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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 friendly ice.

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 Wednesday.

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 game winner.

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- game tear.

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 Meadowlands.

11/01 10:15:51 ET


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