Preview: Devils at Islanders
Saturday, 11.10.2007 / 7:00 PM
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They got behind early, but recovered to dominate an Atlantic Division rival.
Following one of the Devils' best efforts of the season in Thursday's 4-1 home win over Philadelphia, the club looks to carry some of that momentum into a Saturday visit to Long Island (7:00 p.m., FSN NY 2, WFAN 660 AM).
scored twice and Rod Pelley
scored his first NHL goal, as New Jersey bounced back from a 1-0 deficit to tally four unanswered goals.
The Devils (6-7-2) outshot the Flyers 39-14, and improved to 3-1-1 in their last five contests. New Jersey is 2-3-2 this season against the Atlantic Division.
"We responded in the right way," head coach Brent Sutter said. "There was a lot of emotion tonight on our end. I thought we were mentally strong the whole game."
(5-7-1) made his seventh straight start and stopped 13 Phildelphia shots to collect win No. 499. Brodeur is one win away from becoming just the second goaltender in NHL history to reach the 500-win plateau. Patrick Roy holds the record for wins with 551.
Against the Islanders (8-4-0), Brodeur owns a 38-17-2 record with four ties. He's won his last six starts against them, including four at the Nassau Coliseum.
Devils backup Kevin Weekes was in net for the only prior meeting this season, a 4-3 overtime loss in New York on Oct. 20.
New Jersey went 0-for-4 on the power play in that contest, in the midst of a three-game stretch in which they failed to score on the man advantage (0-for-15).
The power play troubles have continued in the seven games since, with the Devils scoring twice in their last 39 opportunities. The club has not converted a power play chance in four straight games (0-for-17).
After tonight's contest, the Devils make a stop in Pittsburgh on Monday, Nov. 12, to battle the Penguins (7:30 p.m., MSG, WFAN 660 AM) before returning home to host the Rangers for the first time at Prudential Center on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The next promotional night at Prudential Center is set for Friday, Nov. 30, against Montréal, when all fans in attendance will receive a Devils souvenir puck featuring the Prudential Center Inaugural Season commemorative logo, courtesy of Dale and Thomas Popcorn.