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Thursday, January 29th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (26-12-10-1) at Detroit Red Wings (28-15-7-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils seek their fourth consecutive win tonight when they visit the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in a clash of perennial powers.

Jersey has defeated Montreal, Atlanta and Columbus during its spurt, and is 5-1-1 in the last seven games overall. On Tuesday, Patrik Elias had a goal and an assist to key a three-goal burst in a span of just over three minutes in the first period, propelling the Devils to Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Elias has scored eight goals in the month of January after tallying only eight in the previous two months combined.

Grant Marshall and Sergei Brylin also tallied during the early surge, and Brian Gionta added a key empty-net tally for New Jersey, which trails first- place Philadelphia by three points in the Atlantic Division race.

Martin Brodeur made 28 saves in the victory, New Jersey's first in its last three tries at Columbus.

The Devs, 3-0-1 in their last four away games, will visit St. Louis on Saturday.

Detroit, meanwhile, has won only once in the past six games (1-2-3), including a 2-2 tie in Dallas on Monday. Tomas Holmstrom scored early in the third period to give Detroit the lead, but Teppo Numminen tallied later in the stanza for Dallas to salvage the point.

Pavel Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, which leads St. Louis by seven points in the Central Division race. Manny Legace made 27 saves, including a big stop late in the extra session.

On the health front for the Wings, goaltender Dominik Hasek could be back on the ice in about a week. The six-time Vezina winner has not played since early December due to a groin injury.

The Red Wings, 12-1-2 in their last 15 home games, will host Carolina on Saturday.

The home team is 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings between Detroit and New Jersey.

01/29 10:36:39 ET


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