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
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