Series (Game 1 of 1)

Arizona leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, December 2nd

Coyotes 3

(8-9-1, 23 pts)

Devils 1

(12-5-0, 30 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 2, 2003

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
ARI 0 1 23
NJ 0 1 01

D. Tanabe (Coyotes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Gratton (Coyotes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Burke (Coyotes - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .964

Phoenix (7-9-6-1) at New Jersey (12-4-6-0) 7:30 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils return from a four-game road trip Tuesday night and try to extend an eight-game home unbeaten streak when they host the Phoenix Coyotes at Continental Airlines Arena.

The Devils went 1-1-2 on their trek against Western Conference clubs. New Jersey had a team-record 13-game unbeaten streak halted with Friday's 2-0 defeat to the Dallas Stars. It was New Jersey's first home of the season and first shutout defeat.

Erik Rasmussen ended a 33-game goalless drought Sunday as the Devils concluded the trip with a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Avalanche. Signed as a free agent in July, Rasmussen did not have a point in his first 19 games with New Jersey.

Martin Brodeur made 25 saves at Colorado and has started all but one of New Jersey's 22 games. He is 12-4-5 with a 1.63 goals-against average this season and 10-4-0 with a 1.96 GAA lifetime against the Coyotes.

The Devils are 7-0-1 in their last eight home games since a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on October 25.

The Coyotes have a win and a tie in their last two contests following a three-game losing streak.

Phoenix is 2-5-5-1 away from home after opening this five-game road trip with a 3-3 tie against the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Shane Doan scored the tying goal with 68 seconds remaining in the third period with goaltender Sean Burke pulled for an extra attacker.

Burke made 28 saves and moved to 4-4-3. The 36-year-old Burke, who backstopped the Devils to the franchise's first playoff appearance as a rookie in 1988, is 3-7-4 with a 3.02 GAA in 16 games against New Jersey.

The Devils are 4-1-0 in their last five meetings with the Coyotes.