UNIONDALE, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The New Jersey Devils face another New York-metroplitan area rival and seek to extend their unbeaten streak to four games Thursday night when they visit Nassau Coliseum to face the New York Islanders.
The Devils are 2-0-1 in their last three games and are six points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the lead in the Atlantic Division.
New Jersey, which trails the Ottawa Senators by three points for the lead in the Eastern Conference, is 7-1-4 record against Atlantic Division opponents.
New York had a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) halted with Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shawn Bates netted his league-leading sixth shorthanded goal of the season and Claude Lapointe got New York’s other tally to end a 27-game goalless drought.
Garth Snow has allowed nine goals in the last two games after yielding just 10 in his previous seven decisions.
The Islanders are 11-3-1 in their last 15 home games.
The Devils are 4-2-0 in the last six meetings with the Islanders, including a 5-0 win in New Jersey on January 15 in the only matchup this season. Brodeur is 24-10-3 lifetime against the Islanders. The 24 wins are his most against any team.