Originally posted on Running With The Devils  |  Last updated 1/19/13
New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) @ New York Islanders (0-0-0) In a few years we will stop having to visit that place they call an arena on Long Island and head to Brooklyn to play the Islanders but for now, we will continue to play in them in the Nassau Coliseum. Here we go… CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? Finally, after months and months of fighting over money and more money and contract terms and a whole bunch of stuff the average fan could care less about, it is time to drop the puck!! This is the first preview so it will be kind of light because we really don’t know what to preview for tonight’s game but thank god there is finally a game.   Last Meeting It was very late in the 2011/2012 season where we last saw the Islanders. Their season was over, ours of course was not  as the Devils just clinched a playoff spot a few days before. Travis Zajac playing in just his 5th game since returning from a very long injury put home the game winner. A lot had been made about this goal at the time because many felt it helped Zajac’s confidence level which was going to be needed for the upcoming playoffs. Players To Watch Well as Devils fans we are going to be watching everyone I am sure but the big news going into this season was the lack of replacements added for the departures of Parise, Sykora and Ponikarovsky. Together, those three put 59 pucks in the net last season. Where will the scoring come from? Without Parise on the team and without Henrique in the lineup, EVERYONE is probably going to focus on Ilya Kovalchuk. That is why I will be watching him tonight. How does he respond? I’ll be keeping my eyes on two Islanders tonight. Matt Moulson led the team with 36 goals last season and John Tavres led the team with 81 points. The Islanders are still the 5th best team in the Atlantic division but these two guys certainly have the ability to win a few games on their own for the Islanders. They proved that last season. What To Expect To be honest, I am not quite sure. Some of our guys have been playing in the AHL during the lockout, others went to Europe but a large number didn't do either. So that is going to be my main focus tonight, to see if the coaches worked them hard enough this week and got them ready...game ready. The Islanders always play us tough and being that this is a short season and points are going to be critical in all 48 games, I would expect a battle tonight. Let's just hope after months of waiting, our guys are ready!! As always, check us out on Twitter during the game and then come back for our recap after.  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Steve Kerr: MRI shows Jordan Bell has bone bruise

Ryan Murray couldn't finish practice, Florida close to having Luongo back

Pitch clock likely for 2018 despite ongoing disagreement between MLB, MLBPA

Baker Mayfield wants to be drafted by Miami Dolphins

Joel Embiid fans bombard Rihanna after his All-Star nod

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kris Dunn out indefinitely after entering concussion protocol

LeBron James does not trust Cavs organization after Kyrie Irving trade?

WATCH: Joel Embiid thanks fans for making him All-Star starter

'First-Grade Advice' story shows Jaguars are ultimate underdog against Patriots

Saints' Alvin Kamara hilariously puts Twitter troll on blast

Derrick Rose set to return tonight

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

10 keys to watch for the NFL conference championships

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

College basketball’s most underrated stars

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker