The New Jersey Devils didn't get off to the start they had hoped for following the holiday break.
The Buffalo Sabres' first performance after their short vacation was exactly what they needed.
New Jersey looks to avoid a third straight home loss in this matchup Wednesday night when the Sabres try to string together back-to-back wins for the first time in more than six weeks.
After rebounding from a season-worst four-game skid with a 7-2-0 run, the Devils (19-15-1) had their four-game road winning streak snapped Monday with a 4-2 loss to Carolina.
New Jersey killed all four Hurricanes power plays to improve its NHL-best percentage to 93.0, but the club allowed its league-high 11th short-handed goal, and Ilya Kovalchuk's errant pass in the final minute slid into the Devils' empty net.
"No one's going to feel sorry for us," Johan Hedberg said after making 30 saves in his first start in four games. "We've just got to keep plugging away. Tonigh...