NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 12th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (22-5-2) at New Jersey Devils (17-9-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils seek their sixth consecutive win
tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Continental Airlines Arena.
The winning streak comes after an 0-3-1 slide.
On Saturday, Sergei Brylin and Patrik Elias each had a goal and an assist, as
the Devils defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-1, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Jay Pandolfo, Jamie Langenbrunner and Erik Rasmussen also tallied goals and
Martin Brodeur stopped 19-of-20 shots in the victory.
The Devils now return home, where they are a sizzling 11-1-1 this season.
New Jersey, with 36 points, is tied with the rival Rangers for first place in
the Atlantic Division. The third-place Islanders are three points off the
The Devils will visit Boston on Thursday.
Buffalo, meanwhile, has won six of the last nine games. On Saturday, Thomas
Vanek's goal in the second round of the shootout proved to be the game-winner,
as the Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 at Bell Centre.
Jiri Novotny and Derek Roy scored in regulation for the Sabres. Daniel Briere
added a goal in the shootout, while Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots to pick up
Buffalo, with 46 points, sit nine points ahead of second-place Montreal atop
the Northeast Division standings.
The Sabres will host Florida on Thursday.
New Jersey won three of the four meetings with Buffalo last season.
12/12 10:21:40 ET