New Jersey is coming off a 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh yesterday.
The Devils have lost four straight, giving up 15 goals during the slide.
And that doesn't bode well vs. this Islanders team which is averaging 3.86 GPG.
Note that New Jersey is already 0-3 (-3.1 units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
New York is 4-2-1 and is coming off a 5-4 OT win over New Jersey on the 31st.
It was the successful end to an overall 3-1-1 road trip.
It's been the power-play which has been the difference, converting on 37.5% of its chances.
And special teams have been equally adept at shutting down the man advantage, failing just once in 25 short-handed situations.
It's interesting to note that New York is 3-1 (+2.9 units) after scoring 4 goals or more in its previous game.
No need to overanalyze this play. These teams are moving in opposite directions, and I believe the Islanders take full advantage of this tired Devils side, finding a way to get the job done at the end of the day!