Atlanta (13-23-5) at New Jersey (23-13-3), 7:00 p.m. EST
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — With an extensive road trip
looming, the New Jersey Devils hope to leave the Prudential
Center on a good note.
The Devils look to bounce back from a deflating loss on
Thursday, when they host the listless Atlanta Thrashers before
beginning a season-high, six-game road swing.
Goaltender Scott Clemmensen has yet to allow more than three
goals in any of his 12 road games this season. Such was the
case once again on Tuesday, but the Devils offense failed to
support him in a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
In that contest, New Jersey fell into a 3-0 hole before
defenseman Paul Martin and Patrik Elias tallied just over seven
minutes apart late in the third period. Carolina goaltender Cam
Ward held on, though, and handed the Devils their second
consecutive road loss.
The Thrashers have dropped six of their last seven overall –
including a 3-1 setback against the Pittsburgh Penguins on
Despite ongoing struggles, they have gotten a boost from star
Ilya Kovalchuk, who has three goals in four games since snapping
a career-high, nine-game goalless drought.
Atlanta has posted three total goals in its last three losses
and Kovalchuk has accounted for two of those.