NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, December 7th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (9-16-2) at New Jersey Devils (15-10-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking New Jersey Devils will honor recent Hall of
Fame inductee Scott Stevens with a pre-game ceremony tonight and will then
take aim at their ninth straight victory as they host the Washington Capitals
at the Prudential Center.
Stevens, who had his No. 4 sweater retired by the Devils on February 3, 2006,
entered the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12 along with NHL greats Ron
Francis, Al MacInnis, and Mark Messier.
The legendary blueliner captained the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and
accumulated 196 goals and 712 assists for 908 points and 2,785 penalty minutes
in 1,635 career games. He had 93 goals and 337 assists for 430 points in 956
games with the Devils. His 1,615 games played as a defenseman are the most in
Stevens began his career with the Capitals in the 1982-83 season and played
eight seasons in Washington before joining the St. Louis Blues for one
campaign. His final 13 seasons in the NHL came with the Devils.
The Devils have been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks and haven't lost
since dropping a 1-0 decision to the New York Islanders on November 16.
Jersey's eight-game winning streak is the longest for the club since they
closed out the 2005-06 regular season with 11 straight victories.
The latest triumph came in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night, when the
Devils edged the visiting Boston Bruins in overtime. Patrik Elias netted a
pair of goals, including the game-winner in OT, as New Jersey stormed back
from three down to upend the Bruins, 4-3.
Zach Parise had two goals as well, while Martin Brodeur rebounded from a shaky
first period to record 23 saves for the Devils.
Tonight marks the end of a five-game homestand for the Devils, who are 7-4-0
at home since opening the Prudential Center on October 27.
Meanwhile, the Capitals ended a three-game skid on Saturday by downing the
Panthers in Florida. Alex Ovechkin registered a goal and an assist to lead the
Caps past the Panthers, 2-1.
Brian Pothier also scored for the Capitals and Brent Johnson made 24 saves to
earn his second win of the season.
Washington, which is 6-8-1 as the visiting team, is closing out a three-game
road trip tonight.
The Devils have won seven of the last eight encounters with the Caps and
Washington has fallen in nine of its previous 11 stops in New Jersey. Tonight
will mark the Capitals first contest in Jersey's new arena.
12/07 10:31:06 ET