NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 7th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (42-19-3) at New York Islanders (20-37-7), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils were already one of the Eastern Conference's top teams when Martin Brodeur was sidelined. They've been unbeatable since the legendary goaltender has come back to the fold.
The Atlantic Division leaders will attempt to notch a fifth consecutive win when Brodeur and his mates travel across the Hudson River today for an afternoon tilt with the New York Islanders.
New Jersey's winning streak has coincided with Brodeur's return from surgery to repair a torn distal biceps tendon, an injury that caused the perennial All-Star to miss 50 games, and the 36-year-old has allowed only four goals and posted a pair of shutouts over those four victories.
Brodeur stopped 30-of-32 shots in the Devils' 3-2 triumph at Toronto on Tuesday, in which Johnny Oduya scored the game-winning goal with just 11.4 seconds remaining in overtime.
The win was the 548th of Brodeur's career, leaving him just three shy of Patrick Roy's all-time record for a goaltender.
David Clarkson and Patrik Elias tallied in regulation for New Jersey, which closed within six points of slumping Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Devils hold a nine-point advantage on second-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic.
New Jersey has not lost since a 4-0 setback to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on February 21, with Yann Danis making a career-best 40 saves for New York to record his second career shutout.
The Isles have gone 2-2-1 since that victory, most recently dropping a 4-2 decision at home to the new-look New York Rangers on Thursday. Danis turned back only 19-of-23 shots in that one.
Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who are in the midst of a six-game homestand and have gone 2-1-1 so far on the residency. The team wraps up the stretch Sunday against Phoenix.
The Islanders halted a five-game losing streak in this series with their recent win over the Devils, who had taken the first four matchups between the clubs in 2008-09. However, New Jersey has been dealt a defeat in four of their last trips to Nassau Coliseum.
03/07 10:33:40 ET