Analysis: Devils Islanders Pregame

The Devils and Islanders finish up their home and home series this afternoon at the Prudential Center. The last two games the Devils have just been able to eek by the two bottom teams of the NHL. The Devils won yesterday’s game 1-0 with Johan Hedberg constantly saving their skin. That can’t happen today.

The defense needs to play better in front of Brodeur who is starting in place of Hedberg. The turnover by Adam Larsson in the 3rd period that led to the penalty shot is inexcusable and Larsson must bounce back from his poor play with a strong effort today. If the defense plays smart they should be able to stop the Islanders’ offense.

We should expect more of the offense today since they were only able to produce one goal yesterday. Zach Parise has been goalless in 4 games. He needs to break out of that today and produce. I feel that the most consistent line is the Zubrus-Elias-Sykora line but you can’t rely on just that line to produce. The first line should be able to contribute immensely. Expect lots of chances coming from the first line.

Marty needs to be Marty. He needs to play confident. He can not be afraid to challenge the shooter. If not this Islander team could jump on him early.

Confidence and smart play should lead to a Devils’ victory.