NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 30th
(All times Eastern)
New Jersey Devils (12-9-1) at Colorado Avalanche (10-13-1), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hit the road for four straight
games following a disappointing loss over the weekend.
Disappointing is just one way to describe the Colorado Avalanche's play at
home this season.
The Devils try to continue their recent string of solid play as the guest this
evening while the Avalanche continue their eight-game stay at the Pepsi
Aiming for a third straight victory on Saturday in the finale of a home-and-
home series with the Islanders, the Devils battled back from a pair of one-
goal deficits before finding themselves at a 3-2 disadvantage. Zach Parise
then appeared to tie the game on a called goal with 2.1 seconds left to play,
but the play was reviewed and overturned after a ruling of a distinct kicking
"I just watched it and I'm sorry, but I can't agree with it," Parise said. "I
knew it went off my skate, I knew it went off my stick too. But if that's a
kicking motion -- I don't know."
Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson both scored and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves
for the Devils, who are 5-2 on the road this month after taking Friday's front
end of the series with the Islanders by a 1-0 margin.
New Jersey will look to continue its road success tonight against a Colorado
club that is only 4-9-0 at home this season. That includes a 2-3-0 mark on
this eight-game homestand, the longest continuous residency in Avalanche
Colorado evened its mark on the stand with a 5-2 win over Edmonton on
Saturday, but was then dealt a 3-1 defeat by visiting Dallas on Monday. Semyon
Varlamov made 32 saves and Kevin Porter scored a late third-period goal to
avoid the shutout.
The Avalanche are a mere 3-9-1 in November and haven't won consecutive
contests since a five-game run from Oct. 10-17.
"We have a lot of motivation. You lose this many at home, it should be easy to
get up for a game here and score a couple of quick goals," Porter said. "It
seems like we get down early and we are fighting from behind a lot. That
definitely has to change."
The Avalanche have won their last two meetings with the Devils, including a
3-2 victory in New Jersey last season.
Colorado, which will also visit the Devils on March 15, is 3-1 with a tie in
the last five encounters a home with New Jersey.
11/30 10:40:04 ET