NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 23rd (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (9-10-2) at Atlanta Thrashers (11-10-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk will be sad to see the calendar flip to December in a week. Until then he will attempt to continue his scoring tear this month and help the Thrashers win their fifth straight game tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at Philips Arena.
Kovalchuk posted a four-point night, two goals and two assists, in Wednesday's 5-1 pounding of Washington, and now has 13 goals and eight assists in nine November games this year. He currently leads the league with 19 goals and sits second in points with 33.
Niclas Havelid and Eric Perrin had a goal and an assist while Tobias Enstrom added three helpers for the Thrashers, who have won four straight and seven of eight overall to get above .500 at 11-10-0 after starting the season 0-6-0.
Marian Hossa had a pair of assists to run his points streak to six games. He has six goals and seven assists during his run.
Johan Hedberg finished the game with 31 saves for Atlanta, which is 4-4-0 at home this season. The club will travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Thrashers will face a hot road team tonight in New Jersey, which has won the first two games of its current four-game road trip that wraps in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Zach Parise scored a pair of power-play goals and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves, as the Devils held on for a 2-1 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday in the trip's second test.
Jamie Langenbrunner assisted on both goals for New Jersey, which has won consecutive games for the first time since October 31 and November 2. The Devils have yet to win three straight this season.
Devils defenseman Colin White played for first time this season after recovering from an eye injury.
New Jersey is 6-6-2 this year on the road.
The Devils beat the Thrashers in Atlanta on October 13 to win for just the second time in the last nine meetings between the clubs. New Jersey had lost four in a row at Atlanta before posting the win there earlier this season.
11/23 10:41:18 ET