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Saturday, November 25th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (12-8-1) at San Jose Sharks (16-7-0), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to end a two-game slide tonight when they visit the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.

Since beginning a five-game road trip with a win in Toronto, the Devils have fallen to Phoenix and Anaheim. On Friday they lost a 4-2 match to the Ducks, as Todd Marchant scored twice, including the game winner midway through the third period.

Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta scored the goals for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur finished with 33 stops.

The Devils, with 25 points, are now in a three-way tie with the Rangers and Islanders atop the Atlantic Division.

New Jersey will finish its trek on Monday in Los Angeles.

The Sharks have won three of their last four games and are coming off Wednesday's victory against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Patrick Marleau notched his 200th career goal and added two assists to help San Jose earn the 6-3 victory at HP Pavilion.

Joe Thornton also tallied a score and two assists, and two young players recorded their first career goals for San Jose, which rebounded from Tuesday's 5-0 loss in Anaheim.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic's goal came in the first period, while Joe Pavelski netted his in the third period. Pavelski was also playing in his first NHL game after being recalled from the Sharks' American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester. The center took Jonathan Cheechoo's place on the roster after Cheechoo was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day (leg).

San Jose also received tallies from Steve Bernier and Marcel Goc, and Vesa Toskala made 24 saves between the pipes.

The Devils and Sharks last met on November 5, 2003 -- a 3-2 overtime win for Jersey. The Devs have won the last four games in the series.

11/25 10:42:54 ET

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