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What's the deal with the Devils? Islanders learning they're a little different

Scouting the Devils was a tad easier for Barry Trotz and his coaching staff than it had been for the Islanders’ first 10 opponents. Finally, they are facing a team they played last season.

The Islanders (5-3-2) resume their season-opening, 13-game road trip against the Devils on Thursday night at Prudential Center. They’ve been off since having a seven-game point streak snapped in Sunday night’s 5-2 loss at Minnesota.

"I watched the Devils last night," Trotz said after the Islanders practiced on Wednesday at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow. "I had our systems’ sheet, or our scouting sheet.