Fresh off an impressive victory against the top team in the Eastern Conference, the New Jersey Devils are looking to create some momentum in a home-and-home set against the club at the bottom of the Atlantic Division.
That didn't go as planned against the New York Islanders earlier this week.
The Devils look to re-establish their success versus the Islanders at Prudential Center on Thursday night when these rivals face off in the second of three matchups in a week.
New Jersey (37-24-5) beat the conference-leading New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday after dropping five of six (1-4-1).
"We were desperate for the points," said Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored his first goal in 10 games and added an assist. "This can give us a lot of confidence."
The Devils are sixth in the East, two points back of fifth-place Philadelphia and one in front of Ottawa for seventh. They would appear to be in strong position to improve their position, opening a home-and-home set with the Islanders (28-29-9).