NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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