New Jersey (43-20-5) at Florida (23-31-9)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Mar 24, 2003
  • TV: FSNY, FSFL
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SUNRISE, FLORIDA (TICKER) —The New Jersey Devils look to move closer to their sixth 100-point season in seven years Monday when they continue a four-game road trip against the Florida Panthers.

The Devils kicked off the trip with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday for their third straight victory. New Jersey opened a four-point lead over second-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division with eight games left.

Last season, the Devils finished with 95 points, ending a string of five straight 100-point campaigns. However, they surpassed that total Saturday and need only three points to again reach the century mark.

The victory gave New Jersey consecutive wins on the road for the first time since late January. Jamie Langenbrunner and linemate Joe Nieuwendyk scored second-period goals for the Devils, who held the Islanders the 20 shots.

New Jersey has won two of three meetings with Florida this season, including a 6-2 victory in the last contest at the Meadowlands on January 13.

Martin Brodeur needed to make just 10 saves to improve his career mark against the Panthers to 20-6-7. The Devils are 14-3-2 in their last 19 games with Florida.

The Panthers are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, dropping their league-worst home mark to 7-20-7-5. They have not won at the Office Depot Center since January 25. Florida is 0-9-2-1 in its last dozen at home.

The Panthers, who allowed three unanswered goals in the third period, are on the verge of elimination, trailing the eighth-place New York Islanders by 11 points in the Eastern Conference with only eight games left.

Goaltender Roberto Luongo appeared in his 61st game of the season against the Senators, breaking the franchise record set by John Vanbiesbrouck in 1997-98.

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