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GAME PREVIEW

ISLANDERS (34-36-10) at DEVILS (46-27-7)

Last 10 -- New York 5-4-1; New Jersey 4-3-3

Season series -- The teams are meeting for the sixth and final time this season. New Jersey has won three of five, but the Islanders came away with a 4-2 decision in the most recent clash at Nassau Coliseum on March 13 when Mark Streit scored a power-play goal midway through the second to give the Islanders their third unanswered goal. Sean Bergenheim would seal the deal 11:33 into the third with a shorthanded goal for the visitors.

Big Story -- The Devils are looking to lock up the second seed in the Eastern Conference with the first of two games at home to close out the regular season. The Devils are currently ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Atlantic Division by virtue of the fact they won the season series. New Jersey concludes the season Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres while the Penguins are in Atlanta tonight and Uniondale, N.Y., against the Islanders on Sunday.

Team Scope:

Islanders -- The Isles were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday when Boston picked up a point for losing in overtime to Washington. Still, for a team that finished with the worst record in the League in 2008-09, coach Scott Gordon has made significant strides in bringing some sense of pride back to the locker room. The club is 8-4-2 over its last 14 games.

"Our team all year long has competed hard," Gordon said. "We may have been out-talented some nights, but I don't think we had too many nights when we were out-battled or out-worked, and there's no reason for that to change now."

Devils -- Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen defeated his former team for the second time this season on Thursday when he stopped 42 shots in a 3-2 victory in Sunrise. Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored for the Devils in their final road game of the season. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who secured his 600th win in a victory over Atlanta on Tuesday, made 15 saves in the loss. While the Devils are assured of their 13th consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, whether they enter the tournament as the second, third or fourth seed is still in question.

Who's Hot -- Devils right wing Dainius Zubrus has 1 goal, 5 points and a plus-4 rating over his last three games on a line with Zach Parise and Patrik Elias.

Injury Report -- New Jersey forward Andrew Peters (scratched eye) remains out. … The Islanders' injury list is lengthy. Forwards Blake Comeau (broken foot) and Doug Weight (shoulder) and defensemen Radek Martinek (knee) and Dustin Kohn (concussion) are out.

Stat Pack -- Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo matched last season's rookie total of 18 goals when he struck in the first period of a 7-3 setback to the Penguins on Thursday. The St. Paul, Minn., native has already set career highs for game-winning goals (4), assists (30) and points (48).

Puck Drop -- "I think we still have the upper hand if we do win both our games (over the weekend)," Brodeur said when asked what he thought of his team's chances of earning the second seed in the conference. "So, when you have it in your own hands, that's what you want. Definitely, it's a missed opportunity (Thursday) to help ourselves out a little bit."














LINEUPS/INJURIES



.........................LW..................................................C..................................................RW.........................
Sean BergenheimJohn Tavares???
Matt MoulsonJosh BaileyKyle Okposo
Jon SimFrans NielsenTrent Hunter
Trevor GilliesGreg MauldinTim Jackman

.........................D..................................................D.........................
Mark StreitJack Hillen
Freddy MeyerBruno Gervais
Andrew MacDonaldDylan Reese

..............................G..............................
Dwayne Roloson
Marty Biron


INSIDE SHOTS:
Islanders coach Scott Gordon recently compared finishing last season with the worst record in the NHL to "trying to play poker with four cards instead of five."

"You couldn't even get a measure of what you do well," he said.

But the second step of the team's full-fledged rebuilding program has shown undeniable signs of progress despite a third straight spring without reaching the playoffs. With a chance for a 20-point improvement over last year's 62-point debacle, the Isles, at 34-36-10, still have a chance to finish the season at .500 with wins in their final two games Saturday against New Jersey and Sunday against Pittsburgh.

"Character and work ethic, those are the two biggest things about this team," Gordon said about the Isles, who are 8-4-2 in their last 14 games following Thursday's loss in Pittsburgh. "We were looking at another struggle, but we came down to the last week of the season and allowed ourselves to be in the playoff chase.

"But you can't accelerate the progress," he added. "It comes with time." Gordon and several players said the Isles have used top teams such as Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles as a model for building a contender — and in the Penguins' case, a champion — with patience and through the NHL draft.

"(The Penguins) really turned the organization around. They're a couple of years ahead of what we want to accomplish," center Josh Bailey told Newsday.

"I think for us, a great team to look at it is Chicago," added rookie John Tavares. "They've been able to rebuild really quickly with a lot of great young players."

PENGUINS 7, ISLANDERS 3: Sidney Crosby already was an established NHL superstar before scoring twice to reach 50 goals for the first time in his career Thursday. Islanders rookie John Tavares might be on his way toward the status; the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft reached a smaller milestone in his initial campaign. He notched his team-leading 50th point of the season despite the Isles getting blown out in the final regular-season game at Mellon Arena.

"I'm really pleased with the way John's played after the Olympic break," coach Scott Gordon said of Tavares. "We identified where he could get better and he really applied himself. After the fast start he had and then the frustrations he had for a while, he played an overall, well-rounded game that gets me excited about his potential."

NOTES & QUOTES:
—LW Sean Bergenheim's five-game point streak ended, but the former first-rounder's strong finish got him to 10 goals after scoring just six times in his first 56 games this season.

"Obviously I wished I would've helped this way earlier too, but I've been feeling much, much better and there are a few reasons for that," Bergenheim told Newsday. "It's nice to score goals, I'm not going to lie. Most of all, it's nice to contribute and it's nice to help the team win."

—LW Greg Mauldin was rewarded for a strong season at AHL Bridgeport with a promotion to the NHL to replace injured forwards Richard Park (eye) and Blake Comeau (foot) in Pittsburgh. Mauldin, who had 24 goals and 51 points for Bridgeport, hadn't appeared in the NHL since playing six games for Columbus in 2003-04.

"I was only 21 years old then so I was still a little starstruck," Mauldin told Newsday. "I just want to show people that I can play at this level. I can be a third or fourth-line energy guys, I can kill penalties, block shots, play 15 minutes or five minutes. I was just waiting for the opportunity and here it is."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We certainly hope it's next year we get into the playoffs. That's where we can get some really good experience, see what it takes to win in the playoffs and be ready for the sacrifice it takes to win the (Stanley) Cup." — Rookie center John Tavares, before the Islanders continued playing out the string with a 7-3 loss Thursday in Pittsburgh.

ROSTER REPORT:

Player Notes:

—G Martin Biron had gone 7-1-2 in his previous 10 starts, but he was pulled after allowing four goals on 10 shots in the first period of a 7-3 loss in Pittsburgh.

—LW Matt Moulson scored his team-high 28th goal in his first full NHL season, but his first in six games.

—RW Kyle Okposo matched last season's rookie total with his 18th goal.


Medical Watch:

—RW Blake Comeau suffered a broken foot April 6 and will miss the rest of the regular season.

—G Rick DiPietro was placed on the injured list March 2 and will miss the rest of the season after experiencing swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.

—D Dustin Kohn suffered a concussion March 24 and is out indefinitely.

—D Radek Martinek tore the ACL in his right knee on Nov. 6 against New Jersey and will miss the remainder of the season.

—C Richard Park missed Thursday's game in Pittsburgh with an eye injury and is day-to-day.

—C Rob Schremp suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee March 9 and will miss the remainder of the season.

—C Doug Weight underwent season-ending surgery March 18 to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his left shoulder.



LINEUPS/INJURIES



.........................LW..................................................C..................................................RW.........................
Zach PariseTravis ZajacDainius Zubrus
Ilya KovalchukPatrik EliasJamie Langenbrunner
Brian RolstonRob NiedermayerDavid Clarkson
Jay PandolfoDean MCAmmondPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond

.........................D..................................................D.........................
Paul MartinColin White
Mike MottauBryce Salvador
Martin SkoulaMark Fraser

..............................G..............................
Martin Brodeur
Yann Danis


INSIDE SHOTS:
There are two games left in the regular season, and the Devils can still finish second, third or fourth in the Eastern Conference.

New Jersey missed the chance to take a major step toward the No. 2 spot by losing to former teammate Scott Clemmensen in Florida on Thursday.

So, with Pittsburgh winning, those two teams are tied for second and fourth place, and for the Atlantic Division lead. Buffalo, which lost in Boston on Thursday, is a point behind the Devils and Penguins and can still finish second but can't drop lower than third by virtue of being a division winner.

Confusing? Suffice to say the Devils could have made things easier for themselves Thursday, when they lost to a non-playoff team.

"It depends on what happens the next two games," said captain Jamie Langenbrunner. "There's lots of games during the season you can look back on, but I don't think we should be too disappointed. We did a lot of good things (Thursday)."

The Devils and Penguins are again in a flat-footed tie, with the Devils ahead because of their season-series sweep of the Penguins.

New Jersey plays twice at home over the weekend, against the Islanders Saturday and Sabres Sunday. That Sunday game could wind up deciding second place. The Penguins are on the road, at Atlanta and the Islanders, against two teams going nowhere.

After that, it's the playoffs. If the playoffs would have started off the end of play Thursday night, the No. 2 Devils would have met the No. 7 Canadiens. But there's plenty that can still change.

PANTHERS 3, DEVILS 2: The Devils fired 44 official shots at old friend Scott Clemmensen in Florida but beat him only twice in suffering the road loss.

"He was somewhat a big difference in the game," Martin Brodeur said of his ex-teammate. "When you get 40-something shots in a game and only have two goals, it's impressive."

Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored for the Devils, who outshot the Panthers 44-18, 22-5 in the third period.

"He played great," Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner said of Clemmensen. "We reaped the benefits of it last year. He's a good goalie, especially when he gets on a roll and he definitely did (Thursday).

"We did a good job of making it hard on him and putting a lot of traffic there and he was on. Sometimes you're going to have those nights."

NOTES & QUOTES:
—LW Zach Parise has no interest in sitting out one of the final two games of the regular season to rest up for the playoffs. "I don't think I need it, personally," he said Thursday. "I had (Wednesday) off. I don't think I need it. I don't want it. I guess if (coach Jacques Lemaire) thinks I need it, maybe, but if he asks for my opinion I would say no. I want to make sure that I'm at the top of my game for the playoffs."

—RW Jamie Langenbrunner, rested at Carolina last Saturday and less than thrilled with the move, said he wanted to play in all 82 games. "Did having a game off benefit me? No, he said. "I didn't ask for a day off. (All 82 games) was definitely something I wanted to do, or to at least have attempted to. I'm not sure if I've ever done it. I missed one (game) last year. It would have been nice to have had the opportunity to try it." Lemaire still defends the move, saying his captain, who also played in the Olympics, needed the night off.

—D Andy Greene was the player rested at Florida, Mike Mottau returning to the lineup after his night off.

—The Devils are 1-for-14 on the power play in the last six games and 8-for-8 on the penalty kill in the last five. One of the last five was a penalty-free game on both sides.

—Thursday's loss kept the Devils from their first three-game winning streak since Dec. 12-21.

—G Scott Clemmensen has confidence in his old team in the playoffs. "They've got enough firepower. They can beat anyone regardless of where they finish and who they play in the playoffs," he said. "They've got a good opportunity to have a good run here, so I'm not worried about them."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think we still have the upper hand if we do win both of our games. So, when you have it in your own hands, that's what you want. Definitely, it's a missed opportunity (Thursday) to help ourselves out a little better." — Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, on the battle for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.

ROSTER REPORT:

Player Notes:

—RW Dainius Zubrus has a goal and four assists in the last three games.

—C Rob Niedermeyer has no points in the last 11.

—LW Brian Rolston has no points in the last six games and one goal in the last 14.

—LW Ilya Kovalchuk had seven shots on goal but was otherwise held off the stat sheet Thursday.

—RW Jamie Langenbrunner has no points in his last five games.

—LW Zach Parise has two goals and two assists in the last three games.

—RW Vladimir Zharkov, who still doesn't have a goal, was a healthy scratch for the third straight game.


Medical Watch:

—D Colin White banged his left knee into the boards on a second-period fall but didn't miss a shift. "I got stuck in the ice," he said. "It was soft as (heck) out there. You could probably tell by the way the puck was bouncing. I just went into the boards and banged my knee. It didn't feel good, obviously."

—RW Andrew Peters, out since March 25 with a scratched eyeball, has started skating.








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First!!! Estimated TOI for Michael Haley tonight....12:00....6:00 IN PENALTIES!!

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HAHA - Law always has the best GDTs...

Well done yet again. Here's to a fun/good game.

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70's porn stars quote was PRICELESS!

Law you are the man!

Oh yeah, and heres to Micheal Haley for finally getting his "Travel Mug" of coffee tonight.

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Hahahaa awesome. Let's go Isles!

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For those who can't stomach every Isles game, the "free travel mug" was a joke from the previous GDT...

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=760399

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For those who can't stomach every Isles game, the "free travel mug" was a joke from the previous GDT...

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=760399
After the season, you should bundle all the Oh Crap! pages together into a single zip or something. They're so brilliant!

Although, not to nitpick but the porn star thing is a bit off. Trevs has got the fu manchu thing going; 70s porn star is more George Parros.


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1-0 Devils (Zubrus), for those with no viewing or listening methods.

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That was a hell of a move by Parise. 2-0 Devs

Cue at least a dozen "**** MM/I get sick watching him" posts.

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2-0 Devils, Parise.

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That was a hell of a move by Parise. 2-0 Devs

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Yep, nice goal.

I love watching Parise though, just would be nicer if we could watch him playing for us.

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3-0 Devs. It's Rolli time.

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Love the way the Isles announcers praise the Devils game, but very tactfully state that they are still boring as hell.

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Devils = watching grass grow.

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pretty dead here tonight.... well in the spot were in right now, losing isnt the worst thing in the world, but I wanna see the boys at least pot a few tonight... No more lopsided scores..... lets pick it up in the second....

BTW parise is so good I love watching him play

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Ever since the Olympics, I've gained a new level of admiration for Parise. Even if he does play for the team he plays for.

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That was a hell of a fight.

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As soon as I find a pic of Gillies right there, I'm gonna make it my background.

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I really wanted the Isles to hit 80 points this season, not sure why just thought it would have been a nice round number.

GOing to pop a percocet my mouth is killing me.... or maybe it's the game??

Oh, and I'm really afraid of Trevor Gillies...he's a scary mofo

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Looks like Bergie skated off hunched over.
Went straight to the locker room. Doesn't look good, a shoulder. Another Islander hurt at the end of season.

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As soon as I find a pic of Gillies right there, I'm gonna make it my background.
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