NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 5th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (13-10-4) at New Jersey Devils (18-7-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Already with one of the top road records in the league, the
Devils are becoming harder to beat at home as well. They hope that can help
them get their first victory over the Red Wings in nearly seven years tonight.
New Jersey closes out a four-game homestand Saturday versus Detroit at
The Devils, who are 10-2-1 on the road this year, lost four of their first
five in New Jersey this season. However, they have won seven of their last
eight at "The Rock" and got their last win there Friday night over Tampa Bay.
New Jersey scored all of its goals in the third period, with Jamie
Langenbrunner's redirection of an Andy Greene point shot slipping past
Lightning netminder Antero Niittymaki with 38.1 seconds left to give the
Devils a 3-2 victory.
"We made it a little more interesting than we would have liked. We stuck with
it and we came out on top," said Greene.
Brian Rolston and Niclas Bergfors also scored for the Devils, who have won
four of their last five. Martin Brodeur made 22 stops for the win.
The Devils will now try to beat the Red Wings for the first time since a 1-0
home victory on January 28, 2003. Detroit has won each of the last four
meetings since, including a 2-1 triumph in the lone meeting at the Garden
State since on December 16, 2006.
The Red Wings have been sputtering as of late. They have lost six of their
past nine (3-5-1) and had a two-game win streak snapped with Thursday's 4-1
loss to the Oilers. Two of Edmonton's goals bounced off Detroit players first.
Dan Cleary had the lone tally and Jimmy Howard stopped 32 shots in defeat.
"I didn't think we were any good. I think this was our worst game since we
played in Buffalo," said head coach Mike Babcock, referring to a 6-2 loss to
the Sabres on October 13.
"I think we've been a very competitive, organized, structured, hard-working
team and I never saw any of that tonight. I saw continuous turnovers, guys
getting beat up the ice. We weren't good."
Detroit was without both Brain Rafalski (back) and Patrick Eaves (ankle),
while Jonathan Ericsson exited the game with a left knee injury. All three
players are questionable for tonight. Detroit is already without Johan Franzen
(left knee), Valtteri Filppula (wrist), Jason Williams (fibula) and Niklas
The Red Wings have won three of their last four on the road, where they are
5-5-2 this season. Detroit plays its next two games on the road.
12/05 10:32:20 ET