New Jersey (4-3-0) at Atlanta (2-5-0), 7:00 pm EDT
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers have provided the
perfect opportunity for an opponent to have a breakout
The New Jersey Devils will try to keep alive a strong
offensive stretch Saturday when they visit the Thrashers,
who have been porous on defense of late.
After a 2-3-0 start in which it scored a total of 14 goals, New
Jersey notched 10 in its last two outings - wins over Florida
Brian Gionta scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a
6-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Gionta added an
assist in his second three-point effort this season as the
Devils produced a season high in scoring.
In New Jersey's first road win, Scott Gomez had a goal and two
assists and Alexander Mogilny added an unassisted tally. Martin
Brodeur, who had 30 saves in Thursday's win, is 12-3-3 with
four shutouts all-time against Atlanta.
In a four-game losing streak, the Thrashers have been
outscored, 22-2, including three straight setbacks here in
Atlanta managed just 15 shots and committed 12 penalties in a
6-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Lightning became the
latest team to pick on the Thrashers' reserve goaltenders.
The Thrashers's slide started when they re-signed star left wing
Ilya Kovalchuk, who tied for the league lead with 41 goals last
season but registered just his first in a 5-1 loss to the New
York Rangers on October 15.
Despite his struggles, Kovalchuk will be honored prior to the
game with the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for topping the
league in goals with Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Columbus' Rick
Nash. Former Atlanta Flames coach and a teammate of Richard's
in Montreal, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, will make the