NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 7th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (42-19-3) at New York Islanders (20-37-7), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils were already one of the Eastern
Conference's top teams when Martin Brodeur was sidelined. They've been
unbeatable since the legendary goaltender has come back to the fold.
The Atlantic Division leaders will attempt to notch a fifth consecutive win
when Brodeur and his mates travel across the Hudson River today for an
afternoon tilt with the New York Islanders.
New Jersey's winning streak has coincided with Brodeur's return from surgery
to repair a torn distal biceps tendon, an injury that caused the perennial
All-Star to miss 50 games, and the 36-year-old has allowed only four goals and
posted a pair of shutouts over those four victories.
Brodeur stopped 30-of-32 shots in the Devils' 3-2 triumph at Toronto on
Tuesday, in which Johnny Oduya scored the game-winning goal with just 11.4
seconds remaining in overtime.
The win was the 548th of Brodeur's career, leaving him just three shy of
Patrick Roy's all-time record for a goaltender.
David Clarkson and Patrik Elias tallied in regulation for New Jersey, which
closed within six points of slumping Boston for the top spot in the Eastern
Conference. The Devils hold a nine-point advantage on second-place
Philadelphia in the Atlantic.
New Jersey has not lost since a 4-0 setback to the Islanders at Nassau
Coliseum on February 21, with Yann Danis making a career-best 40 saves for New
York to record his second career shutout.
The Isles have gone 2-2-1 since that victory, most recently dropping a 4-2
decision at home to the new-look New York Rangers on Thursday. Danis turned
back only 19-of-23 shots in that one.
Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who are in the midst
of a six-game homestand and have gone 2-1-1 so far on the residency. The team
wraps up the stretch Sunday against Phoenix.
The Islanders halted a five-game losing streak in this series with their
recent win over the Devils, who had taken the first four matchups between the
clubs in 2008-09. However, New Jersey has been dealt a defeat in four of their
last trips to Nassau Coliseum.
03/07 10:33:40 ET