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

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Mar 1, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; A fight between New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) and New Jersey Devils center Ryan Carter (20) is broken up by linesman Steve Barton (59) and linesman Jonny Murray (95) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Devils defeated the Islanders 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Special Teams

The Islanders and Devils’ records maybe not be the same, but on the ice when it comes to their special teams, both teams are very similar.

On the power play neither team has been striking fear into their opposition, as they are both slightly above average. The Devils are 14th in the NHL with a 19.5% success rate on the PP, while the Islanders are just slightly better on the PP with a 19.9 success rate, ranking them 12th in the NHL.

Stopping the power play has been a glaring weakness for both teams this season, as they both rank towards the bottom of the NHL. The Devils rank 24th in the league by killing off penalties at a 78.4% clip. The Islanders are slightly worse at killing off PP, as they rank 26th in the league at a 76.5% success rate on the PK.

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