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Historic win streak over, Devils look to regroup vs. Sabres
New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres
- The Devils have won their last four road games against the Sabres: their final three games at Buffalo in 2020-21 and lone visit last season. It's the Devils' second longest current road winning streak versus one team. They've won their last six games in Montreal.
- The 2022-23 Devils have set franchise records for most wins (16) and most points earned (32) in the team's first 20 games of a season, breaking the previous highs set in 1997-98 (15-5-0, 30 points).
- The Devils opened this season with a 5-2 loss at Philadelphia but they've won all eight of their road games since then. It's the longest road winning streak in the NHL this season and the third-longest streak of road wins in one season in Devils franchise history. New Jersey won 10 consecutive road games in 2000-01 and nine in a row in 2009-10.
- Vitek Vanecek is 4-0-0 with a 1.47 GAA, .949 save percentage and one shutout in the four games he's played against the Sabres in Buffalo (all for Washington).
- The Sabres have scored six or more goals in five games this season, including each of their last two games (7-2 at Montreal, 6-2 vs. St. Louis). That ties them with the Penguins for the most games with six-plus goals in 2022-23. It's Buffalo's highest total of six-goal games in one season since 2011-12 (five, in 82 games).
- Jeff Skinner scored two goals against Montreal on Tuesday and St. Louis on Wednesday. It's the third time Skinner has recorded consecutive multiple-goal games in his 13-season NHL career. He did that twice for Carolina in 2013-14 (Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2).
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Two days after their 13-game winning streak came to an end, the New Jersey Devils will look to return to their winning ways when they visit the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.
The Devils lost 2-1 to the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, leaving New Jersey a win shy of setting the franchise mark for consecutive victories. They settled for matching the 13-game undefeated run from February and March 2001.
The Devils' winning streak was four games shy of tying the NHL record set by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993.
New Jersey's streak has carried the Devils to the top of the Metropolitan Division.
The Devils' streak didn't end without controversy. New Jersey, which trailed 2-0 after the first period, had three goals disallowed, with the first two taken off the board due to goaltender interference.
The third one was disallowed after officials ruled Erik Haula kicked the puck into the net during a short-handed opportunity in the third period, despite it deflecting off a Maple Leafs player before crossing the goal line.
Spectators showed their displeasure by littering the ice with debris, causing a brief game delay as the Maple Leafs retreated to their locker room for safety.
"Nobody feels good. I don't feel good," said Devils coach Lindy Ruff, whose team also had two shots hit the goalpost. "I don't like the feeling. I don't like the losing; I know it's been a while, but you don't want that feeling. Now you gotta get over that and get ready for your next game."
Dougie Hamilton scored off assists from Yegor Sharangovich and Fabian Zetterlund to pull the Devils to within 2-1 with 5:08 remaining. But the Devils couldn't get the equalizer past Matt Murray, who finished with 34 saves.
Vitek Vanecek made 18 saves for the Devils, who outshot Toronto 35-20.
Buffalo enters its first meeting of the season with New Jersey following a 6-2 win over visiting St. Louis on Wednesday, its second straight win after an eight-game losing streak.
The Sabres pulled away from a 1-1 tie by scoring three times in the second period to take a 4-1 lead into the final period, where Jack Quinn scored twice to extend the lead to 6-1.
Jeff Skinner also scored twice, while Dylan Cozens and Victor Olofsson added a goal apiece. Alex Tuch added two assists and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 34 saves.
The Sabres were outshot by the Blues, but Buffalo converted two of their three man-advantage opportunities, while St. Louis went 1-for-3 on the power play.
The Sabres, who ended the Blues' seven-game winning streak, have scored 13 goals in their past two games after a 7-2 win at Montreal on Tuesday.
"It's a tough league. It's gonna be tough some nights, and you're going to go through sort of different types of games, different types of adversity, and you just have to battle through that," said Skinner, who has four goals and seven points in the past two games. "Hopefully, now we can keep this one rolling for a bit."
--Field Level Media
Updated November 24, 2022