The Devils have scored 18 goals in their last three games and 30
in their last seven. They are 5-1-1 in that span and Elias,
Gionta and Gomez have been hot.
In Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the trio
combined for 11 points. Elias had two goals and three assists,
giving him 11 points in his last three contests. Gomez had three
assists and has 15 points in his last seven while Gionta had
two goals, giving him six in his last seven games.
"It's one of those things right now," Gomez said Wednesday.
"Each guy is going great. We complement each other well, we
move the puck and skate, we're doing the right thing out there."
Overshadowed by New Jersey's highest scoring home game since a
9-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 28, 2000, Martin
Brodeur made 20 saves for his 30th win of the season. He is
the first goaltender in NHL history to record nine straight
Another milestone will take place for the Devils on Friday as
Pat Burns will become the 11th man to 1,000 NHL games.
Atlanta has split its last six games following a 10-game winless
streak. The Thrashers enter off consecutive losses, including
Wednesday's 4-2 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ilya
Kovalchuk had a four-game goals streak snapped, but is still
tied for the NHL lead with Columbus' Rick Nash with 33 goals.
The Devils lead the lead the all-time series 12-3-3, including
wins in the first two matchups this season.