Series (Game 3 of 4)

New Jersey leads 3-0

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 19th
Game 3: Friday, December 19th
Game 4: Wednesday, February 25th

Devils 5

(18-6-0, 43 pts)

Sabres 2

(12-18-1, 27 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 19, 2003

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 2 35
BUF 0 1 12

B. Gionta (Devils - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

J. Madden (Devils - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Mair (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

New Jersey (17-6-7-0) at Buffalo (12-17-2-1) 8:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Martin Brodeur tries to continue his stellar season for the New Jersey Devils on Friday night when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.

Brodeur recorded his league-leading eighth shutout of the season in Thursday's 3-0 victory at Atlanta. He bounced back after allowing a season-high five goals in Tuesday's loss to the New York Islanders.

The Devils' netminder, who was needed to make only 15 saves, has four shutouts in his last seven games. New Jersey is 5-1-1 in that span.

New Jersey's Michael Rupp and Scott Gomez each have three-game points streaks. Rupp has three goals and one assist and Gomez has scored once and registered two assists in that span.

Buffalo has lost six straight since a 3-2 victory at Chicago on December 3. The Sabres have scored only nine goals in their longest losing streak of the season.

Sabres center Chris Drury suffered a separated right shoulder in the first period of Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh and will be out at least a week.

This is the third meeting between New Jersey and Buffalo. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie on November 12 in Rochester and John Madden had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 home win for the Devils exactly a week later.

The Devils are unbeaten in the last six meetings (4-0-2) with the Sabres.