Jan 31, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) hits New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner (7) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Devils - Islanders: What To Watch For

The New Jersey Devils (3-1-3), in dire need of a win, will look to end a four-game losing streak today in Long Island. Taking on the New York Islanders (4-2-1) for the third time this season, New Jersey will be looking for its first win since Jan. 22. The Devils are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday and it’s the back-end of their first set back-to-back games this season. The puck is set to drop at 3 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum. Here are the game notes and the preview:

Moose Back in Net: Back-up goalie Johan Hedberg will make his second start for the Devils this season. Hedberg last played on Jan. 29 in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins — a game where he played more-than-impressively. Hedberg is expected to get a ton of starts when the Devils play these back-to-back sets this season.

Butler Recalled: The Devils recalled forward Bobby Butler from Albany on Saturday and there’s a good chance that he’ll make his Devils debut this afternoon. It’s been somewhat of a mess so far this season between Butler, Mattias Tedenby, Stefan Matteau and Matt Anderson as forwards that have seen partial time in the lineup. Maybe, Butler will provide some stability for New Jersey going forward.

Fresh Start: The Devils lost their first game in regulation yesterday in a 5-1 defeat to the Penguins. It was ugly, but could be a good thing, meaning New Jersey can get off to a fresh, new beginning and put its four game losing streak behind them. That will have to start today, though, because an extended losing streak will seriously cost them in the long run — especially playing this many divisional games.

Isles For Real?: The Islanders are coming off their 5-4 overtime win over the Devils on Thursday and a win could throw them into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division, depending on what the Penguins do today. Either way, New York has come flying out of the gates in 2013, and it seems like it’s here to stay, at least for now.

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