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The Devils are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but that might not matter to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Devils look to build off their most recent victory while trying to prevent the surging Kings from upsetting another of the Eastern Conference's top teams tonight at Prudential Center (7 p.m., MSG, WFAN 660 AM).
Three nights after having its eight-game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 home loss to Washington, New Jersey (33-16-3) won 5-1 at Atlanta on Friday - its 10th victory in 12 games.
Now, the Atlantic Division-leading Devils open a five-game stretch at the Prudential Center, where they have played only four times since the New Year.
New Jersey could face a stiff challenge against Los Angeles (22-21-7), which has two of the first three contests on its five-game road trip, and five of six overall.
"Four points out of six points is a good start," defenseman Sean O'Donnell told the Kings' official Web site after Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Capitals. "We still have two big games left, but so far its been a pretty good road trip."
The Kings haven't been to the postseason since 2001-02, but are now only four points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Kings will need that approach against New Jersey, which beat them 5-1 at Staples Center on Jan. 10 for its second straight victory in the series. The Devils are 4-0-2 in their last six meetings with Los Angeles since a 3-2 regulation loss on Jan. 7, 2002.
On Friday, Parise scored his team-leading 30th goal and added an assist, while Zajac recorded his 16th goal for the Devils, who scored three goals in the first 12 minutes.
"We gave everything we had right away," said forward David Clarkson, who also had a goal as the Devils scored four or more for the fifth time in six contests.
Parise has five goals and six assists in his last eight games.
Kevin Weekes made 31 saves Friday and 34 against the Kings last month, but Scott Clemmensen is likely to be back in net for this contest. Clemmensen is 22-10-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average since taking over for the injured Martin Brodeur, but has never faced Los Angeles.
Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist, while Dustin Brown, Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll each added two assists for the Kings on Thursday against Washington.
One of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL with 131 goals, the Kings have scored 25 in their last six games.
Derek Armstrong scored the lone goal in the last meeting with New Jersey, while Frolov added an assist.
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