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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 Wachovia Center.

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 Ovechkin.

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 stronger."

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.

11/16 10:56:02 ET


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