Win streaks haven’t been common to the New Jersey Devils this season.
The Devils have a chance to win consecutive games for the second time this season tonight as they face the Nashville Predators at the Prudential Center.
After a win, the Devils are 1-6-0 this season and are outscored, 25-7. Its been one of the biggest reasons the team sits at 9-19-2 and near the bottom of the league.
Nashville enters the game streaking, winners of four in a row and 7-0-1 in their last eight games. The Predators are seeking to win five straight for the first time since March 12-21. Nashville goalie Anders Lindback led the effort, posting a 5-0-1 record with a 1.50 goals-against average in his last six starts. The 6-foot-6 rookie, playing for an injured Pekka Rinne, is 8-1-2 with a 2.16 goals-against average and two shutouts this season.
The Devils are looking to build off their 3-0 shutout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday night. Martin Brodeur made 29 saves for the Devils, who scored three goals for only the second time in nine games.
After the game, Brodeur acknowledged the team played with energy.
“You could really sense that there was a good feeling,” said Brodeur. “It was in the locker room beforehand and when we took the ice. It had been a while since we felt that energized.”
Ilya Kovalchuk used that energy to help score two goals, his first multi-goal game as a Devil.
“You could see the effort right away,” Kovalchuk said. “We didn’t want to sit back and wait for something to happen. We had to make things happen.”
Devils coach John MacLean, looking to re-capture that energy, will start Brodeur for the fourth consecutive game. The Devils’ goalie is still searching for consecutive wins this season.
Jason Arnott, traded from the Predators to the Devils this offseason, will face his former team for the first time this season. He wouldn’t let that subplot overshadow the simple mission of tonight’s game.
“I just want to win,” Arnott said to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “Get two points. That’s what we need.”