NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 30th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (12-4-5-0) at Colorado Avalanche (14-7-1-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two nights after having their club record-tying 13-game unbeaten streak snapped, the New Jersey Devils attempt to rebound when they visit the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
New Jersey fell to Marty Turco and the Dallas Stars, 2-0, Friday in Texas. The Devils hadn't lost since October 25 and failed to establish a new club standard.
The defeat also marked the first time the Devils have been shut out this season. Jersey was blanked by Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals last spring, but it had not failed to score in the regular season since last December 18 against Ottawa.
Martin Brodeur turned aside 19 of the 21 shots he faced for the Devils, who had been 10-0-3 since a loss to Boston five weeks ago. Brodeur has allowed two goals or less in nine of his last 10 outings.
Because Philadelphia has also been so hot of late, the Devils' run did not allow them to gain even a share of first place in the Atlantic Division. Philly, with 34 points, is five ahead of the second-place Devs.
New Jersey, which suffered its first road loss (5-1-3), will host Phoenix on Tuesday.
Colorado, meanwhile, swept through Alberta with wins over Calgary and Edmonton after a two-game losing streak. On Friday, Joe Sakic posted a goal and two assists, as the Avalanche downed the Oilers, 4-1, at Rexall Place.
Teemu Selanne added a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won five of their last seven games. Dan Hinote and Martin Skoula also scored and David Aebischer made 40 saves.
Sakic has recorded 18 points in his last 15 games (7g, 11a), while Alex Tanguay remains among the league's overall scoring leaders. Tanguay, with 31 points (8g, 23a), is tied with Washington's Robert Lang for second -- one behind Vancouver's Markus Naslund.
Despite being forced to play 15 games over 30 days, the Avalanche, 9-3-1-1 this month, can post their best November since moving to Denver in 1995 with a win tonight. In both November 1995 and '96 the club went 8-2-3 for a .730 winning percentage.
Colorado, 7-5-1 on home ice, will visit San Jose on Thursday.
The Devils defeated the Avalanche, 4-3, in New Jersey on November 1 to snap a three-game series losing streak. The Devs have lost their last two in Denver.
11/30 10:08:32 ET