NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 2nd (All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (14-12-0) at New Jersey Devils (17-6-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will shoot for a fourth consecutive victory when they welcome the Vancouver Canucks for this evening's interconference showdown at Prudential Center.
The Devils have won three straight and 11 of their last 14 games, but are still second in the Atlantic Division and three points behind Pittsburgh.
New Jersey hasn't played since Saturday when it recorded a blowout victory over the visiting New York Islanders. Patrik Elias and Brian Rolston each scored twice and picked up two assists, as the Devils used a four-goal third period to defeat the Islanders, 6-1.
Zach Parise and Mike Mottau also tallied, while Jamie Langenbrunner recorded two assists for the Devils. Parise has recorded a point in a career-high 10 straight games and has nine goals and six assists during the tear.
Martin Brodeur made 22 saves against the Isles, improving his record to 15-6-1 on the season.
On the injury front, Langenbrunner, New Jersey's captain, is questionable for tonight's game with an undisclosed injury.
The Devils could get forwards Jay Pandolfo and Rob Niedermayer back on the ice tonight after lengthy absences. Pandolfo has missed the last 15 games with a separated right shoulder, while Niedermayer has sat out 11 straight with an upper-body issue. Both players are questionable and would need to be activated from injured reserve before skating in tonight's game.
New Jersey is playing the second test on a four-game homestand and will shoot for its seventh straight home victory. The Devils are 7-4-0 as the host despite beginning the year with losses in their first three home tilts.
Meanwhile, Vancouver is kicking off a four-game trip tonight and will try to improve upon its 4-8-0 road record during the swing. The Canucks will also be making stops in Philadelphia, Carolina and Nashville before returning to British Columbia for a season-high, eight-game homestand.
The Canucks had won two straight and four out of five heading into Sunday's game against visiting San Jose, but were handed a 4-2 loss in what was the finale of a five-game homestand. Dan Boyle scored the go-ahead goal on the power play in the second period to help lift the Sharks.
Jannik Hansen and Kyle Wellwood had the goals for Vancouver, while Roberto Luongo made 26 stops for the Canucks.
Canucks forward Rick Rypien missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury and is questionable for tonight's tilt. The 25-year-old has two goals and an assist in 19 games this year.
Tonight marks the lone scheduled meeting between New Jersey and the Canucks this season. The Devils posted a 5-3 victory in Vancouver last season, but the Canucks have still won five of the last seven encounters between the clubs. Jersey has also lost four of its last six home games in this series.
12/02 10:49:02 ET