss 924
New Jersey C. Schneider 1246
Quickchart Matchup
NY Islanders Off vs  New Jersey Def
2.95 GF
2.81 GA
30.8 Shots
31.3 Shots
26 PP
34 PK
New Jersey Off vs  NY Islanders Def
2.25 GF
2.93 GA
27.4 Shots
32.3 Shots
30 PP
30 PK