NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 14th
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (9-7-1) at New Jersey Devils (7-8-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur will get another shot at career win No. 500
tonight, when his New Jersey Devils welcome the rival New York Rangers to the
Brodeur notched his 499th career victory last Thursday against Philadelphia,
but then lost Saturday evening against the New York Islanders.
The 35-year-old backstop is trying to become just the second goaltender in NHL
history to reach the 500-win mark. Fellow Montreal native Patrick Roy (551) is
the only other netminder to reach the milestone.
Brodeur received a rare night off on Monday as Kevin Weekes backstopped the
Devils to a 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh. Patrik Elias scored the deciding goal
and added an assist while Weekes made 23 saves, as Jersey edged the Pens at
Zach Parise netted the 50th goal of his career and also had a helper for the
Devils, who had dropped three of four coming into the test. Travis Zajac had
the team's other marker.
The Devils will play the first of two straight at home this evening and will
wrap up the brief stand Friday evening against the Islanders. New Jersey is
3-2-0 in Newark this season.
Meanwhile, the Rangers continued their recent success this past Saturday with
a close victory in Toronto. It was the second consecutive win for New York and
the club's sixth triumph in the last seven games.
Stephen Valiquette, starting in net for the first time this season, stopped 32
shots in regulation and two in a shootout to help the Rangers defeat the Maple
Valiquette deflected both Maple Leaf attempts, one over the crossbar, one wide
right. Meanwhile, Brendan Shanahan and Marcel Hossa both scored on their shots
to help the Rangers seal the win.
Shanahan and Sean Avery each had a goal and an assist in regulation. Scott
Gomez and Daniel Girardi also added assists for the Rangers, who won their
first road game of the season (1-5-1).
The Rangers are making the second stop of a four-game road trip tonight. New
York will also visit Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on the swing.
New York already owns two wins over New Jersey this season, with its victory
on October 25 halting a four-game series losing streak. The Rangers then
posted a 2-1 shootout win on November 3. Both of those games were in the Big
The Rangers have lost three straight in New Jersey.
11/14 10:30:42 ET