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Thursday, January 19th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (23-18-5) at Nashville Predators (28-12-5), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to stretch their current winning streak to eight games tonight when they visit the Nashville Predators at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The Devils have yet to lose in 2006, keeping their tear alive with Tuesday's 5-3 victory over lowly St. Louis in the middle portion of a three-game road trip. Brian Gionta netted two goals and Martin Brodeur moved into fifth place in the all-time NHL win column as the Devils beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-3, at the Savvis Center.

Brodeur made 26 saves on the way to his 424th victory, moving him past Tony Esposito for the fifth spot. John Madden had a goal and an assist and Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner each added three assists for the Devils.

Elias, who has played six of the seven games during the winning streak after making his season debut, has two goals and nine assists since coming back to the lineup. Elias missed the start of the season to recover from a bout with Hepatitis A.

The Devils, who are 9-11-2 on the road, will host the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Nashville, meanwhile, ended a two-game skid on Sunday with a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh. Scott Walker scored a pair of goals as the Preds built a large lead and then held on for the decision.

Adam Hall had the eventual game-winner while Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves in net for Nashville.

Yanic Perreault (4g, 3a) and Steve Sullivan (4g, 3a) both carry a five-game point streak into this evening.

The Predators, with 61 points, are four behind first-place Detroit in the Central Division race.

Nashville will host Columbus on Saturday.

The Preds and Devils have split the last six meetings with each other.

01/19 10:47:08 ET


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