New Jersey Devils Game 12 Preview: vs. New York Islanders

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 09: P.K. Subban #76 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center on November 09, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Panthers 7-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tonight marks the first of four meetings this season between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 6-3-2 (14 points, 6th in Metro)

The Opponent: New York Islanders (5-3-2) – FHN Blog: On The Island

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Mackenzie Blackwood (1-0-1) vs. Ilya Sorokin (5-2-2)

Television Broadcasts: MSG, MSG+

New York Islanders

Tonight, the Islanders will be playing game 11 of a 13-game road trip to start the season as they wait for UBS Arena to open. New York has taken five of their first ten games and has been tested immensely to start the season.

In their last outing on Sunday, the Islanders lost 5-2 to the Minnesota Wild. New York had a 2-1 lead after two periods before Minnesota exploded for four unanswered goals in the third.

Goaltender Ilya Sorokin is expected to get the start in net tonight as he looks to continue his impressive start to the season. Sorokin carries a 5-2-2 record into tonight’s contest with a 1.98 GAA and .939 save percentage with 3 shutouts.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are coming off their most complete win of the season beating the Florida Panthers 7-3 on Tuesday. Every player seemed to have a hand in the team’s victory with 13 players finding the scoresheet as the team scored at least seven goals for the first time since December 2019.

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood was able to overcome a shaky first half of the game and ended up stopping 35 of Florida’s 38 shots. Blackwood will get his second consecutive start tonight bringing an 1-0-1 record with a 3.01 GAA and .910 save percentage into the game.

Rookie forward Alex Holtz recorded his first career NHL point on Tuesday and came within inches of potting his first goal on several occasions. In his first three games, the 20-year-old has been showcasing his lightning fast shot and shown that he is not afraid to go to the dirty areas to produce. Holtz will be on the top line for the second consecutive game and faces a real test against one of the league’s better goaltenders.

Player to Watch: Andreas Johnsson

Andreas Johnsson is on an absolute heater to start the season. With a pair of goals on Tuesday, Johnsson already has six goals in 11 games surpassing his 2020-21 total of five goals in fewer less games.

Johnsson has shown an immense amount of chemistry with linemates Jesper Bratt and Dawson Mercer. Expect this line to drive play again tonight and Johnsson to snag, at least, another point.

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