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Wednesday, December 15th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (14-8-6) at New Jersey Devils (8-19-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will take another shot at their first win of the month tonight, when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes for a clash at the Prudential Center.

The Devils won three out of four to end last month, but have lost five straight in regulation to begin December. The most recent setback on New Jersey's longest skid of the season came Saturday against the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Pavel Datsyuk tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Devils. Patrik Elias posted the lone goal for New Jersey.

Martin Brodeur, meanwhile, stopped 19-of-23 shots in his second game back after missing eight contests with a bruised elbow.

"I'm feeling pretty good out there," Brodeur said of his elbow. "I think it was a long layoff for me. It was definitely longer than small injuries you get during the season."

Brodeur is expected to start again tonight. The four-time Vezina winner is 11-8-0 with a 2.30 GAA in 19 career games against the Coyotes.

Tonight marks the middle portion of a three-game homestand for the Devils, who are 4-7-2 as the host this season. New Jersey will complete the home stint Friday against Nashville.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, are beginning their longest road trip of the season tonight. The six-game swing will take Phoenix to New York to battle both the Rangers and Islanders before heading to Pittsburgh, San Jose and Dallas.

Phoenix has won six out of seven on the road and is 8-4-2 away from the desert this season.

The Coyotes won for the second time in three games this past Saturday, pounding the visiting Dallas Stars, 5-2. Shane Doan recorded two goals and Keith Yandle posted a goal and a pair of assists to lead Phoenix on offense.

Ray Whitney notched a goal and a helper for Phoenix. Lauri Korpikoski also tallied while Ilya Bryzgalov turned away 33 shots between the pipes for his 12th win of the season.

"We stressed going into this game, the last few days and during practice, how important this game is," Yandle said.

The Coyotes have won five of the last seven meetings with the Devils and notched a 4-3 regulation win when the clubs met last year in Phoenix. New Jersey has won six of the last eight times the teams have met in the Garden State.

12/15 11:01:09 ET


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