NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 7th
(All times Eastern)
Calgary Flames (33-38-7) at New Jersey Devils (34-28-16), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils have managed to stay afloat in the
Eastern Conference playoff race thanks to their recent play. The club hopes to
add another win to its cause when the Calgary Flames visit Prudential Center
The Devils have posted wins in three of their last four games and are
currently riding a seven-game point streak with a 4-0-3 record over that
Still, New Jersey is just outside the playoff picture with 84 points, leaving
the club tied with Toronto and three points behind Columbus for the East's
second wild card spot. The Devils also are four in back of Detroit for the
first wild card berth.
Like Columbus and Detroit, the Devils have four games remaining in the regular
season, while the Maple Leafs have only three tilts left. New Jersey is the
only team from that group in action on Monday.
New Jersey won its second straight game on Saturday with a 3-1 road victory
over the Carolina Hurricanes. Dainius Zubrus scored twice and Cory Schneider
stopped 26 shots to help the Devils record two valuable points.
Zubrus recorded his second two-goal game of the campaign and now has 13
markers on the season.
"It was nice for (Zubrus)," Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said of Zubrus. "He
works hard every night and doesn't get rewarded a lot."
Travis Zajac netted what proved to be the game-winner 6:34 into the second,
while Schneider turned aside all eight shots he faced in the third for the
Schneider has started the last three games for New Jersey and could get the
call over Martin Brodeur again tonight. The 28-year-old American is 4-2-0 with
a 2.13 goals against average and .936 save percentage in six career games
New Jersey has won two straight and three of its last four home games and is
20-10-8 in Newark this season.
Although the Flames have been eliminated from postseason contention out West,
the club has played with pride down the stretch and picked up a second
straight win in Friday's 2-1 road victory at Florida. The win gave Calgary a
2-2-0 mark on a five-game road trip that ends tonight in the Garden State.
Mike Cammalleri netted the winner early in the second period and Joey
MacDonald stopped 34 pucks to help the Flames down the Panthers, 2-1.
Kenny Agostino also produced his first NHL goal for the Flames, who have won
six of 10.
"We promised our fans and we even promised ourselves that we would play the
games to win until the final second of the regular season," Calgary head coach
Bob Hartley said of his team playing hard down the stretch.
Calgary, which is 15-20-4 as the road club this season, beat a visiting Devils
club back on Oct. 11. Sean Monahan notched the game-winning goal with 2:43
remaining for the Flames, as they downed the Devils, 3-2, at the Saddledome.
The Flames have won two straight and three of their last four overall games
against New Jersey, but the Devils have claimed two in a row and three of four
at home in this series.
04/07 10:32:31 ET