NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 19th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (8-7-2-1) at New Jersey Devils (9-3-4-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to push their unbeaten run to 10
games tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to the Meadowlands.
The reigning Stanley Cup champions are 7-0-2 in their last nine contests,
matching last season's longest string without a loss (8-0-1, Jan.
7-24). Pat Burns' club has not tasted defeat since falling to Boston on
On Saturday, Martin Brodeur made 18 saves to become the active shutout leader
-- with 67 -- and Scott Niedermayer tallied a goal and two assists, leading
the Devils to a 5-0 rout of the visiting New York Rangers.
Jamie Langenbrunner picked up a goal and an assist for New Jersey, and Jay
Pandolfo, Brian Rafalski and Christian Berglund also scored. Jeff Friesen and
Scott Gomez each notched a pair of helpers in the victory.
Brodeur has posted two shutouts in the last four games, and is tied for second
in the NHL with Philadelphia's Jeff Hackett at three. Montreal's Jose Theodore
leads the league with one more.
Saturday's triumph continued the Devils' stellar play at home since a
sputtering start. Jersey is now 5-3-2 on friendly ice after an 0-3-1 mark in
its first four, and will host Pittsburgh on Friday to cap off a four-game set.
Buffalo, meanwhile, ended a three-game winless slide (0-1-1-1) with a 2-1
victory in Ottawa on Monday. J.P. Dumont and James Patrick scored 14 seconds
apart early in the third period to lift the Sabres. Martin Biron made 23 saves
for Buffalo, which won for just the second time in seven games (2-2-2-1).
The Sabres and Devils faced off a week ago in a game played in Rochester, New
York, resulting in a 2-2 tie. Maxim Afinogenov scored the equalizer in the
third period and Biron stopped a breakaway shot with 90 seconds left in
overtime to salvage the deadlock.
Four of the last six meetings between the clubs have gone into overtime, but
the Devils are unbeaten in the last seven (4-0-3). The Sabres have lost in
four straight trips to East Rutherford,
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