Atlanta (2-6-2) at New Jersey (5-2-2), 7:00 pm EDT
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — There’s consolation to both the
struggling New Jersey Devils and Atlanta Thrashers – one losing
streak will come to an end.
Martin Brodeur and the Devils hope to snap a three-game slide
when they host the lowly Thrashers on Saturday.
New Jersey has fizzled after its 5-1-0 start but still has found
a way to pick up two points by extending two games during its
slide beyond regulation. It fell, 3-2, in overtime in the
second game of a home-and-home series with Philadelphia on
October 25 before enduring a 6-5 shootout loss to Toronto on
After yielding just nine goals over the first six games of the
season, the Devils have allowed five in regulation twice during
their losing streak.
Brodeur faced a career-high 48 shots prior to the shootout
against the Maple Leafs, one more than the Florida Panthers
recorded against him on April 10,1994. The four-time Vezina
Trophy winner turned aside 43 shots in regulation and did not
face a single one in overtime as the Devils recorded six –
including five during a full two-minute power play – but were
unable to get one past Vesa Toskala.
While Brian Rolston (high ankle sprain) and Bobby Holik
(fractured right pinky) continue to miss time, captain Jamie
Langenbrunner was able to play Wednesday after missing a game
with a lower body injury. However, defenseman Andy Greene
suffered a broken hand in the loss to Toronto and is expected to
miss four to six weeks.
The Thrashers, meanwhile, have dropped five in a row and eight
of their last nine. During their recent skid, they have allowed
a plethora of goals, including seven in Tuesday’s 7-0 loss to
Todd White, defenseman Ron Hainsey and Bryan Little have been
leading Atlanta’s offense while superstar Ilya Kovalchuk has
struggled, notching just three goals in 10 games thus far this