New Jersey Devils: Islanders Are Going To Be Angry

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 02: New Jersey Devils Center Nico Hischier (13) passes the puck with New York Islanders Defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) defending during the third period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders on January 2, 2020, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 02: New Jersey Devils Center Nico Hischier (13) passes the puck with New York Islanders Defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) defending during the third period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders on January 2, 2020, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The New Jersey Devils are going to play the New York Islanders for the second time in a week and we should expect them to be a lot angrier in this one.

The New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders just played each other in the Empire State last week. They are going to get together for the second time this season Tuesday night in Newark. The Devils won the game last week by a final score of 2-1. It was a tight game that needed one play to give one team an advantage over the other. Nico Hischier provided that and then some for the Devils

For that reason, you can expect another strong performance from the New York Islanders. They probably didn’t appreciate the way it went down in their barn on Thursday night. The Islanders know that despite the Devils’ place in the standings, they are able to create and play a tough game. Both teams can expect to see the best effort from each other. This is a game that could see some impressive forechecking along with some offense, depending on how the game goes.

The Islanders are a team that believes they are a Stanley Cup Contender. They are near the top. of the Eastern Conference right now with a record of 25-12-3 for 53 points. They are battling with the Pittsburgh Penguins for home-ice advantage in the playoffs as the Washington Capitals are so far ahead of them right now. The Devils getting there is a longshot but they need to play to their strengths and show improvement.

The Devils could use a big win here. They were defeated on Saturday night by the Colorado Avalanche. The Devils were able to skate with the Avalanche for portions of the game but the talent and depth of their came out and defeated the Devils. One day, the Devils could be that good but as of now they just have to keep working. Playing a team like the Islanders could be what the Devils need to get back on track.

Staying out of the box is difficult for the Devils. They have a lot of players that take penalties at a higher than average clip. They would really benefit from that not being the case in this one against the Islanders. They use their power play to do a lot of their scoring so keeping them off the board would go a long way in beating them. They already showed that they can beat them at their own game but this time they will be at home so hopefully, they are able to flash their offensive talent a little bit. It might be difficult if they don’t have Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt available. The rest of the team needs to step up.

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The Islanders are going to play the second half of a back to back in this game. They played the Colorado Avalanche as well last night. They defeated them 1-0 which shows that they are okay with low scoring affairs. Meanwhile, the rested Devils have a team that is built to play a fast and skilled game. Something will have to give in this matchup but it should be fun.