(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils continue their six-game road trip tonight in an Atlantic Division contest with the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
New Jersey has won two straight and three of the four contests it has played so far on its trek, which will end in Nashville on Monday. The Devils were in Columbus last night and fell behind by a goal, but John Madden and Travis Zajac scored 1:13 apart in the third frame to lift New Jersey to a 2-1 victory.
Madden's goal came with a bit of controversy, as his wraparound attempt from the left side sat on the goal line and he tucked it in from the right side before Columbus goaltender Steve Mason was able to fall on it. The play was reviewed as the net seemed to be getting dislodged as the puck crossed the line, but the goal was upheld.
Kevin Weekes made 26 saves for the Devils, allowing just a single goal for a second straight winning start. Weekes is making a push for more playing time with fellow netminder Scott Clemmensen struggling a bit.
Clemmensen, who is likely to start tonight, halted a three-start losing streak with a win over Vancouver on Tuesday but has still allowed 13 goals over his last four games. He is 0-1-1 with a 2.60 goals against average in his career versus the Islanders.
Brendan Shanahan signed with the Devils earlier in the week and joined the club on its current road trip, but is not expected to play for a few more games. Shanahan leads all active NHL players in goals scored with 650, ranking 11th on the all-time list, only 18 behind Hall of Fame forward Luc Robitaille.
The Devils remained three points back of the New York Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division and are 13-7-2 as the road team this year.
The Islanders will try to avoid a seventh straight loss tonight, which would be their second-longest slide of the season. New York, which lost 10 in a row from December 4-23, suffered setbacks in six straight games from October 18- November 1, and matched that slide with Thursday's 2-1 loss to Boston.
New York was in danger of being shutout by the Bruins' Tim Thomas before Bill Guerin scored with 54 seconds left in the game. In all, Thomas made a season- high 40 saves.
Yann Danis allowed both goals on 27 shots for the Islanders, who haven't won since December 31 at home versus Florida. Danis made his third start of the season due to Joey MacDonald landing on injured reserve because of a strained groin muscle suffered on Tuesday versus the Rangers. MacDonald had been seeing most of the time in net with No. 1 goaltender Rick DiPietro having appeared in only five games this year due to injuries. It is possible that DiPietro could be shutdown for the season with NY last in the NHL with 28 points.
The Islanders signed Wade Dubielewicz to a one-way contract on Thursday for the rest of the season. Dubielewicz could make his debut tonight in what would be his first NHL action since April 4. Dubielewicz compiled a 16-13-1 mark with a tie and 2.55 goals against average in four seasons with the Islanders. He had been playing for Ak Bars Kazanin of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia prior to signing with New York.
New York has lost five of its last seven at home, including the first two tests of its current five-game homestand. The Islanders are 7-11-2 this season as the hosting club.
Though the Islanders have lost both of their meetings with the Devils this season and three straight to them overall, they have won seven of the last 11 matchups in the series. New York has lost five of its last eight at home versus New Jersey, though.
01/17 10:23:20 ET