NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, December 23rd
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (19-13-3) at Calgary Flames (17-13-6), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will complete their tour of Western
Canada this evening, when they visit the Calgary Flames for a battle at the
The Devils have split the first two tests of the three-game jaunt, as they
lost in Vancouver by a 5-0 count on Tuesday before downing Edmonton in
Friday's test at Rexall Place.
Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta scored within 35 seconds of each other early in
the third period, as New Jersey scored three times in the third to down the
Both Elias and Gionta had an assist in the third period, and John Madden
sealed the win with an empty-netter. Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots for the
Atlantic Division-leading Devils, who have won two of three.
New Jersey is 10-8-3 as the visiting team this season and has dropped three of
its last five tests as the road club. Tonight's game marks the Devils' first
stop in Calgary since March 5, 2003
Calgary, meanwhile, will try to get back in the win column tonight after
having a season-high six-game winning streak halted on Friday. The Flames won
every game during the surge away from home, as they completed the most
successful road trip in team history.
However, the Flames couldn't carry the momentum from the memorable trip back
home and the Dallas Stars notched an overtime win in Calgary on Friday. Mike
Ribeiro scored a pair of goals -- including the game-winner 57 seconds into OT
-- as Dallas edged Calgary, 3-2.
Ribeiro was in the right place at the right time, deflecting a slap shot by
Sergei Zubov past Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff and into the back of the
Alex Tanguay and Matthew Lombardi tallied and Kiprusoff made 20 saves for the
Flames. Calgary has still not lost in regulation in the month of December
(7-0-3) and earned a point in its eighth straight game.
The Flames have struggled to a 7-7-5 mark at the Saddledome this season after
leading the NHL with 30 home victories in 2006-07. Calgary has dropped five of
its last six tilts on home ice.
Calgary has won three of the last four meetings with the Devils, including an
OT decision in New Jersey's previous stop at the Saddledome.
12/23 10:40:56 ET