NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 10th (All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (39-21-6) at New Jersey Devils (42-20-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of first-place teams will battle tonight in the Garden State, as the New Jersey Devils welcome the Calgary Flames to Prudential Center.
The Devils are the top team in the Atlantic Division and with 87 points are also the second seed in the Eastern Conference -- one point ahead of Southeast-leading Washington.
Calgary, meanwhile, is first in the Northwest Division and third in the West with 84 points on the year.
New Jersey will try to get back on track after having a four-game winning streak halted with Saturday's blowout loss against the New York Islanders.
The Devils made the trip across the Hudson River to face New York and were handed a 7-3 setback against the Islanders, who are last in the NHL with just 51 points this year. Sean Bergenheim posted his first career hat trick to lead the Isles at Nassau Coliseum.
Brian Gionta, Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who also lost for just the third time in their last 12 outings. Langenbrunner has three goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.
Martin Brodeur took the loss, allowing six goals on 26 shots through the first two periods, and remains three victories away from tying Patrick Roy for the all-time win mark. Brodeur was dealt his first loss in five games since returning to action after elbow surgery had kept him sidelined for nearly four months.
Kevin Weekes finished the contest by stopping the only shot he faced in the final 20 minutes.
Tonight's test marks the first of two straight on home ice for the Devils, who will also host Phoenix on Thursday. New Jersey is 22-10-1 as the host this year and has won seven in a row in Newark.
The Flames are 2-2 so far on a seven-game road trip and have lost the last two legs on the swing. Since pounding Philadelphia, 5-1, on Thursday, Calgary was handed a 6-1 setback at Carolina on Friday and then lost 5-2 this past Sunday in Atlanta.
Jarome Iginla netted his 30th goal of the season for the Flames in the most recent loss to the Thrashers. It's the eighth straight season the Calgary captain has reached that mark. Iginla has also recorded a point in eight straight games, posting nine goals and eight assists over that stretch.
Olli Jokinen, who was Calgary's big acquisition at the trade deadline, has been held pointless in two games since notching a pair of goals in his Flames debut against the Flyers last week.
Miikka Kiprusoff gave up all five goals on 20 shots against the Thrashers and has been scored on a total of 14 times in his last four outings. Kiprusoff is 0-2-1 in his career against the Devils.
Calgary, which is 17-13-2 as the guest this year, will close its longest trip of the season with stops in Detroit and Toronto.
The Devils have won two of the last three meetings with the Flames, including a 1-0 overtime victory in Calgary on December 23 of last season. Calgary has taken two of three and four of its last six road tests in the series, but this will be the Flames' first game at the Prudential Center, which opened at the start of the 2007-08 campaign.
03/10 10:39:39 ET