NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 28th (All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (19-15-1) at New Jersey Devils (20-13-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to get back in the win column tonight, when they visit the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
The Sabres had won a season-high six straight games before running into Ottawa on Wednesday night. Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists, and Martin Gerber made 29 saves as the visiting Senators held off Buffalo, 5-3.
Jochen Hecht, Brian Campbell and Adam Mair all scored for Buffalo, which had been riding its longest win streak since opening last season with 10 straight victories.
Ryan Miller made 19 saves and Tim Connolly had two helpers in defeat.
The Sabres are playing the first of two straight on the road tonight and are 8-8-1 as the visiting team this season. Buffalo will also visit Pittsburgh on Saturday evening.
The Devils have won two in a row and are coming off a three-game tour of Western Canada. After losing in Vancouver on December 18, New Jersey posted wins in Edmonton and Calgary.
Jersey hasn't been in action since beating the Flames last Sunday. Patrik Elias scored 25 seconds into overtime to lift the Devils past Calgary, 1-0, in a goaltending duel at the Saddledome.
Martin Brodeur made 30 saves to record the 95th shutout of his glorious career, as the Devils won for the third time in four tests. Brodeur passed George Hainesworth for second place on the all-time shutouts list. Terry Sawchuk is first with 103.
Early in the extra session, Calgary's Craig Conroy mishandled the puck in the offensive zone, allowing the Devils to head the other way on an odd-man rush. Elias collected the puck and quickly dished to Brian Gionta on the right side. Gionta carried the disc across the blue line before threading a perfect return feed that Elias one-timed past the right pad of Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Devils are playing three of their next four games on home ice beginning with tonight's contest. New Jersey is 9-5-0 as the host club this season and has won six of its last seven at the Prudential Center, which opened earlier this season.
New Jersey has taken four of the last six meetings with the Sabres. Buffalo has also dropped nine of its previous 10 trips to the Garden State, but tonight's test will mark the Sabres first-ever stop at the Prudential Center.
12/28 10:40:43 ET