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Friday, February 7th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (20-33-6) at New Jersey Devils (23-21-13), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils have struggled to hold leads in
each of their last three games. They look to have more late energy on Friday
night following a three-day break as they play host to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Devils have allowed a game-tying goal in the final two minutes of their
past three games, going 1-0-2 as each contest went to overtime. They recovered
to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Jan. 30, but lost a 3-2 decision in Nashville
the following night before again getting burned in a 2-1 setback versus the
Colorado Avalanche on Monday.
Ryan Carter scored an early goal for New Jersey, but Colorado picked up a
game-tying goal with 1:47 to go in regulation as P.A. Parenteau tipped home a
Tyson Barrie shot from the point.
New Jersey's Andy Greene then took a slashing penalty with 42 ticks left in
regulation and the Avalanche cashed in 28 seconds into overtime on another
"Tonight, the story is we have to find a way to get the second and third
goal," noted Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. "We got one goal out of our
fourth line and enough chances to get five. If you let anybody hang around in
this league long enough, bad things will happen and that's the story lately."
Cory Schneider made 23 saves in his fourth straight start as the Devils fell
to 1-2-2 in their past five games. They sit five points back of Detroit for
the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Schneider will get the start again tonight and ranks second in the NHL with a
1.91 goals against average. He is 4-2-0 lifetime versus the Oilers with a 1.98
Martin Brodeur is likely to start Saturday's contest in Washington before the
start of the Olympic break for the Devils.
The Oilers play their final contest before the hiatus after besting the New
York Rangers 2-1 last night at Madison Square Garden. Ben Scrivens was
excellent with 35 saves and Nail Yakupov netted the game-winner with 1:38 to
go in regulation.
Scrivens helped Edmonton move to 5-1-0 in its last six games, stoning Ryan
Callahan on a short-handed breakaway just past the midway mark of the second
before posting another 12 stops in the final frame.
"I think that was our top game of the season," said Yakupov. "Not too many
turnovers and our goalie played an awesome game."
Ryan Smyth scored Edmonton's first tally and the go-ahead goal came after
Taylor Hall won a battle for the puck behind the New York net. He sent it out
to Sam Gagner, whose centering pass from the left corner was rocketed by a
"It was one of those games where we had to scratch and claw for everything we
got," Hall remarked. "Sometimes those games are a lot more fun than the 8-2
wins or the wins where you're ahead off the bat."
Scrivens improved to 3-3-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .948 save percentage since
being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings, but Ilya Bryzgalov could still
start tonight's game for the Oilers.
Bryzgalov is 5-5-0 with a 2.09 GAA, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in
his career versus the Devils.
Edmonton moved to 10-19-4 as the visiting team this season and wraps a four-
game road trip tonight. The Oilers play their first five at home following the
The Oilers posted a 5-4 shootout win over the visiting Devils back on Oct. 7,
snapping a two-game series losing streak. They are 3-0-2 in the past five
encounters overall, but have lost three of the last four in New Jersey.
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