NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 8th (All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (19-18-3) at New Jersey Devils (23-15-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to avoid their first seven-game losing streak in over four years when they visit the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Prudential Center.
The Sabres have dropped six in a row for the first time since March 18-27, 2006. Another setback this evening would give Buffalo its first seven-game slide since December 4-19, 2003.
Buffalo's most recent setback came Sunday in Atlanta as the Thrashers posted a 5-2 triumph behind a two-goal performance from Marian Hossa.
Thomas Vanek and Clarke MacArthur scored for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller struggled, allowing four goals on 29 shots.
The Sabres are playing the middle portion of a three-game road trip tonight and are just 8-10-2 as the visiting club this season. Buffalo has dropped its last three tests as the away team.
The Devils had begun the new year with back-to-back wins, but were handed their first loss of 2008 this past Saturday in Boston. P.J. Axelsson had a goal and two assists to lift the Bruins past Jersey, 4-3, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who lost for just the second time in seven games. Johnny Oduya and Travis Zajac also scored in defeat.
Kevin Weekes, who was making a rare start in net for the Devils, made 21 saves.
Weekes is the backup to future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur and is 2-2-1 in six games (five starts) this season. Brodeur will be back in net tonight after getting his day of rest.
New Jersey is 12-5-0 in its first 17 games at the Prudential Center. The Devils have won four in a row and nine of their last 10 home contests.
The Devils beat Buffalo on December 28 in another matchup at the Prudential Center. New Jersey has won three of four and five of the last seven encounters with the Sabres.
The Sabres have also lost two in a row and 10 of their last 11 tests in New Jersey, although this is just Buffalo's second-ever stop in Newark.
01/08 10:46:32 ET