Devils hit the road to pursue record

Baltimore Sun

There's no place like the road for the New Jersey Devils these days.

The team will try to tie the NHL record for consecutive road wins to start the season when they play Philadelphia on Monday night. A victory would be New Jersey's 10th straight road win, equaling the mark set in 2006 by the Buffalo Sabres.

"For whatever reason we're comfortable on the road," left wing Zach Parise said. "It's not as if you go into other rinks so much anymore where you get intimidated. We play pretty smart. It's all the same size ice surface. We are just playing smart and easy hockey and it is working for us."

The streak almost never got going. After losing their first two games at home, the Devils went to Tampa Bay and needed a last-second goal by Travis Zajac in regulation to tie the game, which they eventually won in a shootout.

Three of the nine wins on the road have been in shootouts and three others have been decided by a goal.

"I don't think we've paid any attention to it, which is probably a good thing," forward Jamie Langenbrunner said.

Since losing their first two games, New Jersey has posted a 13-2 record, winning its last eight overall, the longest winning streak in the league this season.

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