NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 21st
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (7-9-2) at New Jersey Devils (9-7-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to extend their season-high
winning streak to four games when they visit the New Jersey Devils for an
Atlantic Division matchup at Prudential Center.
After sweeping a home-and-home series with Ottawa last week, the Isles made it
three straight wins with Monday's shootout victory over visiting Vancouver.
Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal in the deciding segment to lift New York to
the 2-1 decision at Nassau Coliseum.
Joey MacDonald stopped 31-of-32 shots for the Isles, while Doug Weight tallied
the lone regulation score for New York.
New York's winning streak has come on the heels of a three-game slide. The
current stretch is the longest hot streak for the Isles since they won six in
a row from February 12-21 of last season.
Tonight marks the start of a three-game road trip for the Islanders, who are
3-3-1 as the visiting club this year. New York will also make stops in Buffalo
and Montreal during the swing.
Meanwhile, the Devils have posted back-to-back victories for the first time
since the injury to franchise goaltender Martin Brodeur. New Jersey's latest
victory came Thursday night against the visiting Florida Panthers.
Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta each had a goal and an assist to lead the Devils
to the 3-1 decision. Jersey will now try to notch its first three-game winning
streak since October 16-22.
Paul Martin scored the other goal while Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves for the
Devils, who had dropped four in a row before recording consecutive wins.
Clemmensen has been the winner in both of Jersey's last two wins, although he
did allowed five goals in last Saturday's 6-5 shootout victory over the
The Devils are 6-4-1 as the host this year and are completing a three-game
homestand this evening. The club will begin a five-game road trip Sunday in
New Jersey earned a 2-1 home decision over the Isles back on October 10 and
has won two straight in three of the last four meetings between the clubs. New
York is 3-2-0 in five all-time trips to the Prudential Center, which opened
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