NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, October 22nd
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (1-3-2-0) at New Jersey Devils (1-1-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers try to halt a three-game losing
streak tonight when they visit the defending-champion New Jersey Devils at the
In all, Florida is 0-3-2 since a season-opening victory over Carolina and has
dropped consecutive games to Phoenix, the NY Islanders and Rangers. Monday the
Cats suffered a 3-1 loss to the previously winless Blueshirts at Madison
Niklas Hagman scored the lone Panther goal and Roberto Luongo made 25
saves in defeat. Florida's offensive attack has accounted for a mere six goals
in the past five games, and the team ranks 27th in the NHL with an 8.3 percent
power-play success rate (2-for-24).
Tonight's match is the last of a New York area road trip for the Panthers, who
will head home to face Minnesota on Friday.
New Jersey, meanwhile, is also stuck on one win (1-1-2-0) and is 0-1-1 since a
win versus the Hurricanes in its second game of the season. On Saturday the
Devils dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Tampa Bay, as the Lightning's Martin
St. Louis snapped a deadlock with 5:40 remaining. Patrik Elias and Paul
Martin scored for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur finished with 20 saves.
Defenseman Scott Niedermayer missed Saturday's defeat with a sore back, but he
is expected to be in the lineup this evening.
The Devils will play the last of a three-game homestand tonight, but they'll
still spend plenty of time at the Meadowlands in the coming weeks. After a
trip to Pittsburgh on Friday, New Jersey will play nine of the next 12 in East
Jersey went 3-1 against Florida last season -- winning the last three meetings
-- and has won five of the last six overall. The Panthers are 2-7-2 in their
last 11 trips to the Garden State.
10/22 10:15:12 ET