5 Things to Watch: New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils

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Dec 28, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) controls the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Scheduling Woes

Both the Islanders and Devils will likely be tired coming into this game, as the Islanders are coming back to the East Coast after a four-game Canadian road-trip, in which they split the games going 2-2.

The Devils will be playing the second half of a back to back, as on Thursday night they had a game in Boston against the Bruins. New Jersey lost 3-0 in that game, and will certainly have a sour taste in their mouths after being shutout.

Travel is a very important thing to keep an eye on in long grinding seasons like the NHL, so don’t expect either team to be coming out on to the ice flying around.

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