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Game 18 – Devils @ Sabres

New Jersey (9-7-1, 19pts, W1) 5 @ Buffalo (11-7-0, 22pts, L1) 3After a strong, come from behind victory on the road in Montreal on Monday night, The Sabres hoped Jhonas Enroth could keep his perfect record intact again as they welcomed the New Jersey Devils for their first meeting of the season. Enroth, who has a 6-0-0 record so far, is the only goaltender in the league without a blemish on his record with more than three wins to his credit. Opposing him would be Martin Brodeur, who had the night off last night in favour of Johan Hedberg. Brodeur entered the game with a sub-par 2-3-0 record, and .880 save percentage. Tyler Myers would return to the line-up for the Sabres after being a healthy scratch for the first time in his career in Montreal last game. Marc-Andre Gragnani was scratched in his place. Cody McCormick would also be out of the line-up for Buffalo after suffering an injury during the Montreal game, forcing the Sabres to recall rookie forward Corey Tropp again from Rochester. Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the Devils line-up, having missed the previous five games with a groin injury.The Sabres came out quick, drawing a penalty a little over a minute into the game, but on the ensuing man advantage were victimized by a Zach Parise shorthanded goal to give New Jersey an early 1-0 lead. Adam Henrique was able to walk around Derek Roy in the neutral zone, and after fighting hard to keep the play alive below the Buffalo goal-line, Parise was able to slap home a loose puck in the slot after it was over skated by Jason Pominville for his sixth of the season. Just over three minutes later, this time on a powerplay, it was Kovalchuk who walked around Roy before… Read More