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Devils look to bounce back against Thrashers

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

Wednesday.

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

the Flyers.

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

season.

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