NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 15th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (12-16-4) at New Jersey Devils (14-12-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to win their second straight
game tonight when they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers to Continental Airlines
On Tuesday the Devils ended a four-game skid with a 2-1 shootout victory over
Edmonton at home. Viktor Kozlov netted the game-winner in the shootout to lead
the winning effort.
Richard Matvichuk scored the lone regulation goal and Martin Brodeur made 29
saves and stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout for the Devils.
The Devils have played three straight games that have either ventured to
overtime or a shootout.
New Jersey, which is 9-5-2 on home ice, will begin a three-game road trip
Saturday in Carolina.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has won two of its last three games on the heels of five
consecutive losses. Patrik Stefan broke a tie on a goal with 4:11 to play as
the Thrashers held off a comeback to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 7-6, at
Stefan scored two goals, Vyacheslav Kozlov had a goal and two assists and
Bobby Holik and Jean-Pierre Vigier each had a goal and an assist for the
Thrashers. Goaltender Michael Garnett made 30 saves in the win.
The Thrashers netted five goals or more for the 12th time this season --
fourth in the last 10 games.
Amazingly, the Thrashers put up seven goals without receiving one from star
winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk did post an assist and has two goals and five
assists during a four-game point streak.
Marian Hossa extended his own streak to five games, having tallied four
goals and two assists during the tear.
Atlanta, which is 5-9-2 on the road, will host Florida on Saturday.
12/15 10:31:02 ET