NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 15th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (22-16-13-6) at New Jersey Devils (29-16-10-1), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to stay on the winning track today when they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to the Meadowlands.
The Devils halted a three-game losing streak on Saturday, as they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1. Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey. Gomez halted a 15-game goal-scoring drought.
Jeff Friesen and Mike Rupp also scored for New Jersey, which also snapped a two-game skid on home ice. Martin Brodeur stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced for the win.
The Devils have 69 points and currently hold the sixth position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New Jersey is nine points behind Philadelphia for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
New Jersey completes a four-game homestand against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
The Kings were dealt a humbling 8-3 loss in Buffalo on Friday evening. Maxim Afinogenov scored twice and Ales Kotalik delivered a career-high three points to lead the Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Jozef Stumpel and Scott Barney both registered a goal and an assist for the Kings, who suffered their second straight setback. Ian Laperriere also scored, while Roman Cechmanek took the loss in net as he stopped just 17-of-22 shots before giving way to Cristobal Huet.
Los Angeles, which suffered its first regulation loss on the road in seven games (4-1-1-1), fell to 1-7-1 in its last nine games in Buffalo.
The Kings are currently in the playoff picture with 63 points, placing them seventh in the Western Conference. However, it is a tight race and they are just one point ahead of Nashville and St. Louis and only one behind Dallas.
LA completes its seven-game road trip on Monday against the New York Islanders.
New Jersey has won three of the last six meetings and has outscored the Kings, 21-9, in the previous six tilts. However, LA has won two straight and four of its last five at the Meadowlands.
02/15 10:21:07 ET