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Friday, October 16th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Thrashers (2-1-0) at New Jersey Devils (3-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will aim for a fourth consecutive victory when they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers for tonight's battle at Prudential Center.

The Devils began the season with consecutive losses, but have since rattled off three wins in a row. Two of those victories came in shootouts, including Monday's 3-2 decision in Washington.

Jamie Langenbrunner accounted for the deciding goal in the shootout, as the Devils earned a 3-2 comeback victory over the Capitals. Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Jersey added a goal in the second and third periods to extend the game past regulation.

Brian Rolston and David Clarkson each scored in regulation for New Jersey, which received a 31-save effort from Martin Brodeur en route to sweeping a three-game road trip.

"Regardless of the teams you play, you have three games and you hope to do well," said Brodeur. "We did great, we got all six points in different ways and we've got to be happy about that."

The Devils are now back home for two games and will also host Carolina on Saturday. Jersey is 0-2-0 at the Rock this year, losing both tests on a season-opening two-game homestand.

The Thrashers, meanwhile, were dealt their first loss of the season the last time out, dropping a 4-2 decision in Ottawa on Saturday. It was just the third game of the season for Atlanta.

Mike Fisher scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period and dished out an assist to lead the Senators past the Thrashers.

Ron Hainsey and Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal apiece for the Thrashers, who beat the Lightning and Blues to start the season. Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 30- of-34 shots in defeat.

Tonight marks the third stop on a five-game road trip for the Thrashers, who will also make stops in Buffalo and Montreal.

New Jersey won three of four meetings against the Thrashers last season and has taken six of eight overall in the series. Atlanta has picked up two victories in its last three trips to the Garden State.

10/16 10:41:20 ET

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