GAME: New Jersey Devils (19-7-9-1) at Nashville Predators (17-14-4-2).
TIME: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST.
Goaltender Martin Brodeur and captain Scott Stevens have different views on
the New Jersey Devils' current struggles.
The defending Stanley Cup champions will try to overcome both when they
close a four-game road trip against the Nashville Predators.
With one win in five games (1-1-2-1), New Jersey has failed to make up
ground on first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division, and has seen
surging Ottawa pull within two points of it for fourth in the Eastern
The Devils have played eight of their last nine games on the road, including
Thursday's 2-2 tie at Washington.
"We've only been home for a couple of games, it seems, the last month,"
Stevens said. "It's been tough. Hopefully, we'll make some hay when we get
Brodeur thinks the absence of two key players has hurt.
"We've been playing without Jamie (Langenbrunner) and Turner (Stevenson)
for a while," he said. "Those are two go-to guys for us physically and
offensively. We were able to survive and do real well without them, but they're
Langenbrunner hasn't played in more than a month due to a knee injury and
hasn't started skating yet. Stevenson is out indefinitely with a groin injury.
Grant Marshall and Sergei Brylin scored power-play goals Thursday for New
Jersey, which had more power-play shots (17) through two periods than
Washington had total shots (12).
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored a pair of power-play goals and added an
assist Thursday as Nashville rallied for a 3-2 victory over visiting
Martin Erat also scored on the power play for the Predators, who are 6-1-2-1
in their last 10 at home.
Tomas Vokoun earned his 81st career victory Thursday, tying the franchise
record set by Mike Dunham. Vokoun, who has started 18 straight games, is tied
for second in the league with 17 wins.
"It's nice, but what matters to me is first in the standings," Vokoun
said. "I want to win every hockey game. Something like this is just stats. For
me, the most important thing is that we're back in the eighth spot in the
Right wing Scott Walker has been Nashville's offensive catalyst lately, with
five goals and six assists in his last eight games.
The Predators are 0-4 all-time at home against the Devils.