NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 16th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (9-6-0) at New Jersey Devils (7-9-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur will get another shot at career win No. 500 tonight, when his New Jersey Devils welcome the New York Islanders to the Prudential Center.
Brodeur notched his 499th career victory against Philadelphia on November 8, but has dropped starts to the Islanders and Rangers since then.
The 35-year-old backstop is trying to become just the second goaltender in NHL history to reach the 500-win mark. Fellow Montreal native Patrick Roy (551) is the only other netminder to reach the milestone.
Brodeur and the Devils were handed a home loss by the Rangers on Wednesday night, as Jaromir Jagr tallied a goal and an assist to lift New York to a 4-2 triumph in Newark.
Jamie Langenbrunner, playing his first game of the season, scored both New Jersey goals while Brodeur made 19 stops for the Devils, who have dropped four of their last six (2-3-1).
Langenbrunner missed the entire preseason and the first 17 games of the regular season after having sports hernia surgery two months ago.
Tonight is the second of two straight home tests for the Devils, who are 3-3-0 in their first six games at the newly-minted Prudential Center. New Jersey will begin a four-game road trip Saturday evening in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, the Islanders will try to halt a two-game skid when they visit the Devils tonight. New York has dropped the first two tests of a four-game road trip, losing 3-2 in Philadelphia on Monday before getting beat by the same score in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Sidney Crosby set up the game-winning goal, and in the process extended his consecutive point streak to 18 games, to lead the Penguins to the win over the Isles.
Mike Comrie and Josef Vasicek scored for New York, which had won four straight prior to the recent skid. Rick DiPietro allowed three goals on 27 shots in the losing effort.
Isles defenseman Bryan Berard returned to the ice Thursday after missing the six previous games with a groin injury.
The Islanders are just 2-4-0 as the visiting team this season.
New York is 2-0 in the season series against the Devils and have won three straight overall meetings between the teams after dropping the previous six matchups.
Tonight's test is the Islanders' first game at Jersey's Prudential Center. New York had won four of their last six contests at the Izod Center, the Devils' former home.
11/16 10:31:24 ET