NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 8th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (6-8-0) at New Jersey Devils (6-6-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to halt a three-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to Continental Airlines Arena.
Since winning two straight games the Devils have lost to Pittsburgh and been swept by the rival Rangers in a home-and-home. On Saturday, Petr Prucha scored in a sudden death shootout and added a goal in regulation to lead the Rangers to a 3-2 win.
Brian Gionta scored a pair of goals to lead New Jersey. Scott Clemmensen was peppered with 37 shots and stopped 35.
The Devils played their fifth straight game without two-time reigning Vezina winner Martin Brodeur, who is nursing a knee sprain. Brodeur is expected to sit again tonight.
New Jersey hasn't lost four consecutive games since November 13-18, 2001.
The Devils will visit Washington on Friday to begin a home-and-home.
The Isles, meanwhile, have lost two straight games. On Saturday they were trounced, 6-0, up in Ottawa. Dominik Hasek made 28 saves to frustrate New York.
Rick DiPietro was helpless all night and made 26 saves for the Islanders, who have lost four of their last five. New York, which was shut out for the first time this season, has been outscored 11-1 in its last two outings. The Isles dropped a 5-1 contest to visiting Pittsburgh on Thursday.
New York, which is 2-5 on the road, began a three-game trip on Saturday. The Islanders will visit Philadelphia on Thursday.
The Devils and Isles split six meetings against each other in 2003-04.
11/08 10:46:26 ET