NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 21st
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (4-10-3-0) at New Jersey Devils (10-3-4-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to keep on rolling tonight when
they welcome the woeful Pittsburgh Penguins to the Meadowlands.
New Jersey is 8-0-2 in its last 10 games, surpassing its longest stretch
without a loss from last season. With a win or tie tonight, the Devils would
reach an 11-game unbeaten streak for the fifth time in club history.
On Wednesday the Devs won their third straight, pounding Buffalo, 4-1, in the
fourth portion of a five-game homestand. Martin Brodeur made 21 saves and four
different Devils scored goals to back the effort. John Madden notched a tally
and an assist for New Jersey, which hasn't lost since October 25 against
Scott Gomez, Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta also scored in the victory, while
Scott Stevens picked up a pair of assists. The Devils have surrendered just 12
goals during their current tear.
Brodeur, who blanked the Rangers in his previous outing last Saturday, had a
shutout streak of 127 minutes and 6 seconds stopped when Daniel Briere scored
in the third period. He hadn't allowed a goal since late in the second period
of a 3-1 victory over Florida on November 13.
Stevens, in addition to his two helpers, inched closer to another career
milestone. The future Hall of Famer has played in 1,613 games during his NHL
career -- two shy of Larry Murphy for first place all-time among defensemen.
Jersey is now 6-3-2 on home ice after an 0-3-1 mark to start the season, but
will head to the road after tonight. The Devs kick off a four-game Western
trek Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is tied for last in the National Hockey League with a
mere 11 points and has lost two straight heading into this evening. The Pens
are 1-6 in their last seven overall, including Wednesday's 6-2 loss to
The Wild took a 3-0 lead in the first period, before a power outage halted
play late in the frame. Once energy was restored, however, the onslaught
Tom Kostopoulos and Ryan Malone scored for the Penguins, who played their
seventh straight game without captain Mario Lemieux. Lemieux will continue to
sit with a hip strain, but forward Rico Fata, the team's leading scorer with
11 points (7g, 4a), is slated to return after missing three matches due to a
This year's No. 1 overall draft choice, Marc-Andre Fleury, returned in net for
the Penguins Wednesday after sitting the prior two contests. He stopped just
6-of-9 shots he faced before Sebastien Caron came on in relief after the
outage. Caron blocked 16-of-19 shots the rest of the way, but Fleury is
expected to be given a chance at redemption this evening.
The Penguins, 2-6-1 on the road, will host Ottawa on Saturday.
New Jersey defeated Pittsburgh, 2-1, at the Igloo on October 24, and the road
club has won six of the last eight meetings. The Devils, though, have won
three straight in the series, including three of the last four played in their
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