Despite Tavares's absence, the Islanders controlled the puck and put heavy pressure on the Devils, particularly in the third period. But Schneider turned aside all but one of their 14 shots.
They received a late power play, but couldn't convert — leaving them 0 for 3 with the advantage during the game.
"It was a typical Islanders-Devils game," New York coach Jack Capuano said. "They got the shot and the bounce at the end."
The bounce resulted in one of two goals allowed by Nabokov, who played another solid game. Fresh off a shutout victory over Detroit on Monday, the veteran goalie made 23 saves.
"It's a process," Capuano said. "(We've) got to do a better job teaching these kids, and they're going to go through some growing pains."
NOTES: Devils captain Bryce Salvador returned for the first time since he broke a foot on Oct. 22. The 37 year old defenseman logged a team-high 16:05 of ice time in the first two periods. ... New Jersey LW Mattias Tedenby was a healthy scratch. He is minus-5 in three games since he came back from a two-game conditioning stint in the AHL. ... Tavares' consecutive games streak is the fifth longest in Islanders history. ... Islanders 20-year-old center Ryan Strome was held pointless. He has no goals and just one assist six games into his NHL career.