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New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils [Game #29 thread]

Who’s ready for the second half of the season?

NHL: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
More celebrations, please.
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The New York Islanders aim for another three-game sweep today as they wrap up their set with the New Jersey Devils in Newark. It’s a 5 p.m. EDT start, dementedly early on a back-to-back where the clocks changed last night.

The first meeting on Long Island was a cakewalk, though it saw the loss of Anders Lee (now placed on LTIR). Last night in Newark was much tighter, and required some Kieffer Bellows third-period heroics. “It takes a village,” as Barry Trotz keeps saying.

Today Trotz may make a change or two. One of them is well expected, Ilya Sorokin in goal after Semyon Varlamov put in a very strong performance less than 24 hours ago.

Here’s Trotz’s full availability previewing that change:

Presumably the Devils would also switch goalies and use their alternate wood, but we’ll see.