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Devils hope to return to win column vs. Red Wings

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils will try to get back in the win column Friday when they host the Detroit Red Wings in an Eastern Conference clash at Prudential Center.

New Jersey was recently swept by Montreal in a home-and-home series and the consecutive losses dropped the Devils to 2-4-1 over their last seven trips to the ice.

Detroit, meanwhile, will try to rebound from a loss tonight after having a four-game winning streak halted in Wednesday's home loss against Philadelphia.

Friday's matchup marks the first of three meetings between the Devils and Red Wings this season. Detroit has taken six of the past eight encounters in this series and also has won two of the last three battles in New Jersey.

The Devils are 7-2-0 with a tie versus the Red Wings in the last 10 games played in the Garden State.

After dropping a 3-2 regulation decision Monday in Montreal, the Devils coughed up a lead late in regulation on Wednesday, allowing the Canadiens to hang around for the 4-3 shootout victory.

David Desharnais tied the game with 36.6 seconds left in regulation and then notched the game-winner in the second round of the shootout for the Habs. After the first two shooters found the back of the net in the shootout, Peter Budaj stuffed Travis Zajac's backhander and Desharnais followed by charging down the right wing, cutting in front, and slipping the disc through the five- hole of New Jersey netminder Cory Schneider.

Patrik Elias had a chance to extend the game for New Jersey, but Budaj made a nice left pad save to secure the extra point for the Canadiens.

Michael Ryder and Andrei Loktionov each registered a goal and an assist in the loss, while Elias also scored in regulation for the Devils. Schneider stopped 27 shots in defeat, as New Jersey fell to 0-5 in shootouts this season.

"Tough loss for us," Schneider said. "They're a tough team to close. They're opportunistic."

The Devils are playing on back-to-back nights, as they are scheduled to visit the rival New York Rangers on Saturday. Schneider and Martin Brodeur expect to split the starts over the next two days, but it's unclear which goaltender will get the call on Friday.

Detroit also is playing on both Friday and Saturday and will go with Jonas Gustavsson in net tonight. That means Jimmy Howard, who took the loss Wednesday against Philadelphia, is penciled in as the starter for Saturday's home tilt versus Florida.

The Red Wings had matched a season high with four straight wins and held a 3-1 lead at one point in Wednesday's game against the Flyers, but Philadelphia scored five unanswered goals to rally for the 6-3 win at Joe Louis Arena.

Special teams play was a major factor in the game, as Philly scored on three of its chances with the power play and Detroit went 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

Tomas Tatar tallied twice and Johan Franzen also lit the lamp for the Red Wings. Howard allowed five goals on 33 shots in defeat.

"The third period wasn't good enough," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock admitted. "They were better than us. They were better than us because they lit us up on the power play."

The Red Wings played Wednesday without its two best players, as forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg both sat out the game. Zetterberg will miss at least the next two weeks with a herniated disc in his back, while Datsyuk has sat out the last five games with a concussion.

While Zetterberg has been ruled out for a second straight game, Datsyuk is nearing a return. The Russian star has resumed skating, but will miss a sixth straight game on Friday.

Zetterberg is leading Detroit in scoring this season with 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists. Datsyuk, meanwhile, is first in goals (12) and second in points (23).

Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi is expected to play tonight after sitting out the previous six tilts with a bruised shoulder. The veteran winger has five goals and four assists in 23 games this season.

Forward Darren Helm is expected to miss at least the next two games after suffering a shoulder injury against the Flyers.

Beginning tonight, the Red Wings are playing three of their next four games on the road, where they boast a solid 9-3-1 record this season.

New Jersey, meanwhile, is 5-4-3 at the Rock this season and has lost three of its past four games as the host.

12/06 10:53:40 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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