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There are three games remaining in the Islanders schedule and they are about to take on some very familiar foes of which they have had much success against this season. In 13 games against the New Jersey Devils and Rangers this season, the Islanders are an impressive 10-3-0.

The Islanders will start Joey MacDonald in goal tonight, having played one game with the Islanders earlier this season. Joining him from Bridgeport are prospects Matt Keith, Drew Fata and Kip Brennan. Steve Regier, Tim Jackman and Matthew Spiller stayed with the Sound Tigers to help them in their fight for the postseason.

Keith, a center, is 6-8-14 in 35 games with Bridgeport. He is 2-3-5 in 24 NHL games - all played with Chicago. Keith was acquired in January from the Portland Pirates in a trade for Darryl Bootland.

Fata has been with the Islanders organization since 2006-07. This season, Fata is 3-10-13 in 64 games with Bridgeport, along with 190 penalty minutes. The defenseman skated in two games with the Islanders earlier this season.
New Jersey will come to play tonight with everything they have considering their spot in the standings. At 93 points, the Atlantic Division title is nearly out of reach with four games remaining. The Pittsburgh Penguins have 99 points and have a magic number of three to clinch the postseason.

Brennan will be making his Islanders debut tonight having played in 47 games with Bridgeport, while racking up 247 penalty minutes.

But the Devils are also concerned with the teams behind them. New Jersey is currently in fourth place – and the last team with home ice advantage. Ottawa is just a point back, while the Rangers, Philadelphia and Boston are only two points back. Any loss by New Jersey could easily knock them out of home ice advantage in the first round.
In the season series, Trent Hunter leads the Islanders in scoring with six points (1+5). Josef Vasicek is the leading goal scorer with four.

For the Devils, the Islanders will undoubtedly keep their eye on Zach Parise, who has three goals and three assists in seven games this season against the Islanders.
 
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