2019-20 NHL – New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders taking place? Friday 3rd January, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders taking place? Nassau Coliseum, New York

What channel is New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? New Jersey Devils 1 – 2 New York Islanders

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

  • The Devils sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 34 points in 39 games but they are still 11 points above last-placed Detroit Red Wings. They are coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the Boston Bruins, however, and they have won three of their last four games.
  • The Devils will be without defenceman Matt Tennyson, who has been ruled out of this game due to an upper body injury but he will be the lone absentee for New Jersey in this contest.
  • The best player for the Devils this season – after the Taylor Hall trade – has been Kyle Palmieri. He has 27 points in 39 games, and he is the team’s current top scorer with 15 goals while also adding 12 assists.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

  • The Islanders enter this game following a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals, and that extended their winning run to two games. However, they were on a three-game losing run prior to this two-win streak, so their five-game record reads W2, L3.
  • The Islanders will be nearly at full strength ahead of this contest. Their lone confirmed absentee will be winger Cal Clutterbuck, who will be out until mid-January due to a wrist injury.
  • Mathew Barzal has been one of the Islanders’ most productive and consistent players this season. The 22-year-old center is having a great year with 34 points (16 goals and 18 assists) in 38 games.

THE PREDICTION

The Devils might enter this game on a good run of form, but they have been one of the weakest sides of the Eastern Conference all season long. The Islanders are a stronger side by a wide margin, have the better record, and they also have the edge of playing at home while riding a two-game winning streak. New York should win this game rather easily.

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