NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 26th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (12-3-4-0) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (7-7-2-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Scott Stevens will pass Larry Murphy for the most games played among NHL defensemen tonight, as the New Jersey Devils attempt to match the franchise record of 13 straight games without a loss against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a Stanley Cup Finals rematch.
New Jersey, which got the best of the Ducks in seven games last spring, has matched the team record for an unbeaten streak four times with the most recent coming from February 26-March 23, 2001.
Stevens, who tied Murphy in Tuesday's shutout over the Los Angeles Kings, has played in 1,615 games spanning 21-plus seasons with the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Devils. The 39-year-old captain will be fourth on the all-time games played list -- behind only forwards Gordie Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,701) and Ron Francis (1,672) -- after tonight's contest.
Stevens will wear three different jerseys this evening and one of them will be sent to the Hall of Fame.
Last night at the Staples Center, Martin Brodeur registered his fourth shutout of the season in New Jersey's 4-0 win over the Kings.
Brodeur turned aside 25 shots for New Jersey, which is now unbeaten in 12 straight games (10-0-2). John Madden, Sergei Brylin and Scott Niedermayer all scored for the Devils, whose last loss came on October 25 versus Boston. Patrik Elias added an empty-netter in the victory.
New Jersey is one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division.
The Devils, who will be playing the second leg of a four-game road trip tonight, have yet to lose on the road this season (5-0-2).
Anaheim, meanwhile, enters tonight on a down note after falling 4-3 in overtime to the Nashville Predators on Friday night. Jason Krog, Samuel Pahlsson and Steve Rucchin scored for Anaheim, which has recorded at least one point in each of its last eight games (3-0-1-4).
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who picked up Conn Smythe honors after last year's Finals, finished with 29 saves in defeat.
Stanislav Chistov had two assists and has seven helpers in his last six games.
Anaheim is 4-3-1-2 at home this season.
New Jersey has won nine of the last 10 non-playoff meetings with the Ducks, including four of the last five in Anaheim.
11/26 10:43:48 ET