Islanders vs. Devils Trilogy, Part 1: Aaron Ness Recalled; Nilsson Starts

In one of the stranger quirks in the schedule, the three metro New York teams are entering something of a round-robin tourney this week that features the New York Islanders playing the New Jersey Devils three consecutive times.

The lineup could be different for each game though, as Aaron Ness was recalled on emergency basis with Mark Eaton (lower body) and Dylan Reese (flu) uncertain for today's game, and Anders Nilsson gets today's start in goal. [UPDATE: Eaton is good to go; Ness' brief emergency recall is over after pre-game skate.]

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Devils (36-23-5, t-5th/E) @ Islanders (27-29-9, 13th/E)
3 p.m. EST | MSG+ | Audio:
NHL - WRHU
Nassau [
gloriously unsponsored] Veterans Mem. Coliseum
Devilishly Dashing:
In Lou We Trust

Mixed in with it all is a Devils-Rangers tilt in Newark Tuesday, as well as an Isles visit to the Garden next Sunday once their Devils trilogy is over. I'm sure familiarity will breed intensity this week regardless, but imagine the stakes if the Islanders had made a better February push for a playoff position.

This doesn't complete the schedule though: The Isles and Devils meet one more time in early April to finish out the season series. Last time out, way back in November, the Isles hung on for the win when the would-be tying goal was ruled to be kicked in by Zach Parise.

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