NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 11th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (6-7-4) at New Jersey Devils (9-5-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will shoot for their fourth
consecutive victory tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to
Continental Airlines Arena.
The Devils' latest win came in a close game against the visiting Blackhawks on
Thursday. Zach Parise and Brian Gionta both scored in the shootout and Marty
Brodeur finished with 23 saves, as New Jersey downed Chicago, 2-1, at the
Michael Rupp scored in regulation for New Jersey, which also won in a shootout
against Carolina on Tuesday.
The Devils, who have now won five of their last six games, are completing a
three-game homestand tonight. New Jersey is an impressive 6-1-1 as the host
team this year.
Meanwhile, the Panthers have dropped two straight games, including Friday's
overtime loss at Buffalo. Thomas Vanek scored just 19 seconds into the extra
session to give the Sabres a 5-4 at HSBC Arena.
In the extra session, the Sabres' Ales Kotalik had the puck at the left circle
and sent a shot on net that was slowed down by the stick of a Florida
defender. Vanek, though, grabbed the puck in front of the goal and went from
the backhand to his forehand before putting the puck past an outstretched
Alexander Auld to win the game.
Gary Roberts had a goal and an assist and Auld stopped 21 shots for the
Panthers, who have dropped five of their last six.
The Devils beat Florida, 2-0, in New Jersey on October 26 and have won seven
of their last eight encounters with the Panthers. Florida has also dropped
four straight at the Meadowlands.
11/11 10:54:12 ET