NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 16th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (14-4-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (10-5-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The white-hot New Jersey Devils will try to match an NHL
record for consecutive road victories to begin a season tonight when they
visit the rival Philadelphia Flyers for an Atlantic Division battle at
The Devils have won eight straight overall and are 9-0-0 as the visiting team
this season. Only the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres ever started a campaign with 10
consecutive road victories. Tonight's tilt kicks off a three-game road trip
for New Jersey, which will also make stops in Nashville and Dallas before
returning to the Garden State.
New Jersey earned its last road win Thursday in Pittsburgh, as the Devils
notched a 4-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Devils
then returned home for Saturday's contest and posted a 5-2 victory over the
Washington Capitals, who were once again without their star winger Alex
Jamie Langenbrunner and Cory Murphy each posted a goal and an assist, as New
Jersey breezed past the Capitals after a rough start at Prudential Center.
Washington grabbed a 2-0 lead just over five minutes into the game, but the
Devils would score five unanswered goals to take control of the contest.
Colin White, Matt Halischuk and Zach Parise also scored for the Atlantic-
leading Devils, who have won 11 of their last 12 games. Martin Brodeur stopped
27 shots to improve to 12-4-0 this season.
"Everything happened fast in this game," Brodeur said of Washington's early
burst followed by his club's comeback. "After that, we scored and everything
seemed to come out better. You have to get up for some of these games. I know
it's early, but they're still a good hockey club. We needed to come out a lot
The Devils opened the season with a 5-2 home loss to Philadelphia on October
3, giving the Flyers their fifth win in the last eight games of this series.
Jersey has also dropped three of four and five of its last nine tests in the
City of Brotherly Love.
The Flyers will try to get back in the win column tonight after having a five-
game winning streak halted Saturday night by the visiting Buffalo Sabres.
Thomas Vanek and Paul Gaustad both scored on the power play, as Buffalo edged
Philadelphia, 3-2, at Wachovia Center.
Chris Pronger and Jeff Carter found the back of the net for the Flyers, while
Ray Emery allowed three goals on 25 shots in defeat.
Pronger recorded a point for the sixth straight game and has two goals and
seven assists over that stretch. The veteran defenseman is second on the team
this season with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists).
Saturday's loss snapped a four-game winning streak at home for the Flyers, who
are 7-3-1 as the host this season. Tonight's tilt marks the end of a four-game
homestand for Philadelphia as the club gets ready to head out on a five-game
road trip that begins Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Flyers rookie winger James van Riemsdyk missed Saturday's game against Buffalo
with flu-like symptoms, but is expected to play tonight. The 20-year-old New
Jersey native has 15 points (4g, 11a) in his first 13 NHL games.
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