NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 20th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (7-9-1) at New Jersey Devils (8-7-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to post back-to-back wins
for the first time in nearly a month when they welcome the Florida Panthers
for tonight's meeting at the Prudential Center.
The Devils ended a four-game losing streak their last time out, as they won
the back end of a home-and-home series with Washington this past Saturday in
Tonight, New Jersey will aim for consecutive victories, something the club
hasn't done since posting a three-game winning streak from October 16-22.
Zach Parise scored the winning goal in the shootout on Saturday to lift New
Jersey to the 6-5 win over the Capitals. The Devils nearly saw their losing
streak extended in that game as Alexander Ovechkin scored with one second left
in regulation to send the test to overtime.
New Jersey goaltender Scott Clemmensen made a glove save on Viktor Kozlov to
begin the shootout. Parise then beat Jose Theodore on a backhand-forehand
deke. After a scoreless second round, Clemmensen poke-checked an unsuspecting
Boyd Gordon to preserve the win.
Patrik Elias registered two goals and an assist for the Devils, Travis Zajac
collected three assists and Parise also recorded two helpers.
Clemmensen made 25 saves and picked up his first win since January 1, 2008.
Both Kevin Weekes and Clemmensen have taken over New Jersey's goaltending
duties since franchise netminder Martin Brodeur went down with a torn biceps
earlier this month. Brodeur isn't expected to be back until at least February.
The Devils, who are 5-4-1 as the host this season, are playing the middle test
of a three-game homestand tonight. Jersey will complete the residency Friday
night against the New York Islanders.
Florida has won three of its last four games and two of those victories came
against the rival Tampa Bay Lightning. After dropping a 3-2 home test to
Detroit on Friday, the Panthers rebounded with Tuesday's close victory in
Nathan Horton was credited with the game-winning tally in the shootout as the
Panthers edged the Bolts, 4-3, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Bryan McCabe scored twice and David Booth also tallied in regulation for the
Tomas Vokoun allowed just three goals on a whopping 52 shots in the win.
Vokoun's busy night included 15 saves in the first period and 20 more in the
The Panthers are just 3-6-1 as the visiting team this year, but have won two
straight on the road. Florida is in the midst of a three-game road trip, which
will end Friday in Boston.
Florida has won two of its last three tests against the Devils, but Jersey has
still taken three of five and 11 of 15 encounters. The Panthers have also lost
seven of their previous nine tests in the Garden State.
11/20 10:43:05 ET