NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, December 7th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (19-7-1) at Buffalo Sabres (16-8-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will take aim at a third consecutive victory when they visit the Buffalo Sabres for a battle at HSBC Arena.
The Devils have won two straight and five of their last six, and the club just wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record. New Jersey, which is 10-2-1 as the guest this year, is on the road for just one game before returning to Newark for a five-game homestand. The residency is set to begin Wednesday against Carolina.
New Jersey is coming off Saturday's close victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Patrik Elias scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Devils to the 4-3 decision at Prudential Center.
After Ville Leino's wrister was stopped by Martin Brodeur, Elias skated in on net and slid a low backhand under the prone body of Chris Osgood for the win.
Jamie Langenbrunner, Rob Niedermayer and Johnny Oduya each had a goal for the Devils, who led 2-0 after the first period but let Detroit get back in the game. Brodeur finished with 28 saves.
"We played well early in the game, but let them come back," said Brodeur. "But we've got some guys who are scoring big goals and making great plays, we've been competing well lately."
Oduya scored his first goal of the season in his return from a 17-game absence due to a groin injury. Forward Jay Pandolfo, who also had missed the previous 17 games with a shoulder problem, added an assist in the win.
The Sabres will try to get back on the right track tonight after having a four-game winning streak snapped with Saturday's home loss to the New York Rangers.
Ryan Callahan's third-period goal was the game-winner and Henrik Lundqvist took a shutout bid into the final minute, as the Rangers downed Buffalo, 2-1.
Ryan Miller made 30 saves for the Sabres, who were trying for their first five-game win streak since December 12-22, 2007.
Buffalo is 9-4-2 as the host this year and is playing the third segment of a five-game homestand tonight. The Sabres will host Washington and Chicago before completing the residency.
The Sabres posted a 4-1 victory in New Jersey on October 28 in the first of four meetings between the clubs this season. Buffalo has won four of six overall in the series, but the Devils have taken two straight and three of their last four in western New York.
12/07 10:40:24 ET