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Thursday, November 19th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (14-5-0) at Nashville Predators (10-8-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Though the Devils' nine-game road winning streak is over, starting a new one in Nashville shouldn't be too much of a problem.

New Jersey will try to win for the seventh time in eight trips to the Music City tonight, as it battles the streaking Predators at Sommet Center.

The Devils began the season with nine straight road wins, the second-longest run to begin a campaign in NHL history. However, their bid to tie the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres for the best road start in league history came up short on Monday in a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia.

Zach Parise scored in a fifth straight game, a span in which he also has four assists, and David Clarkson also lit the lamp for the Devils, who also had an eight-game overall winning streak end. That run helped New Jersey pull even with Pittsburgh for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"You never want to lose and we had a good stretch going," said Parise. "Nine in a row on the road is pretty good. I don't think we were going to go 41-0."

Patrik Elias, who missed the first 13 games of the year due to offseason groin surgery, had two assists to record his first points of the season, while Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 35 shots.

Brodeur is 5-4-0 with a 2.64 goals-against average in his career versus the Predators and has never shut the club out. Brodeur remains one shutout shy of matching Terry Sawchuk's NHL record of 103.

The Devils have won two straight in Nashville since their only loss there ever, a 3-2 setback on January 3, 2004. New Jersey has won five of its last seven overall versus the Predators, including a 3-1 victory at the Sommet Center on January 19 of last season.

Nashville will be looking for a season-high fourth straight win tonight. It picked up its third win in a row on Tuesday, a 4-3 victory over the Sharks.

Joel Ward and David Legwand had a goal and two assists each, with Legwand's goal giving the Predators a 4-1 second-period lead.

"We needed that. In the third period [the Sharks] were going to come hard," said goaltender Pekka Rinne, who had 29 saves, of Legwand's game-winning tally. "They were going to press and do everything they could to make it even."

Steve Sullivan and Jerred Smithson also scored for the Predators, who also won three straight from October 28-31. Nashville, which fired a club-record 55 shots in a win over Montreal last Saturday, had 31 versus San Jose.

The Predators current win streak includes victories in the first two games of a five-game homestand. They are 5-3-0 overall as the host this season.

11/19 10:53:27 ET


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