NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 23rd
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (9-9-2) at Florida Panthers (6-11-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers attempt to end an 11-game losing
streak tonight when they welcome the New Jersey Devils to the BankAtlantic
Florida is 0-7-4 during the skid, which is its longest since a club-record 13-
game lull during the 1997-98 season.
On Saturday the Panthers dropped a 5-3 contest to the visiting NY Islanders.
Shawn Bates netted a pair of goals to lift the Isles.
Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist while Gary Roberts recorded the 400th
tally of his career in the loss. The Panthers, who finished 0-for-6 on the
power play, have not won since October 25 in Pittsburgh.
Florida, which is 4-3-1 at home, will host the Penguins on Friday.
New Jersey, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Saturday the
Devils dropped a 5-4 contest to red-hot Ottawa. Mike Fisher scored two goals
to help lead the Senators.
Barry Tallackson notched his first career NHL goal and assist and Martin
Brodeur stopped 37 of 42 shots for the Devils. Brian Gionta, John Madden and
Grant Marshall also tallied in the loss.
Scott Gomez carries a five-game point streak into tonight's contest, having
posted three goals and seven assists during the tear.
On the injury front, Devils right wing Alexander Mogilny has missed four
straight games with a concussion. He is with the team for its two-game Florida
trip that will take the Devils to Tampa on Friday.
New Jersey is 3-5-1 on the road.
The Devils posted a 4-3 home win over the Panthers on October 18, and have won
four consecutive meetings. Jersey has won in eight straight trips to South
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