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
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
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