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Saturday, January 3rd (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (19-7-9-1) at Nashville Predators (17-14-4-2), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they travel to Gaylord Entertainment Center to face the Nashville Predators.

The Devils have 48 points and are five behind the Philadelphia Flyers for first place in the Atlantic Division.

New Jersey is coming off a 2-2 tie with the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center on Thursday. Joel Kwiatkowski scored the equalizer four minutes into the third period for Washington.

Sergei Brylin and Grant Marshall each tallied for New Jersey, which ran its unbeaten streak to five games versus Washington (4-0-1-0). However, the Devils have just one win in their last five contests (1-1-2-1).

Scott Niedermayer assisted on two goals to give him 12 helpers on the season. Marshall has scored all three of his goals this season in the past seven games.

Olaf Kolzig stopped 34 shots for Washington, while New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur made 25 stops.

New Jersey, which completes a four-game road trip tonight, ran its away record to 10-3-6-0 this season.

Kimmo Timonen scored two of Nashville's three power-play goals and assisted on the third, as the Predators defeated Pittsburgh, 3-2, on Thursday.

Martin Erat scored the game-winner midway through the third, as the Predators improved to 6-1-2-1 in their last 10 home games.

Scott Walker added two assists for the Predators and has four goals and six helpers over his last six contests.

The Predators, 10-5-3-1 on home ice for the season, will travel to Detroit on Monday.

New Jersey has won three straight meetings against Nashville, and taken all four lifetime clashes in the Music City.

01/03 10:33:32 ET

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