NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 19th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (3-3-0) at New Jersey Devils (4-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will aim for their fourth straight
victory when they battle the New Jersey Devils this evening at Continental
The Predators are in the midst of a three-game tour of the New York metro area
and have already posted wins over the Islanders and the Rangers. They beat the
Blueshirts on Wednesday evening, as Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves and Scott
Nichol had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville over New York, 3-0, at
Madison Square Garden.
Vokoun recorded his first shutout of the season and 17th of his career. The
goaltender has been red-hot during the Predators' current three-game winning
streak, stopping 93 of the 95 shots he has faced. On Monday, Nashville beat
the Islanders 2-1 in a shootout. The two goals allowed over the streak is a
far cry from the 17 yielded by the club over the first three games of the
Jason Arnott and Jerred Smithson also scored for Nashville, which evened its
record for the season at 3-3.
Meanwhile, the Devils are coming off Wednesday's win in Pittsburgh. Martin
Brodeur became just the third goaltender in history to win 450 games as New
Jersey beat the Penguins, 2-1, at Mellon Arena. With the victory, the Devils
spoiled the debut of Penguins' rookie phenom Evgeni Malkin.
Brodeur joined Florida's Ed Belfour (457) and Patrick Roy (551) as the only
netminders to reach the 450-win plateau. He stopped 37-of-38 shots in the
Jay Pandolfo and Jamie Langenbrunner each scored for the Devils, who have won
three of their last four games.
This is the only meeting of the season between the Predators and Devils. New
Jersey won the lone matchup last year in Nashville and has won four of the
last five encounters overall.
10/19 10:38:41 ET