NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, November 27th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (12-9-1) at Los Angeles Kings (8-13-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to end a five-game road trip on
a positive note tonight, as they battle the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples
The Devils began their swing on November 18 with a win over the Toronto
Maple Leafs, but have since dropped three straight games.
New Jersey's most recent setback came Saturday in San Jose as the Sharks
earned a 2-0 triumph behind a shutout and 24-save performance from Evgeni
Martin Brodeur was solid between the pipes, stopping 25-of-26 chances for the
As usual, Brodeur has not been the problem for New Jersey, but a lack of
scoring has hurt the team. The Devils have been held to three goals or less in
six straight and 18 of their last 19 games.
New Jersey has 25 points and is just three behind the New York Rangers for
first place in the Atlantic Division.
Meanwhile, the Kings will be trying to post wins in back-to-back games for
just the second time this season. LA, which is coming off Saturday's victory
over visiting Calgary, hasn't won two straight since beating the St. Louis
Blues and the Islanders on October 7 and 10.
The Kings picked up a 3-1 victory over the Flames, as Anze Kopitar notched a
goal and an assist. Kopitar, a 19-year-old rookie, leads the Kings with 16
assists this season.
Alexander Frolov and Mike Cammalleri tallied goals, and Rob Blake picked up
his 300th assist in a Kings uniform, as Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid.
Mathieu Garon made 22 saves to pick up his fourth win of the season and first
in the month of November.
Tonight's game marks the first meeting between the Devils and Kings since New
Jersey posted a win at the Meadowlands on February 15, 2004. The Devils have
won five of the last eight matchups in the series.
11/27 10:25:15 ET