Tonight in the NHL: Devils try to stay undefeated

Tonight in the NHL: Devils try to stay undefeated
January 27, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Matt Read scored three goals on exactly three shots for his first NHL hat trick in the Flyers' 7-1 rout of the Florida Panthers on Saturday (see story).

The Flyers will try for their third consecutive win when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday (see game notes).

Here's a look at some other NHL action:

Devils at Canadiens, 6 p.m.
Falling just short of hoisting the Stanley Cup last season has provided the motivation for the New Jersey Devils' strong start this year.

The Devils attempt to remain undefeated Sunday night when they try for a ninth consecutive road victory over a Montreal Canadiens team looking for its third straight win.

New Jersey (3-0-0) lost in six games to Los Angeles in last season's Stanley Cup finals, but an otherwise memorable postseason run has fueled the Devils' attempt to take the next step in 2013.

--The Associated Press

Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to clinch their best start in franchise history in front of their home fans. If that's not enough to stoke excitement at the United Center, the team will also be facing its archrival for the first time this season.

Chicago will try to win its sixth in a row Sunday night by adding to its recent success against the Detroit Red Wings.

With a 3-2 win Saturday in Columbus, the current Blackhawks team joined the 1971-72 squad as the only ones to open a season with five consecutive victories. Jonathan Toews scored a key goal in the third period and Patrick Kane had a pair of assists to extend his season-opening point streak.

--The Associated Press

Islanders at Jets, 8 p.m.
Solid work on the power play has helped Winnipeg break out of an early scoring slump and win its last two games.

The Jets, however, could have a hard time maintaining that offensive success Sunday night when they host a New York Islanders team that's had one of the NHL's best penalty-killing units through the first week of the season.

Winnipeg (2-1-1) managed two goals and went 1 for 10 on the power play while opening with two straight losses, but scored eight times and went 3 of 7 with the man-advantage in its last two games. Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler each had a goal with an assist as the Jets overcame an early two-goal deficit to win 4-2 over Pittsburgh on Friday.

--The Associated Press