NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, December 9th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (15-10-3) at New Jersey Devils (13-12-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to end a two-game slide tonight
when they welcome the Colorado Avalanche to Continental Airlines Arena.
Jersey's fourth losing streak of the season was born on Wednesday, as the Devs
were toppled 4-1 by the visiting Calgary Flames. Jarome Iginla scored a pair
of goals and added an assist to lift the Flames.
Alexander Mogilny netted the lone goal for the Devils, who saw a four-game
home winning streak come to an end. Jamie Langenbrunner tallied his 11th
assist in the loss.
Martin Brodeur saw only 15 shots in the game, but allowed four of them into
the back of the net as New Jersey lost for the third time in its last four
Brodeur, who was showered with a few Bronx cheers during the course of the
night, had allowed two goals or less in each of his previous five starts.
Brodeur had the night off in Jersey's 5-2 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.
Brodeur, whose goals-against average has never been above 2.44 during a full
season, checks in with a bloated 3.11 GAA in 2005-06. His save percentage,
meanwhile, is a mediocre .892 through his first 20 games.
The Devils, who are 8-5-1 at home, will visit Columbus on Sunday.
Colorado, meanwhile, ended a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, toppling
Boston 4-1 at the Pepsi Center. Vitaly Kolesnik made 20 saves in his NHL debut
as the Avalanche cruised to the triumph.
Alex Tanguay tallied a goal and added two assists for the Avalanche, giving
him five points in his last five games. Joe Sakic picked up two assists in the
Kolesnik was recalled from Lowell of the AHL due to the recent struggles of
David Aebischer and Peter Budaj. Kolesnik is expected to receive the nod again
Colorado, which is 7-6-0 on the road, will visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Avs and Devs are 3-3-1 (3 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie) in the last seven
meetings with each other.
The Avalanche franchise is 1-7-3 (1 win, 7 losses, 3 ties) in its last 11
trips to the Meadowlands.
12/09 10:25:22 ET