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Saturday, December 15th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (13-16-0) at New Jersey Devils (17-11-3), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will aim for their second straight victory when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes for this afternoon's test at the Prudential Center.

The Devils dropped two straight games on the heels of a nine-game winning streak, but got back on the right track with Thursday's victory at Boston. Jamie Langenbrunner scored a pair of goals to lift New Jersey past the Bruins, 3-1, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Langenbrunner began the season on the shelf with a sports hernia injury, but has been excellent since returning, notching 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 14 games. The Devils are 10-3-1 with Langenbrunner in the lineup this season.

Brian Gionta also scored and Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for the Devils, who improved to 10-1-1 in their last 12 games.

New Jersey is 8-4-0 at the Prudential Center this season and has won five straight at its new arena. The Devils will close out a brief two-game homestand Sunday against Philadelphia.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, are playing the third test of a season-high six-game road trip today. Phoenix has split the first two games of the swing and is coming off Thursday's loss to the New York Islanders.

Bill Guerin scored two goals to pace New York to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes at Nassau Coliseum.

Nick Boynton and Niko Kapanen scored for Phoenix, which has dropped two of three. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 33 shots.

The Coyotes are 8-8-0 as the visiting team this season and have dropped five of their last six tests on the road. Phoenix will close out this swing with contests against the New York Rangers, Philadelphia and San Jose.

Phoenix has taken two straight and three of the last four meetings from the Devils, but this will be the Coyotes' first-ever trip to Prudential Arena.

12/15 10:35:07 ET


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