New Jersey (37-16-4) at New York (29-24-2)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Thu Feb 27, 2003
  • TV: FSNY
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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.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice for the Devils in Tuesday’s 3-3 tie with the New York Rangers. Martin Brodeur made 23 saves and moved to 33-18-5.

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.

Jeff Friesen has five goals and three assists on a seven-game points streak, but fellow left wing Patrik Elias has gone eight games without a point.

The Islanders are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for sixth place in the East, only one point ahead of the Boston Bruins.

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.

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