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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 Meadowlands.

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 Square Garden.

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 Rutherford.

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

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