NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 22nd
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (12-6-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-14-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to begin an extended stay on the
west coast with another victory when they take the ice tonight against the
Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
The red-hot Devils began their current five-game road trip Saturday in
Toronto, where New Jersey came through with a 2-1 victory behind another
stellar outing from Martin Brodeur. The All-Star goaltender stopped 33-of-34
shots to lead his club to its sixth victory in seven games.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias each netted goals for New Jersey, which
currently stands in a first-place tie with the rival New York Rangers in the
The Devils should be even more formidable when Scott Gomez returns to the
lineup. The high-scoring center has been sidelined since November 2 with a
groin injury but is expected to be available during the road trip, perhaps as
early as tonight.
New Jersey will travel to Anaheim on Friday before concluding the swing with
games against San Jose and Los Angeles.
The Coyotes sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division and have dropped two in
a row and four of their last six contests. Phoenix's latest setback came
Sunday in Anaheim, where Chris Kunitz recorded his first career hat trick to
propel the Ducks to a 6-4 win.
Ed Jovanovski posted a goal with two assists and Georges Laraque scored once
and assisted on another for Phoenix. Curtis Joseph stopped 24 shots in the
Veteran center Mike Ricci, who hasn't played for the Coyotes this season while
recovering from neck surgery, was recalled from a minor-league rehab stint
earlier this week and is expected to be in the lineup tonight.
The Coyotes have won two straight in Glendale and carry a 5-6 record at home
into tonight's tilt.
These teams haven't met since December 2, 2003, when Phoenix skated to a 3-1
decision at the Meadowlands. The Devils have won five of the last seven in the
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