NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 5th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (2-5-5-0) at New Jersey Devils (5-3-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try for their fourth straight win
tonight when they continue their four-game homestand against the San Jose
Sharks at the Meadowlands.
The Devils got off to a disappointing 0-3-1 start to the season on home-ice,
but have responded with back-to-back victories at Continental Airlines Arena,
including Saturday's 4-3 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche.
Jeff Friesen scored an unassisted goal with just over five minutes to go in
regulation, putting the Devils ahead for good in their triumph over the
Scott Niedermayer, Scott Gomez and Colin White also scored for the Devils, who
have won four of their last five. Martin Brodeur stopped 20-of-23 shots in the
A victory tonight by the Devils could translate into some extra money for the
team as general manager Lou Lamoriello offered several team financial
incentives prior to the season. One of the incentives were wining streaks with
a bonus kicking in at three in a row and it increases as the streak lengthens.
The Devils will also receive extra money in their paychecks for shutouts and
one- goal victories.
On the injury front, 42-year-old Igor Larionov did not practice on Tuesday and
is questionable for tonight's contest with sore ribs.
Jeff Friesen, who played for the Sharks from 1994-2000, will be skating in his
100th game tonight.
Also on the milestone front, Devils' defensemen Scott Stevens is just two
points away from 900 for his career and needs six appearances to tie assistant
coach John MacLean for second place on the club's all-time games played list
(934). Defenseman Ken Daneyko holds the team record for appearing in 1,283
games in a New Jersey sweater. Stevens also now needs eight games to tie Larry
Murphy for most games played (1,615) by a defenseman in NHL history.
San Jose, meanwhile, skated to a 2-2 tie with the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday
thanks to Marco Sturm's tally with 2:54 to play in the regulation. Scott
Hannan also lit the lamp for the Sharks, who have only one win in their last
nine games (1-3-5).
The Sharks are tied for the NHL-lead with five ties this season.
Trailing 2-1 late in the third, Pasi Nurminen could not control a shot up high
by Wayne Primeau and the puck went to a Sturm, who knocked it in an empty side
of the net for his third of the season.
San Jose outshot Atlanta, 3-2, in a scoreless overtime. Evgeni Nabokov made 24
saves in the deadlock.
Alyn McCauley is two points shy of 100 for his NHL career.
New Jersey won the lone matchup between the two teams last season and has won
three straight in the series and four of the last five. The Sharks are also
just 1-2-1 in its last four trips to the Garden State.
11/05 17:38:31 ET