NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 1st
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (5-4-0-0) at New Jersey Devils (4-3-2-0), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With a home win finally under their belt, the New Jersey
Devils try to take their third straight overall this afternoon when they
welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the Meadowlands for a clash of the elite.
Michael Rupp scored his second goal of the game to snap a third-period tie,
lifting the Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Scott Stevens added a goal and an assist for the Devils, who have won
consecutive games for the first time this season and moved to 1-3-1 on
Martin Brodeur, coming off a shutout in a 4-0 victory over the New York
Islanders on Tuesday, made 14 saves versus Philly. He needed to stop just one
shot in the third period.
The Devils kicked off a four-game homestand Thursday and will host San Jose on
Colorado, meanwhile, has won three of its last four, including Tuesday's 4-2
win over Calgary. On a night when Patrick Roy's No. 33 was raised to the Pepsi
Center rafters, Jim Cummins' first goal in over two years proved to be the
Milan Hejduk and Adam Foote each added power-play goals for the Avalanche, who
have won three of their last four. Rob Blake added an empty-netter and David
Aebischer made 26 saves in the victory.
Peter Forsberg, who has four goals and five assists in his last four games,
had two assists and is now one assist shy of 500 for his career. Alex Tanguay
had a pair of helpers and is riding a seven-game point streak with
three goals and nine assists in that span.
The trio of Forsberg, Tanguay and Hejduk have 26 points in the last four
games, and have accounted for 15 of the team's 31 goals and 26 of its 57
assists overall. Hejduk has four goals and five assists during a current five-
Colorado will cap off a brief trip Sunday in New York against the Rangers.
Colorado has won three straight meetings with New Jersey after losing the
previous two. The Avs are, however, only 1-6-3 in their last 10 at the
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